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Sprint Planning Template

A sprint is a time boxed iteration within which a team does its work. This can be one week, two weeks, or even just a few days. This is template will help teams establish a sprint goal and use that as the basis by which they determine which experiment backlog items they work on during that sprint.

When to Use it

  • At the beginning of a new sprint, after the sprint review and retrospective from the previous sprint. 
  • Have a consistent time for sprint planning so that your team can commit that time.

Who Should Use It

Sprint planning typically involves the entire team.

How it Works

That timeboxed sprint revolves around a shared team goal. This goal should be something that requires the team to work together to achieve, and shouldn’t fall solely on the shoulders of one team member to accomplish. This meeting should be split into 2 parts: setting the goal and the work that will satisfy the goal. When we are setting the sprint goal, we need to make sure it ties to whatever project management and roadmapping work we’ve already done. Setting the sprint goal is a good time to reflect on what you hope to accomplish in the next several months. Once you have the goal set, it’s time to figure out what you will need to do to satisfy the goal. This doesn’t mean which sub-projects or milestones should you bring in, this means breaking out your calendar and looking at how many hours you have in the week to do things like: pair with teammates on tasks that require more than one person, carve out uninterrupted time to get tasks done that require deep focus, and this part of the meeting is all about coordinating.


  • Set the sprint's goal.
  • Determine the work that will satisfy the goal.
  • Add specifics that you think your team will benefit from in order to get through the meeting.

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