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Scrum Values

Updated: Feb 17, 2019

This is a great retrospective when you want to remind the team that Scrum has 5 core values and they should be embracing them every sprint.

Set the Stage Activity - Office Tennis

  • Divide the team into pairs - if there is an odd number, then the Scrum Master can join in

  • Each pair needs two clip boards and a crumpled up a piece of paper (if you only have 2 clip boards, you can take turns and time the event and track the times to determine a winner)

  • The pair must use the clip boards as tennis rackets and hit the paper ball back and forth without dropping the ball until they reach the finish line (as a variation you can have a waste basket at the end and they have to get the paper into the basket to win). If the paper ball drops at any time, the pair must go back to the start line and begin again. *teams can also use hardback books if there are no clip boards

  • This activity takes intense focus to be successful. Focus is on of the Scrum values so be sure to tie the energizer into your Scrum Values activity.

Data Gathering Activity - Scrum Values

Give an overview of each Scrum value to ensure the team understands what they mean.

per the Scrum guide:

"Successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living these five values. People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team members have courage to do the right thing and work on tough problems. Everyone focuses on the work of the Sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team and its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing the work. Scrum Team members respect each other to be capable, independent people"

Write each Scrum value on a whiteboard or flip charts with 2 sections labeled Applied/Violated

1) Ask the team to come up ways that they applied each value during the last sprint and write those under Applied

2) As the team to come up with ways the team violated the values last sprint and write those under Violated

*you may or may not want to divide up the team into groups for this

In the analysis/discussion, review the Team values shared in the Set the Stage activity and see if you can correlate any of them with the Scrum values.

Closing Activity - One Value

Have the team write down on a post-it the one Scrum value they are going to focus on for next sprint and then have the team share. Remember to check in at stand-ups as to how they are doing as well as following up at the next retro.