Scrum Values & Roles Card Game

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Timing: 20-35 minutes

Overview:
This gamified learning activity is the first product from my MSc dissertation at the University of Liverpool. It is a card game to teach Scrum values and roles.

There are four categories of cards: roles, responsibilities, values, behaviors. The objective of the game is to distribute the responsibilities cards below the roles cards and distribute the behaviors cards below the values cards. Example:



Winning condition: The first group to complete the distribution of the cards – in a correct manner – is the winner. The instructor is the arbiter. When a group claims the completion, the instructor must pause the activity and verify the distribution. During the verification the other groups must pause their actions. If the instructor discovers that the distribution is wrong, he/she should only state that “the distribution is incorrect”, the group whom claimed the conclusion must discover what is incorrect and the other groups are free to continue.

Learning Points:
The values and roles of Scrum represent a big paradigm shift for professionals whom are familiar with traditional approaches for project management, where command-and-control-ism and micro-management are imperatives. This learning activity will lead the students to discuss about the Scrum roles and values, also instructing them over the responsibilities and expected behaviors.

Link to Game:
The cards and source files are available at http://gameagile.com/scrum-values-roles-card-game/

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  • Paul J. Heidema June 23, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Hello Julio,
    I registered for your newsletter and the link did not work for the source material. Please help.
    Thanks,
    Paul

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  • Julio Oliveira June 23, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Hi Paul!

    Thanks for your interest. I tested the link to the source files and seems to be ok. The file is hosted on Google Drive, is there any access restriction on your network?

    I will send the file directly to your e-mail.

    Regards,
    Julio

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  • AJ July 31, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Hi Julio,
    I am assuming the answers are not given, correct? Also, can you elaborate just a bit on how to print these cards, etc. Is it assumed to use the software to print these, or can one just print the PDF and cut the cards with scissors? Thanks.

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  • Julio Oliveira August 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Hi AJ!

    I created a wiki to collaborate over the cards of this learning activity: http://gameagile.wikidot.com/scrum-values-roles-card-game

    The correct layout (solution) of the game is already there.

    Regarding printing the cards, you are right. Just print the PDF and cut with scissors.

    Regards,

    Julio

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  • Alex Lahoski August 9, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Julio,

    This is really great work! I’ve been making a few adjustments here and there (I’m in the US, so 8.5 X 11 paper rather than A4, making the cards poker-sized, adding card backs). I’ll be taking it to my team later this week, so if we have any additional feedback we’ll let you know!

    Alex

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  • Julio Oliveira August 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Alex,
    This sounds great! I will wait for your feedback.
    Let me know if you need any help :)
    Julilo

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  • David OMalley October 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Julio, this is fantastic. Rather than Scrum Team, have you thought about changing “Scrum Team” to “Dev Team” to be in line with the roles outlined in the scrum framework?

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  • Jeffrey January 12, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Julio,

    Thank you for this. I built a modified version for my client, using their language and role titles. I also added 2 roles, Program Manager (think SAFe Release Train Engineer), and Delivery Manager (think old-fashioned IT manager).

    We had some great conversations and I am going to propose we use this exercise in training going forward.

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  • Julio Oliveira January 13, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Hi David an Jeffrey!

    First of all, its great to know that this card game is being of help :) I already fixed the “Development Team Card” within the wiki http://gameagile.wikidot.com/scrum-values-roles-card-game.

    If possible, share your versions of this game with the community!

    Best wishes

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  • Richell February 12, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Hello Julio,

    My team is fairly new to scrum and I’m a new CSM. I’ve been witnessing many things that my team needs to learn regarding scrum and an important one is to not cross roles (developers also performing sm work). I see how this training can be very beneficial to our team. However, I’m unable to open the link to the game. Is it possible to email this to me so I can use as training? Thank you Very Much!

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  • Julio Oliveira February 16, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Richell,

    Thanks for your interest. I tested the link to the source files and seems to be ok. The file is hosted on Google Drive and DropBox, is there any access restriction on your network?

    I will send the file directly to your e-mail.

    Regards,
    Julio

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