Hello again @serenity! In the last couple of sprints, members have been overcommitted and having extremely bad sprints:
I had a couple of examples here linked, but I chose to redact them so that no one feels like they are being personally targeted or being attacked.
But if you’re interested in proof, you can go over the Sprint Updates for Serenity members for the past 3 sprints, at least.
With some work being handled by Firefighters and other members, this indicates that the cell has been overcommitted for the past two sprints.
The Sprint Planning Manager’s responsibility is to ensure that no member is overcommitted and the cell is not overcommitted. These are important steps in the Sprint Planning Checklist for Sprint Planning Managers.
I’m not here to exonerate myself; after all, I honestly discussed how difficult it is to allocate more time for Sprint Planning Management.
However, self-management should assist in sprint planning.
That hasn’t been the case lately, because for the past many sprints, a person’s commitment is not what has been shown in Sprints. Thus, the cell’s commitment is not what has been shown in Sprints.
In order to better display the inaccuracy, I have prepared a couple of examples from the planning of Sprint 255.
Before I showcase any examples… My intent is not to blame but to point out mistakes which need to be corrected, because those mistakes are affecting the whole cell.
Here are some examples:
- The following comment was posted 6 minutes before the end of the sprint, on one of the tickets picked up by one of the members who is facing commitment issues.
I will reduce it to 3h since it’s mostly done, and it will involve just reviewing what happened, maybe answering Eyal, and maybe creating new tasks.
(I’m also doing it so that the dashboard shows me as not overcommitted…)
- In the final two hours of the sprint, the following message was posted, tagging a specific member who is facing commitment issues this sprint. To my knowledge, the member did not pick up any additional tasks and remained with 12 hours uncommitted on Sprints.
… the dashboard shows you have 12 available hours. If you need more tasks, please chime in.
What is happening is, indirectly and in some cases directly, prioritizing the clients over your own success and well-being.
We’re a team, and each of us functioning in a healthy way is the only way to ensure the whole team’s success. Self management is in place to serve you and your health.
Please start accurately portraying your commitments through Sprints.
Estimating tickets is something you are in control of. If you realize you need more time, even if you won’t use that time, specify it.
In such situations, there will always be a loss. Every sprint, we’re put at a crossroads where we either hurt ourselves or hurt the relationship we have with the clients.
But I’m hoping that this post will remind you that your well-being is more fragile than the strong relationships OpenCraft has built with its understanding clients.
Our consistency and distributed effort can ensure our success with the client, even if there were some bumps across the road.
On the other hand, if you choose to take on the world by yourself, we’ll fall like dominoes throwing each of our responsibilities onto the other.