What is a Sprint

Some people like to call it a Sprint and some like to call it an Iteration but in the context of Agile development its one and the same thing.

Sprint / Iteration: A time box during which the actual software development happens. It could last from 1 week to 4 weeks based on the project and this time frame remains fixed for all the sprints i.e. if the first one was 3 weeks then all the consequent ones will be of 3 weeks each too.

Agile coaches say that although you can choose to have sprints ranging from 1 week to 4 weeks but in practice 2 week sprints have proved to be the most optimum.


No changes are made once a Sprint begins, since the team commits to a Sprint Goal so we do not:

  • change the team NOR
  • allocate any other work

Key characteristics:

  • Timeboxed (1-4 weeks long)
  • No disturbances allowed
  • Shippable product increment is produced at the end.
  • Not a mini-waterfall


Inside a Sprint all the following activities happen continuously at all times: 

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Develop
  • Test
  • Integrate


inside a sprint


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