Definition of Capacity

An estimate or prediction of the rate that a Team or Organization will be able to develop Product; it is often used in Release Planning. Often confused with Velocity and WorkRate.


We make Capacity assumptions in order to be able to make predictions. These Capacity assumptions should be verified or re-baselined every Sprint based on current Velocity calculations.

We can think of the Chores as work the Team does to maintain its Capacity, either by keeping the Code cleaner and easier to work with, or by improving the Team and its Environment.

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"Capacity" Accessed Jun 17, 2024.