Sprint— book review and some thoughts

Sprint book cover

All the good things

The book is thoughtfully designed and reads very well. Hare are few things I personally found particularly good about it.

  • Facilitator Notes — summaries containing valuable hints and things to remember. Suggestions on how to communicate with the team are probably the best ones. Suggestion on using whiteboard markers instead of Sharpies for its versatility is also a great shout.
  • Checklist at the end of the book — the essence of the book. If you’re not sure about reading the whole thing, just look at those few pages with references to page numbers where certain topics are covered in detail. Judging a book by it’s cover is something you should never do, but judging by the content index is a wise move.
  • Real life examples — case studies revealing the ‘eureka’ moments. It’s worth saying that not all of presented case studies turned out to be a success. When dealing with innovative ideas, the failure is expected. Authors highlight this fact many times throughout the book. The growth mindset is an approach allowing to be imperfect. Making mistakes is good and welcomed.
  • Drawings — funny and memorable. They present exactly what the sprint should be like. When a team is having fun when working hard, the passion shines through. When a team is not having fun when working hard, what you get in return is a stress.

The method

The method itself is an interesting concept. It’s as simple as the drawing below.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Learn from it, don’t copy it.

The Sprint is a guide. Just like any other guide (a travel guide, a cookbook) it’s designed to show you a direction and suggest ways of approaching certain problem. No two projects are the same and my advice to anyone thinking of adopting the Sprint in its whole glory is to use it with caution.



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