This is a useful exercise to conduct in a classroom or together with your Scrum team. It creates alignment around the purpose of each event in Scrum and the roles that participate in each event. It’s great to spark a conversation and make sure everyone understands the foundations of Scrum.
Timing: 30 minutes. This is the expected time to run the game, including prep and debrief: 10 minutes for participants to fill the blank worksheet, and 20 minutes for debrief.
Each person in the team or at the table needs the following materials:
- A pen, pencil or fine sharpie to write
- A printed copy of the Scrum workflow (no labels) and of the keywords page
This worksheet presents the Scrum workflow as defined by the official Scrum Guide. It is composed of 5 events (Sprint, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Retrospective) plus the Refinement Activities. It also shows the roles (Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Development Team) that participate to each event, and the artifacts (Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Sprint Goal, and Product Increment) produced by the Scrum Team throughout the process.
The Scrum workflow can be downloaded here: https://www.5dvision.com/docs/scrum-workflow/
Exercise: learn the Scrum workflow
The second part of this worksheet is an exercise that helps teams learn the core elements of the Scrum workflow in a simple and fun way. The exercise is composed of two pages:
- The Scrum workflow without labels. The diagram shows all events, roles, and artifacts, but no one has a label indicating its name. It’s the job of students to identify the right name for each component.
- The list of keywords to use to fill in the previous page. This is a reference page that shows all keywords to identify the events, roles, and artifacts of the Scrum workflow, and give them a name.
How to run the exercise
Participants can do this exercise “solo”, in pairs, or together with their team.
Explain the visual difference between “Events” (gray boxes on the diagram), “Roles” (two lines), and “Artifacts” (one line). And share the list of keywords.
Then ask the participants to fill in the Scrum workflow with the names of the events, roles, and artifacts using the list of keywords provided. Give them 10 minutes to do so.
At the end of the exercise, review the Scrum workflow to provide the correct answers. You can share the printed copy with all the labels, or you can have a copy affixed on the wall and you could go through each component answering any questions the participants may have.
Hint: the solutions are provided in the first page. When in doubt, refer to that page, or consult the Scrum Guide.
Valerio has spent more than 20 years working in a variety of industries spanning software development, system integration, agile transformation, design thinking, and product innovation. He is the founder and CEO of the product innovation firm 5D Vision, with offices in Washington, DC and Rome, Italy. He provides consulting and training to organizations of any size, helping them become more innovative with product mastery, agile methodologies and design thinking.
Formerly a Director of Product Development at Capital One where he led digital transformation initiatives for retail bank and transformed how customers interact with bankers. Before Capital One, Valerio was the co-founder and CEO of Goozex (sold in 2012), a Systems Engineer at Cisco, and the co-founder of one of the first web development companies in Italy.
He is a Certified Scrum Trainer and SAFe Program Consultant. He’s also certified IDEO Design Thinking. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a MS/BS degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Rome, Italy.
He is the author of Deliver Great Products That Customers Love, published in 2018.