When is Iteration Planning Completed?

GoRetro Team
April 16, 2023
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Iteration planning is a collaborative process where the Agile team comes together to plan the work they will tackle during the next timeboxed event called an iteration or sprint. But when is iteration planning considered completed? Let’s explore the key aspects that determine the completion of iteration planning. 

When is Iteration Planning Completed? 

The following are the essential criteria that you need completed before you can consider your iteration planning completed:

Clear Iteration Goals

You must set clear iteration goals for the team to work towards. Clear iteration goals are the foundation of completed iteration planning. These goals outline what the team aims to achieve during the iteration and serve as the guiding North Star for their work. Iteration goals should be specific, measurable, and achievable, (SMART goals) and align with the overall project objectives. They help the team stay focused and motivated throughout the iteration and ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Well-Defined Iteration Backlog

A well-defined iteration backlog is another essential aspect of completed iteration planning. The team should have a prioritized list of work items, such as user stories or tasks, that are ready to be worked on during the iteration. These work items should be broken down into smaller, manageable tasks with clear acceptance criteria. The team should have a shared understanding of what needs to be done and how it will be done to achieve the iteration goals.

Definition of Done

A clear definition of done is also a key factor in determining when iteration planning is completed. The team should have a shared understanding of what it means for a work item to be considered "done." This definition may vary depending on the team and the project, but it should be clearly defined and agreed upon by the whole Scrum Team. It helps ensure that the team is aligned on the quality and completeness criteria for their work, and that they consistently deliver high-quality output.

Timeboxed Planning

Timeboxed planning is an important aspect of completed iteration planning. Iteration planning is timeboxed, meaning it has a specific time limit. Once the team has completed the planned activities within the timebox, iteration planning is considered completed. Adhering to the timebox is crucial to ensure that the team does not spend excessive time on planning and loses focus on actual execution.


In conclusion, iteration planning is considered completed when the team has clear iteration goals, a well-defined iteration backlog, a shared understanding of the definition of done, and has adhered to the timebox. It's important to note that iteration planning is an ongoing process, and it may be revisited and updated throughout the iteration as new information or changes arise. Communication and collaboration among team members are crucial in ensuring that iteration planning is completed effectively and the team is aligned in achieving their goal

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