Scrum Simulation With Minecraft – Free E-book

Scrum Simulation With MinecraftThe products of my MSc dissertation at the University of Liverpool includes two gamified learning activities, focused on teaching agile project management.

To design these learning activities I created a pre-exercise survey for agile instructors, that was answered by several agile instructors. There was a question asking them to rank the four values of the Agile Manifesto in terms of difficulty of comprehension by students, the best placed in the ranking was:

“Responding to change over following a plan.”

The same ranking was answered for the twelve principles of the agile manifesto. The three best placed in the ranking were:

  • Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential;
  • The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams;
  • Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely;

These results are a clear picture of the paradigm conflict for students. It evidencDSC_0089es that the mindset imposed by traditional project life cycles, based on predictive/waterfall models, remains dominant. The Scrum Simulation is a good place to fight against such mindset, as the students will feel for the first time what is to be “agile” – a great experience that can be a turning point for them.


The Game


8 hours (full day), divided in:

  • Minecraft Bootcamp – 2 hours;
  • Pre-Game – 1 hour;
  • Game – 4 hours;
  • Post-Game – 1 hour;

Materials and Resources

  • 3 sheets of cardstock per group;
  • 1 set of colored pens per group;
  • 1 pack of post-it notes per group;
  • 1 plastic ruler per group;
  • 1 roll of adhesive tape;
  • 1 notebook/desktop with mouse for the instructor (4 GB of RAM recommended);
  • 1 notebook/desktop with mouse per student (2 GB of RAM recommended);
  • Minecraft user licenses;
  • Minecraft server (if not using the Minecraft Education Edition);

Group Size

4 – 6 students per group. Maximum of 4 groups, otherwise it will be very difficult to keep a productive enviroment.



All instructions and templates are available in a free e-book. To download the e-book and template files, please inform your e-mail.



I also shared the source files of booth gamified learning activities within github:

1. Scrum Simulation With Minecraft (e-book):

2. Scrum Values and Roles Card Game:

In this way the community may work together to evolve the content and translate in many languages.


Learning Points

DSC_0200The values and roles of Scrum represent a big paradigm shift for professionals whom are familiar with traditional approaches for project management, where command-and-control-ism and micro-management are imperatives. This learning activity provide to the students a great opportunity to experience the Scrum framework, with several elements of a real-world project.

In my agile classes, the Scrum simulation is the last mile of the training – the “cherry onDSC_0183 the cake”. This is where the students evolve their own comprehension, seeing how all the pieces fit together: values, principles, roles, ceremonies and artifacts.

If you whant to share your experience with this learning activity, please leave a reply 🙂


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Written By juliooliveira

I’m from Sao Paulo / Brazil, married with a incredible woman called Francine and I have two lovely children: Sarah (8 years old) and Nicolas (2 years old). Currently enrolled at the master degree program (MSc) in Information Systems Management at the University of Liverpool (UK). Holder of the credentials PMP and PMI-ACP of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

7 Comments on “Scrum Simulation With Minecraft – Free E-book

  1. Angel Agueda Barrero Reply

    July 4, 2016 at 12:50

    If you want I can translate the game to Spanish

    • juliooliveira Reply

      July 5, 2016 at 10:40

      Hi Angel, that’s great!

      I will send to your e-mail the link to collaborate through Google Drive. If you find any improvements for the original file (english), they are also welcome.

      I’m planning to translate to Brazilian Portuguese soon.


  2. Ricardo Adrián Federico Reply

    October 28, 2016 at 3:26

    Hello Julio, do you have the spanish version?. I saw one guy was interested. Kind regards. Ricardo Adrian Federico

    • juliooliveira Reply

      December 21, 2016 at 11:09

      Hi Ricardo! Thanks for your comment and sorry for the late response. Angel Agueda Barrero, from, is working in the translation. Although, it is not done yet. Let’s wait little bit more. Regards

  3. brittany243 Reply

    October 31, 2016 at 2:39

    Hello, is there a link or video on how this exercise is done?

    • juliooliveira Reply

      December 21, 2016 at 11:14

      Hi Brittany, sorry for the late response. I’ve some small videos of this exercise… but they were not made for instructional purposes. Great idea… in the next class I will record everything and publish over here. Regards

  4. Dirk Reply

    July 6, 2017 at 4:36

    Love this concept, if you need help translating to dutch I am happy to support this initiative!

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