Build Your Own Scrum

Build Your Own Scrum (BYOS) is an interactive module designed to connect teams to the elegance of the Scrum process. It has been successfully used around the world by companies including Intel and Expedia, helping thousands of people to do Scrum.

The BYOS suite of exercises build upon each other, interactively reinforcing Scrum essentials. By the end of the program, participants will have developed a thorough understanding of the Scrum framework including roles, meetings, and the process by which a feature makes its way from the Product Backlog, through a Sprint, and out as a shippable product increment.

Build Your Own Scrum can be run in full in around four hours, or as a one-hour mini-module. Read all about it in the official facilitation guide.

Download a copy of BYOS for your next course. If you find the materials useful, I’d appreciate a donation.


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The facilitation guide and supporting materials are copyrighted and may not be altered or made in to derivative works, I’ve released the worksheet itself under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. You’re free to use it in a course you’re teaching, even if you’re charging money for the course. Please contact me to request permission before reusing or remixing any of the content into coursework you’d sell.


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What people are saying about BYOS

  • Build Your Own Scrum is not only an effective tool for collaborative, interactive learning, but it’s also a starting point to deeper discussions about the elements of Scrum which challenge an organization the most. It’s one of the best tools in my coaching and training toolbox.

    Clinton Keith,
    CST, Author of Agile Game Development with Scrum

  • I was at Adam’s session at the Scrum Gathering, and was impressed by the design of this exercise. Simple and insightful even for people experienced in Scrum. And I expect this exercise could be easily adapted for other processes. Thanks for providing the template.

    David Socha,
    Assistant Professor at University of Washington, Bothell

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