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A Beginner’s Guide to Scrum Project Management

Investigate the fundamentals of Scrum and learn how this Agile framework encourages effective teamwork and collaboration.

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Deliver efficient project management as part of a Scrum team

The Scrum framework demonstrates an iterative approach to problem-solving and delivering customer value. It’s known for its speed, simplicity, and adaptability.

On this course, you’ll be guided through the basics of Scrum project management, learning the key terminology and applications used within the framework.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to adapt your current work processes and integrate Scrum methods to improve product development delivery and efficiency across processes.

Explore the difference between Scrum and Waterfall project management

Traditional project management methods rely on structured, sequential execution and often, as a result, hit bottlenecks and problems when needs change.

You’ll learn the advantages of a Scrum approach to product delivery, examining the impact of collaborative, cyclic, and adaptive processes.

Using this framework, you can assess the benefits of adopting Scrum within your own organisation, identifying areas where Agile working would be most effective.

Learn the applications of key terminology, from Scrum artifacts to retrospectives

Scrum uses unique terminology to describe its framework, most of which may be unfamiliar to those new to Scrum.

You’ll examine core terms and learn how each fits into the Scrum ritual. You’ll then investigate real-world examples of Agile working, giving you a sense of Scrum in action.

Discover the roles within a Scrum team from product owner to Scrum Master

Scrum teams have cross-functional skills and are able to effectively self-manage.

You’ll be introduced to the roles within a Scrum team and learn their contribution to efficient project management.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand the Scrum framework and its impact, both on the efficiency of product delivery and team wellbeing.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Introduction to Scrum

    • Introduction to the course

      Welcome to A Beginner’s Guide to Scrum Project Management and the start of your learning journey, brought to you by Packt.

    • Introduction to Scrum

      In this activity, we will discuss the difference between Scrum and Waterfall project management methodologies, the origins of Scrum, and the misconceptions around Scrum.

    • Scrum culture

      In this activity, we will describe the three pillars, the five values, the five aspects and the benefits of Scrum.

    • Managing projects with Scrum

      In this activity, we will describe the hybrid approach, and discuss acceptance criteria and the documentation of risks.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of Week 1. In this activity, you'll reflect on what you have learned.

  • Week 2

    Scrum Roles and Rituals

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2. In this activity we'll highlight the main topics that will be covered this week.

    • Scrum rituals and retrospectives

      In this activity, we will describe scrum rituals and discuss the importance of retrospectives.

    • Roles of different team members

      In this activity, we will describe the roles of the Scrum master, the product owner, and the delivery team.

    • User stories, planning, and delivery in Scrum

      In this activity, we will define user stories and describe best practices when planning and delivering in Scrum.

    • Colocation, velocity, and product backlogs

      In this activity, we will discuss the concepts of colocation, velocity, and product backlogs in Scrum.

    • Increments and MVP

      In this activity, we will describe the importance of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and incremental delivery in Scrum.

    • FAQs about Scrum

      In this activity, we will discuss and answer frequently asked questions about Scrum as a project management methodology.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of Week 2. In this activity, you'll reflect on what you have learned.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the origins of Scrum.
  • Compare Scrum to Waterfall.
  • Explain the pillars, values, and aspects of Scrum.
  • Describe different Scrum roles.
  • Identify Scrum rituals.
  • Discuss colocation and velocity.
  • Practice using Trello as Kanban board.
  • Describe the characteristics of a Minimum Viable Product.

Who is the course for?

This course is for project managers, software developers and anyone who works within a product delivery team.

It is particularly suited to team leaders and those who want to further their understanding of Agile methodology and how to implement it within different contexts.

Who developed the course?

Packt

Founded in 2004 in Birmingham, UK, Packt’s mission is to help the world put software to work in new ways, through the delivery of effective learning and information services to IT professionals.

FutureLearn

FutureLearn is jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group and has been providing online courses for learners around the world over the last eight years.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

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