Setting a clear and overarching Sprint Goal is the most important part of planning a Sprint. But setting good Sprint Goals is challenging and many people struggle with it.
To help with setting good Sprint Goals, I came up with the FOCUS mnemonic to inspect your Sprint Goals.
When you apply FOCUS, your Sprint Goals will be:
😂 🅵un. Keeping it exciting and uplifting will motivate and inspire your Scrum Team to go the extra mile.
🎯🅾utcome-oriented. Be geared towards a valuable outcome.
⚽ 🅲ollaborative. The result of your whole Scrum Team working together and reaching an agreement.
💀 🆄ltimate. The final explanation, by providing the why behind what you aim to achieve. By understanding why, the outcome matters to customers and the business, your Scrum Team will have the best understanding to make the right decisions if circumstances change.
1️⃣ 🆂ingular. Set a single, unifying, and common goal to improve teamwork and collaboration.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑆𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝐺𝑜𝑎𝑙 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑙𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑜𝑐𝑢𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑑𝑖𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑒𝑓𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑠. 𝐴𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝐹𝑂𝐶𝑈𝑆 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑆𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝐺𝑜𝑎𝑙 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑖𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑡 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑐𝑢𝑠 🔍.
𝑀𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 ⌚ 𝑎𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑆𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝑃𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑢𝑝 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑆𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝐺𝑜𝑎𝑙. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑢𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑆𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑡.