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Relevance of Play in Scrum

Scrum Master Playbook - Special Edition

Get 50 creative plays to step up your game!

Want to boost transparency and bridge learning gaps? This Scrum Master Playbook will nurture work engagement and spark problem-solving. Bring the elements of play, curiosity, and creativity into your teamwork and training programs! 

Apply this Playbook to your Scrum, and all your events will be truly eventful!

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About the authors

Evelien Roos

Sjoerd Nijland

Founder Serious Scrum, Professional Scrum Trainer

Professional Scrum Trainer

Have fun giving feedback

Help accept failure

Improve team spirit and connectivity

Boost creativity and motivation

Increase overall effectiveness

All plays in this book promote collaboration and collective (team) ownership and are instrumental during:

  • Sprints – to provide focus to an otherwise distracted, disrupted, impeded, or scattered team (not a focused one!), serving the goal of any sprint: turning ideas into value.
  • Sprint Planning – to promote orientation and collaboration towards the Sprint Goal, as the purpose of Sprint Planning is to create a forecast for the Sprint.
  • Daily Scrum – to make Scrum events eventful and worth everyone's time.
  • Sprint Review - to boost Stakeholder attendance and "serve what you've cooked" in the right way.
  • Sprint Retrospective - to reflect on people, processes, and tools respectfully and encouragingly.

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The Scrum Master Playbook is a little gem πŸ’Ž of a book! Written in a fun, playful style (with lots of whimsical graphics), it engages you, the reader, from the first moment you open its pages. It demonstrates how to bring the elements of play, fun, curiosity, and learner engagement into your own Scrum teams and training programs. The authors invite you to "play" with dozens of practical, simple, interactive strategies that you can immediately use to engage your learners. 


Sharon Bowman 
Author of the bestseller:
 "Training from the back of the Room"

The carefully selected plays in this book will unlock your team's full potential. They will make work more enjoyable and meaningful. Through Empowerment-by-Play, even the impossible will become possible!

The plays in this book will:


Evelien Acun-Roos is an experienced Agile Coach at Xebia and a Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org. She has a profound knowledge of Agile and Scrum and knows how to transfer that to Teams, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, their surrounding environment, and their management.

She loves to get teams up and running and then help them continuously improve. She has helped a great diversity of organizations to become more Agile (ING, Rabobank, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, APG, Philips, VodafoneZiggo a.o.).

She is also the Scrum Master of the Scrum Boosters within Xebia, helping other Scrum Masters to become better Scrum Masters.

Evelien loves to give training. Since she is a certified trainer for Training From the Back of the Room, her training courses are filled with brain-based learning activities. In her classes she lets the learner learn instead of the teacher teaching.
At Agile conferences you can find her sharing knowledge about Scrum Values, Liberating Structures, Brain Science, Situational Leadership, and how to Boost your Scrum.

Sjoerd is the founder of Serious Scrum and creator of the Road to Mastery training.  He directed and coached various e-commerce implementations for brands like Bugaboo and Stella Fietsen.

Sjoerd has various acclaimed awards, such as a Webby and Red Dot, including Best of the Best in E-Commerce and Retail. He is also the Winner of the 2016 Hackathon: Artificial Intelligence.

Sjoerd developed himself in Authentic Leadership, NLP, TBR, EBM, Positioning, Coaching, Creative Advertisement, Lean UX, Service Design, Professional Scrum & UX.

What drives him? He loves helping specialists play creatively while engaging in complex challenges. Sjoerd identifies himself as a guide taking groups on a learning journey.  
He takes specialists on learning journeys where individuals share experiences while engaging in many creative plays from his extensive Playbook.

"I have an adventurous spirit and venture off the beaten tracks. I experiment and play. I rather work with a good backpack than a fixed roadmap."

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Great coaches have a playbook. What’s yours?

The playbook contains effective learning strategies based on brain science principles.

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