“A picture is worth thousand words” — this proverb triggered me to come up with a simple pictorial view to depict the Scrum framework in a funny yet meaningful way that is easy to understand and relate to.
The metaphor used in this picture is a simple toy store, “The Scrum Store,” that uses Agile to work on its backlog.
The product owner is the dollar guy, pulling only valuable items from the stakeholders’ wish list. He puts them in the prioritized product backlog, which is emergent in nature. The team and the PO do sprint planning and pull only items of the highest priority to come up with a sprint backlog that is fixed for a sprint — and they start working on them. At the end of the sprint, the team demoes the completed items to the stakeholders during the sprint review for feedback. Any work not completed will go back to the product backlog. Then the team enters into an activity called a retrospective, where the team inspects and adapts their sprint. Then they proceed with the next sprint. The team, along with PO, do another activity called product backlog grooming, where they groom stories for upcoming sprints. This is typically done in the middle of the sprint. Lastly, the most key person, the ScrumMaster, integrates the whole.
Originally Posted by Madhavi Ledalla @ Scrum Alliance on 15 September 2014