Scrum is an agile product development framework that is focussed on helping teams to produce successful products that genuinely meet the needs of their customers. While originally used for the development of software based products, Scrum can be and has been used for non-software projects, including for change management.
Scrum supports the introduction of lean and agile principles, with the goal of embracing change, improving quality and maximising return on investment. When used for a software development project, Scrum is most effective when accompanied by agile development practices such as test driven development and continuous integration.
The ScrumMaster has a key role in Scrum. The role is different to that of a project manager, for example the ScrumMaster has no responsibility for planning and controlling projects. Instead, the ScrumMaster supports and encourages the team’s self-organisation and the success of projects by optimising the collaboration between the product owner and development team.
Participants who complete the course and take and pass an online test are awarded the title “Certified ScrumMaster”.
The course provides an introduction to Scrum, focussed on the role of the ScrumMaster. It will deepen your understanding of the principles and practices of Scrum and the role of managers in an organisation that transitions to Scrum. It will help you to understand the prerequisites for Scrum and the changes in an organisation that are necessary for sustainable success with Scrum.
After the course (in your own time), you will be able to take the Scrum Alliance’s online test. On successful completion of the course and test you will be awarded the title “Certified ScrumMaster” and receive a two-year membership of the Scrum Alliance. Further information about the certification programme can be found here:
The course is suitable for everyone who is about to start using Scrum or has already gathered some experience and wants to deepen their understanding of Scrum. The ScrumMaster role is the focus of the course – however it is suitable for team members or managers who would like an introduction to Scrum.
Simon Roberts MBA is an experienced Scrum coach and Certified Scrum Trainer. He has been using Scrum and helping organisations to adopt Scrum since 2002 and using agile/lightweight methods since the end of the 1990s. He has in-depth experience in introducing and coaching Scrum in large, medium and small organisations. His recent experience includes working with large telcos, financial institutions (insurance and banking) and game development companies.
The material is divided into modules. During each module, the trainer will guide you through exercises that help you connect the material to your existing experience, learn new concepts and experience the concepts through practice. Questions are welcome at any time.
- Agile Basics
- Scrum Basics
- Team Chartering (ready, done and team agreements)
- Helping a Team to Self-Organise
- User Stories
- The Product Backlog
- Estimating and Planning
- The Daily Scrum
- Sprint Reviews
- Sprint Retrospectives
- Introduction to Agile Development Practices
- Scaling Scrum
- Introducing Scrum in the Enterprise
PMI PMPs can claim 14 PDUs for taking part in this course.
Course and materials: English.