Sprint Review

The Sprint Review takes place at the end of the Sprint and is designed to gather actionable feedback on what the Team has completed. This ceremony, also known as the "Demo", is an exciting opportunity for the team to showcase its work and to inspect the overall roadmap for the product.

The purpose of the demonstration is to produce a conversation between the Team and the stakeholders about how to make the product better. The Product Owner incorporates the lessons learned during the conversation into the Product Backlog, completing yet another inspect and adapt cycle. The meeting itself should be strictly time boxed to no more than an hour per week of Sprint. (So a two-week Sprint would have a two-hour review and a one-week sprint a one-hour review.)

Remember, the review does include a demonstration, but the focus should be a conversation. In the video below Jeff explains how this ceremony came about.

  • Attendees include the Scrum Team and key stakeholders invited by the Product Owner;
  • The Product Owner explains what Product Backlog items have been “Done” and what has not been “Done”;
  • The Development Team discusses what went well during the Sprint, what problems it ran into, and how those problems were solved;
  • The Development Team demonstrates the work that it has “Done” and answers questions about the Increment;
  • The Product Owner discusses the Product Backlog as it stands. He or she projects likely completion dates based on progress to date (if needed);
  • The entire group collaborates on what to do next, so that the Sprint Review provides valuable input to subsequent Sprint Planning;
  • Review of how the marketplace or potential use of the product might have changed, what is the most valuable thing to do next; and,
  • Review of the timeline, budget, potential capabilities, and marketplace for the nextanticipated release of the product.

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