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ACTIVITY

Agile Roles. Who is the Best Fit?

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: WHO IS THE BEST FIT?

Timebox: 30 minutes

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

What you’ll need

  • Agile role cards (download below)
  • Index cards
  • Sticky-notes

Your characteristics

Timebox: 5 minutes.

Each person in the team:

  • Writes their name on an index card.
  • Lists their strongest characteristics on the reverse of the card.
  • Don’t discuss the characteristics (yet).

Scrum Roles

Timebox: 5 minutes

  • Lay out the Scrum roles (from the role cards download) on the table.
  • Sort Scrum’s tasks and responsibilities against each of the roles.
  • Check the roles and responsibilities against the Scrum Guide. Do they align?

Brainstorm characteristics

Timebox: 5 minutes.

  • Brainstorm all of the characteristics needed to do that role effectively, with all its tasks, in your organisation.
  • Write each characteristic on a separate sticky-note.
  • Once everyone has finished their brainstorming, place the sticky-notes against the roles.
  • Merge and relabel sticky notes that are similar.

Bingo

  • Take one of the roles.
  • Read out each of the characteristics.
  • When a person hears a characteristic that matches one they’ve written on their own card, tick it off.
  • Call out BINGO when all of your characteristics have been ticked off.

Discuss

Who in the team has the best match of characteristics against each role? Why?

Download

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

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