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Sprint Review

“held at the end of the Sprint to inspect the Increment and adapt the Product Backlog if needed” (1)


Definition: a formal event to inspect the increment and collaborate on the next things to optimise value

Length: 4 hours for a month long Sprint. For shorter Sprints the event is usually shorter.

Inputs: Product Increment (which must adhere to the Definition of Done), Product Backlog, Impediments that Stakeholders can help resolve

Outcome: Product Increment, Feedback on Product Increment adapted in the Product Backlog, updated impediments

People: Product Owner, Scrum Master, Development Team, Stakeholders (by invitation from the Product Owner)

Sprint Review Contents

The Sprint Review includes the following elements (1)

  • The Product Owner explains what Product Backlog items have been “Done” and what has not been “Done”
  • The Development Team discusses what went well during the Sprint, what problems it ran into, and how those problems were solved
  • The Development Team demonstrates the work that it has “Done” and answers questions about the Increment
  • The Product Owner discusses the Product Backlog as it stands. He or she projects likely target and delivery dates based on progress to date (if needed)
  • The entire group collaborates on what to do next, so that the Sprint Review provides valuable input to subsequent Sprint Planning
  • Review of how the marketplace or potential use of the product might have changed what is the most valuable thing to do next
  • Review of the timeline, budget, potential capabilities, and marketplace for the next anticipated releases of functionality or capability of the product

Sprint Review Agenda (2, page 37)

  1. Product Owner reviews the planned Sprint Goal and what has been accomplished
  2. The Scrum Team inspects the Product Increment with Stakeholders by discussing the approach they took, reviewing the challenges and their resolutions, and inspecting the Product Increment
  3. The Product Owner discusses the Product Backlog and likely completion date
  4. The Scrum Team and Stakeholders collaborate by determining what to build in the upcoming Sprint

Sprint Review Agenda (3, page 182)

  • Explanation of the PO’s vision for the product
  • Review of the release plan and budget
  • Description of the Sprint Goal for this sprint
  • Review of the work and the product increment that the team built
  • Assessment of current customer analytics and data
  • Discussion of impediments the team is currently facing
  • Collaborating with stakeholders to refine the Product Backlog
  • Summary of where we’re going next and what we discovered in this event


Sprint Review Smells

Sprint Review Smells (2, page 38)

  • There isn’t anything to show at the Sprint Review so it is cancelled
    • It is a mandatory event so cannot be cancelled
    • Opportunity for inspection and adaption should not be missed
    • Feedback from Stakeholders helps to determine the direction for the next Sprint

See also


  1. The Scrum Guide
  2. Scrum Insights for Practitionersby Hiren Doshi
  3. Fixing Your Scrum by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller

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