Knowing that my team was very concerned in being informed on the progress of the project, I was already convinced that this kind of meeting will help them in staying tuned.
In parallel, I read in several places that for a Sprint Review you should “invite the world“, and I liked this idea because it was not only a good way to promote the team work but also a good way to inform the “rest of the world” about our progress. So we decided to invite all the others teams concerned by the product and here are the feedback we got from them afterward:
- The Documentation team enjoyed each demo because it gave them more inputs on stories they will have to document during their next Sprint.
- The Test team enjoyed each demo because they could get a better understanding on the acceptance tests they will have to run.
- The Support team as well as the Services team enjoyed each demo because they could easily learn new coming features and ask questions to the development team
- The Product Owner could confirm the progress and the work done
Yes, I know, no customer was invited for this internal meeting. Nevertheless, we recorded all the meeting to be able to share this information with all the actors of the project.
So, what I learned from this meeting is the value of a Sprint Review meeting, even if we tried to keep it pretty informal.
So, don’t feel shy in inviting “the world” on such meeting; they will be thankful and your team will certainly appreciate this kind of work recognition.