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A Sprint is typically 30 days (can be less — more for another posting) and a lot of places I go to and consult with look at the word “Sprint” as a bad word.
The general idea of a Sprint is for all stakeholders to get into a regular heartbeat of delivery (you know, so the team can deliver potentially shippable products on a regular basis).
For some teams, this looks like a continuous non-stop treadmill or running in a mouse cage (do you get a good visual on that now?).
And it goes on and on and on…. with teams never getting to “Done.”
This is sad.
How can you keep this from happening?
Well, I see a few ways that I’d like to examine today.
I want to examine how this is not a bad word or term and how it can be used effectively for sustainable development.
The whole idea of Scrum is to produce working software on a regular basis.
Say it with me now… “Working Software.”
Nothing else. Everything else is, well, not “working software.”
This does not mean the team has to forget about the differences between the Product Backlog and the Sprint Backlog (hmmm… foreshadowing my next two topics and comic strips) — because this is one of the ways a team usually gets to this point.
Think about it.
Who is committing to the work you are doing as a team during the Sprint?
If you are on the floor laughing, or have a blank stare on your face right now… let me re-frame the question to…
Who is SUPPOSED to commit the the work you are doing as a team during the Sprint?
If all else fails, what is the last thing we do before starting a new Sprint over again?
Stop and think about this.
It begins with the letter, “R”.
A Retrospective is probably needed.
Maybe this means reading a book about it.
And I mean READING it until the end and then actually PRACTICING what you read about.
There is a night and day difference between a crappy Retrospective and a good one. Retrospectives work.
Find out why your team thinks the word “Sprint” is a bad word.
It should not be a never-ending cycle.
If it is…
Hope this helps stop the insanity of never-ending-Sprints.
What else can you recommend to help stop this?
Send your comments and share some of your experiences.