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What Is a Scrum Card?

Scrum cards represent individual user stories or tasks on a Scrum board. They hold a limited amount of information but enough for teams to understand what needs to be done. 

A Scrum card representing a user story can be as simple as articulating the who, what, and why. For example:

As a business owner, I want to be able to track the number of products I sell, so that I can keep stock levels up.

In some cases, teams need cards to feature more information, so they use bigger ones or attach an envelope at the back to hold more information. The latter is a good option for sub-tasks.

Different types of Scrum cards

You may have noticed three types of Scrum cards mentioned thus far: user stories, tasks, and sub-tasks. There is no real difference between the different types of Scrum cards as long as they facilitate planning and feature information the team needs to progress without roadblocks.

Scrum teams are self-organizing and optimize their processes often, so giving cards different names and roles is aligned with typical Scrum techniques and practices.

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Using digital Scrum cards

Physical Scrum boards have become an integral part of Scrum rituals, bringing teams closer and making them more collaborative. However, with remote working becoming widespread these physical boards are being replaced by virtual ones. Wrike’s own Boards feature is an example of this tool being adapted for digital project planning.

With Wrike Boards, teams can communicate and collaborate at task-level through comments, upload attachments, set notifications, and assign tasks.