Scrum project startup checklist

By | February 5, 2020

Here are a set of things to be ensured before the start of the scrum project, to ensure success;

  1. The entire team must be aware of the scrum framework, ceremonies, artifacts and how these things work together to deliver. Scrum master must ensure this.
  2. The whole team must be aware of the non-negotiability of time in scrum. Scope can be negotiated, resources can be negotiated, and time alone cannot be negotiated. Scrum master must ensure this.
  3. The product road map / release plan must be available.
  4. The initial focus must be on the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which will help to speed up the return on investment for the client. Product owner must ensure this.
  5. Before entering into a sprint, the requirements of the features scheduled in the sprint must be very clear. User stories must exist for the items scheduled in the sprint. The product owner must ensure this.
  6. However small a sprint is, sprint planning meeting duration will be around 5 hours. Block at least 5 hours for the sprint planning, if not 8 hours. Scrum master must ensure this.
  7. All team members must attend the sprint planning meeting. Scrum master must ensure this.
  8. First half of the sprint planning meeting is for agreeing to a set of features to be developed during the sprint (sprint backlog) . Then the size of the features must be estimated (story points) playing poker. Scrum master must ensure this.
  9. The second half of the sprint planning meeting is to identify the tasks to be performed to develop the agreed upon features.
  10. Product owner must be available during the sprint planning meeting. Scrum master must ensure this.
  11. Without a modular architecture which does not support changes agility cannot be accomplished. Before the start of the regular sprints, implemented architecture is a must. This can be done in the first sprint whose theme is ‘architecture’ or can be done prior to the start of the project. The scrum master and product owner must ensure this.
  12. If the teams are using any particular tools, training must be provided before the start of the sprints. Scrum master must ensure this.
  13. The daily stand up meeting (scrum) time and venue must be decided upfront. Scrum master must ensure this.
  14. The burn down charts updation time must be decided upfront. Scrum master must ensure this.
  15. The sprint’s success criteria must be defined upfront. Scrum master must ensure this. Product owner must agree.

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