How to move tickets forward into the next sprint

GoRetro Team
August 22, 2022
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How to move tickets forward into the next Sprint

One important aspect of sprints is the ability to move tickets (or tasks) forward into the next sprint when they are not completed within the current one. This can be a challenging task, as it requires careful planning and coordination to ensure that the work is properly prioritized and that the team has the capacity to take on additional work.

So, how can you effectively move tickets forward into the next sprint? Here are a few tips:

  1. Prioritize your tickets: Before you start moving tickets into the next sprint, it's important to take a step back and assess the overall priorities of the project. What work is most critical to complete? What can wait until later? By prioritizing your tickets, you can ensure that the most important work is being tackled first and that you are making the most efficient use of your time.
  2. Communicate with your team: Moving tickets forward can have an impact on the workload of the Scrum team, so it's important to have open and honest communication with your team members. Let them know which tickets are being moved and why, and ask for their input on how best to handle the additional work. By involving your team in the process, you can ensure that everyone is on the same page and that there are no surprises when it comes to workload.
  3. Break down large tickets: If you have a large ticket that cannot be completed within the current sprint, consider breaking it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. This can make it easier to track progress and ensure that you are making steady progress towards completing the larger ticket.
  4. Use your team's capacity wisely: When moving tickets forward, it's important to consider the overall capacity of your team. Don't overload your team by adding too much additional work – this can lead to burnout and reduced productivity. Instead, carefully evaluate the team's capacity and make sure you are adding a reasonable amount of additional work.
  5. Stay organized: Finally, staying organized is key to effectively moving tickets forward. Use tools like project management software or a Kanban board to keep track of your tickets and their status. This can help you stay on top of what work has been completed and what still needs to be done, and can make it easier to move tickets forward when necessary.

Tickets that are moved forward into the next sprint as ‘carry-over,’ are tickets that did not meet the definition of done for the previous Sprint. To carry it over to the next sprint, a new sprint goal has to be created and estimation for each product backlog item must take place. The new goals and estimation should take into account that there is still work from the last sprint in this sprint. These can be defined as subtasks in the new sprint.

N.B If the ticket had met the definition of done, it can be marked as DONE and does not need to be moved into the next sprint.


By following these tips, you can effectively move tickets forward into the next sprint and keep your project on track. Remember to prioritize your work, communicate with your team, break down large tickets, use your team's capacity wisely, and stay organized, and you'll be well on your way to successfully moving tickets forward and completing your project on time.

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