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Ableton Developers build a LEGO city

The Ableton application developers build a LEGO city using Scrum as part of the Scrum training.

In a second round of training the developers at Ableton have constructed another LEGO city using Scrum. Using 5 minute bursts of planning, building and retrospecting, the teams transform the high-level wishes of the Product Owner into structures.

Ableton City

Instead of writing detailed, low-level specifications, the Product Owner uses User Stories: descriptions of functionality from the end-users perspective. LEGO stories look like this:

As a citizen, I would like a two-story house so I can have a large house on a small plot of land.

The teams would estimate and commit to these kind of stories, then iteratively transform them into LEGO. Together with the Product Owner they would assess the outcome and prepare the next sprint, refining build structures or pulling in new work.

The outcome, as you see here, was a very pretty city! Extra brownie points were awarded for the wonderful setting and the LEGO Ableton logo :-)

Ableton City

Ableton builds a Lego Abletown

As always we put theory into practice by building a LEGO City at the end of a Scrum training. The attendees are challenged to build a LEGO City from a Product Backlog in a very limited building time, of course using Scrum. This lets the people really feel what it means to self-organize, to sprint and to have a retrospective. Also working against a Product Backlog and with a Product Owner is something that you need to experience.

Ableton Team

In a couple of 5 minute sprints, the teams build, refactor and integrate their LEGO creations. Many aspects of Scrum in software development are also evident in this exercise. Work is prioritized on an on-going basis in the Product Backlog and the teams pull in work from this list into their Sprint Backlogs. After each Sprint the team has some time to reflect on their previous Sprint to figure out ways to improve their process.

All the hard work leads to a fantastic LEGO City, complete with a LEGO Ableton logo. Extra kudos for the impressionist river and for the name: ABLETOWN :-)


Good going guys, cool city!