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The True Story of the Successful Sprint Review

There’s nothing worse than expecting applause and hearing crickets. If you want to breathe new life into a dead sprint review, don’t treat it as a presentation. Bob Schatz believes a successful spring review is something else entirely, a chance to tell a story. Not one that starts with “Once upon a time” or “Call me Ishmael” or anything like that, but a story that allows your audience to understand Scrum on a personal level.

When giving your sprint review, concentrate on a theme and make that theme the driving goal behind your presentation. Also, think about your audience (the users). Nothing’s more engaging than an interactive story, so use names of specific users in your acceptance tests. Add real office locations and real everyday assets. The sincerity is in the details. Soon, the users will be able to envision how Scrum will work for them. 

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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