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Scrum is the most popular hybrid of AGILE it provides a framework that allows teams to address complex adaptive problems, while efficiently and creatively delivering products, services, or results of the highest possible value to their internal and external customers.

The Scrum framework improves project performance in three ways:

•Emphasis on communication between the team and stakeholders
•Timely feedback from stakeholders
•Safe and courageous environment within the team

In a Scrum environment, the team constantly communicate with their customers and fellow team members. The team keeps their design simple and clean. They get feedback by Scrum reviews at the end of each timeboxed scrum. They deliver the product, service, or result to the customers as early as possible, by focusing on high-value functionality in early scrums and implementing changes as suggested.

This emphasis on incremental delivery of high-value functionality creates an environment where small successes deepen customer and team respect for the unique contributions of all team members.

Scrum provides a simple framework for effective team collaboration on projects where there exists a great deal of uncertainty due to:

• Customer’s not really being sure of requirements
• The team possessing the necessary skill set, but the product, service or result has never been attempted by the team and the final product, service or result will need to be progressively elaborated
• Tenuous funding, and as such there needs to be a focus on a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or a Minimum Marketable Feature (MMF) This course integrates LEAN principles, where applicable, with AGILE/Scrum. Lean is a business methodology, initially used to improve throughput in manufacturing, that is used in Adaptive Project Life Cycles to achieve more predictable delivery, greater efficiency, and a customer-centric mindset

Applying Lean principles to project management facilitates empowerment project team members to better clarity and deliver projects with an emphasis on delivering value to internal and external customers.

This course describes provides a basic understanding of AGILE/Scrum principles and tools and techniques used in implementing AGILE/Scrum in a coordinated fashion to ensure successful project outcomes.

Topic 1 – Agile Principles and Mindset

▪     Knowledge Work Vs Manual Work projects
▪     The AGILE triangle
▪     The AGILE Manifesto
▪     Scrum basics
▪     Servant Leadership.

Topic 2 – Value Driven Delivery

▪     What is Value Driven Delivery
▪     Common Methods for assessing value
▪     Common methods for prioritizing value
▪     Incremental delivery
▪     Common AGILE contracts
▪     Ways to verify and validate value

Topic 3 – Stakeholder Engagement

▪     Stakeholder stewardship
▪     Ways of establishing a shared vision with stakeholders
▪     Stakeholder communications in an AGILE environment
▪     Stakeholder communications in an AGILE environment
▪     Working collaboratively with stakeholders
▪     Common Interpersonal skills

Topic 4 – Team Performance

▪     Why people over process
▪     AGILE/Scrum team roles
▪     How to build AGILE/Scrum teams
▪     Creating collaborative workspaces
▪     Tracking team performance

Topic 5 – Adaptive Planning

▪     AGILE Vs Non-AGILE planning
▪     Tools for estimating in an AGILE/SCRUM environment
▪     Iteration planning

Topic 6 – Problem Detection and Resolution

▪     How problems impact a project
▪     The cost of change
▪     Technical Debt
▪     Problem detection
▪     Managing threats and issues
▪     Solving Problems

Topic 7 – Continuous Improvement

▪     Kaizen
▪     Multiple Levels improvement
▪     Continuous Improvement - Product
▪     Continuous Improvement – People
▪     Retrospectives