Don’t Rename the Sprint Review

Its called the Sprint Review for a Reason

The important thing regarding this meeting is that it is a Sprint Review, not just a demo. I have heard many teams rename it to the “sprint demo”, “the demo” or even the “product showcase”.

Of course, the demoing of the product is an important part of the meeting, displaying what has been completed or achieved during the sprint. That should not be it.

The Demo vs The Review

This kind of meeting is very one-directional, one person showing to another person the product, probably a scripted monologue that has been rehearsed.

A review is more engaged, multiple people give their input or insights, and the context of it is more of a discussion. The Product Owner needs to be engaged and given the platform to give his thoughts.

Meeting Aim

The goal of the meeting is for everyone involved to get a snapshot of the product, where it is, whats been done so far and what needs to be done next. Are you on track or do you need to make adjustments as a result of the review?

Also remember that it is also not an opportunity for the Product team to interrogate the development team.

Summary

Only then will this meeting get its desired effect.

This post was originally posted on: theproducthub.io
https://www.theproducthub.io/2020/09/20/dont-rename-the-sprint-review/
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