Sprint Planning.

Effective Sprints and Sprint Plans: How SeaLights Helps Teams Plan and Execute Better Sprints

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Sprint Planning.

Effective Sprints and Sprint Plans: How SeaLights Helps Teams Plan and Execute Better Sprints

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What is Sprint Planning?

Sprint planning is an event in Scrum that kicks off the sprint. The purpose of sprint planning is to define what can be delivered in the sprint and how to achieve that goal. Sprint planning is done in collaboration with the whole Scrum team. It is a working session that happens approximately once per week and allows Scrum teams to agree on product backlog items that will be completed during the sprint.

Most Scrum teams don’t possess information about the quality of the product, meaning they cannot factor quality into their sprint backlog and prioritization of work scope.

What is Sprint Planning?

Sprint planning is an event in Scrum that kicks off the sprint. The purpose of sprint planning is to define what can be delivered in the sprint and how to achieve that goal. Sprint planning is done in collaboration with the whole Scrum team. It is a working session that happens approximately once per week and allows Scrum teams to agree on product backlog items that will be completed during the sprint.

Most Scrum teams don’t possess information about the quality of the product, meaning they cannot factor quality into their sprint backlog and prioritization of work scope.

Sprint Planning Challenges in
Development Organizations
.

Sprint Backlog is Not Prioritized

It’s critical to prioritize the backlog items effectively.

Development teams should avoid picking backlog items without completely understanding how they’ll affect the project’s scope.

The Sprint Goal
is Too Big

This usually happens when product owners try to accommodate every single request from the project stakeholders.

Development teams should resist the temptation to take on too much in a sprint, as this will hurt velocity and the ability to deliver consistently.

Testing is Not Complete by the End of the Sprint

When more than one or two tests are not complete, it is an indication of inefficient sprint planning.

This can usually be solved by using automated tests and test prioritization.

Sprint Planning Challenges in
Development Organizations
.

Sprint Backlog is Not Prioritized

It’s critical to prioritize the backlog items effectively.

Development teams should avoid picking backlog items without completely understanding how they’ll affect the project’s scope.

The Sprint Goal
is Too Big

This usually happens when product owners try to accommodate every single request from the project stakeholders.

Development teams should resist the temptation to take on too much in a sprint, as this will hurt velocity and the ability to deliver consistently.

Testing is Not Complete by the End of the Sprint

When more than one or two tests are not complete, it is an indication of inefficient sprint planning.

This can usually be solved by using automated tests and test prioritization.

The Sealights Platform

Effective Sprints and Sprint Plans

Sprint planning meetings are focused around user requirements, development constraints, time estimates and product plans. One thing that is usually missing is a clear picture of product quality. The reason this important information is missing from most sprint planning sessions is that development organizations are missing data about product quality. It is not known how well the product is maintained and what needs to be done to improve software quality.

SeaLights is a platform that collects data about development projects and produces a Test Gap Analysis report with this missing data. The Test Gap Analysis report helps teams balance new features and maintenance work, by highlighting high-risk code areas. At SeaLights, we believe that when teams are aware of product areas that are at high risk of quality problems, they can devote time during a sprint to proactively invest in quality.

Learn more

The Sealights Platform

Effective Sprints and Sprint Plans

Sprint planning meetings are focused around user requirements, development constraints, time estimates and product plans. One thing that is usually missing is a clear picture of product quality. The reason this important information is missing from most sprint planning sessions is that development organizations are missing data about product quality. It is not known how well the producta is maintained and what needs to be done to improve software quality.

SeaLights is a platform that collects data about development projects and produces a Test Gap Analysis report with this missing data. The Test Gap Analysis report helps teams balance new features and maintenance work, by highlighting high-risk code areas. At SeaLights, we believe that when teams are aware of product areas that are at high risk of quality problems, they can devote time during a sprint to proactively invest in quality.

Learn more

Identifying
Quality Risks.

Quality risks are recent code changes that have not been tested. SeaLights can monitor and analyze data from all test frameworks and recommend where to add tests that will have the biggest impact on quality.

Identifying
Redundant Tests.

SeaLights identifies redundant testing activity that does not need to be included in the sprint. Redundant tests cover features that haven’t recently changed or are not actively used.

Support Release Decisions with Data.

