Question: Carrying items over from one sprint to the next
Scenario: I am a new scrum master on a team and we have just completed our first sprint. I was not here when the team planned the sprint but We planned to complete 73 Story Points. I calculated our velocity is about 53 story Points (Previous Sprints) and some team members was off during December and one person had a child. I am not sure why they planned full capacity with those people on leave.
Task 1 : 8sp - Done Task 2 : 20sp - WIP Task 3 : 8sp - Done Task 4 : 5sp - Testing in Progress Task 5 : 8sp - WIP Task 6 : 8sp - WIP Task 7 : 8sp - Testing Failed Task 8 : 8sp - WIP
The sprint ends tomorrow and there is a bunch of stories going to the new sprint. As mentioned I calculated the team velocity as 53sp (Previous Sprints), With the work in WIP/Testing Failed it adds up to 21 (If testing passes on 5sp item). They do buddy programming if someone is stuck, which is awesome.
- Do I carry those over to new sprint and if it gets completed mid sprint we just add stories to the sprint from backlog? - I say yes that is correct.
- My velocity will be influenced by data such as above, can I work out velocity by: Remove highest (This will be next sprint if we carry items over) velocity and lowest velocity, count the rest and divide by number of sprints?
In the current sprints retrospective I will mention the following:
a. Cross skill - Need to work on that
b. We need to plan better and keep leave in mind
c. We need to speak up during the sprint if we wont make the sprint, then we can make necessary adjustments
d. Remind them of scrum values.
e. Cant we make tasks smaller?
Do you perhaps have any other suggestions to improve our planning, committed items to reach our target velocity and am I on the right track?