Scrum Boot Camp

John CliffordConstrux Senior Fellow

Learn everything you need to ensure your transition to Scrum is successful. In the years since the Agile Manifesto, Scrum has emerged as the most popular Agile process for managing software development projects. This course will teach you what you need to become certified in Scrum.

13 Hours of Content
26 Lectures
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Course Details

  • Overview

    This online Scrum training provides everything you need to know to ensure your transition to Scrum is successful and to become certified in Scrum.

    In the years since the Agile Manifesto, Scrum has emerged as the most popular Agile process for managing software development projects. As more companies are switching to Scrum, however, many are still struggling.

    Construx’s highly rated Scrum training guides you through the detailed ins and outs that you need to succeed with Scrum. This course combines key aspects from Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner training plus specific best practices based upon the instructor’s direct experience on Scrum transitions and extensive lessons learned from Construx’s consulting engagements.

    Certification Information

    13 PDU’s
    PMI PDU Reporting Instructions

    Completion of this seminar includes an opportunity to take a assessment to qualify for Professional Scrum Master I certification ($150 value).


    Through this online Scrum course you will gain a deep understanding of Scrum processes and roles and how they apply to software development. You will learn how to staff your Scrum team, plan your release, launch your project, and guide your project to a successful conclusion.

    You Will Learn

    • Details about the Scrum process and its underlying principles
    • Keys to successfully plan, launch, and execute your first Scrum project
    • Specific techniques to handle common issues that hinder or derail many Scrum implementations
    • Best practices that increase team productivity, resulting in lower project cost and reduced time to market

    Who Should Attend

    This Scrum eLearning seminar is appropriate for audiences with little or no previous knowledge of Agile processes (including Scrum), and for those who are new to Scrum and would like to operate with less pain and higher productivity. It is designed for personnel who will lead, participate in, or support Scrum projects for internal or external customers, including Software Developers, Software Testers, Software Engineering Managers, Scrum Masters, Project and Program Managers, Product Managers and Product Owners. It is ideal for entire teams who are transitioning to Scrum.

  • Course Details

    What is Scrum?

    • Agile origins, principles, and benefits
    • A brief history of Scrum
    • Scrum philosophy and theory
    • What makes Scrum different?

    Why Scrum Works

    • A simple process
    • A committed, self-managed team
    • Transparency: nowhere to hide
    • Finishing what you start
    • Continual improvement

    Scrum Roles

    • The Scrum Master
    • The Product Owner
    • The Team Member
    • The Customer and other Stakeholders
    • Levels of Commitment

    Scrum Processes and Meetings

    • Release Planning
    • Sprint Planning
    • The Daily Standup
    • The Sprint Review
    • The Sprint Retrospective

    Scrum Artifacts

    • The Product Backlog
    • The Sprint Backlog
    • The Release Burndown
    • The Sprint Burndown

    Scrum Best Practices

    • Timeboxing: Nothing Concentrates The Mind…
    • Commitment: “Either Do or Do Not; There Is No Try”
    • Working Agreements: This Is How We Do It
    • Acceptance Criteria And The Definition of Done
    • There Is No ‘I’ in Team

    Spinning Up Scrum

    • Selecting the Product Owner
    • Creating a product backlog via story mapping
    • Setting up the Scrum team
    • Building a feasible, defensible release plan
    • Agile estimation best practices
    • Launching the first sprint

    Life During Sprint Time

    • A day in the life of a Scrum team
    • A day in the life of a Scrum Master
    • A day in the life of a Product Owner

    Tracking Progress: Scrum Metrics

    • Whiteboards or software?
    • How is your iteration going?
    • Exposing and removing impediments
    • When are you going to release?
    • Are you improving?

    Something’s Rotten: Scrum Smells

    • Scrum (Task) Masters
    • The Product Dictator
    • The Tyranny of the Urgent
    • They’re Just Not That Into It: When the Team Fails to Meet Commitments
    • Self-Unmanaged Teams
    • Just give me the fish!
    • When burndowns don’t
    • The plague known as ‘Scrum-But’

    Learning to Fly

    • Scrum is simple but not easy
    • Best practices are still applicable
    • The importance of sprint retrospectives
    • Hyperperformance: Scrum team dynamics
    • Scaling Scrum

  • John Clifford

    Construx Senior Fellow

    John Clifford is a Senior Fellow and Agile Practices Lead at Construx Software where he focuses on software development, project management, portfolio management, product management, and organizational management practices. John has three decades experience across the software development and organizational management spectrum, working for small startups and the world’s largest software company. He has been an individual contributor, development manager, group project manager, development director, and CEO.

    John has worked on software for everything from microcomputers to mainframes, in domains as disparate as mobile telephony platforms, desktop applications, asynchronous device drives, and computer-to-computer telecommunications. He has developed software in assembler, C, C++, .NET, and Java on platforms that include CP/M, Unix, VAX VMS, MVS/TSO, MacOS, Windows, OS/2, Windows CE, and Linux. He understands project management as a successful practitioner, and as one of the original software developers on Microsoft Project for Windows. His product management skills include the design and creation of industry-recognized software, and he has helped clients focus on the essentials to deliver more quickly with higher revenue.

    John has led numerous successful Scrum and Lean-Kanban adoptions, and his clients include several Fortune 500 companies with locations across the US, Europe, and Asia. He holds Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Scrum Professional certifications for the Scrum Alliance. He is a charter Kanban Coaching Professional, at the invitation of the Lean-Kanban University. He presents at Lean, Agile, and Scrum conferences, and has been recognized for his knowledge and ability in the application of Agile and Lean principles to all facets of software project planning, management and execution.

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