The Sprint: Turning Ideas into Value

Sprints are the core of Scrum, helping turn ideas into real results. They are short, fixed-length periods, usually a month or less, that start immediately after the previous Sprint ends.

During Sprints, the team works on all tasks needed to achieve the Product Goal, including:

  • Sprint Planning
  • Daily Scrums
  • Sprint Review
  • Sprint Retrospective
  • In a Sprint:

No changes are made that could risk the Sprint Goal. Quality stays consistent. The Product Backlog is updated as needed. The scope can be clarified and renegotiated with the Product Owner as new information comes in.

Sprints help maintain predictability by ensuring regular checks and adjustments toward the Product Goal at least once a month. If a Sprint is too long, the Goal might become outdated, complexity might rise, and risks could increase. Shorter Sprints allow for more learning and reduce risk by limiting the time and effort involved. Each Sprint is like a small project.

A Sprint can be canceled if its Goal becomes irrelevant. Only the Product Owner can cancel a Sprint.