Demonstrations are not presentations.

Demonstrations are not presentations.

Demonstrations, also known as demos, are Agile’s mechanism to share what the team has been accomplished during the current sprint. At root, the demo is a show and tell that provides the team with a platform to describe what has been accomplished. Demos build confidence and customer satisfaction.

Demonstrations occur on the last day of every sprint. They show the stakeholders what has been accomplished during the current sprint. The goal is for the team to gather feedback from the stakeholders so that they build what is needed and what the team committed to at the beginning of the iteration. The transparency created when the team shares its performance allows the team to rush toward feedback, while selling progress. Good demos include stakeholders interacting with the software so that everyone understands exactly what has been developed.

Demonstrations are the teams mechanism to gather feedback and to ensure they are delivering value. I believe that demos have two currencies. The first is working software and the second is feedback. Teams build cache when they say what they are going to do, do what they say and listen to how their stakeholders feel about what they deliver.

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