November 6, 2016 Griffin Tewksbury

Sprint Based Projects

There are many things to be learned from a sprint based project. Sprint projects include weekly stand ups with the working team, and a realistic approach to development work for the upcoming week. If you have ever worked in a sprint method, you know it’s swift and quick. With our experience, here are the most important things to know and prepare during a sprint based project.

One, take a breath. Two, take notes. And three, when help is there—use it.

As our company continues to grow, we’ve experienced an influx of fast-paced client projects. While these projects are innovative and exciting, they come with a great set of challenges.

So one, take a breath.

The sprint kick-off meeting can be informational, complicated, and sometimes flat out overwhelming. Take a moment, organize yourself and outline a plan for the week (spoiler alert: this plan will change completely). Luckily, there are highly sophisticated tools that can help guide you to success and truly make the organization easier. At Consensus we are big fans of targetprocess (TP3).

Two, take notes.

We’ve been extremely fortunate here at Consensus to work with inspiring clients, who have such great ideas and objectives. The challenge: sorting these ideas towards a succinct direction. I’ve found copious note taking to be a key factor in our sprint success. Even if a thought or conversation seems irrelevant and useless, take it down. There’s probably something in there that will save you minutes, hours or even days down the line.

Three, ask for help.

The beauty of a sprint is the brevity. There’s always a finish line, a destination in sight. But therein lies the challenge— that finish line is obscured by a seemingly endless amount of blockers, hurdles and requests. A little help can go a long way when time is bearing down on your team— don’t be hesitant to use it.

These of course, are just suggestions. There’s no right or wrong way to work through a sprint. It relies heavily on personal preference and execution. But at the end of the day, it’s all about the experience and the teamwork.