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The Sprint: Heartbeat of Agile Delivery

Focus Your Team With Time-boxed Iterations of Value Delivery

Bryan Campbell
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Language:  English
Sprints are the hallmark of Agile teams delivering value and engaging with their customers. Learn how to organize your teams around a Sprint Delivery cycle to unlock throughput and value delivery.
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Sprints are short, time boxed periods where teams focus on delivering something of value to their customers. However, while Sprints are conceptually easy to describe they have important characteristics that are often overlooked by many teams using Scrum or Agile practices. This book will provide practical guidance on how to structure and organize your teams around a Sprint schedule. You will learn how to determine the optimal length for your Sprint, structure your Sprint events and avoid common mistakes and problems experienced by many Agile and Scrum teams.

About the Author

Bryan Campbell is an Enterprise Agile Coach and Project Manager with more than 25 years of experience managing projects, programs and PMOs around the world. He specializes in Agile and Digital Transformations and has worked with a number of Fortune 500 organizations helping them with their Transformation journeys. Based in Houston, Texas and having lived around the world he also teaches Agile and Project Management courses and is the President of 7C’s Consulting Inc.

  • About the author
  • Preface
  1. Agile Concepts
    1. The Basics
    2. More Advanced Agile Concepts
    3. Prioritized Backlog
    4. Knowledge Check
  2. Sprints: The Heart Beat of Agile
    1. The Benefits
    2. Knowledge Check
  3. The Events
    1. Planning
    2. Daily Stand-up (aka the Scrum)
    3. Review
    4. Retrospective
    5. Refining the Backlog
    6. Knowledge Check
  4. Creating Your Sprints
    1. How Long Should Your Sprints be?
    2. Setting Up Your Sprints
    3. When and Where to Hold Sprint Events
    4. Knowledge Check
  5. Managing Your Sprints
    1. Measuring Success
    2. Knowledge Check
  6. Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
    1. Work not releasable
    2. Too Many Hand-offs to Other teams
    3. Team Members Not Fully Engaged
  7. Conclusion
  • Appendix A - Team Trust Exercise
  • Appendix B – Agile Tools Starter Pack
  • Appendix C – Agile Retrospective Ideas
    • Three Little Pigs
    • The Starfish Retrospective
  • Appendix D – Knowledge Check Answers
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
  • Endnotes