A Professional Introduction to Scrum

Successfully navigate change and unpredictability for Agile project management and any complex work
A Professional Introduction to Scrum
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1.92 GB
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2h 55m



Stephanie Ockerman


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Last updated 2/2021



A Professional Introduction to Scrum

What you’ll learn

What the Scrum Framework is and is not
What agile is really about
The essentials for enabling success with Scrum
An agile approach to planning & forecasting
A model for improving your Scrum practice
This course is up-to-date with the 2020 Scrum Guide

A Professional Introduction to Scrum


An open mind


Are you and your team exhausted and frustrated because you are juggling multiple projects and constantly task-switching? Does working this way make it difficult to understand progress or to feel a sense of purpose in your daily work? How often do you discover that what you delivered doesn’t achieve desired outcomes? Does quality often get sacrificed under pressure to do more faster? If you are looking for a better way to approach complex work and deliver high value solutions, Scrum is the way. Scrum done well enables business agility, which is essential in our unpredictable and rapidly changing world. Scrum is a framework that helps people productively and creatively solve complex problems and deliver greater value. Scrum enables you to deliver Increments of value working in short cycles. This approach helps you incorporate learning as you do the work, get feedback frequently to make sure you are on the right track, and respond quickly to change.I created this Udemy course for you – filled with my unique insights as a licensed Professional Scrum Trainer, Steward of the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) curriculum, and owner of an agility training and coaching business. I have taught over 1,300 students on 5 continents. I am co-author of the book Mastering Professional Scrum, published in 2019 by Pearson Addison-Wesley. I am also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and started my career working in traditional project management, which gives me a unique perspective to help people understand the difference and make the transition to Scrum and agility if it makes sense for them.Note: This course is up-to-date with the 2020 Scrum Guide.Scrum may have its roots in software, but it has been used well beyond software for decades. I designed the course to help you apply Scrum in any context – from operations to marketing, from projects and products to research and problem solving, and even running departments or entire organizations. I offer a wide range of examples to help you see how the concepts can be applied for different types of work.Student Review –> “This was a phenomenal course. Stephanie’s lectures were fun to watch, and it’s clear she knows her material. She spoke at a cadence that was easy to follow, and you can tell she’s into what she’s teaching. I found her guides to be very helpful and highly recommend signing up for her newsletter. I look forward to taking more courses from Stephanie in the future.”This course is built to help you learn Scrum the right way – in alignment with the official Scrum Guide and leveraging the foundational values and principles. Zero previous Scrum experience is required. In fact, it is often beneficial to have zero experience because you won’t have as much to unlearn. In my experience, there are many misunderstandings and myths about Scrum that prevent teams from applying Scrum well and gaining the benefits of agility. This course can also serve as a great refresher and validation of knowledge for people who do have Scrum experience but little to no professional Scrum training. In this course, you will learn to: Identify the key differences between a traditional plan-driven approach and an agile value-driven approachShift your mindset towards an agile way of thinkingDefine the roles, artifacts, and events of the Scrum framework, the importance of each one, and how they all fit together to maximize value deliveryLeverage empiricism and the Scrum values to navigate challenges and maximize the benefits of ScrumDetermine when to use ScrumDefine and meaure valueCreate and evolve a definition of “Done”Break out of the mindset of focusing on tasks and deliverables and see opportunity to deliver value in entirely new waysRethink how you can iteratively and incrementally deliver valueApply the Goldilocks Principle to Product Backlog RefinementMake the minimal decisions needed to get started with ScrumEstimate and forecast using agile techniquesAvoid using velocity in the wrong waysLeverage an agile approach to managing budgets and schedulesApply my model for improving your Scrum implementation (because there are no best practices when dealing with complex work)Get additional resources to go deeper in your learningAgility is essential in today’s environment. Agility is the real competitive advantage. Teams and organizations must be nimble, creative, and resilient in order to effectively navigate complexity and thrive in a constantly changing world. Scrum is used by over 12 million people around the world. While Scrum does have its origins in software development, it has been used well beyond software for decades as more and more teams and organizations have realized their work is complex and their environment is unpredictable and rapidly changing. I offer a wide range of examples to help people understand the concepts and how to apply in their own context.Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to reflect on questions that will help bring the course concepts to life in your own context. I have included two canvases I use with my coaching clients that will help you start applying Scrum in your work environment. And for those of you who are eager to take your learning deeper, I’ll guide you toward next steps.This course is different because it is true to the Scrum Guide and Ken Schwaber’s vision, and it is not prescriptive. Agile is not a silver bullet. Scrum is a framework – not a methodology – that leverages the power of a small, self-organizing team. The Scrum Team decides their process within the framework, and that process will evolve as they inspect and adapt, learn and grow.  There are no best practices in Scrum because we are dealing with complexity. Best practices only exist in simple environments. A lot of the information you find online and even what is delivered in training does not clarify what is required by Scrum versus what is an example or personal opinion. I aim to teach you the foundational knowledge you need to effectively navigate in your own context. I provide examples of helpful practices and advice from my own experience, however, I make clear distinctions and help you understand why you might use a practice and the benefits it can provide.When applied with discipline and intention, Scrum helps you confidently navigate complexity and uncertainty, deliver greater value, and thrive in a constantly changing world.Are you in for that?Enroll today and begin your Scrum journey with me!(Trust a former project manager and perfectionist… This can change your life!!  See you in the course!)


