Professional Scrum Foundations™

The Professional Scrum Foundations (PSF) course is a rigorous 2-day course that teaches Scrum in a highly practical way. Working in a series of Sprints, teams of students build a software application, thereby facing real-life problems. The mechanics, roles, principles and (empirical) process of Scrum are demonstrated. Common missteps and misunderstandings are discussed so students grow a higher awareness of their symptoms.

Professional Scrum Foundations is excellent training for teams and anyone wanting to experience the Scrum way of working. The course also provides the foundation of knowledge needed for role-focused training for Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Developers.

Assessment and Certification

The Professional Scrum Foundations course provides foundational knowledge of Scrum. All participants completing the Professional Scrum Foundations course receive a password to take the Professional Scrum Master level I assessment (PSM I).

The industry-recognized PSM I certification requires a minimum passing score on this rigorous assessment. Scrum.org maintains a public list with everyone holding the Professional Scrum Master I certificate.

Course Outline

  • Scrum Framework - Students dive into the Scrum software development framework including, roles and responsibilities, principles, artifacts, and events and time boxes, rules and customs.
  • Introducing Scrum and Agile - This module discusses the current state of the software industry and Scrum’s role within it. Topics include the origins of Scrum, misconceptions of the framework, the value that Scrum provides, and an exploration of self-organization as a power tool for increasing productivity.
  • Scrum Planning - Learn practical techniques of planning releases, managing Product Backlogs, keeping Sprints on track, and maintain healthy team behaviors. Although many effective techniques exist for expressing requirements, this module equips teams to discover, express, and decompose requirements as Backlog Items using proven techniques.
  • Keeping Scrum Healthy - This module focuses on common missteps teams make when adopting Scrum and strategies to avoid them. In addition to discussing typical patterns/anti-patterns in this module, class attendees practice some of the more courageous conversations that commonly occur.
  • Getting Started with Applications - Following an excellent training event, Teams often struggle implementing what seemed so reasonable just a few days ago. This discussion helps attendees plan and prepare to actually be effective with Scrum immediately, marking the course as the true catalyst for change and increasing agility within your organization.

 

Audience

The Professional Scrum Foundations course is the perfect introduction, reboot or refresher to Scrum. Students hit the ground running through instruction and team-based exercises.

Prerequisites

Attendees make the most of the class if they:

  • Have studied the Scrum Guide (required).
  • Have been closely involved or have a high interest with a project that builds or enhances a software product or application.