Simulating Scrum Using Lego

2010 sees Scrum WithStyle adding some some exciting new activities to our training. One that has proven particularly worthwhile is a multi-team Scrum simulation using Lego. 

As trainer, I play Product Owner and provide the teams with a vision and an initial Product Backlog. The teams then clarify the User Stories and we capture the Product Owner’s decisions on the requirements as Conditions of Satisfaction. The teams estimate the stories before the Product Owner re-prioritises. The teams do some Sprint Planning and commit to certain Product Backlog Items. 

Then we’re off and Sprinting. Sprint Reviews, Retrospectives and updating the Release Burndown complete the process miniature. It’s amazing what Scrum teams can achieve in two or three 5 minute sprints!

Rowan Bunning
Rowan Bunning is an Australian pioneer of Scrum. He has a technical development background and spent 10 years a developer, ScrumMaster and Product Owner before becoming one of Australia’s first Agile Coaches and Certified Scrum Trainers in 2008. Through his boutique training and coaching company Scrum WithStyle, Rowan has trained over 5,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia making him one of the most experienced Agile trainers in the Australasian region. As an Agile Coach in Australia and Europe since 2007, Rowan has a track record of facilitating accelerated Agile adoptions including team building, ScrumMaster mentoring, management consulting and cultural change. Rowan has coached organisations ranging from start-ups to global brand-name enterprises across the banking, health insurance, real estate, media, food, building security, data security, collection management, content management and video gaming industries as well as the public sector. Rowan continues to organise regular events with the Sydney Scrum User Group and has spoken at Scrum and Agile conferences in Europe, the USA and Australia since 2007.

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