A Closer Look at Sprint Review

Alex Vernik
Alex Vernik
Engineering Ops Specialist
Posted on
Dec 16, 2021
Updated on
Nov 30, 2022
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The world of product development involves lots of complex processes, and team communication can be difficult with all these moving parts. This is where Sprint Review comes into the picture– as its one of the most important agile development meetings, and will help you improve software development across the board. 

What Is a Sprint Review

Sprint reviews work as status updates and presentations for stakeholders. They are different from a sprint retrospective, as the team collects and contextualizes product development feedback and moves forward in the right direction. Sprint review comprises a group that adopts the updated backlog to increase efficiency in the future.

You can view a sprint review as an informal meeting where Scrum team members showcase the progress of the project. The scrum team highlights progress in the form of new features and creates goals to foster more collaboration, generate more feedback, and improve transparency.

Why Is Sprint Review Important?

Scrum teams use sprint reviews to get more agile through the automation of communication processes.  It means asynchronous reports, surveys, and even some meetings become automated. A sprint review offers an unbiased perspective about employees’ work experience and personal journey.

Managers use sprint reviews to get familiar with the elements that impact the team’s productivity the most. Sprint reviews help managers ask the right questions and build solid relationships with other team members. Afterwards, stakeholders and team members look at completed tasks and establish the purpose of the next meeting.

Sprint reviews allow teams to get a clear idea about the current progress of the project.  A scrum team can assess the goals, strengths, pitfalls, and future potential of the project. In the digital age, sprint reviews have become the answer to inviting more collaboration and teamwork, making it easier to set suitable project timelines and meet targets before the deadlines. Sprint reviews also involve stakeholder engagement and make them part of the product development process. One final reason that sprint reviews have become so practical and popular: they maximize the quality of a project! 

How to Use Sprint Review

For starters, keep the sprint review casual rather than allowing it to devolve into a simple presentation. Make sure to allocate enough time for the meeting as well, but be willing to let teammates go early if the discussion is over– as opposed to keeping them and wasting everyone’s time. These best practices are bound to increase feedback and participation and make it easier to schedule the next sprint review meeting. 

When it comes to using sprint review, you should also ensure that the project management platform is visible. You need to leverage project management tools and provide the best visual representation of the existing project to bring everyone on the same page and encourage more discussions. 

In modern-day informal sprint reviews, you have to celebrate your wins and show appreciation for the team on current progress. This is the best way to build healthy communication among team members and make each sprint review successful. Focus on short sprint reviews, but make sure your whole team remembers the long-term project goals.

How to Run a Sprint Review

First and foremost, it all starts with reviewing the results of an iteration. Developers take care to explain to Project Managers what was finished, and what is still incomplete after the previous sprint. 

Next, Product Owners will go into the backlog and decide upon a few achievable goals– like projected release dates for future product improvements. 

Then, the team will have a discussion about what their next steps and ideal performance should look like. This input will be incredibly useful when the team eventually reaches the planning meeting for the next sprint. 

After this, the team will do some market analysis and see if their positioning relative to use-case or competitors has changed. Finally, they will finish the meeting with a revised product backlog and some new ideas / tactics for how to tackle the coming iteration. 

Final Thoughts

The most successful sprint reviews extend beyond demos and spark more thoughtful discussion about current built standards and future potential. The key to make a sprint review successful is to prioritize collaboration rather than demonstration throughout the meeting. Sprint review is an opportunity for the entire team to conduct regular assessments and make relevant changes to the product. 

GoRetro’s New Sprint Review Tool– Coming Soon! 

With GoRetro’s new Sprint Review tool, teams will be able to integrate their Jira workflow into GoRetro’s interactive online dashboard, further optimizing the team’s workflow and helping to keep morale, productivity, and efficiency through the roof! This feature is coming soon, soon, soon! So, head over to the GoRetro website and register now to be notified when the feature is finally released and available for you! 

About the author

Alex Vernik
Engineering Ops Specialist

Engineering leader, passionate about coding products and value creation. Vast experience with managing R&D teams at various scales. Embracing innovation and transformation for constant improvement.

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