An introduction to Sprints
Sprints are short periods of time in which you hope to achieve some measurable progress towards your larger goals. Most teams run 2 week sprints. These are long enough to make meaningful progress but short enough to plan at the right level of detail.
- You start each sprint with a planning session agreeing on the goals you hope to achieve and discussing any impediments or assumptions.
- Throughout the sprint you’ll check in with your squad on the progress you’re making with regular stand ups.
- At the end of the sprint you review the work done with a demo and discuss the processes you’re using with a retrospective (often abbreviated to retro).
Beyond this, there are lots of details and variables which teams customise as they see fit. But most of what makes a sprint work is contained in those 4 meetings (called ceremonies).