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Product Goals and Sprint Goals complement each other

If your Product Goals hurt your Sprint Goals, then it’s time to reconsider your imaginary version of Scrum

Product Goals and Sprint Goals are best buddies!

1. Sprint Goals treat Sprints as Fixed Price Projects

2. Sprint Goals Guarantee Occasional Failures

3. Sprint Goals Promote Ebb and Flow, Creating Stress in Systems

4. Sprint Goals Force Upfront Designs

The author claims the following:

5. Sprint Goals Force Work Breakdown Structures

6. Committing to Sprint Goals Necessitates Change Control

7. Sprint Goal Forces Delivery to a Plan

A. “The Sprint Goal … provides guidance to the Development Team on why it is building the Increment.” — Scrum Guide

B. “During Sprint Planning the Scrum Team also crafts a Sprint Goal.” — Scrum Guide

C. “Sprints enable predictability by ensuring inspection and adaptation of progress toward a Sprint Goal at least every calendar month.” — Scrum Guide

D. “The Sprint Goal can be any other coherence that causes the Development Team to work together rather than on separate initiatives” — Scrum Guide.

E. Sprint Goals Are Based On Sprint Duration

Key takeaways

  • Sprint Goals and Product Goals are compatible and complement each other.
  • Scope and Sprint Plan is flexible in Scrum, the Sprint Goal is not. The Sprint Goal helps to prevent meeting the plan becoming more important than meeting the objective.
  • Sprint Goal is agreed upon by whole Scrum Team, to get buy-in and commitment from the whole team.
  • Kanban and Scrum are compatible with each other, so you can use Kanban to improve your flow if you want.
  • Commitment to a fixed Sprint Goal is a good thing. A Sprint Goal promotes teamwork, focus and collaboration. No commitment to anything is not a valid alternative. Commitment to goals is necessary for high-performing teams to become high-performing.
  • Failure to meet the Sprint Goal is not something that should be punished, it’s something to learn from. Scrum doesn’t tell to punish teams when they fail to meet the Sprint Goal. If anything, Scrum shifts the focus to learning from it through the Sprint Review and the Sprint Retrospective.



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