Section 1: The Power of Agility & Scrum

Lecture 1 Introduction – Agile & Scrum Beyond the Buzz Words

Lecture 2 Agile Is a Mindset (Not a Methodology)

Lecture 3 How Scrum Is Different from Traditional Project Management

Lecture 4 Projects versus Products

Lecture 5 Doing Scrum Is Not the Goal

Lecture 6 Reflection

Section 2: The Scrum Framework

Lecture 7 Scrum Framework Overview

Lecture 8 Empiricism Is Essential in Scrum

Lecture 9 Reflect on Empiricism in Your Current Environment

Lecture 10 The Scrum Team

Lecture 11 Scrum Roles: Product Owner

Lecture 12 Scrum Roles: Developers

Lecture 13 Scrum Roles: Scrum Master

Lecture 14 Scrum Artifacts: Product Backlog

Lecture 15 Scrum Artifacts: Sprint Backlog

Lecture 16 Scrum Artifacts: Increment

Lecture 17 Scrum Artifacts: Commitments

Lecture 18 Time-Boxes in Scrum

Lecture 19 Scrum Events: Sprint

Lecture 20 Scrum Events: Sprint Planning

Lecture 21 Scrum Events: Daily Scrum

Lecture 22 Scrum Events: Sprint Review

Lecture 23 Scrum Events: Sprint Retrospective

Lecture 24 The Scrum Values Bring the Scrum Framework to Life

Lecture 25 Reflect on the Scrum Values in Your Current Environment

Lecture 26 When to Use Scrum

Lecture 27 Section Conclusion

Section 3: Scrum In Practice

Lecture 28 Introduction – Scrum In Practice

Lecture 29 Understanding Value

Lecture 30 Creating a Definition of Done

Lecture 31 Defining Your Product

Lecture 32 Practice with the Defining Your Product Canvas

Lecture 33 Determining Sprint Length

Lecture 34 Product Backlog Refinement

Lecture 35 How to Get Started with Scrum

Lecture 36 Use the Getting Start with Scrum Canvas

Lecture 37 Section Conclusion

Section 4: Planning and Forecasting

Lecture 38 Planning Is an Activity (Not a Document)

Lecture 39 Agile Estimation

Lecture 40 Forecasting with Scrum

Lecture 41 Agile Approaches to Managing Budgets and Timelines

Lecture 42 Section Conclusion

Section 5: Mastering Scrum

Lecture 43 Mastering Scrum Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Lecture 44 A Model for Improving Your Scrum Practice

Lecture 45 Servant Leadership

Lecture 46 Looking Forward

Anyone looking to apply an agile approach to manage risk, deliver greater value, and learn quickly.,People who work with Scrum Teams and want to learn enough about Scrum to engage and collaborate more effectively.,People who are seeking a better way to manage projects and products in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world.,People who are trying to decide if Scrum/ Agile is a good fit before they invest in professional training.,Members of a Scrum Team who want to refresh and validate their Scrum knowledge.,If you are stuck in old mindsets and want to operate in a command and control way, this course is NOT for you.,This course is designed as an introduction to Scrum. It is not meant to be a certification prep course although it can be helpful for those interested in the PSM I certification.

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Udemy | English | 2h 55m | 1.92 GB
Created by: Stephanie Ockerman

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