Sprint planning – focus, growth, and efficiency at ng-voice

At ng-voice, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our products and deliver more value to our customers. And to do so in a fast-paced environment, while the team grows, can be a challenge – it is crucial to keep focus and have clear goals to achieve results. Because of that, our sprint planning process is an essential part of our organization, especially for the feature development and DevOps teams. 

 

In Agile product development, a sprint is a set period of time during which a scrum team works to complete defined goals. Sprints are at the core of agile methodologies, and planing them right helps the organization to deliver results faster, with fewer headaches, and more efficiency.

 

The sprint planning starts with a meeting that is conducted by the team prior to the start of the work and can be seen as a kick-off. The meeting is held to decide on a set of goals for the team to focus on and be delivered during each sprint. During this event, the team determines the important items which will be worked on from the product backlog and follow the initial plan that was set during the meeting. The settled goals can act as the basis for sprinting which the team can find essential to their sprint. Once the team finishes up the meeting, two items are clearly defined to the team;

  • Sprint goal
  • Sprint product backlog

The sprint stimulates a dashing environment in which it encourages the team to be focused to deliver while constantly learning and growing. Here we assign tasks and responsibilities to each team member, often through scheduling a technical meeting for the task and finding the best solution for it. Each sprint has its own timeline, and at ng-voice, our sprints usually last between 2 to 4 weeks.

Which values does sprint planning bring to ng-voice?

There are several benefits for using this methodology;

  • Reduced complexity and increased agility – It allows the teams to distribute a complicated project into smaller, easier to achieve tasks, and swiftly adjust changes to the project whenever needed, being more agile.
  • Ownership and team collaboration – By involving stakeholders to work closely on a daily basis as well as allowing the development team to organize its priority list, each person has their own clear goals and autonomy to work on them during the sprint.
  • Faster time to market – The methodology reduces waste by focusing only on necessary tasks within a time frame, increasing the delivery speed.
  • Close alignment with customers’ needs – By continuously reviewing customers’ priorities and using them to plan tasks and deliveries, the methodology also increases customer satisfaction.
  • Increased team morale – It establishes an environment that encourages participation and empowers self-management, giving the teams a having a feeling of achievement.
  • Quick reporting – The sprint management makes it easier to visualize team performance by having transparent progress checks visible to all, which also allows teams to review tasks, progress, and blockers.

 

Our company has been working with the sprint planning methodology for several years and it is now a fundamental part of our work culture. According to Stefan Frank, Head of Deployment: “The sprint planning is a great opportunity for all of the team members to give ideas and contribute to the product’s roadmap. It makes it very easy to visualize the direction in which we are going and the results we are delivering, which keeps the team motivated to achieve more”. 

 

Learn more about our work culture, team values and apply for open positions on our careers webpage

 

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Behnam Hooshiar Kashani

DevOps Team Lead

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With years working in the telecom industry as a DevOps Engineer, Behnam joined ng-voice and now has the challenge to automate our cloud-native and standard-based solutions on different container orchestration platforms, like Kubernetes.

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