Sprint Goal

Business Agility Office

The Sprint Goal is an objective set for the Sprint that can be met through the implementation of Product Backlog. Sprint goals are the result of a negotiation between the Product Owner and the Development Team. Sprint Goals should be specific and measurable. While the selected work for the Sprint Backlog represents a forecast, the Development Team gives their commitment to achieving the Sprint Goal.

Sprint Goals should be specific and measurable I don’t mean SMART. Just prevent the goals become to vague. But some examples might be:

    • Get feature X ready for release (hereby the Sprint Goal is delivering a feature)
    • Check if the architecture enables the desired performance (hereby the Sprint Goal is addressing a risk)
    • Test if users are willing to register before using the product features (hereby the Sprint Goal is testing an assumption)

An effective Sprint Goal…

    1. Serves to test assumptions, address risks or deliver features
    2. Ensures a focused Daily Scrum because the Development Team can use it to inspect their progress
    3. Provides guidance to the Development Team on why it is building the Increment
    4. Offers flexibility regarding the functionality implemented within the Sprint
    5. Helps setting priorities when “the going gets tough”
    6. Fosters teamwork and teambuilding by jointly working towards a shared Sprint Goal
    7. Supports the Product Owner in creating the product roadmap
    8. Stimulates Product Backlog cohesion when planning a release
    9. Can be used as an instrument for stakeholder management
    10. Supports a focused Sprint Planning by crafting a shared Sprint Goal
    11. Enables efficient decision-making
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