Do Whatever Works for You
Now in case you are wondering whether these all need to be separate meetings or whether you can roll them all up into one...it’s completely up to you.
To keep the number of meetings down to a minimum, some teams like to combine the showcase, next iteration planning, and retro all into one and do it in an hour (that’s my preference, and that’s what I’ve presented here under one IPM).
Others prefer separating the planning from the showcases and doing the retro as a fun activity near the end of the week.
And some teams have such good contact with their customers that they don’t need dedicated story-planning meetings (SPMs). They just talk every day and have a design session whenever they need it.
Remember, there ...