is there an order between sprint review and sprint retrospective?

Last post 12:41 am December 28, 2020
by Simon Mayer
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05:47 pm December 27, 2020

Hi there, 

Just have a quick question, as we know that sprint review happens at the end of the sprint, so how about sprint retrospective? Is there a specific or pre-define order between sprint review and sprint retrospective, eg. sprint review must happen before sprint retrospective?

The reason why I ask is that, sprint review happens at the end of the sprint, so I understand it as the last event of the sprint, sprint contains four official events, and scrum guide introduces sprint retrospective after it introduces sprint review. If sprint review does happen before sprint retrospective, then that means sprint retrospective happens out of the scope or length of one sprint. 

Does it make sense?

Thanks a lot!

07:40 pm December 27, 2020

Is there a specific or pre-define order between sprint review and sprint retrospective

The Scrum Guide says "The Sprint Review is the second to last event of the Sprint", and "The Sprint Retrospective concludes the Sprint."

If sprint review does happen before sprint retrospective, then that means sprint retrospective happens out of the scope or length of one sprint. 

The Sprint is a container for all other events. In order to maximize transparency over the work that has been Done and which remains to be Done, there are no gaps between Sprints.

08:31 pm December 27, 2020

Thanks for the explanation Ian!

12:41 am December 28, 2020

I have occasionally been asked by team members whether it would be better to schedule the Sprint Retrospective prior to the Sprint Review.

I am usually able to point to a recent example when something from the Sprint Review has been raised at the subsequent Sprint Retrospective, and this helps the Scrum Team understand why events take place in that order.