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Scrum First Steps

How to get started with the world’s most popular Agile delivery framework

Topic: Management/Business
Duncan Evans

The Scrum framework has become well established as the dominant means of delivering software products across all industries and technical platforms.

Expert Duncan Evans covers everything you need to know to get started with Scrum. Whether you’re new to Scrum or are already doing Scrum but suspect you’re not doing it “properly,” this course is a great refresher to help ensure that the basics are in place. Join in to see how Scrum can lead to high performance in the long term.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand:

  • What Scrum is and when you should (and shouldn’t) use it
  • The three roles in Scrum—Scrum Master, Development Team, and Product Owner—and how they work together
  • The three artifacts—Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, and Increment—and how they create transparency
  • The five events—Sprint, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective—and how they allow you to inspect and adapt the plan

And you’ll be able to:

  • Assess the current state of your team and what you need to put in place to apply Scrum
  • Put together a plan for creating a new Scrum team
  • Identify and correct basic problems with established Scrum teams

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re a project manager, Scrum Master, engineer, or stakeholder working with software teams.
  • You’re about to start using Scrum, or you already use it but you’re worried you’re not doing Scrum “properly.”
  • You want to become an effective member or stakeholder of a Scrum team.

Prerequisites

  • Basic familiarity with IT (useful but not required)

Recommended preparation:

Recommended follow-up:

About your instructor

  • Duncan is the Head of Training, using his experience as a consultant, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and scrum master. He has a proven track record for delivering high quality products, using these skills to help others build better products as a consultant, coach and trainer. While working as a scrum master his focus was to ensure relevant, valuable products were developed by facilitating decision making at regular intervals.

    Now leading the development of Agility in Mind’s training services, Duncan creates and delivers new content, trains our clients across the world, on-site and through the Live Virtual Classroom he introduced and mastered. Along with this, he is one of the most active PSTs in Europe.

Schedule

The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

What is Scrum, and is it right for my team? (20 minutes)

  • Presentation: Defining Scrum as a framework for delivering complex software products; examples of teams that would (and wouldn’t) benefit from using Scrum
  • Group discussion: Based on the above, should your team use Scrum?
  • Q&A

Start with a product, make a plan (20 minutes)

  • Presentation: Scrum case study, starting with an idea for a product; the first core elements of Scrum—Product Owner (accountable for the strategic value of the product) and Product Backlog (the plan for delivery and where requirements live)
  • Group discussion: Is it OK not to have…? (examples of level of detail typical at this stage, in comparison to the end of a traditional analysis phase)
  • Hands-on exercise: Determine which of these elements you have in place and any differences between your situation and what’s been presented
  • Q&A

Get a team, start building (15 minutes)

  • Presentation: The Development Team and their role in delivering value; their relationship with the Product Owner; making a plan for the first Sprint
  • Hands-on exercise: Determine which of these elements you have in place and any differences between your situation and what’s been presented
  • Q&A

Break (5 minutes)

Running a Sprint (20 minutes)

  • Presentation: How teams can use the Daily Scrum event to organize their work; how the Sprint Backlog is used to adjust the plan
  • Group discussion: What should people talk about at the Daily Scrum?; examples of good practice and common anti-patterns
  • Hands-on exercise: Determine which of these elements you have in place and any differences between your situation and what’s been presented
  • Q&A

Feedback loops and continuous improvement (20 minutes)

  • Presentation: The end of the Sprint—What is “done”?; Sprint Reviews, Retrospectives, and the role of the Scrum Master in managing the process
  • Hands-on exercise: Determine which of these elements you have in place and any differences between your situation and what’s been presented
  • Q&A

Putting Scrum into action (20 minutes)

  • Presentation: Creating a Scrum transformation plan; common choices and issues—Who should be the Scrum Master and Product Owner?, deciding on the length of the Sprint, etc.
  • Group discussion: Which elements do you already have in place? Which do you have a plan for? What do you still need to decide on?
  • Q&A