5 great reasons for a long 4 week Sprint: #shitScrumMasterSay
Reasons for 4 week Sprints:
- You don’t know how to split PBIs (which is hard for your team)
- You have people work on different projects and only assign 20% to your project
- You don’t have to do that boring retrospective every week
- You can delay the hectic time before the Sprint Review
- You don’t need to remove impediments, since they don’t affect you that much in a long Sprint
Are your 3week ScrumSprints just Mini-Waterfalls?
Why is a 3 week sprint length not so effective in Scrum?
Are your Scrum Sprints just Mini-Waterfalls?
I see “MiniWaterfalls” especially with teams that work in 3 or 4 week Sprints (don’t tell me you do 6week sprints ;-).
The tendency of longer sprints is to fall back in usual behavior and don’t change anything.
If you are in such a team, ask in the next Retro:
What do we need to change in order to half our Sprint time?
If you don’t have any established velocity yet, just adapt the Sprint length now. Make sure to do this with your team.
Solve the root cause, and don’t just expand the Sprint length to fit the work!
What is the ideal Sprint length in Scrum?
Or, what is the ideal iteration length in XP?
I would say zero, because that would mean we deliver value immediately.
Isn’t that a nice goal to have ;-)
How do you do Sprint Reviews with 9 teams and 50+ team members?
Set expectations to increase learning
What would change if you shorten your Sprints? #proscrum
I made similar observations as Kevin E. Schlabach in his blog post
Every time you shorten your iteration length, your team will realize that there are things that are time-consuming and painful.
Shorten your iteration… (Sprint)
I asked my current team (just recently started on a new product):
What would change if we would have 1 week sprints?
I got a couple of: “No good”, “Bad idea”.
- It would be difficult to produce something because we sit so much in meetings
- With this setup it doesn’t work, because we are not always available.
These are great answers with 2 major pains that we need to fix.
Just thinking about shortening your sprints, already helped highlight them…