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🏃 Sprint Planning

Launch Pad uses agile software development, as is common in industry. In particular, Launch Pad uses a mixture of the Scrum and Kanban methodologies. This allows teams to manage small, achievable milestones and adjust projects as needed quickly and effectively.

An important part of the Scrum development methodology is sprint planning, where the team decides what issues they will work on for the next week or two. This document explains Launch Pad’s sprint planning guidelines.


Before development on a project begins, the backlog should contain Epics that describe the project’s requirements. As needed, these Epics should be broken down into smaller issues that build toward completing the Epic. Issues should be as small as possible but still contain enough information for anyone on the team to understand. Issues in the backlog should be ordered by priority.


Every issue created during sprint planning should have an estimate before work on it starts. Estimates for issues should be in terms of relative complexity, not time. The magnitude of estimates doesn’t matter, so long as two issues that have the same estimate have approximately the same complexity.

The smaller in scope an issue is, the more accurately it can be estimated, so try to break down larger issues into several smaller-scoped ones.

Before beginning a project, teams should decide on some guidelines for estimation. For instance, an estimate of 1 is about as much work as adding an extra button in a navigation bar, and an estimate of 5 is about as much work as fetching and parsing data from GitHub’s API.

Scrum Meeting

Every week, each team should have a Scrum meeting from 11AM-12PM. At these meetings, teams should: