Over the last few years I have noticed that when you ask someone “what is scrum?” they immediately start explaining the process. Sprints, Retrospectives, Grooming etc. Hardly ever do I hear about the values of scrum being talked about.

And its worse than that actually. Most scrum masters – yes the ones with certifications and those without – don’t know what these values are.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladybeames/2896787167/ Can you name the values?

Do it now – out loud.

 Hint: there are 5!



As a scrum master I believe that these values are what scrum is all about and that without them you can only get so far. Based on how few people remember them I was wondering how I could train these so that people understand, feel and possibly experience them.

After a bit of internet trolling I found nothing that could help and so came up with a version of this game. I have now run this about 4 times, including with friends who know nothing about scrum or agile!


… Respect … Openness … Commitment … Focus … Courage …


Scrum Value Cards


Below is a link to a PDF with 10 cards. Print them out and stick the appropriate definition on the back of the image. This is one set of cards. I use 3 sets with groups of around 10 people.

Ensure you have post-its and pens available for people to make notes.

Download Cards


Hand each person a card in an unmarked envelope. Depending on how many people you are teaching, you can hand out more cards per person. Tell them to keep their card(s) secret for now.

For each card they have they need to read the definition and think of a situation they have experienced or witnessed or know about that explains the value. Let them know that they will be sharing this story – and can make notes if needed. I usually give the group 3 to 5 minutes for this.

State the first value – on powerpoint or show the card to the group. Read the definition. Ask who has the card – remember there may be more than one with that value. Ask them to share their stories. After each story check that the group recognizes the value in the story, either by asking or by paraphrasing.

Continue through all the values.

Other Ideas:

Each person who has tried this has changed something – have fun and go wild! Leave a comment about your changes and let us know how it played out 🙂