Build Your Own Scrum


30 Min

with explanation


20 Min

(Surreptitiously add a few minutes if the class needs it)

Team Setup

To help ensure each team has a good mix of Scrum experience levels, and that people aren’t just sitting with their friends or colleagues, I ask the class to form a single line, in order of Scrum experience level. I explain that folks with no previous experience with Scrum should stand to the left, and people who have been doing Scrum for years should stand to the right. The class self—organizes into a line. I then have them count off with the aim of creating teams of 5 to 9 people.

For example, if I have a class of 15, I ask them to count off “1...2...3...1...2...3...etc...” until they have 3 teams of 5 people. Have the teams pick tables and sit down.

Build Your Own Scrum

Excercise Setup

Holding up the build your own scrum worksheet, I say the following:

his is the Build Your Own Scrum worksheet. It has all the meetings, roles, and artifacts required for Scrum. I’m going to give you 20 minutes to work with your team to build the Scrum Framework using this sheet, the Scrum reference materials you have at your table and in your heads, glue, and scissors. At the end of the 20 minutes you’ll present your diagrams to the other teams as a group.

Don’t be concerned about what your diagram looks like. It doesn’t have to be perfect. What’s important is thatyou, as a team, are able to explain it to the other groups.

I have extra Build Your Own Scrum worksheets if you’d like more icons. Just ask. You also don’t have to use all the icons on the sheet. It’s up to you.

Any questions?

...Your 20 minutes starts now!”

This Facilitation Guide is also available as a FREE download in PDF format.


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