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10+ years of helping thousands of practitioners with implementation of Professional Scrum has taught me one thing – most practitioners have a very superficial understanding of Scrum. To most, Scrum is nothing more than “Daily Standup” and “Sprint Demo”.

8+ years of learning from the Professional Scrum Trainer Community has taught me many techniques to expand and elevate this flawed, superficial understanding of Scrum among my students and clients. One of the best techniques I learned from the PST Community is a game called Scrum Discovery. I think it was invented and refined by Kate Terlacka and Dani Tobler, but I could be wrong. I have adapted their game into the Scrum Discovery Cheat Sheet.

You can use this cheat sheet in many different contexts…

  1. Before you deliver or attend Scrum training
  2. Deepening your understanding after you attend Scrum training
  3. Preparing for a assessment
  4. Helping others deepen their understanding of Scrum

Here’s how you might get the best results from this cheat-sheet…

  1. Print out the Scrum Discovery Cheat Sheet.
  2. Watch this video to get a quick introduction to Scrum.
  3. Read the Scrum Guide
  4. Understand every single term mentioned in the Scrum Glossary and Professional Scrum Development Glossary
  5. Choose a real-world company you are familiar as the context for completing this exercise. Imagine that you have a magic wand that lets you wish away all the dysfunctions in this company and that you are given all the power you need to implement Professional Scrum in this company the way that the Scrum Guide intended for Scrum to be implemented. I know this is a big ask. Play with me 🙂
  6. Now, answer all the questions in the Scrum Discovery Cheat Sheet in the context of your chosen company, with the assumption that you have that magic wand. Make improvements as you discover new insights.
  7. Take these free practice assessments repeatedly until you score 100% consistently – Scrum Open Assessment, Product Owner Open AssessmentScrum Developer Open Assessment.
  8. Make a list of every question you got wrong.
  9. Go back to step 2 and start reviewing all the suggested resources again, with a special focus on the topics related to questions you got wrong in the assessments.
  10. Repeat each assessment until you score 100% consistently.

Hope this helps. Let me know how it went for you and how we can make this better.

And if you want your teams to shift from wasting time and money with superficial Scrum to maximizing value with scientific Scrum, contact us to see how we can help you.

Scrum On!

Ravi Verma
Post by Ravi Verma
November 2, 2021
Ravi Verma is a Public Speaker, Agile Coach, Professional Scrum Trainer, Evidence-Based Management Consultant, and Blogger passionate about helping teams recapture the magic of making IT. As the Founder and CEO at Org Whisperer, Ravi blends ideas from the world of Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Organizational Development to develop strong teams and inspiring leaders at all levels of an organization. He recently co-founded his second startup - Al Dente, a platform that helps Agile coaches and organizations empirically improve business outcomes with Agile delivery frameworks like Scrum. 

Ravi has around 25 years of Software Delivery and Consulting Experience, including Agile Enablement for companies ranging from 10 people to 10,000 people. He is able to earn the trust and respect of C-Level executives and help them understand how the application of Agile Principles, Values, and Practices can become a powerful means to achieving sustainable competitive advantage.

Ravi has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from R.V.C.E., Bangalore, and a Masters in Entrepreneurship from SMU, Dallas. Ravi received a Certificate in Organizational Development from DePaul University and Linkage Inc. and is an MBTI Certified Practitioner, with a Certificate in Advanced Conflict Resolution from Kilmann Diagnostics. He has also been trained in facilitating workshops for leading organizational change based on the book “Leading Bold Change” by Dr. John Kotter workshops.