Scrum Master Toolbox: Sprint Planning Checklist [updated Nov. 2020]

In November 2020, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland presented a renewed Scrum Guide with some additions and modifications to the previous 2017 version. The following checklist picks up those changes, including the removal of old items that are no longer consider essential to the list. Remember to adapt it to your own needs.

Sprint Planning
Objective To lay out the work to be performed in the Sprint
Participants Developers, PO, SM [, others]
Outcome Sprint Backlog (Product Backlog items + a plan to deliver them)
Time-box 8 Hours / 1 Month Sprint
Item Criteria Check
0 All attendees are prepared to discuss the most important PB Items and how they map to the Product Goal
1 Sprint goal defined
2 Product Backlog Items selected
3 For each PB Item: a plan on how to create an Increment that meets the DoD provided


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