Since its public debut at the 2011 Scrum Gathering in Seattle during the Open Space by its creator Adam Weisbart, Build Your Own Scrum has been used by Scrum Trainers to teach Scrum around the world at companies like Intel and Expedia, and in countries ranging from the United States to China. It has helped hundreds of people learn about Scrum without a boring lecture. And now, using this facilitation guide, you can use it too!


The full Build Your Own Scrum module is made up of 9 parts, and takes approximately 3 hours to run. The exercises build on each other, reinforcing important information in an interactive way.

By the end of the module, students will have a thorough understanding of the Scrum Roles, Meetings, and how a feature makes its way from the Product Backlog, through a Sprint, and out as a potentially shippable product increment.



Per Participant
  • 1 sharpie

  • 3”x5” Pad of Post-Its (extra sticky)

  • BYOS workbook or blank paper for notes

  • 1 Myth or Fact answer key (to hand out at the end)

  • Scrum reference material, such as 1 of the following:

  • 6-page Scrum Reference Card

  • Scrum Primer

Per Group of 5-9 People
  • 2 x BYOS sheets

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

  • Colored pens

  • Construction paper (or 1/2 a sheet of flip-chart paper)

Per Session
  • 1 set of BYOS headers

  • 1 set of Myth or Fact quiz cards

  • 2 sheets of Flip-Chart Paper

  • 4 Flip-Chart Pens

  • Painter’s tape

  • A Timer


While any timer or glue sticks will work, I recommend these following. The timer is fantastic and allows you to adjust time if need be. The glue sticks make paper like post-its, in that you can unstick and move what you glue with them.

  • Time Timer:Time Timer, 12 Inch
  • Re-stickable glue sticks:Scotch Acid-Free Restickable Glue Stick

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


Don’t feel comfortable facilitating this workshop for your team? Adam and his team are standing by to run this course for you in person.

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