How to Give a Great Sprint Demo

Exciting. Entertaining. Do these words describe your sprint review meetings? Or are boring and unfocused more accurate? I can't believe how many times I've come in to coach a team and they've been surprised when I actually expected to see a software demo in the sprint review meeting. As the agile principle says, “Working software is the primary measure of progress.” Let's see some software! Why are so many agile teams so hesitant to do demos? Why are demos so lifeless? Sometimes, the team's not actually done. That makes a demo awkward. Other times, they can't communicate what they did to the stakeholders; they don't speak “business.” But most often, they simply don't know how to give a good demo. So, how do you give a good demo? Read on to find out »