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(Prepared by Thérèse Lalor and Steven Vale - September 2013)



The idea of holding sprint sessions to develop standards for official statistics is fairly new, but already it seems to have a lot of promise. This approach can considerably reduce development time (and probably cost – but hard data on this are not really available). This note sets out the experiences and lessons learned from the five sprint sessions held to date, in the context of projects overseen by the High-Level Group on the Modernisation of Statistical Production and Services (HLG). It also makes recommendations for the conduct of future sprint sessions in the context of statistical standards development.