Definition of Startup Sprint
The goal of the sprint is to produce real product (code) by the end of the sprint; it is not about “get ready” it is about “get moving” on work that provides value to stakeholders.
A specialized Sprint used to get a Team ‘up and running’ quickly, rather than dragging their feet getting ready to start development. A Startup Sprint usually includes Analysis, Team Training, Infrastructure and Environmental Work – and the development of something ‘real’ – and its purpose is to limit the amount of ‘up front’ work that takes place before actual Product is developed. It is a Sprint whose Sprint Goal is “We will be producing real Results by the end of this Sprint” – it is not about getting ready’; it is about ‘getting moving’.
The goal for our Startup Sprint is to be writing 'real code' by the end of the Sprint.
During the Startup Sprint, the Team spends half a day Planning and half a day with the Review and Retrospective at the end. This leaves four days for actual work. The Team spends two days setting up the environments, and two days getting the Product Backlog together. Then, the Team (along with the Product Owner) will choose the Story to actually implement. Then it will get it Done.
The Startup Sprint (Sprint Zero) will contain enough analysis, enough environment and enough team training for the team to do something real.
DiscussionThe Startup Sprint (Sprint Zero) will contain enough analysis, enough environment and enough team training for the team to do something real. Agile development is all about delivering valuable Results early and often, in order to receive and incorporate feedback as soon as possible. Many of the Organizations I coach are convinced that it will take months before they can write any code that produces value. Is this a reasonable fear? How do we get past this fear? How do we get a Team writing code and delivering value as quickly as possible? And how quick can that be? Let me describe the Startup Sprint pattern, which many coaches have used (and are using) successfully to get a Team up and running quickly. The idea is simple: Take an initial Sprint (called the Startup Sprint) that has the following goal: ‘Be up and running the first day of the next Sprint’ and the following three Backlog Items:
- ‘Place some quality items on the Backlog’;
- ‘Create a minimal environment dedicated to the writing of Clean Code’; and
- ‘Write a piece of real code, no matter how small’.
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