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ACTIVITY

Agile Roles. Current vs Future.

Basic

difficulty

Stage 1

Agile IQ® Level

Roles

Governance

Introduction

This activity is designed to help improve awareness of agile roles.

  • Product Owner 
  • Scrum Master
  • Team members

Activity: Current vs future state

Timebox: 30 minutes

This activity can be run as a Retrospective or team training event.

What you’ll need

  • Agile role cards (download below)

Current State

  • Download the role cards. Print them off and cut them out.
  • Think about who does what today.
  • Assign the activities in the role card deck to each of the roles that the organisation has now.

Reflect on:

  • Who has the authority to make a decision?
  • Is the team self-organising and self-managing?
  • Who does the bulk of the work?
  • Are there work silos in the current role definitions?
  • Do these role definitions mean there are “handovers” between people that slows down delivery?

Future State

Assign the activities to only the Scrum roles.

Reflect on:

  • Is the future state different to the current state?
  • Who has the authority to make a decision?
  • Who does the bulk of the work?
  • Have any of the silos or handovers been reduced?
  • What roles are not needed in an agile environment due to self-organisation?
  • What roles are not needed because new roles have taken on those responsibilities?

Download

Download the Agile Role Cards (PDF) to print and use to help your team understand agile roles.

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