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ANNOUNCING A NEW ONLINE CLASS: 2nd Level Scrum

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 Books and 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!


Dates for the next 2nd Level Scrum class:

***Registration is now OPEN.***

Option 1

All sessions begin at 5:00pm Pacific time

Option 2

All sessions begin at 2:00pm Pacific time

Registration for the classes closes on Saturday, December 11th at 5:00pm Pacific time. Use the Buy Books and Classes link to register

After registering, you will be contacted via e-mail to select Option 1 or Option 2.


Enrollment for the next Introduction to the Scrum Framework class, starting Dec. 13 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 Books and 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...


Dates for the next Introduction to the Scrum Framework class:

***Registration is now OPEN.***

All sessions begin at 5:00pm Pacific time

Registration for the classes closes on Saturday, December 1th at 5:00pm Pacific time. Use the Buy Books and Classes link to register


Meetup:

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:

meet.google.com/dfm-gbij-yar

Next Case: December 5th, 2021, 7:00pm

You are a Scrum Master in a company that does not understand Scrum very well. Your management expects you to act as a Project Manager even though you know that doesn't work very well. They has recently assigned you to a team that is new to you.

The management have put together the team to create some APIs under the direction of a Lead Developer. The lead and the Product Owner negotiate the scope of each Sprint and then the lead assigns tasks to the various more junior developers. They are required to deliver their assignments by the end of each Sprint. Including the lead, there are 9 Developers on the team.

Management recently assigned three more Developers to the team. These three were working on another API but were part of a team that was disbanded. Management decided to assign these three to your team so that they would have a "home". They are still responsible for finishing their API work, though. Once their API is finished they may join in on the work your team is doing.

Your so-called "Scrum Team" is not performing up to expectations. You notice that the team is performing all of the normal Scrum "ceremonies" but are showing little enthusiasm for their work. The lead develolper has been negotiating for smaller and smaller scopes for each Sprint, but no matter how little scope he accepts on behalf of the developers they constantly fail to meet those objectives.

Management has asked you to "straighten things out".

Your assignment:

  1. Analyze the situation vis-a-vis the Scrum Framework.
  2. Come up with a strategy for making improvements and outline the first few steps

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


Professional Conference:

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


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