Mia’s Scrum-tactic Simulation: A Funny Story of How to Get Your Team to Embrace Scrum
I love to start stories like this 😊
Once upon a time, there was a team that was stuck in their old ways of managing projects. They were resistant to trying anything new, especially this thing called “Scrum.” But one team member was determined to change their mind.
Mia was my student, and she knew that the best way to get her team to try Scrum was to make it fun.
So, she came up with a cunning plan.
She invited her team to a Scrum “training” session, promising cookies and a fun activity. They all reluctantly agreed to attend.
Once they arrived, Mia revealed that the “fun activity” was actually a Scrum simulation.
She had set up different stations with various Scrum roles and tasks, and the team had to work together to complete a project within a certain time frame.
This exercise that Mia set up to introduce her team to Scrum involved creating 5 stations, each representing a different Scrum role and task:
- Product Owner station: This station would have information on the overall project goals and objectives, as well as the product backlog. Team members would be assigned the role of Product Owner and would be responsible for prioritizing the backlog and making sure that the project is aligned with the overall goals.
- Developers station: This station would have information on the specific tasks that need to be completed during the sprint, as well as a board or tool for tracking progress. Team members would be assigned the role of Developers and would be responsible for completing the tasks and updating the progress board.
- Scrum Master station: This station would have information on the Scrum process and the rules that need to be followed. Team members would be assigned the role of Scrum Master and would be responsible for facilitating the simulation, making sure that everyone is following the process, and resolving any issues that arise.
- Sprint Review station: This station would be where the team would review the progress made during the sprint. The team members will discuss what went well and what didn’t and identify any adjustments that need to be made for the next sprint.
- Sprint Retrospective station: This station would be where the team reflects on the whole simulation and the Scrum process, discuss what they learned and how they can improve the next time.
This exercise was a timed simulation and the team had to work together to complete the project within a certain time frame.
Mia would act as the facilitator and guide the team through the process while they are working on their stations.
This way, the team members were experiencing firsthand how the Scrum roles work together to achieve a common goal, and also how the Scrum process helps to make the work more organized and efficient.
To everyone’s surprise, the simulation was a huge success!
They had a blast working together and were amazed at how much they accomplished in such a short amount of time.
Mia then revealed that the simulation was actually a real-life representation of how Scrum works.
Feeling excited and inspired, the team decided to give Scrum a try. And just like in the simulation, they found that Scrum helped them work together more efficiently and effectively.
From that day on, Mia’s team never looked back.
They embraced Scrum and even started calling Mia the “Scrum Mastermind.”
Sometimes, the best way to get someone to try something new is to make it fun and show them how it can benefit them.
And with Scrum, the benefits are clear: more efficient and effective project management and more fun with your team!
I was so inspired by what happened in Mia’s team that I wanted to help and touch others.
So, if you want to give Scrum a try, I guess you would need some help. And I would love to be me, I have more than 10 years of experience in Agile project management and Scrum, I know, I care, and I will be more than happy to help you.