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It’s time to start out serious about an acceptable costume you may put on to the numerous agile-themed Halloween events you’ll attend. On this submit I’ll share some last-minute costume concepts you may pull collectively whether or not you’re a Scrum Grasp, product proprietor, or perhaps a stakeholder on an agile undertaking.
This run-down of Halloween costumes for agile groups began out only for enjoyable. However then I bought to considering, it may be a inventive (and informative) option to run a Halloween retrospective: Agile workforce members may come dressed to symbolize the function they performed previously dash.
Or you possibly can strive a Halloween agile retrospective for the undertaking as a complete: and invite stakeholders, administration, and workforce members to decorate because the roles they’ve skilled, or want they may expertise, to this point. Or you may simply take pleasure in some light-hearted insights into the Scrum roles.
Let’s begin with a Scrum Grasp costume. An auto mechanic costume could be nice for a Scrum Grasp. Like a mechanic, a Scrum Grasp troubleshoots and fixes issues. A talented and skilled mechanic can usually determine points earlier than they turn out to be issues (“your brake pads are getting skinny”). A Scrum Grasp may be considered tuning up a workforce to realize its very best efficiency.
Costume: Seize some coveralls, possibly smear some grease on them, and both carry some instruments or put on a toolbelt.
Stakeholders can typically act like ghosts.
Some individuals say ghosts don’t exist. My pal Jim Harold says in any other case on his podcast. However the kind of ghost I’m referring to is the stakeholder who doesn’t present up at dash critiques.
Typically stakeholders inform us the undertaking is vital and get pissed off if the workforce misses a aim. However by by no means attending iteration critiques, successfully being as invisible as a ghost, these stakeholders’ actions point out the undertaking should not be that vital in spite of everything.
Costume: A easy white sheet with two eye holes.
Product homeowners are sometimes pressured to prioritize competing wants from totally different stakeholders. Stakeholders might symbolize totally different geographic areas, departments inside a corporation, or they could simply have totally different views of a product’s future.
Whatever the purpose, stakeholders search to affect a product proprietor into constructing what they want, which may be very totally different from what the shopper or different stakeholders are searching for.
In these conditions, the product proprietor is a tightrope walker balancing competing calls for and striving to not fall by leaning too far to both aspect. A technique to assist keep steadiness is for product homeowners to deal with stakeholders as a second workforce, relatively than as people.
Costume: So long as you carry an extended pole for steadiness, you may most likely put on no matter you need, however some spandex may be acceptable.
A great Scrum Grasp is sort of a golf caddy. The whole lot a caddy does is to assist the participant—recommending golf equipment, carrying the golf equipment, observing different gamers—all these aids assist a golfer concentrate on hitting the ball nicely. Scrum Masters emulate this by equally eradicating all impediments to a workforce’s progress.
After the ultimate putt is made, cheers go up for the profitable golfer because the caddy stands by, unnoticed by most. The identical is true of Scrum Masters. When their groups succeed, reward is heaped on the workforce. However astute observers understand how a lot the Scrum Grasp did behind the scenes to assist the workforce succeed.
Costume: Channel Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack, or put on your loudest polyester pants and borrow your brother-in-law’s previous golf golf equipment.
A great Scrum Grasp listens to detect when a workforce is having an issue, after which fixes that drawback. A bartender listens to patrons’ issues and…OK, gives solace at finest, however doesn’t repair the issue. So put on a bartender costume if you wish to gown up like a nasty Scrum Grasp.
Costume: A white apron maybe with a holster belt that holds a bottle on either side will work properly. If you wish to transcend the minimal, add a vest or suspenders with aptitude.
As a substitute of dressing like a nasty Scrum Grasp, although, contemplate dressing as an incredible agile coach: Ted Lasso. As a coach, Lasso reveals many traits we’d all do nicely to emulate: empathy for his workforce members, nice listening abilities, willingness to experiment, lack of an outsized ego, looking for to make his workforce the perfect it may be, and extra.
Costume: A blue tracksuit or pullover with sun shades. Don’t overlook to both develop a mustache or purchase a stick-on one. Nearer to Halloween, you may want to purchase the mustache.
Batman could be misplaced with out his trusted butler, Alfred. A retired actor and former particular agent of the British authorities, Alfred does no matter Batman wants, normally with out Batman even having to ask. Alfred often is the truest instance doable of a true servant chief.
Costume: It is a nice DIY costume. Alfred is all the time impeccably dressed, so put in your finest go well with and tie a full Windsor knot—and shortly rehearse your English accent.
A narrative from the early days of Scrum concerned a hen and a pig who needed to open a breakfast restaurant. The pig declined the chance, figuring out that in producing a ham-and-egg breakfast he’d be dedicated, the hen could be merely concerned.
The story was instructed way back to say that product homeowners had been merely concerned in sprints. They weren’t dedicated like Scrum Masters and workforce members. I by no means agreed with that view, as a result of in my expertise essentially the most profitable groups have product homeowners who act each bit as dedicated because the builders.
However, most likely as a result of the joke is no less than barely amusing, chickens and pigs nonetheless sometimes come up in Scrum discussions. This makes them the proper couple’s or group Halloween costume.
Costume: Go all out and make (or purchase) hen and pig costumes. Or hold it easy and get a pig snout on an elastic band. Complement it with a pink hoodie if you need. The hen can put on a white or yellow hoodie and a plastic beak.
I hope I’ve given you a couple of workforce costume concepts for work, and a few group costume concepts for all the Halloween events, costume contests, and treat-or-treating outings you’re positive to be invited to. And I hope that I’ve additionally given you some new issues to consider with the varied Scrum roles or planted the seeds for some new holiday-themed retrospective concepts.
What different concepts do you will have? What costume would you put on to an agile Halloween occasion? Please share your ideas within the feedback beneath.