A sprint goal is defined as the desired outcome of an iteration. The sprint goal provides a shared objective and represents the reason for undertaking the sprint. In this blog post, Roman Pichler explains what sprint goals are, why they matter, how to write and to track them.
Roman Pichler thinks that every sprint should have one shared goal. At the end of the sprint, the stakeholder feedback will be used to understand if the goal has been met. He sees the following main benefits for sprint goals, particularly for new products and new features:
* They facilitate prioritization and effective teamwork
* They make it easier to obtain and analyze feedback
* They help with stakeholder communication
Like any operational goal, a sprint goal should be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. Roman Pichler conclusion is that “a sprint goal increases that chances of getting where you want to go, of creating a successful product.”