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Class calendar for January 2022.
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Online class: An Introduction ton the Scrum Framework.
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Books by Fred Fowler.
Silicon Valley Scrummit conference Spring 2022.


Study for Scrum Master Certifications on your own schedule and at your own pace! Read the materials, listen to online lectures, ask questions during regularly scheduled "Office Hours" and check your progress with our online Scrum Practice Tests!

Materials include e-book versions of all textbooks, a subscription to the SiliconValleyScrum.com Learning tools and access to the "Office Hours" meeting link. Use the Buy Classes link for more information and to enroll.

Class calendar for January, 2022

Enrollment for the next 2nd Lvel Scrum class is now OPEN:

Learn how to put the Scrum Framework into practice! This course prepares the student to be able to earn advanced Scrum certifications. (People who have taken this class have been able to take and pass the PSM II certification assessment from Scrum.org.)

Use the >Buy classes link for more information and to register for the class. The cost is $79.95, which includes the price of the textbook and workbook. Promo codes can be used If you have one.

If you are interested, please be sure to register as soon as you can. Space is limited!

2nd Level Scrum session details:

Enrollment for the next Introduction to the Scrum Framework class, starting January 24 is now OPEN.

Learn the Scrum Framework and be able to earn basic level Scrum certifications. (People who have taken this class have been able to take and pass the PSM I and PSPO I certification assessments from Scrum.org.)

Use the Buy classes link for more information and to register for the class. The cost is only $49.95, which includes the price of the textbook. If you have a promo code, the cost can be even less.

(If you just want the book, you can buy it for just $19.95.)

If you are interested, please be sure to register as soon as you can, so that you end up in class rather than on a waiting list...

An Introduction to the Scrum Framework session details:


Silicon Valley Professional Scrum.

Advanced Scrum Case Studies, meets every two weeks online at 7:00pm PST (California time). Cases are published 24-48 hours prior to the meeting

To join the discussion, please use this Google Meetings link:


Next Case: The Watchmaker January 2nd, 2022, 7:00pm

I have a friend who is a Venture Capitalist. Like all Vcs, he has investigated numerous opportunities that have been presented to him over the years. He is very good a spotting the flaws in the thinking of would-be entrepreneurs, and he often shoots down their ideas with a single pithy observation.

Lately he has decided to give up on other people’s ideas and to work on one of his own. He has found a potential niche in the Medical industry he wants to exploit. His goal is to build a company to operate in the niche and eventually be bought out by one of the Fortune 50 players in the medical field. He is looking for Series “A” money now.

Part of his pitch for investors is an organizational chart tor the company. He has already identified a number of functional areas that will need to be staffed, and he already has candidates in mind for all of them. He has a CEO, a CFO, a CMO as well as VP and Director level individuals already identified and tentatively “bought in” to the project. (There is a training component to the business, and he has asked me to take on the leadership of the training effort.)

He sees his role as raising the first round of investments to get the company off the ground. He is making the rounds of his VC friends to raise the necessary funds for the “Series A” round. He has asked his staff candidates (myself included) to be ready to get started as soon as Series A money is in hand.

As soon as the money is in hand and the company gets off the ground, my VC friend intends to step away. He is interested in forming the company, not running it. During a conversation, he likened himself to a “watchmaker”. He wants to build a perfect mechanism, wind it up and then step away to watch it run by itself.

Based on the Scrum Framework and the realities underlying it, how likely is it for my friend’ s plan to succeed? Why or why not?

Books by Fred Fowler:

An Introduction to the Scrum Framework--buy PDF here with promo code discounts,

(San Francisco, Silicon Valley Scrum Press, 2021)

A comprehensive introduction the the Scrum Framework designed to give beginners a solid foundation upon which to build understanding. It can be used for self study but it also serves as the textbook for the online class of the same name.

Advanced Scrum Case Studies--buy ebook or paperback on Amazon.com,

Advanced Scrum Case Studies--buy paperback here with promo code discounts,

(San Francisco, Silicon Valley Scrum Press, 2021)

Representing the collective experience of numerous Scrum practitioners, this book consists of 15 case studies involving problems of Agile transformation, onshore-offshore teams, scaled Scrum, cross-team dependencies, cross-functionality, self-management, Scrum mastery, product ownership, Sprint planning, engineering management, road maps, and stakeholders. Each case includes a detailed description of the problem, relevant background information, and a thorough explanation of how to apply the tools of the Scrum framework to resolve the problem. The material in this book comes from discussions held within the Silicon Valley Professional Scrum meetup group. Organized by Fred Fowler in 2015, this group has held regular Advanced Scrum Case Study discussions ever since. Each discussion revolves around a particular problem situation proposed by either Fred Fowler or another group member. Since its inception in 2015, the group has grown to more than 2,000 members coming from all parts of the world.

Fred’s case study sessions are amazing. [They] present real-life scenarios, and challenge fellow Agilists to critically examine them and discuss possible solutions... Participants are highly engaged when they are presenting and discussing these scenarios... This book is worth buying for that reason alone.

Larry Apke
Author of Understanding The Agile Manifesto: A Brief & Bold Guide to Agile and Managers from Hell, The PMO is Dead, and Other Agile Stories

From our Meetup friend Murali:

Hi Fred, Good evening. I wish to add more to the advantages of reading your Advanced Scrum Mastery Book. It is a MUST Reading for Scrum Master (New or Veterans), Product Owners, Agile Coaches. The case studies you covered in the Book are very common situations that happen in many organizations whether they are new to Agile (Scrum) or experienced, this will definitely help them understand and resolve it. CHEATSHEET this book also helps Scrum Master, Agile Coaches during their interviews. Plus build a case, when you are looking for consultancy opportunities. As I mentioned after reading your book few times, I strongly recommend, MUST reading for those who wish to succeed in Agile (Scrum). Once again thank you so much Fred for taking the time to share your wealth of knowledge with people like me and others. CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR NEXT BOOK. Thanks and all my best, Murali

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Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley. Tentative schedule: Spring 2022.

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