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Six Reasons Why You Need to Pay More Attention to the Sprint Goal by Ilia Pavlichenko

· scrum

The Sprint Goal is an important part of Scrum.

It's like a burning torch that unites the Development Team and helps it move forward during the Sprint.


The Sprint Goal is the single objective for the Sprint.

Although the Sprint Goal is a commitment by the Developers,

it provides flexibility in terms of the exact work needed to achieve it.

The Sprint Goal also creates coherence and focus,

encouraging the Scrum Team to work together rather than on separate initiatives.


The Sprint Goal is created during the Sprint Planning event and then added to the Sprint Backlog.

As the Developers work during the Sprint, they keep the Sprint Goal in mind.

If the work turns out to be different than they expected,

they collaborate with the Product Owner to negotiate the scope of the Sprint Backlog

within the Sprint without affecting the Sprint Goal.


Let's explain the benefits of the Sprint goal:


🤸‍ The Sprint Goal gives the Development Team some flexibility.

When developing innovative products, things often don't go as planned.

Let's say that the planned Sprint Goal states:

"Implement the functionality for user registration."

At the end of the Sprint, the team realizes that they have no time for implementing the Restore Password feature.

However, the goal can be achieved because the end users can sign up and create their profiles.

The only thing is that they will have to memorize their passwords for a while


🙌 The Sprint Goal gives sense to the tasks and motivates the Team

People tend to be more enthusiastic when they understand how they contribute to the common cause.

A Sprint Goal can be worded as follows:

"Launch a partnership program (traders) for acquiring new clients and increasing the company's earnings."


🤝 The Sprint Goal unites the Development Team.

The Sprint Goal lays the ground for teamwork;

it explains why team members need to work together as one instead of pursuing separate initiatives.


⚠️ The Sprint Goal helps in managing risks.

Each Sprint can be considered a project with a fixed budget and date.

The Sprint Goal indicates the risk that the Scrum Team mitigates during the current Sprint


👩‍⚖️ The Sprint Goal helps with focus and making decisions.

The Sprint Goal helps highlight the essence and ignore everything irrelevant during the Sprint.

The team can decide to postpone the resolution of a just discovered bug in the next Sprint.


📢 The Sprint Goal helps manage stakeholders' expectations.

Stakeholders don't need to know all the details of the plan that the Scrum Team is working on during the Sprint.

The Sprint Goal is enough to satisfy their curiosity.


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