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Scrum With Rocky: Sprint Goal. The importance of Sprint goals | by Mykola Sleta | Jun, 2022


The importance of Sprint goals

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Let me start my story by introducing the actors:

The guy — Product Owner
Rocky — Development team.

And, according to dramaturgy rules, each story obviously has a conflict. Without conflict, the story would be boring.

  • the development team never reaches the Sprint Goal;
  • the development team always reaches the Sprint Goal, but there is no increment;
  • the development team is working hard, but the result is not visible.

As you see in the conflict examples, the development team is not satisfied.

First of all, let me clarify what a Sprint Goal is.

Here is what the Scrum guide says about the Sprint Goal:

The Sprint Goal is the single objective for the Sprint. Although the Sprint Goal is a commitment by the Developers, it provides flexibility in terms of the exact work needed to achieve it. The Sprint Goal also creates coherence and focus, encouraging the Scrum Team to work together rather than on separate initiatives.

The key word above is “single.” The goal, the development team’s primary focus, should be singular. A Sprint Goal is not a list of User Stories. The correct Sprint Goal is the one reason why this iteration is needed.

Here is the list of potential issues:

No “single” goal

In this case, the team does not work together as a team but as individuals. Each member of the team tries to reach their own goal, like they have an individual Sprint. In the best case, the outcome will be a set of completed, but non-connected User Stories, but very often it is the worst case: Stories are not finished or there is no increment.

A Sprint Goal should be absolutely clear for the entire team before the Sprint starts. In case it is unclear to anyone or there is no common understanding, then there is a very high probability that the Sprint will be unsuccessful.

The development team should discuss the Sprint Goal on Sprint Planning with the Product Owner and take needed Stories to the Sprint.

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You can see, that it thrills Rocky to fetch a stick. It sees the direction to run, so there is no doubt he will bring the stick to his Owner.

My aim with this brief article is to show how important the Sprint Goal is. There are plenty of examples of how to write a correct goal on the internet. But please pay attention that “Product Goal” is a different term, one that is also very important.

Thanks to Christopher King for editing.



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