Support – Capacity for Sprint Planning

How to run Sprint Planning

  1. Determine roughly how much capacity your team members will have in the Sprint (e.g. Bob will have 20 hours to spend, Sally will have 40 hours, and so on).
  2. Pull an issue into your Sprint.
  3. Break it down into sub-tasks.
  4. For each sub-task, assign a person and a time-based estimate to it (e.g. Bob for 4 hours).
  5. Refresh Capacity for Sprint Planning to see an up-to-date count of how many hours team members have been assigned to the Sprint.
  6. Repeat until all issues (that will be worked on in the Sprint) have been broken down.

Note: Even though this tool helps you assign tasks to individuals, we recommend that in the spirit of Agile, you remain flexible during the Sprint and re-assign tasks if/when the need arises.


Seeing estimates by team members

Capacity for Sprint Planning calculates the sum of each team member’s sub-task estimates for a Sprint.

For example, if Bob is working on 3 sub-tasks which are estimated to take 2, 4 and 6 hours respectively to complete, we’ll display ‘12’ next to his avatar.


Seeing estimates for unassigned sub-tasks

We calculate the total number of unassigned sub-tasks for a Sprint.

For example, if there are two sub-tasks that are unassigned, we’ll show ‘2’ next to the unassigned icon. This will help to prevent sub-tasks slipping through the cracks during your Sprint.


Seeing estimates for unestimated sub-tasks

We calculate the total number of unestimated sub-tasks for a Sprint.

For example, if you have 1 sub-task that is unestimated, we’ll show ‘1’ next to the unestimated icon. Then, you can estimate those unestimated sub-task(s) before you leave your Sprint Planning session.


Board compatibility

This Jira app works for Scrum boards only.

For Jira server, find/hide the app at the top right corner of your Backlog page and click Show/Hide Capacity Planning.