4.4 Sprint Planning

Augie Fackler raf at durin42.com
Fri Sep 15 11:58:10 EDT 2017

> On Sep 14, 2017, at 01:16, Gregory Szorc <gregory.szorc at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you and Kostia for volunteering to organize things on the ground! The sprints can be chaotic and I'm sure you'll make great masters-of-ceremony.


> While the draft schedule seems very reasonable (I'd be happy if it were the final schedule), I'd like to throw out a few ideas and observations.
> Experience from previous Sprints tells me that people are pretty drained by the 3rd day. I like the idea of a "vision statements" session to hash out project direction. But I'm a bit worried about doing that on Sunday. If we have the session, I'd prefer see it done on Friday or Saturday when everyone is still pretty fresh. I /think/ it would make a natural follow-up to the "state of" sessions. Maybe we could do it after lunch on Friday? Although I do worry about information overload if we stack all the heavy talking on Friday. It might also be useful for people to have time to digest all the "state of" information and to connect with others before we start thinking about vision statements.

Maybe we could do state-of things quickly Friday morning after introductions, capped at an hour *total*, and then talk vision statement etc Saturday morning when we're all fresh.

> Personally, I love when things get done at the Sprint. The best Sprints for me are when I walk away feeling energized about what was accomplished. Something I feel has been lacking from previous Sprints is a natural "book end" to the event. Sundays can kind of tail off and fizzle. What do others think about some kind of "closing" event where we announce accomplishments and leave on a high note?

Sounds like something we should try.

> Another area I'd like to explore is establishing more formal goals or even "tracks" for the Sprint - before the Sprint starts. It would be cool if by the time I get on a plane I have a pretty good sense of what we're going to try to do at the Sprint. For example, perhaps a few people sign up for Python 3 porting, others on storage futures, another group on UX papercuts, and another group on bug triage and fixing. Being a reviewer and patch author, if I have time to "page in" areas that I know will be a focus at the Sprint, it should enable me - and others - to have a more productive Sprint.
> Finally, I'd really like to make sure we address as many of the "only at the Sprint" activities as we can. We tend to save many of our larger backwards compatibility breaking decisions for Sprints. Going back to knowing what will happen before the Sprint, if we could get a list of major proposals on the wiki before the Sprint so everyone has time to digest them and isn't surprised by the crazy ones, I think that would go a long way.
> Thanks again for starting this thread, Ryan!
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