Scrum in a Snap: Using Snap Circuits to Excite & Educate Scrum Newcomers

The best way to learn Scrum is by doing, but it can be difficult to simulate Scrum and see how well Scrum helps team overcome technical hurdles without actually building something technically challenging. Lego's have always been a fun option for introducing Scrum, but it's difficult to recreate technical impediments, the need for spikes and managing technical debt with our tried and true friend, the box of Lego's.

Arguably, a better alternative might be Snap Circuits, a toy designed to introduce children to electronics in a fun and easy-to-understand format. Like Lego's, adults gravitate toward Snap Circuits because they are colorful, quickly understood and snap together with ease.

But, Snap Circuits have the added advantage of requiring a small amount of technical learning during the simulation that make it a closer match to the technical obstacles faced by a typical Scrum team.

In this workshop, you'll learn one "Scrum in a Snap" simulation exercise. In addition, we'll provide you with a few other "Scrum in a Snap" ideas and encourage you to experiment on your own. Four lucky attendees will also win their own Snap Circuits kit so they can develop their own Scrum games.

Past participants in "Scrum in a Snap" have said "The best Scrum exercise I've ever done", "I can't believe how much it's like coding - without actually coding", "What a blast - I'll never forget this activity!" and "Where can I buy one?"

Attend this workshop to see why.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

In this workshop, you'll learn a "Scrum in a Snap" simulation exercise that you can use when you introduce Scrum to your co-workers, peers or students. In addition, we'll provide you with a few other "Scrum in a Snap" ideas and encourage you to experiment on your own.

As a bonus, four lucky attendees will also win their own Snap Circuits Jr kit so they can develop their own Scrum simulations and practice one of the "Scrum in a Snap" simulations provided.

Here's the session outline:

  • Explain the "Scrum in a Snap" Exercise (5 minutes)
  • Scrum simulation (30 minutes)
  • Sharing & feedback (10 minutes)

During and after the exercise, key lessons about Scrum and why Scrum is so effective for solving complex, uncertain problems will be called out by attendees and the moderator.

Learning Outcome

When finished with this workshop, attendees will be able to introduce others to Scrum and reinforce key Scrum concepts using Snap Circuits.

Target Audience

Individuals seeking a fun, clever way to introduce newcomers to Scrum. This is most likely to appeal to agile champions and change agents, including ScrumMasters, Product Owners, coaches and trainers,.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Individuals attending should be familiar with the basics of the Scrum framework, including Scrum ceremonies, artifacts and roles. Three months of participation on a Scrum team is sufficient.

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  • Bob Payne
    By Bob Payne  ~  11 months ago
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    Can you handle 50 people in this talk?  

    Thanks

    • Donald Patti
      By Donald Patti  ~  11 months ago
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      Yes, we can handle up to 80 with our existing co-facilitators. With another co-facilitator, we can jump to 100.

      • Bob Payne
        By Bob Payne  ~  10 months ago
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        Thanks for the clarification.  We are evaluating all the proposals this week.

         


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