Scrum Foundations Course – Product Backlog

Product Backlog Next: Product Backlog Refinement The Product Backlog is the Scrum Artifact that answers the question: “What is most important to build next?” The primary problem of economics, applied to product and service development, is that stakeholders have seemingly unlimited wants, but organizations have limited means. Given that problem, we need to decide what order…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Scrum Artifacts

Scrum Artifacts Next: Product Backlog In archaeology, the term “artifact” refers to an object that was made by a human. The Latin roots of the word artifact roughly translate to “Work of Art.” So, an artifact is something that we make, either a tool that solves a problem, or a work of art that inspires us.…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Sprint Retrospective

Sprint Retrospective Next: Scrum Artifacts In this section, we’ll learn about the Sprint Retrospective meeting. We will cover: the goal; who attends; the timebox; and the general approach to running the meeting. The Sprint Retrospective meeting is the final event of the Sprint, held after the Sprint Review meeting. The Sprint Retrospective is one of the…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Sprint Review

Sprint Review Next: Sprint Retrospective In this section, we’ll learn all about the Sprint Review meeting. We will cover: the input to the meeting; the goal; who attends; the timebox; the general approach to running the meeting; and the output. The Sprint Review meeting is held at the end of the Sprint. The primary input is…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Daily Scrum

Daily Scrum Next: Sprint Review In this section, we’ll learn all about the Daily Scrum meeting. We will cover: the inputs to the meeting; the goal; who attends; the timebox; the general approach to running the meeting, and the output. Once a day, the Development Team holds the Daily Scrum meeting. The Goal of this meeting…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Sprint Planning

Spring Planning Next: Daily Scrum In this video, we’ll learn all about the Sprint Planning meeting. We will cover: the inputs to the meeting; the goals; who attends; the timebox; the general approach to running the meeting; and the outputs. As its name implies, the Sprint Planning meeting is used to plan the work of the…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Scrum Events

Scrum Events Next: Sprint Planning As we learned in a previous section, Scrum is an empirical approach to managing work. That means that each of the Scrum events is meant to increase transparency, so that the team can reliably inspect their progress, and adapt their plans to better reach a desired outcome. In this section, we’ll…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Scrum Roles

Scrum Roles Next: Scrum Events Scrum defines three roles within the Scrum Team. The Product Owner, The Development Team, and the ScrumMaster. The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the Development Team. One of the primary ways the Product Owner manages this work is through the Product…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Cross Functional and Self-Organizing Teams

Cross Functional and Self-Organizing Teams Next: Scrum Roles Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional. These characteristics are often misunderstood, so let’s talk about what they mean in the context of Scrum. A Scrum Team is self-organizing, meaning that the team chooses how best to accomplish their work, rather than being directed by others outside the team.…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Scrum Values

Scrum Values Next: Cross functional and self-organizaing teams For an individual, team, or organization to realize the benefits of Scrum, the structural components of the framework are an important, but incomplete, factor. The components of the framework are the visible, logical system of Scrum. Since Scrum is meant to be used by people who have complex,…

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Scrum Foundations Course – Scrum Theory

Scrum Theory Next: Scrum Values Scrum (n): A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value. This definition is from the Scrum Guide*, the official document created and regularly updated by Scrum’s co-creators, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. In this video, we will explain…

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Scrum Foundations Course Video Series

This free online Scrum Foundations course is based on the Scrum Alliance® Scrum Foundations Learning Objectives that are aligned with the Scrum Guide. It's a 14 part video series covering Scrum theory and values, Scrum roles, Scrum events, and Scrum artifacts. Participants who are about to take a Certified Scrum Foundational class like the ScrumMaster® (CSM®)…

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What’s the Right Size for a User Story

Product Backlog Items (PBIs) or user stories should be small. Small stories provide focus for the team and gives members the flexibility to adjust and adapt to changes. The larger the story, the higher the risk of team members getting lost in the details and creating bottlenecks as members are busy and unavailable to collaborate and…

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7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives by David Horowitz

7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives

Check out the video below of David Horowitz presenting on "7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives" at the Washington DC Scrum User Group (DCSUG). David reveals seven secrets that lead to effective retrospectives including the best way to ensure your retrospectives lead to real change, the "pledge" everyone on your team must take before participating, how…

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Top 3 Reasons to Split a User Story

Here are the top 3 reasons to split a user story: Size – Large user stories need further refinement to break them down into more manageable pieces. Key indicators that a user story is too large are if the estimate is greater than the Sprint duration, or if the estimate is greater than the remaining time…

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