Sprints are meant to roll-over from one to another, backlogs become unpacked, priorities reset, work assigned, new tasks created and the engine revs up for another lap around the track.
But what if you don’t know where you are going?
How often do you jump into a car having no idea what’s happening or where you are going?
Not very often.
How do you get your team on board with what is being delivered in the next sprint?
Sit them down at your next stand-up for 15 minutes and walk them through the goals and contingencies if things go well or sideways. If they are behind, give them a kick, if they are ahead, let them know.
But don’t let the next sprint be a roll-over from the last, kick it into high-gear with everyone knowing what they are doing when they are doing it and what is expected of them.
When you don’t do this, the result is no one knowing where the sprint begins or ends (which isn’t the point at all).