Let’s take a moment recap. Last time, we talked about what happens when a Sprint ends. You and your team take a moment to decide how well it went, and then it’s gone.

It’s not completely gone though. We archive it for safe keeping in a place called the Journal. Let’s talk about what that place is all about.

The Story Of Your Business Model

First, let’s get something out of the way real fast. The Journal is not at all different from an archive. It’s a place where we keep all your old work, namely your Sprints. Like any good archive, it’s kind of out-of-the-way so that it doesn’t distract you too much from the present and the work that takes place there. It’s still pretty accessible though, in case you ever want to go back and look at things. Just go the Sprints page under your Canvas of choice and you’ll see a blue button that says Journal.

So, we’ve established that it’s basically an archive, but why do we call it a Journal? The simple answer is that your sprints are telling a story.

The long, somewhat complicated answer is that we actually explicitly connect every Sprint you create. By design, we will never let you create a Sprint that is unconnected to some other Sprint in some way. Your work isn’t just work, but a journey, a story that unfolds as you go.

And that’s why this isn’t just an archive.

Snapshots

Once you find the Sprint you want to get a closer look at, you’ll be greeted by a Canvas that looks a little different. For starters, the bar of buttons to the left are a little different. More interesting are the squares to the right.

These are Snapshots, and Snapshots let you look at a Canvas before and after the results of a Sprint. They let you see what your business model looked like before you asked the question(s) behind your Sprint’s “what if”, and they let you see what the Sprint looks like after you hopefully got the answer(s) you were looking for (or just got even more questions).

Right now we only take two Snapshots, but in the future we might let you take additional Snapshots. We’ll see. By all means bother us if this sounds intriguing.

Resurfacing

Let’s go back to the new buttons that we’ve included in your archived Sprint. One let’s you take a closer look at your archived Tokens. Another let’s you take a closer look at your Sprint’s feed, it’s forms, it’s goals, etc. Nothing too crazy going on here. The shovel button, on the other hand, does something pretty different. This button is used to Resurface a Sprint, and it’s the closest thing in Business Toybox to bringing ideas back from the dead.

Okay, that’s a little too dramatic. Really, Resurfacing is all about taking old ideas buried in an archived Sprint and bringing them back to the surface. Hence the term “Resurfacing”.

Again, once a Sprint is over it’s gone. You can’t extend the deadline. You and your team have to decide how well it went and say goodbye. We already talked about how you can continue a Sprint to kind of get around this obstacle by creating a new Sprint that is connected to the Sprint you just finished. Resurfacing is very similar, only it lets you create a new Sprint that is connected to a Sprint that’s been expired for quite some time.

Now, buckle up, because there’s actually two ways to Resurface a Sprint.

The first and most familiar way is to just continue it the same way you would a freshly expired Sprint. This is a good option if you simply forgot to continue a Sprint when you were first offered the chance once the Sprint was over. This isn’t an option if you already continued that Sprint in the past though, so don’t expect this offer to be on the table all the time.

The second way is a little less familiar, but we consider it the “normal” way to Resurface a Sprint, which is why we just call it Resurfacing. This creates a new Sprint, but the key difference is that we treat this Sprint as splitting from your archived Sprint.

Why all this extra hoopla? Well, in all likelihood you’re probably Resurfacing a Sprint because the real question you and your team are asking is “what if we chose a different path?”. Resurfacing is carefully designed to let you ask that very question, and it’s carefully designed to remind you and your team that this new path is connected to a Sprint from the past. In a way, you’re writing a new story about your business model. That’s the scoop.

Regardless of what choice you make, you’ll find the next steps pretty familiar. You’re still creating a new Sprint using the same steps that you’re used to, the only thing is that this Sprint is going to be a little bit different. We even give Resurfaced Sprints a special shovel icon to emphasize their unique status.

What Next?

This just about covers the cycle of life and death for Sprints in Business Toybox. We’ve talked about how to create a Sprint. We’ve talked about how to use one. We’ve talked about how to properly send a Sprint off once it’s time is up. Now, we’ve covered how to look back and remember them and occasionally bring ideas from the past back to the present.

Truth be told, we don’t know what to show you what comes next when it comes to features to Business Toybox. We might talk about this thing called Branching. Then again, we might not. Either way, buckle up and have fun.