The metrics to be achieved during the Sprint is determined at the Sprint Planning Session. The Sprint Plan is a collaborative work among the lead analyst, coaching staff and players.
Sprint Planning Sessions are limited to a maximum of eight hours for a ten game Sprint. The majority of that time is dedicated to the coaching staff and analyst inspecting and making adjustments from the previous Sprint. The Agile Sports Consultant ensures that the Sprint Planning Session takes place and that everybody understands its purpose. The Agile Sports Consultant teaches the team to keep the session within the eight hour time frame.
Sprint Planning Sessions answer the following:
- What areas can we improve and which goals can we reach in the upcoming Sprint?
- How will the players deliver the desired results?
- What will the team need to do in order to achieve its Sprint Goals?
What areas can we improve?
The lead analyst works with the players to forecast the performance results they will need to deliver during the Sprint. The lead analyst discusses the Sprint objective and metrics in the Performance Metric Log which are critical to reaching the Sprint Goal. The team collaborates on the plan to achieve the Sprint Goal. It usually takes a few Sprints for the lead analyst to create accurate value estimates, but once metric impacts are better understood and value assignments are tweaked, results can become predictable.
The inputs to this meeting are the Performance Dashboard, the previous Sprint results, projected capabilities of the players during the upcoming Sprint, and past performance of the players. The value of metrics selected from the Performance Dashboard comprises the player’s Planned Value for the upcoming Sprint. During Sprint Planning, players receive a Player Value Card which has the team performance metrics and their associated values for that player for each game within the Sprint (based on the player’s matchup strength). The selected metrics to be achieved on each Player Value Card are the sole decision of the players. Only the players can determine what performance goals they can achieve during the upcoming Sprint. However, the combined player’s Total Planned Value should be equal to or greater than the lead analyst’s Recommended Team Value. A key role for the players is to encourage their team mates to push themselves and set challenging goals that will help the team maximize value and achieve its overall goal. This is a self-organization characteristic of the Agile Sports Framework™.
After the players and lead analyst forecast performance for the upcoming Sprint Performance Dashboard and value is estimated, the team develops the Sprint Goal, which are the objectives that should be met during the Sprint by executing the Sprint Strategy and achieving the metrics listed in the Sprint Performance Dashboard.
How will players deliver desired results?
Now that the Sprint Goal and the selected Sprint Performance Dashboard metrics are identified, the players must decide how they will accomplish their goals during the Sprint. This forms the team’s Sprint Strategy. The Sprint Performance Dashboard metrics selected for this Sprint ( plus the plan developed to deliver them is the Sprint Strategy.
The players usually start by developing personal and team strategies needed to accomplish the Sprint Performance Dashboard metrics selected. The value of metrics listed may vary from Sprint to Sprint, depending on the matchups throughout the Sprint. The goal is to increase value points each Sprint. The lead analyst determines what the key metrics are to achieve their Sprint Goal (planned value and expected wins/losses). Players forecast what performance metrics they believe they can accomplish in the upcoming Sprint. The strategy for the first few games of the Sprint is outlined during this meeting. The players self-organize to execute the Sprint Strategy, both during the Sprint Planning Session and as needed throughout the Sprint. Coaches and the Assistant Coaches guide players toward a state of synergy.
The lead analyst can help to clarify the selected Sprint Performance Dashboard metrics and make trade-offs if higher value metrics are identified or team circumstances change.
As a result of the Sprint Planning Session, the players should be able to explain to the lead analyst, coach, and key stakeholders how they intend to accomplish the Sprint Goal and deliver the anticipated performance (through their Player Value Cards). This forms the self-organizing concept of The Agile Sports Framework, where players contribute to and have buy-in to the strategy and what they must do to create and sustain value.
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