The ScrumLiner Game

Every time that entered in a new company I like to play a couple of games in order to check what is the knowledge of Scrum ceremonies because of that I always look for different games. One of the games that I found was the ScrumLiner Game. This game was posted on by 

In fact, the picture below was taken by his website as well.





“The ScrumLiner Game: A team effort to build an airliner out of paper using Scrum

That’s the product vision so far. Splitting the class into teams of 5-10 people and having them choose one person as their Product Owner and another one as their Scrum Master, and myself – as the trainer – play the role of a Stakeholder, the president of the aircraft manufacturing company. I hand out a prepared Product Backlog and a vision document. Product Owners are free to decide on the details but should meet my business goals. The Backlog can be refined as the first User Story is quite a big one – we do not estimations at this time as my focus is on collaboration within the team. I have a couple of User Stories that make up the Product Backlog, such as Passenger Cabin, with at least 20 windows, doors and emergency exits, Wings, Landing Gear, Tail Fin and Cockpit. The Backlog cards are actually quite detailled and have a list of acceptance criteria on the back side (you get the idea).”


The idea of the game is to play three Sprints (I hope your teams got a great aircraft in that time). Each Sprint last twenty minutes.

Sprint Planning

The author gives two minutes to each team to discuss about the Sprint Goal and what user stories will be finished during the Sprint.


In each Sprint the team has to do the Daily meeting to “Inspect and Adapt”.

Sprint Review

After the end of each Sprint the team has to show the “shippable” to the Product Owner and stakeholder (Coach). It has to last only two minutes

Sprint Retrospective

After the Review the team has to do the Retrospective in order to analyze their performance and decide about improving the process.
To sum it up, during the game the team will navigate for each Scrum ceremony. If you want to chat about this game or tell me how was your result reach me at twitter (@metlucero), Skype (metlucero) or Email (metlucero [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile.


I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally
different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible
to implement it.

Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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