Sprint Roadmap: Steps to Build a Winning Sprint Plan
The goal of every sprint is to provide enough value to customers and stakeholders that they want to work with you again. A successful sprint roadmap will help make this happen. This blog post will walk you through the process of building a winning plan for your next sprint and give examples of what not to do along the way.
Review Your Product Roadmap
This is a great opportunity for stakeholders to offer input on how they feel the product has been progressing over time as well as their vision for its future. Asking questions like these can help guide this conversation:
- What parts of our strategy have succeeded? What parts haven’t worked out so well?
- How does my team’s progress compare with expectations, compared to other teams performing similar work?
- What initiatives would I like to see completed in the next few months/weeks/days?
- Does my backlog align with current priorities or should we reprioritize?
Update User Stories and See Your Product Backlog
Start by identifying the most important things that need to be done in order for your team to achieve their goal. This is usually a combination of what will have the biggest impact on customers and what can be completed in the shortest amount of time.
From there, you’ll want to create user stories for each item on your list. As a best practice, try to keep them short and sweet with enough detail so that they can be easily understood by everyone involved in the project.
Your product backlog should now be filled with all the work that needs to be done in order to achieve the sprint goal. You can then work with stakeholders to prioritize this backlog based on time, value, and dependencies.
Propose a Sprint Goal
Use Your Experience for Sprint Planning
As a best practice, we recommend using one-week sprints so that each story can be completed within four working days and the product owner has time to review it before moving on. Of course, this timeframe may vary depending on your company’s needs.