“Meet: Scrum”, the Diagram

Recently, in my work helping teams to learn and implement Scrum, I have deliberately not been using diagrams.  Having participants create their own ways of describing Scrum based on their own understanding is often a much more powerful approach to learning than showing them a diagram.  If you give someone a map, they tend to assume that all of the exploring has already been done.  If you give them a space to explore, they tend to create their own maps and provide new knowledge about the space being explored.  Maps and diagrams do serve a purpose.  They are useful.  What’s important to always keep in mind is that they should not be regarded as definitive but rather as one  contribution to a body of knowledge that can and should grow.

Anyhow, this isn’t intended to be a blog post about diagrams but rather as a post sharing a diagram that I have created.  One of the participants of a Scrum training that I recently facilitated asked me for a diagram and I said I would find one for him.  All of the other diagrams out there that I could find didn’t exactly convey my own understanding of Scrum.  So, I decided to create my own.

This is the first increment.  I am open to feedback and I look forward to finding out how this interacts with others’ understanding of Scrum.

ScrumDiagramTravisBirch

You can download it at this link: Meet: Scrum.

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All of Scrum Diagram in One Page – a Cheat Sheet

I’ve been giving out a cheat sheet on Scrum in my training classes for the last 6 years.  It has evolved a great deal and I thought it would be timely to share it.

All of Scrum Diagram – PDF

All of Scrum Diagram – OpenDocument Graphics

I also have a guidelines/rules-of-thumb list:

Scrum Rules of Thumb – PDF

And some pitfalls listed out:

General Scrum Pitfalls – PDF

Scrum Product Owner Pitfalls – PDF

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