A couple of years ago Christiaan Verwijs and Johannes Schartau coined the term ‘Zombie-Scrum’. What's it all about?

Well, at first sight Zombie Scrum seems to be normal Scrum. But it lacks a beating heart. The Scrum teams do all the Scrum events but a potential releasable increment is rarely the result of a Sprint. Zombie Scrum teams have a very unambitious definition of what ‘done’ means, and no drive to extend it. They see themselves as a cog in the wheel, unable and unwilling to change anything and have a real impact: I’m only here to code! Zombie Scrum teams show no response to a failed or successful Sprint and also don’t have any intention to improve their situation. Actually nobody cares about this team. The stakeholders have forgotten the existence of this team long time ago.

Zombie Scrum is Scrum, but without the beating heart of working software and its on the rise. This workshop will help you understand how to recognise the symptoms and cuases of Zombie Scrum and what you can do to get started to combat and treat Zombie-Scrum. Knowing what causes Zombie Scrum might help prevent a further outbreak and prevent the apocalypse

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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

What is Zombie Scrum? - 5 mins

Symptoms and Causes - 10 mins

How to treat and combat rise of Zombie Scrum - break into groups to workshop what happened when you first saw Zombie Scrum and what is your boldest actionable idea to fight zombie scrum as an indivdual or as a community? 15 mins

How to treat Zombie Scrum - 5 mins

Questions - 5 mins

Learning Outcome

Understand the causes and symptoms of Zombie Scrum and what you can do to treat Zombie Scrum in your organisation.

Target Audience

Scrum masters, product owners and business stakeholders and leaders

Prerequisites for Attendees

no pre requisites

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