This ScrumMaster class curriculum is designed to effectively train, engage, and prepare students for practical use of Scrum tools and techniques.
Classes include case studies, real world examples, activities and exercises that reinforce Scrum concepts.
Following the class, students will be prepared to pass the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Exam.
ScrumMaster Approaches You will Learn to Apply Immediately
1. Learn how to apply the practical team roles of Scrum on your project
2. Understand the critical concepts of Scrum and how to apply them to your project
3. Apply empirical logic to prioritize work on your project
4. Understand how the composition of a team can positively impact productivity
5. Understand how software readiness can be impacted by organizational agreement
6. Understand the challenges and rewards of the ScrumMaster role
7. Learn Scrum techniques for effective conflict resolution
8. Incorporate Scrum Framework into your skill set by practicing techniques in class
9. Understand how to gauge the final completion of a project under Scrum
10. Understand the characteristics of a successful ScrumMaster
11. Learn Scrum techniques for team productivity and coaching
12. Know the difference between traditional and Agile project Estimating and Planning
13. Deconstruct a Scrum project to estimate accurate completion requirements
14. Learn now to implement the many types of Scrum meetings on your project
15. Earn CSM certification, and master specialized Scrum techniques
16. Understand how large projects can be more productive and effective using Scrum
17. Increase the productivity of your team with Scrum based communication models
An Overview of Agile
An exploration of the history of Agile methods and how they have brought us to the practices commonly used today in Scrum based software development. This history can help us understand the intricacy of Scrum and the nuances of the Scrum framework.
1. The Agile Manifesto
2. Project complexity
3. Contrasting Theoretical and Empirical processes
4. The Project Management "Iron Triangle"
The Scrum Framework
An overview of the Scrum framework to inform students on key concepts and approaches.
1. The different roles in Scrum
2. Chickens and Pigs
3. Iterative Development and Waterfall Development
4. Self Organizing Teams
5. Transparency of Progress and Development
6. The Scrum Framework Outlined
This module will seek to answer the most common implementation questions, including: Why should we use Scrum? How does using Scrum promote integrity and communication in the development process? Does using Scrum in development result in a better product and why?
1. Differences between traditional and Agile development methods
2. Scrum: Why it is the Silver Bullet
3. The Agile Skeleton
4. Checklists to initiate a Scrum Project
This module will focus specifically on Scrum Roles, including: What roles are defined in the Scrum game? What are the expectations of each role?
1. The Team Member
2. The Product Owner
3. The Scrum Master
The Scrum Team Explored
Understanding the intricacies of team behaviors is vital to the success of the ScrumMaster. Managing these greatly affects the productivity of any team. This module will explore these interactions by focusing on the following concepts:
1. The Agile Heart
2. Bruce Tuckman's team life cycle
3. Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team
4. Ground rules for your Team
5. Human Resources and How They Can Help
7. The MetaScrum
8. The Scrum of Scrums
9. The importance of knowing when software is "done"
10. Internal Outsourcing
Agile Estimating and Planning
Understanding the Agile methods for projections and how they differ from traditional estimation and planning methods can help broaden your skills. Teams will use the concepts behind Agile methods of estimation to plan an entire project from inception to delivery by decomposing requirements and estimating actual work needed to meet stated goals.
1. Product Backlog Features
2. Relative Weighted Prioritization
3. Prioritizing Our Time
4. User Stories
5. Relative Effort
7. Planning Poker and Story Points
8. Ideal Team Days
9. Team Capacity
10. Projecting a Schedule
11. Why Plan in an Agile Environment?
The Product Owner: Extracting Value
To deliver the value that clients count on, we utilize Scrum techniques for the most effective development iterations. Why does this method result in a higher ROI for development projects?
What aspects of Scrum can we count on for driving ROI and quality for the client?
In this section, we examine the different impact of different aspects that affect our ability to deliver a quality product in the estimated time frame.
1. The Priority Guide
2. Product Backlog Refactoring
3. Productivity Drag Factors
4. Fixed Price/Date Contracts
5. Release Management
6. Earned Value Management
The ScrumMaster Explored
Embodying and utilizing the methods of a ScrumMaster is much more difficult than reading about the concepts and rules of Scrum methodology. This module will identify the ways that a ScrumMaster functions in development , and what a ScrumMaster can use to assure that he or she is staying on track.
1. The Aura of a ScrumMaster
2. ScrumMaster Candidate - a guide
3. Being a ScrumMaster - how difficult is it?
4. The ScrumMaster’s Daily Grind
6. Common Sense
Scrum Meetings, Artifacts, and Reference Materials
Detailed tools and approaches for key Scrum management approaches.
1. A Chart of Scrum Meetings
2. The Product Backlog
3. Sprint Planning
4. The Sprint Backlog
5. The Sprint
6. The Daily Scrum
7. The Sprint Demo/Review
8. Why Plan?
9. The Ideal Team Day
10. Scrum Tools
Advanced Scrum Considerations and Recap
This is an ad-hoc module where resources and concepts will be drawn from depending upon the needs and concerns of the class.
1. Conflict Management
2. Types of Sprints
3. The ScrumMaster of the Scrum-of-Scrums
5. Dispersed Teams
7. Architecture Development
8. Stage Gate/Milestone Driven Development
9. Inter- and Intra-Project Dependencies
10. Task Boards, Project Boards
11. Scrum and CMM, "Traditional" XP
Certified ScrumMaster Exam
Once all class modules have been completed, students will take and pass the online CSM exam, and become Certified ScrumMasters.