Showing posts with label Timeboxing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Timeboxing. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Scrum Events Timeboxing

All the events in Scrum are timeboxed and here is the list of key events and their timeboxes -
  • Sprint (also called as iteration) - 2 weeks (or as planned - between 2-4 weeks)
  • Sprint Planning Meeting - 8 hours*
  • Sprint Review - 4 hours*
  • Sprint Retrospective - 3 hours*
  • Daily Scrum Meeting (also called as Daily Standup) - 15 minutes (fixed regarless of sprint time)
* - time box given here is for a four week (one month) sprint - to be adjusted depending upon the sprint duration.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Timeboxing v/s Parkinson’s Law

Lets understand the connection between Timeboxing and Parkinson's law -

1) According to Parkinson’s Law - "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion". What that really means is that a worker will drag the work to use up all the time given to him/her - even if he/she can finish that work ahead of time. So if a work is estimated to take 100 hrs and a worker has completed 50% of work in 25 hrs, he/she will still consume all 75 hrs to finish remaining 50% of the work.
2) Timeboxing suggests to fix 'time to completion' for the agreed upon Sprint goal and the Sprint will end at fixed time (hence term 'time boxed'), so the developoment team moves together to achieve the Sprint goal within given time period.