Scrum Events Cycle

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Example Solution

Example Solution

Timing: 15 minutes for short version (steps 1-4), or 25 minutes (steps 1-6).


Per team/group: Printed handout, scissors, marker pen, flip chart poster or whiteboard area.
Scrum Events Cycle Handout


I’ve mainly used this as a Connect (4C from Back of the room) exercise, but it has also served to deepen understanding.

It usually takes a group of four participants 10 minutes (or less) to complete steps 1-4 below. After that, I move teams clockwise in the room so they inspect the output from one of the other teams. After that, I debrief by assembling everyone in front of one the posters where they got all (or most of it) right, and just briefly walk through it. I ask if there were any unanswered questions.

If done with many teams, I instead debrief by drawing the cycle on a flip chart and talk it through.

If you intend to let teams complete 5 and 6, consider also having Scrum Guide printouts nearby, as there may be a lot of discussion. If you can’t (or don’t want to) moderate and provide some guidance, referencing the Scrum Guide to find the answer(s) may be a good way to “step back”.

Instructions to teams:

  1. Cut out all the boxes.
  2. Put the events in the order they appear in the Scrum Sprint cycle. Draw arrows to show the flow of things.
  3. Put the description boxes next to the event they describe. One should be left out.
  4. Put the timeboxes next to the event they belong to. One should be left out.
  5. For each event, write down (or use “icons” to indicate) which roles participates in the event.
  6. For each event, write down the things we inspect & adapt.
    If you get stuck here, thinking in terms of inputs & outputs may help, although they may not be exactly the same thing.

Learning Points:

  • tell (and show) in which order the events appear in a Sprint
  • correctly associate description of events, with the actual event
  • tell what the timebox of each event in Scrum is (and Product Backlog Refinement)
  • tell which roles should attend which event

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4 Responses to "Scrum Events Cycle"
  • ria August 1, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Could we get an answer key?

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  • Fredrik Wendt August 2, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Of course. As I did the exercise myself just now (in order to produce a key), I timed it and it took me 3 minutes to cut all the pieces. 1 minute to get it right. Spent another 3 minutes creating small arrows. (That makes 7 minutes in total.) Here’s a photo of what the result may look like:

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  • Cheney September 19, 2017 at 2:56 am

    why is retro<4h and why is review<3h? shouldn't it be 2hrs maximum for each?

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  • Fredrik Wendt September 19, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    @Cheney: The exercise describes Scrum as described in the Scrum Guide, hence the usual 4 and 3 hours max time boxes are included in the exercise.

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