Six Tips to Plan your Sprints Better

Ishwar Sridharan, COO & Head of HR, Exotel
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Ishwar Sridharan, COO & Head of HR, Exotel
Headquartered in Bengaluru, Exotel is the largest telephone company that aims to help businesses, both large and small in managing their business phone system via a virtual phone system. The entity's cloud telephony eliminates the need to invest in any hardware or maintenance.

Companies deal with a bunch of problems on a daily basis. Depending on where you are in your growth cycle, your problems could range from billing to product features to tech to business. The standard of dealing with these problems follows a process. It starts with looking at priorities, resources available, creating the documentation, and so on. And all of this takes a long time. A large company has the time for to follow these processes. However, these problems are more pressing in a startup and need to have a faster turnaround time.

The challenges amplify in a startup environment because, of course, time and resources are scarce and most (startups) are already running on a lean model. This is where sprints work. Speaking from experience, if you want to get stuff done in a short period of time and a focused manner, try a sprint. Usually, in tech companies, a sprint is treated like a cousin of hackathons. One night, couch out, eat crap, and work till the stuff is fixed. But the way we devise our sprints is for a slightly longer period of time to fix a specific problem with a small group of people.

How Sprints Can Be

Though a Sprint is a common methodology followed in agile environments, it can be adapted to suit our own requirements at the time. What we call a sprint, is an own hybrid version that has helps out of many tight spots.
1. Sprints are short windows of time dedicated to solving one specific problem.

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