It is not unusual to be face situations where you would feel the need to run parallel sprints to achieve a task; a common example can be a project that requires both Android and IOS development. It is not imperative to run parallel sprints but if you want we have some tips that can come handy.
To understand the application of Parallel sprints, let’s assume that you have a critical project in hand that needs you to deliver an IOS and an Android application.
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Communication between the two teams is an indispensable key to make the parallel sprints successful, periodic communication will keep the parallel teams aware of the potential situations that can act as deadlocks.
Potential deadlock situation: As both the teams work on the same APIs it is possible that at some point both the teams need assistance of the API developer, thus it is critical to manage this resource which can be only achieved through communication.
How to achieve the effective communication between parallel sprints?
Though there are many informal ways to make it possible, one of the most tried and tested way can be separate and multiple standup meetings. It also possible to have a single standup meeting for both the sprints, but that can prove to be confusing in case of multiple granular tasks and bigger teams.
It is always advisable in the case of parallel sprints to have some kind of synchronization between them, as both the sprints have similar development agendas; we can also create similar story points to create a balance in term of release dates.
Creating parallel sprints is completely a subjective choice and is dependent on various factors that differ from organization to organization, more than anything it is always recommended to create and follow a method that best suits your team.