Yes, the Sprint Goal keeps the team focused on achieving a common objective for the sprint. It helps to build the mindset of “we are in this together” and creates the swarming effect when someone gets stuck.
Without the Sprint Goal, the team experiences antipatterns such as:
· Losing sight of the big picture by working on disjointed items
· Meeting individual backlog items that have no consequence if they slip into the next sprint
· Counting velocity for vanity purpose
· Not aligning behind a motivating objective
· Rolling over sprint backlog items from sprint to sprint