(13/19) The Sprint

In this video, Ryan introduces the Sprint, a fundamental event in the Scrum framework, described as Scrum’s heartbeat. It encapsulates the other four Scrum events: Daily Scrum, Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective, each serving as an opportunity to inspect and adapt the work done towards achieving the Sprint Goal.

The Sprint establishes a consistent rhythm and focus for the team, with a fixed duration of one month or less, enhancing predictability and minimising risk by facilitating frequent evaluation and adjustment of the team’s approach. It’s a period where the Scrum Team commits to a set goal, ensuring all efforts during the Sprint align with delivering value.

Ryan highlights that during a Sprint, no changes should be made that could endanger the Sprint Goal. Quality, as defined by the Definition of Done, must be maintained to support the empirical nature of Scrum, ensuring the product’s stability and value delivery over time. Product Backlog refinement also takes place within the Sprint, enhancing the clarity and understanding of upcoming work, while the Sprint Backlog may be adjusted in collaboration with the Product Owner to stay focused on value delivery.

Ryan concludes by emphasising the Sprint’s role in driving the Scrum process forward, setting the stage for a deeper exploration of the individual events within a Sprint in subsequent videos, illustrating how they collectively operationalise empiricism in Scrum.