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Should Work Be Assigned During Sprint Planning? with Chris Li

Dave Prior Senior Consultant/CST-CRM Specialist
Reading: Should Work Be Assigned During Sprint Planning? with Chris Li

As the 2017 Scrum Gathering in San Diego wound down to a close a few weeks ago, Dave Prior and Chris Li began a debate:

Is it okay for a Scrum Team to leave the Sprint Planning Meeting with individual work assignments?

This is a question that often comes up for both Dave and Chris when they are teaching CSM and CSPO classes. In this podcast you’ll hear them each explain how they respond to this question based their experiences working with teams.

You’ll also get to hear what happened when they decided to check in with some experts at the Gathering.


00:08 – Podcast Begins
00:26 – How Chris and Dave got into a heated debate about Sprint Planning and went to check with experts
01:50 – Debate setup: During Sprint Planning, is it okay for Team Members to self-assign tasks they will work on during the Sprint?
02:41 – Chris explains his position supporting Team members selection tasks during Sprint Planning
05:30 – Dave explains the reasons why he does not want Team members to leave Sprint Planing with specific work assigned.
08:20 Chris responds to Dave’s position
09:54 – Dave tracks down Diana Larsen to ask for her opinion on the subject
10:39 – Dave asks Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson on the subject
11:52 – “We’re all trying to get to the same place”
13:00 – How to get in touch with Chris
13:53 – Podcast Close


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