Here’s what creating a Sprint Planning Board can do for your team:
- Visualize a wide variety of user stories across multiple sprints and potentially multiple teams (as in with Scaled Agile).
- Maximize current team capabilities and capacity in order to deliver more valuable work to customers.
Cardsmith provides an ideal way to map out user stories across sprints because you can visualize dependencies between stories and easily arrange stories in a sequence that meets customer needs and fits the constraints of the team. To help manage capacity and plan appropriately sized sprints, a story point or swag field can be added up by row, column and cell using the Grid Totals function. Connectors are added using the “Link to” item on the card menu while in board view (card is not open).
The Sprint Planning process uses story points in order to size features or chunks of work into relative sizing. Overtime the team, and via sprint retrospectives, the team will learn how many story points they can reliably finish in a single sprint.
Pro Tip: if you add fields to a card and want to always have those fields on new cards select Set Default Card from the card menu (see the lower right menu on this card)