Friday, November 30, 2007

Midway through Sprint 01

Time to revisit our example Scrum Project started a couple of weeks back. How's our team doing? Here's the burndown as it was 2 weeks ago.

When we left it, the Sprint was red indicating an overcommitment based on current estimates. Either the team would need to negotiate a slight reduction in scope for the Sprint or risk disappointing the project stakeholders at the end of the period.

Here's the situation today (click for an enlarged view).

The status of the Sprint is now amber. Comparing the charts carefully one can tell from the reduced size of the work that there is a reduction in scope (also visible from the task lists) but there is good progress visible from the closed tasks to date. Other things to note in the screenshot are:
  • Alerts (showing where some open tasks have exceeded their "best-case" estimates - they are prompts that the 3-point estimates for these tasks may need review);
  • Closed tasks in the Explorer view (show with check mark); and
  • The task list for the Sprint (sorted by end date so that the at-risk backlog item is highlighted at the top).
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