Prague based full-stack developer and agile practitioner. Engineering Manager at @productboard 🚀

The new year is here, and that means two things: vaccine 🙏 and fresh rounds of yearly and quarterly plannings 🤦‍♂️. We have finally figured the first one, but the planning is a tougher nut to crack. We hear questions like this every single time:

“How do you convert story…

Picture of the iPhone with a calendar app open. A long refinement meeting is on the screen.

I have observed this pattern in several SCRUM teams. In all team member’s calendars, somewhere in the second half of the sprint, there is a big solid block. Usually, it’s a one or two-hour-long meeting called “Backlog refinement”, “Backlog grooming” or something like that.

And if you have a chance…

Josef Sekava

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