Scrum's Time Boxes
Later in this series, I will discuss Scrum roles and Scrum Artifacts along with supporting rules for the program. Here, I will discuss the time boxes occurring in the Scrum Methodology.
Release Planning Meeting - The release planning meeting, where the plans for the product are decided upon and goals are set. Scrum Alliance calls the release planning meeting an optional time box, meaning if Scrum Masters are secure in the plans and goals for a product release, they can skip this initial meeting.
Sprint Development Meeting - the sprint development meeting is slotted to eight hours for an average sprint lasting one month. During the sprint development meeting, held only once a sprint iteration has been scheduled, the top priority items from the product backlog are presented to the team. Also during this meeting, the methods for completing these items are discussed.
The Sprint - The sprint is a highly focused period of time where the team works towards creating a workable version of the product being completed. While a sprint is underway, no changes can be made that will affect the outcome or the product being produced in the sprint.
The Daily Scrum - The daily scrum is a fifteen minute meeting that allows each sprint team member to present what each has been working on, what will be completed, and any problems encountered during the process.
The Sprint Review - The sprint review is held at the end of a sprint. It is time blocked for 4 hours and serves as a forum to discuss what work was completed and what work had not been completed.
The Sprint Retrospective - The sprint retrospective is held after a sprint review, and before the next sprint planning session. The purpose of this meeting is to review how the previous sprint went in terms of the mechanics (people, tools, organization, etc.).
The Scrum time boxes formulate the foundation for Scrum's methodology.
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