This course is applicable to anyone in a role that supports a software development team’s efficiency, effectiveness, and continual improvement. Project managers, developers, testers, team leaders, product owners, IT managers, technical leaders, solution architects, scrum team members and anyone who is part of a team will greatly benefit from this course.
What will you achieve?
- The skills of a Scrum Master through practical real world instruction and team-based exercises.
- The ability to apply the principles of Scrum within your own workplace.
- A thorough understanding of the empirical process theory underpinning the mechanics, rules and roles of the Scrum framework.
- The necessary soft skills of the servant-leader such as an understanding of behavioural shifts, working with people and teams, coaching and facilitation techniques, and communicating the Scrum message to your organization.
- The knowledge to take and pass the Certified Scrum Master exam at the end of this course.
What will you learn?
The Scrum Framework
Scrum theory includes time-boxing, and specific roles, rules, and artefacts. All elements of Scrum complement each other to form a consistent whole. All work is performed in Sprints. You will learn the base rules, events, and roles as described in the Scrum Guide and how these can apply to your current role in your organisation. Each part of Scrum ultimately ties back to the principles and theory of the Scrum Guide so we will master these principles.
This is foundational knowledge for every Scrum Team member and anyone involved with Scrum. Scrum Masters additionally know how to explain, teach, coach and facilitate the proper use of the Scrum framework. Scrum Masters assure the effective and consistent use of the rules of Scrum, preventing them from falling apart.
Scrum Theory and Principles
Scrum is founded on empirical process theory to deal with the complexity typical to software development. All principles and values of Scrum are based on the fundamental view of software development as being creative and complex work.
Scrum Masters know how Scrum implements empiricism in software development. They can explain how the Scrum principles tie back to the empirical nature of Scrum, and how they are fundamentally different from those of more traditional software development approaches. Scrum Masters understand the impact of the transparency that Scrum brings and requires, and how Scrum is best used to increase an organization’s agility.
Cross-functional, Self-organizing Teams
Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional; which is very different from traditional development groups. Scrum Masters understand the people aspect of Scrum, an essential soft skill when working effectively within a team. Scrum Masters understand how Scrum Teams are formed. Scrum Masters have the tools and ideas to get Scrum teams going, guide them along the way and help them continuously self-develop to become successful through better collaboration.
Coaching and Facilitation
Scrum Masters are servant-leaders, with skills and tools to coach teams and organizations in understanding and applying Scrum. They master several techniques for coaching, conversation, and facilitation in order to help people, teams, and organizations discover what works best for them.
Being a Scrum Master requires specific skills and traits. The overall behavior of a Scrum Master is very different from a project manager or team leader in a traditional environment.
Scrum Masters can identify waste and scaling options within a team to increase the effectiveness of the team in delivering releasable software. Scrum Masters can guide an organization in scaling to multiple Scrum Teams and with the alignment of multiple product teams.
At the end of the second day of this course you will take an exam. This is a one hour open book exam. You will receive your exam results on the same day. Upon successfully passing this exam you will be issued with a Certificate and you can then add "Certified Scrum Master" to your C.V.
Anyone needing to retake this exam will be offered one extra attempt free of charge. If any further attempts are needed they are charged at £45 per attempt and you can take your exam at the end of day 2 of the next available scheduled Scrum Master course.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However to get the most from your training we recommend reading the following:
- The Scrum Guide is a single document summarising the essential elements of Scrum, written by the founders of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber.
- The Agile Manifesto details the pillars upon which Scrum was founded and comprises a declaration of their aims and 12 guiding principles.
- And if you are really keen on Scrum there is a great first book to get you interested called Succeeding with Agile by Mike Cohn. This is one of our favourite books on Scrum. The subtitle for the book is "Software Development Using Scrum".
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