Scrum: ScrumTeam guide

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This guide is for ScrumTeam scrum role. To read more about scrum roles, please use this link: scrum roles.

Meeting: Sprint planning

Attendees: ScrumMaster, ScrumTeam, and ProductOwner.

Duration: 60-120 minutes, 5-20 minutes per person

Purpose: have a clean, balanced plan of significant issues.

Prepare yourself

  • Make sure you have a backlog filled with issues enough for the whole sprint.
  • Briefly tell others which issues you are going to handle. For major issues, you can give a link to the issue.
  • You don’t need to talk about smallish issues. Just mention them if they are worth mentioning. This is a very, very important point because giving updates about smallish issues will make meetings longer and de-energize the team (e.g. do we really need to know that you updated a typo on a given page? 😃 )
  • Don’t go into technical details! If you have questions, request a call with the suitable developer after sprint planning.

Additional notes

  • Try to commit yourself to finish all essential issues within the sprint, remember to account for testing and PR review.
  • If you feel an issue is too big for one sprint, break it into smaller issues.
  • Keep an eye on deadlines; ideally, we should deploy some important issues each sprint.

Meeting: Retrospective and Demo

Attendees: ScrumMaster, ScrumTeam, and ProductOwner.

Duration: 60-90 minutes

Part 1: Retrospective

Duration: 3-10 minutes per person

Purpose: provide some feedback and share your ideas on how you and the whole team can become better. You can identify the problem or even provide a solution on how to solve it.

ScrumTeam members should answer the following questions:

  • What went well this Sprint?
  • What went wrong this Sprint?
  • What could we have done better?

Part 2: Demo

Duration: 5-10 minutes per person

Purpose: Inspire the team by your results on learning, new features, refactorings, etc.

Prepare your hat! 🤠🎅👩‍🚀 Or perhaps a mask 🦹‍♀️🦸‍♂️ 😃

Do you remember that we are a small product company who cares about culture and team spirit? We know, nobody likes boring meetings. Being a small product company means we don’t have eager customers or crazy managers. At the IxDF, demo meeting is a time to celebrate our wins; it’s not to sell our work to customers or managers! Please be crazy as much as you can be with your demos, we like having fun!

ScrumTeam should prepare a small demo of new features (if any) that they've done on the past sprint. Possible ways to demonstrate what you've done within the recent sprint are as follows:

  • A link to a page with the new feature/function. Links from all servers including your local machine (Remember share ixdf.test command to share your local machine to outside people, or you can share your screen instead) are accepted.
  • A new API (readable usage examples using gist (opens new window) or code screenshots using
  • Charts (e.g., for performance tasks)
  • Statistics (e.g., fewer errors per hour on New Relic due to one of your bug fixes)
  • etc.

Meeting: Daily scrum

Attendees: ScrumMaster, ScrumTeam, and optionally ProductOwner.

Duration: 10-45 minutes (2-7 minutes per person)

In Scrum, on each day of a sprint, the team holds a daily scrum meeting called the "daily scrum". Meetings are typically held at the same time each day.

It is a short daily call where ScrumTeam should answer three questions:

  1. What have you done starting from last daily scrum until now?
  2. What are you going to do until next daily scrum?
  3. Is there anything blocking you?