Scrum & Time-Tracking

Best Ways to Track Time in Scrum

by Pete R.

Without a doubt, time tracking is one of the many things that a software developer doesn't enjoy. It is perceived that keeping track of time is wasteful and restricting. This is because the time tracking devices or systems used previously were burdensome. It required the developer to follow every second they spend working on an item.

Thanks to the Scrum and Agile development methodologies, software development teams can get more work done and make managing the complex tasks simple. However, the most common problem faced by software developers is how to track time.

In this post, we have shed light on how to do time tracking. Take a look!

Tracking Time in Scrum

In Scrum, it is advised to track the time you spent working on the stories along with the time remaining to finish them. Through monitoring the remaining time, you will be able to figure out the progress of the team in the existing sprint. This will even let you determine whether the goals of the Sprint will be achieved or not. To make sure time tracking is error-free, remaining time for the tasks are updated regularly.

Thanks to time tracking, it provides a chance to get feedback on the accuracy of the estimates. It is a beautiful way to know how preventions slow down the team.

In Scrum, estimated time to complete a Sprint is measured in story points. This is to provide a rough guess of how big or small the work will be. Along with this, you need to track velocity as well. This is because it will help in informing about how much work can be done in an iteration. It will help in enhancing the process of sprint planning. This will enable you to record time accurately and use it in future decision making.

All you have to do is estimate the time that will be taken using story point, then create an iteration plan depending on the estimated Sprint velocity. So, time tracking will make your team efficient and effective.


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