Clarifying roles

poroleUnclear or too many roles do not produce good scrum. Use this game to verify that the separation of concerns is implemented correctly or to prove the opposite.

Introduction

This game is useful when you are in a scrum environment where the separation of roles is unclear.  It might be the case that there are more roles than prescribed by scrum, or that people are unaware of the responsibilities of each role.

Unclear or too many roles do not produce good scrum. Use this game to verify that the separation of concerns is implemented correctly or to prove the opposite.

How the game goes

  • Set a time-box
  • Introduce the game tot he attendees
  • put the task cards on the table (closed)
  • Have attendants pick one task card from the closed deck and place it under the role that is responsible fort his task
  • Let them motivate why
  • Facilitate discussion

How the Game ends…

Stop when the time-box is over. If you did not discuss all task cards, that’s no problem.

Ask the attendees to formulate a conclusion:

  • Can we get rid of certain roles?
  • Does each role have sufficient autonomy?
  • How are we going to enforce a better separation of roles?

Determine further follow-up steps.

Create a report of the conclusions and communicate them to the teams.

Download a full PDF version with sample roles included.

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