Anybody know the Etymology of the word 'Sprint' as in coding Sprint?

James Tauber jtauber at
Sun Sep 14 07:39:40 CEST 2003

At a previous company I was at, we'd have coding sprints that were a
month long but our CEO was an ultra-marathon runner so I always put it
down to his distorted view of what constituted a "sprint".


On Sat, 13 Sep 2003 21:39:16 +0200, "Laura Creighton" <lac at>
> I think it comes from Jeff Sutherland's Agile Programming Methodology,
> called Scrum where work is
> planned into month long interations called Sprints.  (Jeff must have
> terrific stamina if he thinks that the thing to call a month-long race
> is a Sprint :-) )
> These days we do them shorter -- as in a 4 days Sprint before Pycon.
> Anybody know the etymology for sure?
  James Tauber

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