Should a two-week Sprint include the weekends?



  • We are setting up new Sprint process whereby each Sprint starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday the week after. For example, the start date for Sprint 1 is January 1, 2022 and the end date is January 14, 2022.

    Calendar showing initial 2-week Sprint

    Should Sprint 2 start on January 15th and end on January 24th, or should it start on January 17th and end on the 28th? If it's the latter, the weekend of January 15th and 16th would be intentionally excluded from the Sprint.

    What's the best practice around this?



  • If your Sprints start on Mondays, how can you have a Sprint start on January 15, 2022? That day is a Saturday. Similarly, if your Sprints end on Fridays, how can you have a Sprint end on January 24, 2022, since that day is a Monday?

    It seems like you are overthinking this.

    Consider how people normally allocate their time, especially your key stakeholders who you would want to be involved in the Sprint Review. It would probably be easier to tell them that the Sprint Review is every other Friday, starting at a specified time. Your Sprint Retrospective can follow that, and your Sprint Planning would be during the next working hours available.

    There is no need to count weekends as part of your Sprint. No one should be working, considering the Agile principle of working at a sustainable pace. If weekends are not normal working days, just ignore them.




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