How is your Scrum Team investing in its ability to work empirically? To work closely with stakeholders? To release faster? To increase the autonomy of the team and reduce their dependency on others? And to persistently find the time to improve in all these areas?
How does this help your team?
In our book The Zombie Scrum Survival Guide we identify four areas that matter most to Professional Scrum:
- Build What Stakeholders Need;
- Ship It Fast;
- Improve Continuously;
- Self-organize Around Impediments;
How is your team investing in the activities that make this possible? We created this exercise to help your team create transparency around how they are investing their time, and where improvements can be made.
The exercise is built on the powerful Liberating Structure Ecocycle Planning. With this structure, you engage everyone in and around your team to create transparency around the activities that prevent Zombie Scrum. For example: "We celebrate our successes, both large and small", "We decide what is on the Product Backlog and in what order, without requiring approval from people outside the team" and "We improve our tools and technologies to make it easier to ship faster and safer".
How does it work?
You can use this exercise with your team and its stakeholders, with your community of Scrum Masters, or many teams at the same time. We've used it successfully with eleven Scrum Teams in the same room. A step-by-step instruction is included.
What do you receive?
- 32 cards with activities that are crucial for Professional Scrum;
- 4 cards for the four Ecocycle Quadrants and 2 for the traps;
- 2 cards with a detailed explanation of one way to use the cards;
Our cards are printed on cardboard with rounded corners and are printed in full-color on both sides. The Ecocycle Quadrants and traps are 21.2x15 cm, the activities are 15x11.7 cm. We hope to liberate our planet from waste too, so our material is printed on 100% wood-free, recycled paper, and inked with ecological paint.
Also for virtual teams!
You can also use this with your virtual team. In addition to the physical deck, you also receive a free digital download with detailed instructions (11 pages) for how to run this exercise virtually. This also includes all the cards as separate images (Jpg), ready for upload in your collaboration tool of choice.