Scrum Boards made from Lego®
Most organizations and teams face similiar questions. Who is doing what and when ? How do our actions contribute to the overall success of the project/team? Are there alternative approaches to work?
Agile teams got used to so called "Scrum Boards" made of cork, whiteboard or magnets a long time ago. These boards help teams to stay focused in daily meetings and provide a tribal gathering place. Just like a stove in a kitchen representing a modern campfire.
As successful as these boards are for team collaboration and transparency, they could get out of hands from a visual appeal's perspective. For example sticky notes that wear off, sliding heavy magnets, handwritten notes and reorganizing boards the boards in general.
The September edition of brand eins magazine made me think of an alternative approach using Lego® building blocks. Colors and size of the blocks can be used to indicate the type of tasks and length of tasks. Fancier lego elements for example Lego people can also help in the visualization of ownership of work.
With a corresponding legend, these boards are solid, look neat, are cost-effective and if some bricks are left, teams can build something fun and creative in the interim. I will definitely give this type of Scrum Board a chance in practice. Lego is a registered trademark of The Lego Group.