“Sprints are short bursts to get work done virtually. These might run for minutes, hours, or days. My favorite program in this category is the 21 for 21 Virtual Co-working Sprints, daily 21-minute co-working sessions for a 21-day period of time where people get things done.
** (This year in 2022 I have brought back the 22 for 22, providing us with an additional 22 minutes to get important activities done! – Check them out at https://www.standoutvirtually.com
Sprints are a fixed period of time during which a project must be completed. Emerging out of the Agile landscape, sprints can now be found in many industries. They are ideal for experimentation, getting things done, and prototyping.
As Jake Knapp writes in his book Sprint, “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.”
Whether you are a marketing team or a solopreneur, we can all benefit from the deep focus created in a sprint series.
Ideas for your own team sprint:
• Development of a new special project: for example, building out and prototyping a new product or service
• Completion of projects: for example, writing a report or a book, creating a video, organizing your office
Having completed multiple sprint series as part of the 21 for 21 Virtual Co-working Sprint series, I have continued to hear how powerful it is for participants to get things done in an uninterrupted time block. Many times we premise it on Parkinson’s Rule, that tasks expand to the amount of time we give them. For example, if I give myself four weeks to get something completed, it likely will take four weeks. If I give myself five days, I can likely get it completed in that time window.
Leaders might consider building out a development project for your team.
A marketing team might focus on the development of different ideas/pitches for a different product which you can then vote on and move forward with.
How else might you use a sprint?
(Excerpt from Reconnecting Workspaces – link to AMAZON, © Jennifer Britton, 2021, pages 213-214)
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