What is the difference between Sprint and Iteration in Scrum and length of each Sprint?

GoRetro Team
August 22, 2022
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Sprints are iterations, but not all iterations are sprints. Iteration is a term commonly used in iterative and incremental development (IID). Scrum is one specialized flavor of IID so it makes sense to specialize the terminology as well.

As for sprint lengths, anything goes as long as they are timeboxed, i.e. finished on scheduled dates rather than when they are ready. The sprint may be terminated prematurely if some essential boundary conditions change, or a new sprint may be started.

It is helpful to have sprints of similar durations. Sprint schedules become easier to remember and planning becomes more accurate. In a non-holiday season, we like to keep mine at 2 calendar weeks, which translates into 8-10 business days.

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