9 Agile Halloween Costumes for Scrum Groups

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It’s time to begin occupied with an acceptable costume you’ll be able to put on to the numerous agile-themed Halloween events you’ll attend. On this submit I’ll share some last-minute costume concepts you’ll be able to pull collectively whether or not you’re a Scrum Grasp, product proprietor, or perhaps a stakeholder on an agile mission.

This run-down of Halloween costumes for agile groups began out only for enjoyable. However then I bought to considering, it may be a artistic (and informative) approach to run a Halloween retrospective: Agile group members might come dressed to symbolize the position they performed up to now dash.

Or you may strive a Halloween agile retrospective for the mission as a complete: and invite stakeholders, administration, and group members to decorate because the roles they’ve skilled, or want they may expertise, up to now. Or you’ll be able to simply get pleasure from some light-hearted insights into the Scrum roles.

Auto Mechanic

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 typically establish points earlier than they develop into issues (“your brake pads are getting skinny”). A Scrum Grasp could be considered tuning up a group to attain its absolute best efficiency.

Costume: Seize some coveralls, possibly smear some grease on them, and both carry some instruments or put on a toolbelt.

Ghost

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 opinions.

Generally stakeholders inform us the mission is vital and get pissed off if the group misses a aim. However by by no means attending iteration opinions, successfully being as invisible as a ghost, these stakeholders’ actions point out the mission should not be that vital in any case.

Costume: A easy white sheet with two eye holes.

Tightrope Walker

Product house owners are sometimes pressured to prioritize competing wants from totally different stakeholders. Stakeholders could symbolize totally different geographic areas, departments inside a company, or they could simply have totally different views of a product’s future.

Whatever the motive, stakeholders search to affect a product proprietor into constructing what they want, which may be very totally different from what the client or different stakeholders are on the lookout 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 facet. A technique to assist preserve steadiness is for product house owners to deal with stakeholders as a second group, relatively than as people.

Costume: So long as you carry an extended pole for steadiness, you’ll be able to most likely put on no matter you need, however some spandex may be acceptable.

Golf Caddy

A great Scrum Grasp is sort of a golf caddy. Every thing a caddy does is to assist the participant—recommending golf equipment, carrying the golf equipment, observing different gamers—all these aids assist a golfer give attention to hitting the ball nicely. Scrum Masters emulate this by equally eradicating all impediments to a group’s progress.

After the ultimate putt is made, cheers go up for the successful 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 group. However astute observers know the way a lot the Scrum Grasp did behind the scenes to assist the group succeed.

Costume: Channel Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack, or put on your loudest polyester pants and borrow your brother-in-law’s outdated golf golf equipment.

Bartender

A great Scrum Grasp listens to detect when a group is having an issue, after which fixes that downside. A bartender listens to patrons’ issues and…OK, presents solace at finest, however doesn’t repair the issue. So put on a bartender costume if you wish to gown up like a foul 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

Ted Lasso

As a substitute of dressing like a foul Scrum Grasp, although, take into account dressing as an ideal agile coach: Ted Lasso. As a coach, Lasso reveals many traits we’d all do nicely to emulate: empathy for his group members, nice listening expertise, willingness to experiment, lack of an outsized ego, searching for to make his group the most effective 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 would possibly want to purchase the mustache.

Alfred Pennyworth

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, often with out Batman even having to ask. Alfred often is the truest instance doable of a true servant chief.

Costume: This can be a nice DIY costume. Alfred is at all times impeccably dressed, so put in your finest swimsuit and tie a full Windsor knot—and rapidly rehearse your English accent.

A Couple’s Costume: A Rooster and a Pig

A narrative from the early days of Scrum concerned a rooster and a pig who wished 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 rooster could be merely concerned.

The story was informed way back to say that product house owners have been merely concerned in sprints. They weren’t dedicated like Scrum Masters and group members. I by no means agreed with that view, as a result of in my expertise probably the most profitable groups have product house owners who act each bit as dedicated because the builders.

However, most likely as a result of the joke is a minimum of barely amusing, chickens and pigs nonetheless often come up in Scrum discussions. This makes them the proper couple’s or group Halloween costume.

Costume: Go all out and make (or purchase) rooster and pig costumes. Or hold it easy and get a pig snout on an elastic band. Complement it with a pink hoodie if you’d like. The rooster can put on a white or yellow hoodie and a plastic beak.

What Are You Sporting This Yr?

I hope I’ve given you a number of group costume concepts for work, and a few group costume concepts for the entire 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 have got? What costume would you put on to an agile Halloween celebration? Please share your ideas within the feedback beneath.

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