Welcome back. Today I’d like to talk about sprints. I would like to show
you how I personally like to do a sprint. I like to start my sprints and
end my sprints in the middle of the week either a Tuesday, Wednesday, or a
Thursday, and the reason for that is because Mondays and Fridays are very
often public holidays. Say for example you start your sprint on a Monday
and it’s a public holiday what do you do? Do you shorten a sprint? Do you
lengthen a sprint? It forces you into a very difficult position.By starting
and finishing on either a Tuesday, or a Wednesday, or a Thursday, which is
seldom public holidays then we avoid this tricky situation altogether.
My personal favorite day to start a sprint is on a Wednesday. Let me show
you how I will do that. One a Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm I would meet
with a team and the product owner and we would sit down and do a sprinting
planning meeting part one.
As soon as the team is finished with sprint planning meeting part one we
will then move on to sprint planning meeting part two. The team will then
go away in the direction of the sprint and in this case that’s too weeks
and they’ll work on what it is they’re committed to do, as part of that
sprint. Wednesday morning in two weeks’ time the team will come in at 9:00
am in the morning and the very first thing they’ll do is the sprint review
meeting. As soon as the team has completed the sprint review, they will
then move directly onto a retro specter.
The team will typically finish up at roughly about 12 noon, and at that
point we’d break for lunch. We’d come back in at 1:00 pm after lunch and we
will go straight into a sprint planning meeting part one, followed by
sprint planning meeting part two for the next sprint. So by doing it in
this fashion we will do sprint over sprint simply separated by a lunch hour
in between sprints.
Some teams find that a full day of meetings is far too difficult, and so
what they’ll do is they’ll split their sprints over the course of an
afternoon. So for example they’ll finish up their sprint on a Tuesday
afternoon and do their sprint review and retrospective on the Tuesday
afternoon they’ll break at the end of the day come back in the very next
morning on Wednesday morning and on Wednesday morning at 9:00 am they’ll go
straight into their sprint planning meeting part one and part two for the
next sprint. Both of these approaches work very very well.
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