Pick one:
  1. Yes, it is ok, the team needs to be managed by the Scrum Master who decides when to adjust.
  2. Yes, if the Product Owner approves
  3. No, use the time box to help detect when things are not well understood and where clarity is needed. Time boxes bring rhythm
  4. Sometimes, if the Product Owner and Scrum Master agree

scrum timeboxtime box is a common practice underlying most agile processes especially, Scrum. Time boxing is a the closest thing in agile or scrum that we have to something that is clearly a best practice. Most managers or early adopters of Scrum wonder what they do to create a sense of urgency and the answer is simple “Time Box”.

In Scrum we have 6 formal timeboxes.

  1. Release Planning
  2. Sprint Planning
  3. Sprint
  4. Daily Standup
  5. Sprint Review
  6. Sprint Retrospective

Time boxes are a key element in Scrum. They form the a bases for how we manage the team’s energy. The general rule in using time boxes is to not adjust the time once you have set it. When the clock runs out the bell “dings” and things change.

#1 mistake those new to Scrum make is to adjust the sprint length to give the team more time to complete their work. Basic Scrum training should cover and provide an in depth explanation of why not to adjust the time box.

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3 Responses to Should we adjust the time box in Scrum?

  1. YvesHanoulle says:

    yes if you need more time to do what you want to do in a sprint, adjust the timebox

    LESS time.

    if it hurts, to it more often…

  2. Chris Noffke says:

    Great post! Keep them coming!

  3. Scrum begineer says:

    1) Timeboxing is the feature that will give to an Agile project the required flexibility, adaptability to change, capacity to manage risks, and so on. This is very good for tracking the progress of the project.
    2) Ttime boxed sprint allows the team to be more focused and dedicated and hence improves productivity.
    3) It allows the team to prioritize the work and deliver the high priority task
    3) Time box sprints allows the product owner & stake holders to predict the advancement of the project and knows which features are getting delivered.
    4) By time-boxing, effort is spent on high priority task, thus ensuring that effort is not spent on unnecessary or least priorty task
    5) With this, self-organised team can estimate the duration of each task in hours and daily basis chart down the remaining hours for the unaccomplished task

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