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First Sprint, Lasting Lessons

Agile processes can offer rewarding advantages to traditional software development, but they take time to adopt properly. New teams will likely encounter conflicts and confusion during their first sprint retrospective. Here are five lessons learned that can help your next sprint avoid some common pitfalls.


Andrew Makar

IT Program Manager

Dr. Andrew Makar is an IT program manager and the author of several Micr…

Adopting Agile processes takes time. When new teams start implementing Agile techniques, they will experience common stumbles and challenges. I’ve seen formerly waterfall teams try to apply classic waterfall design to sprint execution and developers still expecting to see a complete and signed off business requirements document.

Agile is a refreshing shift from traditional software development yet new teams will experience similar lessons learned during their first sprint retrospective. Below are a few common Agile process lessons learned that you can apply to your next sprint.

1. Each sprint should produce a product increment that stands alone

When one team executed their …



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