Scrum Kickoff Planner

The Scrum Kickoff Planner

I’ve helped kickoff a lot of Scrum teams. Even with the number of teams I’ve helped get started, I still struggle to remember all the subjects a team can benefit from discussing when they first form. Why? Simple: even if you help 10 teams start up a year, you’re really not doing it all that often, and there’s simply a lot of little things to remember.

Enter The Scrum Kickoff Planner to save the day!

The Scrum Kickoff Planner is made up of 12 pages of goodness, with sections like:

  • Working Agreements
  • Team Values
  • Product Owner availability
  • What do we do when the PO is not available
  • Sprint Length
  • Definition of Done

Don’t let the size of the Planner scare you. Even if your team only discusses some of the contents you’ll be better off than if you hadn’t. Fill in the parts that help you. Ignore the parts that don’t. The guide is meant to foster discussions and interactions.

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If you find the planner useful, have a suggestion for an item to add, or if you have questions, please post in the comments below. If we outgrow the comments section, I’ll start a mailing list on the topic.

14 Responses to “The Scrum Kickoff Planner”

  1. Linda Fane January 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

    Thanks Adam ….this is really useful. I am using it with a game company I am working with that is going agile so I needed to change some of the questions. I hope it is all right to tweak. I am a big fan of your work.

    • Adam Weisbart February 5, 2016 at 10:41 am #

      You’re welcome! Great meeting you at Agile Open NW. You’re more than welcome to add to it as long as you cite me as the original source. I’d love to see what you’ve added so I can consider the items for a future release. Thanks!

  2. Bjorn Merinder July 29, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    I have kicked off a few new teams in the past, but as you say – it does not happen every week or month so I forget good things each time. Having a planner is a good way to avoid this – print it out and take notes as you think of specific things that you want to remember from each kickoff.

  3. Raghu January 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    This comes so handy when spinning off a new team!!! Super useful checklist to help kickoff scrum with new teams.

  4. Craig Dial January 16, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    This is a useful tool to re-visit with a team as members come and go, or even if it’s been 6 months or a year with no changes. It’s a very straightforward way to get the team to discuss and inspect their commitments to each other. If you’ve got an existing team that seems to be struggling in retrospectives that cover the “how we do things” ground again and again, I’d suggest framing a retrospective around completing the planner again.

  5. NEO September 8, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    I plan to adopt Scrum, thanks.

  6. David August 7, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Thank you, I just begin to study Scrum, This s the start!

  7. Nishizhen January 31, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Thank you, I just begin to study Scrum, This s the start!

  8. Mark Levison November 17, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    Adam – another tool I usually get teams to create at their inception is their skills matrix – we want to instill cross skilling from moment one. There is probably more stuff but my brain is fried.

    • Adam Weisbart November 18, 2012 at 12:03 am #

      Great idea Mark! Thank you :)

  9. NameShubhangi November 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Great Article and the paper, definitely useful for the organizations where teamwork concept is fairly new. This would also help the team to discuss and form the ground rules for their teamwork!


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