Sprint Replaced By Iteration

Have you ever wondered why SAFe replaced the word ‘Sprint’ with ‘Iteration’?

  • Sprint Review is now Iteration Review
  • Sprint planning is now Iteration planning
  • Sprint Retrospective is now Iteration Retrospective

Why?

SAFe is Scaled Agile… from team level scaling up to program level to large solution level to portfolio level.

In SAFe, the iteration ‘plan-do-check-adjust’ (PDCA) is applied not only at team level (where teams iterate — called ‘sprint’ in scrum)… but also at SAFe’s program level, large solution level and portfolio level. In this light, SAFe needed a more appropriate word… that can be used at scale … when we ‘plan-do-check-adjust’ at all levels … and that word is ‘Iteration’!

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