SeaLights identifies features that are covered by tests at all levels (unit tests, UI tests, integration tests and end-to-end tests) and features that are most used in production, thus helping teams decide which build to release to production.

Leveraging Quality Intelligence for
Effective Sprints and Sprint Plans

SeaLights, a Quality Intelligence Platform used by leading software teams, provides a Test Gap Analysis Report that can fill in missing information about product quality. It is possibly the best way to plan an effective sprint that can balance between new features and important quality issues.


By leveraging this report, teams can focus on developing integration tests only in the most important parts of the product, and set smarter build-breaking criteria, significantly increasing sprint productivity.

The Test Gap Analysis Report helps teams focus their testing efforts, by highlighting high-risk code areas:



  • Recent code changes



  • Code that is not tested by any part of the product’s test suite (unit tests, integration tests, UI automation tests, etc)



  • The most important code areas

Sprint planning including test gaps data from SeaLights can help:



  • Increase software quality – Focus testing efforts to reduce your high-risk technical debt, improving software stability, functionality and performance.



  • Increase development velocity – test gap analytics is a safety net you can trust to find a major version regression. Having a safety net lets you increase velocity with confidence, knowing that you can identify, stop and fix any critical quality issue.

Learn more

Identifying
Quality Risks.

Quality risks are recent code changes that have not been tested. SeaLights can monitor and analyze data from all test frameworks and recommend where to add tests that will have the biggest impact on quality.

Identifying
Redundant Tests.

SeaLights identifies redundant testing activity that does not need to be included in the sprint. Redundant tests cover features that haven’t recently changed or are not actively used.

Support Release Decisions with Data.

SeaLights identifies features that are covered by tests at all levels (unit tests, UI tests, integration tests and end-to-end tests) and features that are most used in production, thus helping teams decide which build to release to production.

Leveraging Quality Intelligence for
Effective Sprints and Sprint Plans

SeaLights, a Quality Intelligence Platform used by leading software teams, provides a Test Gap Analysis Report that can fill in missing information about product quality. It is possibly the best way to plan an effective sprint that can balance between new features and important quality issues.

By leveraging this report, teams can focus on developing integration tests only in the most important parts of the product, and set smarter build-breaking criteria, significantly increasing sprint productivity.

The Test Gap Analysis Report helps teams focus their testing efforts, by highlighting high-risk code areas:



  • Recent code changes



  • Code that is not tested by any part of the product’s test suite (unit tests, integration tests, UI automation tests, etc)



  • The most important code areas

Sprint planning including test gaps data from SeaLights can help:



  • Increase software quality – Focus testing efforts to reduce your high-risk technical debt, improving software stability, functionality and performance.



  • Increase development velocity – test gap analytics is a safety net you can trust to find a major version regression. Having a safety net lets you increase velocity with confidence, knowing that you can identify, stop and fix any critical quality issue.

Learn more

Learn More About Sprint Planning, Read our White Paper

Measuring Cycle Time to Increase Your Software Development Team’s Productivity

Takt time and cycle time were very important metrics in Kanban and other, older lean frameworks. In this white paper, we’ll investigate what these metrics mean in an agile framework, whether they are still relevant, and how they can help you identify and solve critical issues in your development lifecycle.

In this white paper you’ll learn:



  • What is takt time in agile development?



  • What is cycle time in agile development?



  • How can cycle time help you identify issues in your development process?



  • What to watch out for when improving cycle time, to avoid creating other problems



  • Why an evaluation of cycle time needs a solid measurement of quality

By submitting this form I agree that SeaLights may process my data in the manner described in SeaLights Privacy Policy.

Learn More About Sprint Planning, Read our White Paper

Measuring Cycle Time to Increase Your Software Development Team’s Productivity

Takt time and cycle time were very important metrics in Kanban and other, older lean frameworks. In this white paper, we’ll investigate what these metrics mean in an agile framework, whether they are still relevant, and how they can help you identify and solve critical issues in your development lifecycle.

In this white paper you’ll learn:.



  • What is takt time in agile development?



  • What is cycle time in agile development?



  • How can cycle time help you identify issues in your development process?



  • What to watch out for when improving cycle time, to avoid creating other problems



  • Why an evaluation of cycle time needs a solid measurement of quality

By submitting this form I agree that SeaLights may process my data in the manner described in SeaLights Privacy Policy.