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The Silicon Valley Professional Scrum Advanced Scrum Case Studies Meetup meets every two weeks online at both 7:00am and 7:00pm PDT (California time).

Cases are published on this website 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: The Unproductive Developers, May 22th 2022, 7:00am and 7:00pm

You are a Scrum Master, and you are joining a company that is developing a software product. you are assigned to a team that is not doing very well.

The Product Owner is very aggressive and the Developers do not seem to be very aggressive at all.

You observe your first Sprint Planning meeting and notice that the Product Owner dominates the discussion. He asks the Developers to give story point sizes to all of the PBIs but argues over every one, giving his own estimate for each that is only 50% as large. He forces the Developers to accept his own list of PBIs as the basis of their Sprint Backlog. After he gets his way, he leaves.

At the end of the Sprint, only about 40% of the items meet the definition of Done. When you ask the Developers about why they only delivered less than half of the Sprint Backlog, they just shrug their shoulders. They say they always miss their target, so this is nothing new. No one seems to care, as the next Sprint follows the same pattern. The Product Owner pushes his priorities, the Developers don't bother arguing and end up delivering about half of what the Product Owner wants.

Your assignment:

Scrum Certification training: Study for and earn your 1st and 2nd level Scrum Certifications

Do so at your own pace through our independent study courses.

Our classes include:

An introduction to the Scrum Framework which prepares students to take and pass first level Scrum Certification tests such as the PSM I (offered by Scrum.org).

2nd Level Scrum which prepares students to take and pass second level Scrum Certification exams, such as the PSM II (offered by Scrum.org).

All Independent Study classes include:

Note: As of April 1st the live online offerings for these materials is discontinued. Fred Fowler wishes to concet=ntrate on writing his next book, More Advanced Scrum Case Studies. Watch this space for further developments.

Students who have taken An Introduction to the Scrum Framework have subsequently passed their PSM I certification assessments offered by Scrum.org. Several of them have also taken and passed the PSPO I certification assessment, also offered by Scrum.org.

Students who have taken 2nd Level Scrum have subsequently passed their PSM II certification assessment from Scrum.org.

For more information and to enroll, please click the Scrum training link at the top of the page, then click Buy classes.

Books by Fred Fowler: (Use the Buy books link to purchase them)

An Introduction to the Scrum Framework

(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.

Advanced Scrum Case Studies

(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:

Tentative schedule: Spring 2022.

Organizing activities for the upcoming Silicon Valley World Scrum(mit) are starting to get underway.

If you wouild like to be part of the team that stages the conference, please contact us at info@siliconvalleyscrum.com and specify that you would like to help with the Global Scrum(mit).

Note: The people at Scrum.org wish me to make sure the reader knows that SiliconValleyScrum.com is not affiliated in any way with Scrum.org