Chapter 4. The pre-game

In the game of rugby, or any professional sport for that matter, there are many activities that must be performed prior to kickoff: prior games are analyzed, sponsors are secured, stakeholder input is provided, rules get re-explained, playing fields get selected, calendar dates get negotiated, teams get selected, and player positions get designated. Scrum software development projects also have a pre-game, where many of these same types of activities are performed. The Scrum pre-game is the time period when the vision is established all the way up to the beginning of the first Sprint. The pre-game is not time-boxed, and not all projects make it out of the pre-game.

There are many important activities that can be performed ...

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