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November 14, 2019

In my org, we had a disastrous outage, which resulted in little to no sprint work getting done as the teams were busy firefighting the outage issues. In this event, as product owner I am considering cancelling the sprint. Looks like I can do that by 'Deleting' the sprint. My question is once i delete the sprint ( #2 suppose ), and i create a new sprint, Will the new sprint number be #2 again ? I can then put all the issues in the deleted sprint to the new sprint.

Is there a better way of dealing with this situation that I may be missing ?

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November 16, 2019

Hi @Tanaya Ojha

As per the Scrum Guide,

"A Sprint can be cancelled before the Sprint time-box is over. Only the Product Owner has the authority to cancel the Sprint.

A Sprint would be cancelled if the Sprint Goal becomes obsolete. This might occur if the company changes direction or if market or technology conditions change. In general, a Sprint should be cancelled if it no longer makes sense given the circ*mstances. But, due to the short duration of Sprints, cancellation rarely makes sense.

When a Sprint is cancelled, any completed and "Done" Product Backlog items are reviewed. If part of the work is potentially releasable, the Product Owner typically accepts it. All incomplete Product Backlog Items are re-estimated and put back on the Product Backlog. The work done on them depreciates quickly and must be frequently re-estimated.

Sprint cancellations consume resources, since everyone regroups in another Sprint Planning to start another Sprint. Sprint cancellations are often traumatic to the Scrum Team, and are very uncommon."

Now in your case, you have 2 options:

1) You can just mark the current sprint as closed/ completed and move the tasks/ issues to a new sprint. This is recommended because you will not lose any data related to current sprint plus there does not seem to be any benefit of deleting the sprint.

2) You can delete the current sprint and move the tasks/ issues to a new sprint.

Regarding sprint number, I am assuming that you are referring to "Sprint Name". You can create the new sprint with name #2 (sprint name can be edited in Jira).

Hope this answers your query.

Let me know if you have any further doubts which we can discuss.

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November 14, 2019

The sprint happened whether you were able to work on any of the issues or not. Just close the sprint and create a new one.

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FAQs

What is a good reason for cancelling a Sprint? ›

"A Sprint can be cancelled before the Sprint time-box is over. Only the Product Owner has the authority to cancel the Sprint. A Sprint would be cancelled if the Sprint Goal becomes obsolete. This might occur if the company changes direction or if market or technology conditions change.

Which is true regarding cancelling a Sprint? ›

A Sprint could be cancelled if the Sprint Goal becomes obsolete. Only the Product Owner has the authority to cancel the Sprint.

What might be a valid reason for abnormally cancelling a Sprint? ›

An abnormal termination or cancellation of a Sprint may occur when the Sprint Goal becomes obsolete. This can be due to changes in business direction, market conditions, or technology. It is not appropriate to cancel the Sprint due to perceived difficulty, new opportunities, or inability to finish all tasks.

What factors do you consider when cancelling a Sprint and how do you justify the time and investment spent on a cancelled Sprint? ›

Product Owner can cancel sprint if the sprint goal becomes obsolete during the sprint.
  1. Company's vision is changed.
  2. Product strategy is changed.
  3. Company's business strategy is changed.
  4. Market conditions are changed.
  5. Technology changes.
  6. Customer needs are changed.

Is it possible to cancel a Sprint once it has started? ›

you can't make the sprint inactive, but you can remove the sprint like that: Complete the sprint. Since all issues were incomplete, you can move them to another sprint (create one before) or to the backlog. You can then keep the completed sprint or remove it with the "..."-Button in the sprint report.

What are the questions the Sprint planning answers? ›

Common Questions About Sprint Planning, Answered
  • Topic One: Why is this sprint valuable? The Product Owner proposes how the product could increase its value and utility in the current sprint. ...
  • Topic Two: What can be done this sprint? ...
  • Topic Three: How will the chosen work get done?
Feb 6, 2022

Under what scenario would the Sprint be cancelled? ›

A Sprint could be cancelled if the Sprint Goal becomes obsolete. Only the Product Owner has the authority to cancel the Sprint.

What is an abnormal termination of a Sprint? ›

A stopping of the Sprint by the Scrum Master at the behest of the Team. This is a 'self-organization thing' and is often threatened but seldom invoked – it is usually used by the Team as a way of saying 'you didn't play nice, so we are going on strike.

Who can abnormally terminate a Sprint choose the best answer? ›

The question of who has the authority to abnormally terminate a Sprint appears in the Open Assessment. The answer considered to be correct is the Product Owner, assuming that he or she believes it no longer makes sense to continue with the Sprint.

When should you close a Sprint? ›

If you happen to reach the end of a sprint with unfinished tasks (and, therefore, unfinished US) then the most common action is to move US from that sprint to a newly created one to be able to finish the US during the new sprint. The moment you only leave behind closed tasks, the sprint will change to CLOSED.

Who can prematurely cancel or terminate a Sprint? ›

The Product Owner has the authority to cancel a Sprint anytime before achievement of the set Sprint goals. This is known as 'abnormal termination' of a Sprint. As a result of the abnormal termination, all the activities of that particular sprint are canceled.

What are three Sprint planning mistakes that need to avoid? ›

7 common sprint planning mistakes
  • Not setting a clear sprint goal. ...
  • Failing to prepare your product backlog. ...
  • Lacking a clear meeting agenda. ...
  • Letting fear derail innovation. ...
  • Focusing on velocity over outcome. ...
  • Wasting too much time on carry-overs. ...
  • Not being open to unexpected changes.
Feb 23, 2024

How can I get out of my Sprint contract? ›

Canceling Sprint Wireless via Phone Call

Dial *2 or (888) 211-4727 for regular plans. Suppose you have a business plan; dial (800) 927-2199. Ask to speak to a representative. The representative will ask you the reason for cancelation.

Is there a cancelation fee for Sprint? ›

You may terminate any line of service before its Term ends by calling us, however you will be responsible for an EARLY TERMINATION FEE of up to $350/line for Advanced Devices & up to $200 ETF/line for other devices for each line/number terminated early - except for terminations consistent with our return policy.

When should the developers cancel a Sprint? ›

At the end of each sprint, the development team should deliver a usable and potentially releasable product increment. If the quality of the work does not meet the standards or there are significant defects, it may be necessary to cancel the sprint in order to address the issues before moving forward.

Can I cancel my Sprint plan? ›

You can cancel in person or over the phone but not on the website or via email. You can use the Sprint locator to find a nearby store. Once you do that, you can make an appointment and visit in person. Just provide them with your ID and they will be able to cancel your Sprint account immediately.

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