Putting Scrum into Action: Course Overview
This two-day course is aimed at teams with little or no prior knowledge of Scrum, who are about to use it for the first time. Delegates will take part in a simulation where they will build a fully functional website using Scrum to manage their progress. It’s a great boot-camp style workshop to help teams bond through a shared experience while learning about the intent and practices of Scrum. Delegates leave the class with a plan to set up their first real-world sprint.
This course is designed to leave delegates more confident in five key areas:
- The mechanics of building products with Scrum
- Understanding how Scrum is used to apply Agile principles.
- The Scrum events, artefacts and roles.
- Generating and managing a product backlog.
- Putting Scrum into action.
Audience, pre-requisites and assumed knowledge
The course is appropriate for anyone working on or with a Scrum Team. The course is especially well suited to groups who are about to start using Scrum, along with colleagues outside of the team that need to understand how work will be managed. Typical attendees include:
- Traditional engineering teams of software engineers, analysts, and testers, who are planning to start using Scrum.
- Project managers seeking to adapt to agile roles such as scrum master, product owner, or subject matter expert.
- Established or prospective product owners and product managers.
- Stakeholders or users of products who need a good working relationship with agile teams.
For teams that are already using Scrum and understand the basic mechanics, but still need an introductory level refresher to check whether or not they’re doing “proper scrum”, our Introduction to Scrum may be a better fit.
The Scrum simulation used throughout the course requires access to computers and the internet. It is not necessary to have any technical skills in order not participate: uncertainty in solving problems is all part of the exercise.
We are a friendly team of practitioners and we like to provide a personal level of support, before, during and after the class:
- Pre-course reading designed to expose questions so that they can be explored in class.
- Contact details allowing delegates to ask questions to the trainer before and after the class.
- Access to a comprehensive set of guidance after the course so that delegates apply what has been learnt.
- Digital course effectiveness surveys with results sent out to delegates and sponsors straight after the class.
Teams will be thrown in at the deep end with a challenge to build a working product in thirty minutes. The simulation emulates the technical and requirements uncertainties that may be experienced in the real world, and then allows Scrum techniques to be applied to overcome them. Sprint one is often chaotic and delegates will feel uncertain how to proceed, but by the final sprint several cycles of inspecting and adapting result in a well-formed and productive team.
The class project itself is a website to support the transformation of your organisation to agile and scrum. Delegates define the need for the product with a vision statement and articulate the outcomes that are desired. There are four sprints spread across the course, supported by theory and practical techniques which are then directly applied. Each sprint ends with a review of the product to improve the value of the features being built, and a retrospective to identify technical and personal process improvements to make the next round more effective.
Agile Principles and Business Agility
Explore the intentions behind the agile manifesto and it’s relevancy today. Learn how applying these principles may help to achieve business agility through:
- Faster time to market.
- Ability to respond to new opportunities or competitor actions.
- Control and visibility during product delivery.
The Scrum Framework
Having established the business agility required, we learn how the scrum framework can help to achieve it. We will cover:
- The product owner, development team and scrum master roles. How clear accountabilities bring simplicity to decision-making.
- The product backlog, sprint backlog and increment: providing clear transparent information to maintain visibility of progress.
- Sprint planning, daily scrum, review and retrospectives: providing focus through a regular cycle of time- boxed events.
Managing a product backlog
Explore modern product backlog management techniques including:
- Story point estimation and value assignment.
- Tracking progress with velocity and forecasting release plans.
Putting Scrum into Action
The final sprint focuses on the team building a Scrum transformation plan and articulating it in their product. During the sprint review, teams will commit to the tasks required to get ready for their first real sprint.
Putting Scrum into Action Course Outcomes
Teams leave with a shared experience to draw from, a common understanding of Scrum, and a plan to get started. The output of the final exercise is a scrum transformation backlog that teams can immediately apply to their real work.
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