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  • Writer's pictureDušan Pavić

Benefits of Sprints in Scrum incl. a "secret weapon" (Sprint Team Capacity Calculator)

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Hey there, fellow product management enthusiasts! Today, let's dive into the fascinating world of sprints in Scrum and uncover why they're the secret sauce behind agile success. So grab your favorite superhero cape (or not, you do you) and get ready to unleash your Agile superpowers!

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First things first: What are sprints, you ask? Well, think of sprints as short bursts of focused productivity, like those intense gym sessions that leave you feeling accomplished and energized. In Scrum, sprints are time-boxed iterations, usually lasting one to four weeks, where your team collaborates to deliver valuable increments of the product.

"But why do sprints exist?" you wonder. Great question, my curious friend! Sprints serve a few crucial purposes. They provide your team with a clear and tangible goal to work towards, breaking down your product's development into manageable chunks. Sprints also foster transparency and accountability, as you have regular opportunities to showcase progress and gather feedback.

Now, managing sprints like a pro is the key to maximizing your team's productivity and delivering outstanding results. Here are a few tips to help you rock your sprint management game:

  1. Set Clear Goals: Start each sprint with well-defined objectives and user stories. Communicate the expected outcomes and align your team's efforts toward achieving them. Clarity is your ally!

  2. Collaborate like Avengers: Encourage open communication and collaboration within your team. Regularly conduct sprint planning, daily stand-ups, and sprint reviews. Embrace the power of teamwork and keep everyone on the same page.

  3. Embrace Adaptability: Agile is all about embracing change. As you progress through a sprint, be open to adjusting priorities, refining requirements, and adapting to new insights. Embrace flexibility and let your team's superpowers shine!

  4. Continuous Improvement: After each sprint, reflect on what went well and what could be improved. Use retrospectives to gather feedback, celebrate successes, and identify areas for growth. It's how you level up!

To help you in your sprint management journey, I've got a little treat for you. Ready to estimate how many story points your team can take into a sprint? Check out our Sprint Calculator! It's a handy tool that crunches the numbers and gives you an estimate, empowering you to plan your sprints with confidence. Give it a spin and unleash your team's potential!

Remember, sprints are your secret weapon to drive innovation, foster collaboration, and deliver remarkable products. Embrace the power of Agile, keep honing your skills, and together, we'll conquer the product management universe! If you need help along the way, reach out to us at Data Duke, we are glad to help on this topic!

How to use it? Let's break it down here:

Sprint Duration in Working Days:

This is the field where you write how many working days your sprint lasts. For example: If your sprint is 2 weeks long, then it is 10 working days. If it is 3 weeks long, then it is 15 working days, etc.

Team FTE during the Sprint:

You should know best how big your team is: you have, let's say, 3 people in Backend development and 2 people in Frontend. But, it can be that one or more devs are working on not only your project but also other internal stuff or even another project. Therefore you need to define how much FTE each dev is assigned to your project to the given sprint (yeah, it might vary from sprint to sprint :).

What is FTE - Full time equivalent: It is a way of measuring how much work or time someone puts into a project (if they work full time then it is 1 FTE, if half a work time, then it is 0,5 FTE).

So, once you have this for each team member, then just sum it up and enter it in the field.

FTE Days Off in Working Days:

This is where you count the days of vacation and public holidays. So go team member per team member and see how many working days off that person has, and then again, sum it all up and enter it in the field.

BUT count that day off not simply as 1 Day, instead do it proportionally to the team member's FTE (e.g. if the team member worked 1 FTE in the sprint, count also 1 Day; if 0,5 FTE then it is 0,5 Days off)

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So, that's it! Try out our Sprint Calculator today and unlock the potential of your team's sprint planning. Use it on your past sprints or the future ones and let us know in the comments how that worked out for you! Note that this calculator is only an indicator and you need to cross-check the results with your dev team at the latest in the Sprint Planning.

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