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Agile for Scrum Masters

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2 Days

This course provides a deep dive understanding of the Scrum process and the Scrum Master role within it. The participant will gain knowledge of the Scrum framework and Scrum Master role and practice the skills necessary to start being a Scrum Master. In the practice, the participant, as a Scrum Master, will learn to teach, coach, and guide the Scrum Team through a Scrum implementation. During this two day course, we will equip participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to start being successful Scrum Masters and build high performing teams.
This course is designed for a new Scrum Master or any Scrum team member who wants to gain an overview of the entire Scrum framework and understand the expectations of the Scrum Master role within the process.

In this course, participants will:

  • Apply Agile and Scrum knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to the Scrum Master role within the Scrum Team
  • Provide guidance to teams, Product Owners, Stakeholders and the wider organization to drive value delivery
  • Foresee and navigate around common misconceptions of the Scrum Master role
  • Teach and Coach the Product Owner, the Development Team, and others in Scrum practices
  • Facilitate the Scrum events required of the Scrum framework, thus, demonstrating confidence in the Scrum Master role
Define Agile and discuss the iterative, incremental, and evolutionary nature of Agile approaches
Explain the importance of the Agile Manifesto values and principles
Identify some Agile approaches and reasons for adopting Agile

The Scrum Framework
Define Scrum and explain the Scrum flow
Describe the Scrum roles, events, and artifacts.

Scrum Roles
Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Development Team

Agile Planning
Understand the common higher level Agile planning practices
Discuss the Scrum Master’s role in high level Agile planning
Learn about Visioning, Road mapping, and Release Planning

The Product Backlog
The Product Backlog
Scrum Flow

User Stories
Utilizing User Stories to represent the Product Backlog
The 3 C’s of User Stories
Practice Product Backlog and User Story techniques via a case study
Discuss the Scrum Master’s role in the User Story practice
Order the Product Backlog

Estimating and Forecasting with Story Points
Identify some proven estimating techniques
Refine and estimate the Product Backlog
Calculate the Development Team’s velocity
Forecasting a Release

Definition of Done
Discuss and develop a definition of done

The Sprint
Discuss Sprint Planning
Simulate a Sprint Planning event
Identify what happens during the Sprint and describe the Scrum Master’s day-to-day role during the Sprint
Identify the roles at a Daily Scrum
Facilitate a Daily Scrum
Read a Sprint Burndown chart
Identify the inputs to Sprint Review, the Sprint Review activities, and the output from the Sprint Review
Define elements of the Sprint Retrospective

Scrum Master Essentials
Discuss the Scrum Master within the Agile framework and identify some resources for the Scrum Master.
Discuss servant leadership and empirical process control
Explain the importance of educating the Scrum Team
Discuss proven teaming concepts
Resolve conflicts and facilitate agreement within the Scrum Team
Identify the differences between self-organized teams and authoritatively controlled teams

All About Teams
Educating the Team
Conflict resolution
Self-organization vs. command and control
Cross-functional Teams

Coaching the Scrum Team and Organization
Explain Scrum to anyone within the organization
Identify some common models used to approach coaching (Shu Ha Ri, Coaching Stance, etc)
Coach Development Team members and the Product Owner

Scrum Special Topics
Compare co-located and distributed Teams
Using spikes to reduce planning risk and uncertainty
Identify when to cancel a Sprint

Technical Debt
Explore common practices for technical debt management

Course Review
Discussion wrap-up
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