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As of 2015, Scrum is the most popular Agile framework in the world. So it's current, it's evolving and it works. At least it works when it's done right! That is what motivated us to start the IT Training Academy in the first place. As a bunch of scrum masters, testers and consultant agile coaches we encountered so many Agile teams who were under performing and doing Agile badly. After some root cause analysis we found that the reasons for this were firstly rooted in a lack of knowledge and training. Other reasons can exist on top of that, but if the foundations are poor then it's hard to move forward successfully. Our mission is to train you in Scrum in a practical way that leaves you with a solid understanding of how to implement the framework and why.

At a simple level, Scrum is a modern way to manage a project. In traditional project management a lot of time is spent gathering the details up front. Scrum starts with the premise that we don't really know the details of what we're building until we've built it. So we break our detailed work down into timed chunks called Sprints of up to 4 weeks of work. We plan the Sprint in detail and commit to delivering something potentially usuable at the end of that time boxed period. The benefit of this is that risk is reduced to the time period of the sprint. The alternative could have been to spend several months working on details, then several more months building, then several months testing and documenting only to discover at the end that it wasn't really what the customer wanted.

In Scrum, a representative of the customer, called a Product Owner, is part of the team. The team works closely together to create what the customer actually wants. This tight integration between customer and development team is key to the success of the project.

It is fairly easy to learn the basics of Scrum, but unless you understand why something is the way it is, you can end up stumbling along trying to be Agile but without the conviction of purpose that comes from a core understanding of why the Scrum framework works. We will teach you this core understanding using all of the experience we have gained as Scrum Masters in the real world.

4 Key Agile Values we teach


Individuals and interactions

The Agile Manifestor lists this value first: "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools." They later emphasise that although they value both sets of things, they value "individuals and processes" more than "processes and tools". So what does this really mean to you in the real world?

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Working software...

...over comprehensive documentation. There have been many studies of how users interact with software and many of them find that one of the last actions a user takes is to refer to the manual. So in terms of priority, the software should firstly work. Once it is then we can focus on more detailed documentation. Are there any pitfalls in comprehensively documenting a product?
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Customer collaboration...

... over contract negotiation. Hmm, isn't this a little naieve? Don't we want to hammer out the details and clauses in case we get burned? How do we explain to the Procurement Department that we don't want to detail exactly what we will deliver to our customer. How is collaboration a viable alternative and how do we keep the legal department happy?
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Responding to change...

...over following a plan. IT Projects have a very high failure rate and there is very good evidence showing that methodologies like Prince2 and PMP are no guarantees of success. Agile projects dramatically improve on that success. Let's learn to respond to change using Scrum.
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Severity versus Priority

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Individuals & Interactions…

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A Product Owner without the power 🙁

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Working software…

The second value listed in the Agile Manifesto is: Woking software over comprehensive documentation Notice the use of the word "comprehensive" above. The authors are not saying don't do any documentation at...

Responding to change over following a plan

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Leading by example

I started as a Scrum Master in a team that had already been using Scrum for over a year. At the first standup I introduced myself and then listened as...

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