Scrum for Managers

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Overview

Expand your management skillset and gain an advantage over your peers with the Agile Scrum methodology. Unlike traditional management, the manager’s role in Scrum is an innovative, flexible approach used across many industries including software development, marketing, education and design.

This Agile Project Management course online will give you the tools to best work within the Agile Scrum methodology and help you become the accomplished manager that companies demand.

Highlights:

  • 34 lessons.
  • Understand the roles of Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Scrum Team.
  • Know the steps in planning and executing an Agile/Scrum project.
  • Understand the organizational impact of using Agile/Scrum for project management.
  • Recognize the differences between Sequential, Concurrent, and Agile project management and know when to use each approach.
  • Understand how to use the Agile/Scrum tools of Story Cards, Product Backlog, Scrum Boards, and Burn-down Charts.
  • Refers to the Project Management Institute's Agile Certified Practitioner Handbook.
  • Earn 17 contact hours or PDUs toward your project management education for certification with PMI.

Once enrolled, our friendly support team and tutors are here to help with any course related inquiries.

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Summary

Skill level: Beginner
Certificate: Yes
Lessons: 34
Accredited by: CPD
Pre-requisites: None
Video duration: 2h 57m
Estimated study time: 17h for all materials

Accreditations and approvals

CPD - The CPD Certification Service. PMI - Project Management Institute


Syllabus

1

Project Management Methodology

Agile/Scrum is a project management methodology.  This means that it provides a set of tools and processes that can be used to organize and manage the project activities.

Video time: 04m 38s

2

Sequential Methodology

A sequential project management methodology is a traditional approach to project management.  It minimizes risk, but this conservative approach can be lengthy and expensive.

Video time: 04m 40s

3

Concurrent Methodology

The concurrent project management methodology is a collaborative approach.  It can significantly accelerate a project as compared to the sequential approach, but it is much more difficult to project manage.

Video time: 04m 37s

4

Agile/Scrum Methodology

The Agile/Scrum project management methodology is an iterative approach that requires fewer resources than other approaches.

Video time: 05m 04s

5

Project Management Methodology Comparisons

The three approaches presented are three very different ways of managing a project.  Understanding the differences will enable a business to select the best approach for their projects.

Video time: 06m 33s

6

Agile Approaches

Agile is a set of principles.  There are many project management methodologies that are incorporating these principles.  Scrum is currently the most popular.

Video time: 04m 15s

1

Agile Culture

The Agile culture is a set of characteristics found in all the Agile methodologies.  These characteristics are empowerment, adaptation, and a focus on performance.

Video time: 04m 41s

2

Agile/Scrum Precepts

The Agile/Scrum is a project management methodology that is in sharp contrast to traditional project management.  That is because it starts with a different set of underlying precepts.

Video time: 05m 16s

3

Sprint – Scrum Process

The Agile/Scrum methodology is a structured project management methodology.  It follows a prescribed process that includes Sprints and Scrums.

Video time: 04m 36s

4

Sprint – Scrum Meetings

Within the Agile/Scrum project management methodology there are a set of meetings that are used to plan and manage the process.  Rather than analytical tools, this methodology relies heavily on the use of specific targeted meetings.

Video time: 05m 26s

5

Story Cards

Story Cards, also known as Product Backlog Items (PBIs) are the technique used for documenting project scope, quality requirements, estimates and priority of the deliverables in an Agile/Scrum project.

Video time: 03m 42s

6

Product Backlog

The product backlog is the prioritized list of project deliverables.

Video time: 04m 52s

7

Sprint – Scrum Team

The Scrum Team performs the project work conducted during a Sprint on an Agile/Scrum project.

Video time: 06m 09s

8

Scrum Master

The Scrum Master is the individual who is responsible for facilitating the Agile/Scrum Sprint process.

Video time: 05m 32s

9

Product Owner

The Product Owner role is the person on an Agile/Scrum project who is responsible for establishing and explaining the desired project scope.

Video time: 04m 54s

10

Sprint Controls

Sprint Controls are the project management tools that are used by the Scrum Master and Scrum Team to assess performance.

Video time: 05m 15s

1

Step 0: Vision

A clear goal or vision is essential to project success.  That is as true with Agile/Scrum as with traditional projects.

Video time: 04m 24s

2

Step 1: Preparing the Product Backlog

Preparing the Product Backlog is the first step in the Agile/Scrum Sprint methodology. It includes creating and prioritizing all the Story Cards.

Video time: 04m 54s

3

Step 2: Assign Scrum Team

To do the work of the Sprint, a Scrum Team must be assigned.

Video time: 04m 26s

4

Step 3: Sprint Planning

The Sprint is initiated with a Sprint Planning Session that organizes the work, estimates the effort, and initializes the Scrum Board and Burn Down Chart.

Video time: 05m 53s

5

Step 4: Sprint Execution

Sprint execution is the actual work of the Scrum team during the Sprint to accomplish the tasks needed to complete each Story in the Sprint Backlog.

Video time: 04m 36s

6

Step 5: Sprint Demonstration

The Sprint Demonstration is the formal meeting where the Scrum Team demonstrates to the Product Owner the performance of each deliverable that was created during the Sprint.

Video time: 04m 53s

1

Requirements Management

Project requirements management in an Agile/Scrum project is conducted using Story Cards and Backlogs.  The list of requirements is variable and is not finalized until the end of the project.

Video time: 05m 34s

2

Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement is the effort by the Product Owner to communicate with all affected stakeholders in order to identify potential requirements and provide project status.

Video time: 04m 48s

3

Prioritizing the Backlog

The Product Owner must regularly prioritize the Story Cards that make up the Product Backlog and at the beginning of a Sprint he or she must prioritize the Story Cards selected for the Sprint Backlog.

Video time: 06m 16s

4

Release Planning

Release planning allows the Product Owner to manage the rollout of capability in order to obtain feedback and assess progress.

Video time: 05m 48s

1

Self-Organizing Teams

Scrum Teams do not rely on assigned project management roles, rather the team organizes and manages itself.

Video time: 05m 03s

2

Removing Roadblocks

Roadblocks are impediments that prevent the Scrum Team from completing Stories and tasks. The Scrum Master is charged with removing or creating a workaround for the Roadblocks.

Video time: 06m 15s

1

Role of Management

Agile/Scrum is an organizational approach to project management and requires buy-in from senior management to be effective.

Video time: 05m 23s

2

Organizational Alignment

Organizational alignment is the activity needed to ensure the systems and processes within the organization support the Agile/Scrum methodology and do not undermine it.

Video time: 06m 08s

3

Strategic Alignment

Agile/Scrum projects are often used to implement both product line strategy and operational strategy.  They can be used with customer projects – but there are challenges with that approach.

Video time: 04m 45s

4

Project Selection

Senior management also has the role of selecting projects that are suitable for the Agile/Scrum methodology.

Video time: 05m 14s

5

Agile/Scrum Challenges

When implementing Agile/Scrum, there are several process and project challenges that most organizations encounter and must be addressed.

Video time: 06m 03s

6

Agile/Scrum Failure Points

There are common reasons for why an Agile/Scrum implementation initiative will fail.  Awareness of these failure points reduces the likelihood that an organization will fall prey to one of these.

Video time: 06m 29s

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