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An iteration is a specific period during which value is created.
Repeated iterations (cycles/periods) are used in the iterative process to manage large projects. Each iteration contains learnings and adjustments from the previous one. This allows continuous improvements toward project goals.
An iterative process is repetitive and incremental. It allows quick reaction to market changes as it is highly adaptable. Working in short cycles (iterations) enables learning, adjusting, and flexibility. In each iteration, the product gets closer to the desired outcome.
For agile projects, the iteration is a development period of usually 1-4 weeks. In SAFe®, Agile Teams deliver increments in 1–4-week cycles, i.e., iterations. These periods are called program increments and last 8-12 weeks in the agile release train. Scrum calls iterations “Sprints.”
The following figure displays sprint planning in project management software:
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