Scrum Zoo (online workshop)

Hands-on Scrum – colourful, entertaining and no programming skills needed!

In this course, your challenge is to develop a glossy brochure to attract (imaginary) visitors and to inform them about your zoo and its animal population. While you are working in Scrum Teams, your trainer is the Product Owner and shares a vision of a brochure that is just as bright, glossy and informative as the zoo itself. Information of how to turn the vision into a product is given in the form of user stories in your Product Backlog.

As a team, you estimate the time needed for each of these stories. The Product Owner orders the items according to their respective priority. In a Sprint, first, you, the "Developers" of the Scrum Team, select the set of items for your current Sprint. Immediately after that, you start working on those items, namely you gather information, create layouts, write texts …

Your results are continually inspected by the Product Owner who decides whether to accept them as "done" or not. If not, you collaborate on what to do next to fulfill the definition of done. Finally, you inspect how the last sprint went with regards to processes, interactions, etc. This Scrum Event is called the Retrospective. After the conclusion of this Sprint, the next one starts immediately.

This course is special as it provides an opportunity to learn about

  • the Scrum Team
  • Scrum Events
  • Scrum Artifacts

on a hands-on basis. You experience working as a Scrum Team, learn to self-manage as a team and to implement the "inspect & adapt" principle. As no programming skills are needed, the course is also perfect for newbies and non-techies.

This workshop is offered to doctoral candidates from all disciplines as a cooperation between GradUS and the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science.

Information on the Event

Date: Monday, 7th June 2021

Time: 13.00-17.00 hrs.

Venue: Online workshop at your own computer/laptop (technical requirements: participation with camera, headset/microphone, Internet speed min. 1.5Mbit/s)

Fee: none

Number of participants: max. 20 participants


Michael Battenfeld works as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach at andrena objects. After his final degree in Computer Science in 2006 he started working as a Software Engineer for several years. Since 2013 he also has gathered experience being a Scrum Master for different teams in several projects, and finally focussed on that profession in 2019. Michael Battenfeld is a certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM II).


Frank Schlageter has extensive experience as an Agile RE, Agile Coach and Scrum Master in various companies and at different hierarchical levels. After graduating in industrial engineering and management, he worked more then a decade and a half as software developer, consultant and project manager mainly in the banking sector. Since 2012, he has been coaching customers of andrena object in the transition and implementation of agility and Scrum, particularly focusing on requirements and product management.