What is a Sprint, and When to Sprint?

Sprint for success

Sprint for success

Getting a project off the ground, while everybody in the organisation is also busy with other day-to-day stuff, can cause unwanted delays in the project. Sprint is a technique that gets everyone co-ordinated and invested, and through the birth-pains that so often cost more in the long run.

John Zeratsky is a partner at GV and co-author of SPRINT: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. (GV is a company that invests in projects like Slack, the collaboration tool so beloved of software engineers in distributed workspaces.)

A sprint is, simply put, a short time period–a 5-day process, typically–that is dedicated to bootstrapping a project, or a phase in a project. Lide a brainstorm or seminar, no other interruptions are allowed. It’s a focussed, dedicated space.

In an article for HBR, Zeratsky writes:

Why do sprints help teams get more done? It’s not just about speed. It’s also about momentum, focus, and confidence. The companies who use sprints (in fields like oncology, robotics, coffee, and dozens more) see consistent results from the process.

There are many benefits, chief among them getting everyone ‘on the same page’ and invested in the project; and it’s suited to all types of organisations, big or small.