It’s easy to talk about scrum, but there should always be a practical aspect to learning. For developers, showing scrum is easy, but how to demonstrate the methodology outside IT domain?
LEGO City – I think that’s the most popular workshop, however it has hudge downside. Unless you have a kid, you probably don’t have a ton of LEGOs laying around and buying them just for the workshop is way too expensive. Let’s try to find a cheeper way. What I like about building a lego city is that each team can have a different responsibility (a different capability of the city) to deliver. For example:
- a city should have a public transportation (buses, bus station, bus stops, etc.)
- a city should have a beutiful landscapes
- a city should be entertaining (parks, theater, tenis courts, etc.)
Video-Scrum – I think I like this idea the best. The goal is to create a video on assigned topic and upload it to youtube. Producing a video has just enough complexity to show how following scrum can help. The benefit of this method is that it’s very cheep (anyone this days has a smartphone) and it easy to come up with a topic that won’t scare your audience. For example:
- it can be an eductional video explaining a topic in physics
- story behind a historical event (or its consequences)
- a promotional video for a depatment in office
MyToy – I found this interesting, however my biggest problem with this workshop is that it lacks a strong product owner and this is the most important thing in whole scrum. Without a well defined goal, this can be a lot of fun, but not sure if end result will be any good.
Children Book – Goldielocks Iterations – Create a “ready to publish’ book best on a childens tale. I really like the idea – there is so many details that need to be taken care of, that is shows very well how to create and manage your backlog. Great idea – but target your audience carefully.