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Timeboxing is a simple technique to limit the time spent on a meeting or task. A fixed amount of time is allocated to it and when this time is over the task or meeting goal is either accomplished or the attempt has failed, but the time cannot be extended.

Why timeboxing is necessary in Scrum

Scrum uses a large number of short meetings (Sprint planning, Daily Scrum, Review and Retrospective). If meeting time is not effectively limited, these meetings are at a high risk to become general discussions and consume considerable amounts of time and energy from all participants. At the same time the core purpose of achieving a simple goal with a transparent process gets diluted.

Timeboxes in use at Openbravo

As of April 2009 we apply the following timeboxes at Openbravo

The timeboxes do not vary with team size. Some of these timeboxes are very hard to keep. See the articles on the meetings for the preparation that is requested from participants in order to keep them.

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