Training and retaining the basics of Scaling Scrum through the power of play

location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 25th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM place Esquire Hall

How do we provide Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Team Members and others who are applying agile practices with a safe environment in which they can experience and “have a go” with Scrum?

Scrum simulation with Lego’s is a tried and tested technique that has been successfully applied to help teams build up their understanding of the ceremonies and rigors of Scrum.

In this highly interactive workshop session we will take participants through how they can customize, build and facilitate an agile lego simulation that addresses their particular learning points. We will also show you how you can use this approach to help distributed Feature teams who share a common backlog understand how they work as one to deliver their Product. Participants in this workshop will leave with the confidence to apply the power of play.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  • This simulation is intended to allow participants to experience “hands-on” how an agile Feature Team adopting large scale scrum (LeSS) functions and understand the benefits of an agile approach to software development. All of the essential elements of Scrum are practiced and throughout the simulation common problems and their solutions are explored.

Learning Outcome

  • What distinguishes an agile approach from more traditional approaches

  • How to form agile Feature Teams and the roles in Scrum

  • The challenges of adopting large scale scrum (LeSS)

  • How to systematically reduce risk while achieving progress

  • Setting up a Product Backlog and how to use this to drive your development effort

  • Show to plan your sprintsThe key ceremonies of Scrum

Target Audience

Anyone who wants to experience the essence of agile development

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  • Doc Norton
    By Doc Norton  ~  5 years ago
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    Debbie - 

    Do you think this could be reduced to 90 minutes and still be effective? Otherwise, we may have some challenges fitting it into the schedule.

    - Doc


    • Debbie Wren
      By Debbie Wren  ~  5 years ago
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      i can skinny down the session such that i show how to run the game.  I will include 60 min play time simulation.  We wont lose much .., just an adaptation give the time constraints..., warm wishes.  Deb

  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  5 years ago
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    Hi Debbie,

       I know Lego sessions are always popular - have you facilitated this type of session before?  Could you provide me with some context on your experience with these sessions.  


    Thanks much,


    • Debbie Wren
      By Debbie Wren  ~  5 years ago
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      Hi Joel

      I regularly facilitate this session for groups who are not only at the beginning of their agile journey and have selected scrum to get started but also for larger global programs who  have feature teams who are operating using the LeSS1 (large scale scrum) framework (upto 10 feature teams).  This particular session is aimed at simulating distributed feature teams who share a common backlog.  Materials support the simulation, that is, there are real Product backlog items, scrum boards, burn down charts, risks, review cards, capacity cards etc.  The simulation includes all the ceremonies and its designed to throw up the challenges that distributed feature teams experience.  Hope this gives you enough context.  I will have a colleague of mine from JP Morgan in Bangaloe helping me if I am successful.   Warm regards.

      • Savita Pahuja
        By Savita Pahuja  ~  5 years ago
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        Hi Debbie

        Thanks for the submission. Seems to be interesting for the participants.

        I hope you will also include basic overview of LeSS for better understanding and the joint planning and retrospective meetings which are differentiating factors from popular lego city game.


        • Debbie Wren
          By Debbie Wren  ~  5 years ago
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          Hi Savita - Thanks for your comment.  I have created this simulation to specifially focuss on LeSS.  All the scaling aspects eg Joint PBR, Retros etc are includued and YES I will be introducing the session with an overview of the basics of the framework ... Warm regds. Debbie

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