What do you track on your Scrum board?

Explore Assurity 7 March 2013 Bruce Keightley

This was originally published on the Clarus website.

If there is room, a burn-down chart and impediments section can be added – and if it’s huge, then a technical debt section can be included. The Scrum board shown below made great use of the boardroom window – and the Venetian blinds helped the Scrum Master keep the stories and tasks lined up!
Breaking stories down into tasks in Sprint Planning 2 is not an exact science. You can’t think of every possible task for every story in each sprint. Quite often, it isn’t until we start work on a story that we discover the tasks we hadn’t thought of during planning. I classify these new tasks as ‘found work’ and make them highly visible on the Scrum board by choosing brightly coloured Post-it notes.

At the end of the sprint, the total hours worked off-sprint and the nature of the work can then be analysed and the team can make some decisions on how to minimise the impact of this extra work.

What I quite often find is that bad behaviour in the organisation is rewarded because team members are naturally helpful and hardworking and don’t like saying no.
So why not try recording non-sprint work and see where your time is really being spent? The answer might surprise you.