Today the very firstSprint Week has started, and teams around the world will run their sprints to get feedback and real-time support from the founders of Sprint, Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz from Google Ventures. In this week we can share our whiteboards, sketches and prototypes, and learn from the rest of the sprint community in order to improve our sprint skills! Not because we want to be different or anything, but we start our sprint tomorrow to deliver our prototype next Monday. So, today it's prep day to choose a big challenge, recruit a sprint team, create a 'war room' with enough whiteboards and walls to utilize every little piece of white in the room, and stock up on the right sprint supplies. Everything that needs to be done in order to set the stage.
"Before the sprint begins, you'll need to have the right challenge and the right team. You'll also need time and space to conduct your sprint." - the Sprint book.
'The bigger the challenge the better the sprint'. Go after the most important problem, not for the small win or the nice-to-have projects. And solve the surface first, because that's where your product meets its customers. 'Get the surface right and you can work backward to figure out the underlying systems or technology'. Make a team of seven tops (!), including a decider, a 'troublemaker' and a facilitator to bring out the best efforts out of teamwork.
The key ideas that are ruling this week? No distractions. Seriously, that means no phones, laptops or iPads in the room. Timebox everything! 'A tight schedule builds confidence in the sprint process'. And have healthy snack breaks and an awesome lunch prepared to keep the energy high and the work productive.
Using this set-up as a directive, we will surely give it our own spin.