Story points estimation vs completing a Sprint



  • Estimation that is based on Story points is pretty unreliable, but still the Scrum team should complete a Sprint backlog on time - isn't it a flaw in the Scrum process?



  • A Sprint Backlog is a Forecast and it can change as part of the sprint when the Development team uncovers more about the work to be done. There is no explicit expectation that the Development Team will always deliver it's forecast or that the forecast can't be changed.

    As part of the Daily Scrum:

    The Development Team or team members often meet immediately after the Daily Scrum for detailed discussions, or to adapt, or replan, the rest of the Sprint’s work.

    https://scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html#events-daily

    We also expect teams to become better at slicing their work, at delivering more frequently (even multiple times per sprint) and at dealing with unforeseen complexity. Yet, highly advanced teams will encounter unexpected things and it may happen that you don't deliver what you had planned. That's part of life. Scrum can't change that.



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