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
- 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:
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