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Congratulations Valpak! 100 Sprints and Still Agile Strong

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This past Friday, Valpak celebrated its 100th sprint with a Sprint Review celebration like no other.  Just to put this milestone into perspective …

Sprint 1 started back on October 14, 2011.  That means 100 (mostly 2-week) sprints took us 4.25 years which in working time equates to …

  • 220 Weeks
  • 1,100 Days
  • 8,800 Hours
  • 528,000 Seconds

Or put another way, we accomplished …

  • 8,462 Stories
  • 38,091 Story Points
  • 42,310 Tasks
  • 6,400 Standups (that’s a lot of calories burnt)
  • ∞ Value Delivered
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We moved our Sprint Reviews out of a conference room and into our main break area.

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Teams performed their Sprint Review while also paying tribute to the 100th sprint milestone in their own way.

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We celebrated our 100th sprint with a 100 cupcake salute.

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Each cupcake represented a sprint. A flag was placed in each cupcake with the most significant accomplishment of that sprint across all teams.

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You could literally eat your favorite (or not so favorite) sprint.

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We did a random drawing based on the sprint number of the cupcake you ate.

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At the end of the Sprint Reviews, Chris Cate (CIO & EVP) said a few words of appreciation and encouragement. Notice the CIO Magazine cover we Photoshopped for the occasion.

 

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