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DPM Podcast

How To Plan An Agile Sprint (With Alexa Huston From Crema)

By 11/02/2019October 8th, 2020 No Comments

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Audio Transcription:

Ben Aston:

Welcome to the DPM Podcast, where we go beyond theory to give expert PM advice for creating better digital projects. Thanks for tuning in. I’m Ben Aston, founder of The Digital Project Manager.

Be honest. Do you leave your sprint planning meetings with a well-defined, agreed-upon backlog complete with well-defined estimated items in full confidence that your upcoming sprint is going to go exactly to plan? Thought not.

While we all know sprint planning is a good idea and critical to the success of the project, it’s hard. It’s hard to get it right because we’re trying to reduce ambiguity and we’re trying to get alignment with our team and we’re trying to get to some kind of agreement. That is always tricky.

How can you start your sprints off right and do the planning that’s actually needed to get your sprint moving in the right direction, and not just another false start that requires another planning meeting? As PMs, it’s our job to get this done right. But how do we do it? Planning an agile properly is what today’s podcast is all about, so keep listening to find out how you can get your sprint started right.

My special guest today on the show is Alexa Huston from Crema. Alexa is a former DPM, and now she works in new business. This challenge that we have is something that she’s well acquainted with. Alexa is one of our resident PM experts in the Digital Project Manager School. If you want to learn more from her, check out our Master of Digital Project Management School where she’ll be making an appearance. Go to DPMSchool.com to find out more about that. Hi, Alexa.

Alexa Huston:

Hi, Ben.

Ben Aston:

Welcome to 2019, our first chat of 2019. What are the big goals for 2019 for you, Alexa?

Alexa Huston:

That is a loaded question. I actually did that hone on New Year’s Eve and wrote down some things. I’m not a huge resolution person, because I think I’m constantly setting goals. But I want 2019 to be a year where I learn how to chill. I tend to be kind of a busybody, so I’m trying to find more opportunities to take a step back, do some meditation, be more in the moment.

Ben Aston:

And how many times in the last week have you managed that?

Ben Aston

Ben Aston

I’m Ben Aston, a digital project manager and founder of thedigitalprojectmanager.com. I've been in the industry for more than 15 years working in the UK at London’s top digital agencies including Dare, Wunderman, Lowe and DDB. I’ve delivered everything from film to CMS', games to advertising and eCRM to eCommerce sites. I’ve been fortunate enough to work across a wide range of great clients; automotive brands including Land Rover, Volkswagen and Honda; Utility brands including BT, British Gas and Exxon, FMCG brands such as Unilever, and consumer electronics brands including Sony.

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