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Chapter 4. Sprints

Scrum organizes work in iterations or cycles of up to a calendar month called sprints. This chapter provides a more detailed description of what sprints are. It then discusses several key characteristics of sprints: They are timeboxed, have a short and consistent duration, have a goal that shouldn’t be altered once started, and must reach the end state specified by the team’s definition of done.


Sprints are the skeleton of the Scrum framework (see Figure 4.1).


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The sprint is an integral part of agile development. As a member of the scrum team, it is critical that you understand the process and techniques related to sprints so that you can contribute in a productive way. This reading provides an overview.