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The Silicon Valley Scrum Scrum Apprentice Program waiting list is now OPEN!

The Scrum Apprentice program provides an opportunity to earn REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE using the Scrum Framework to create products for not-for-profit organizations.

Fred Fowler coaches Scrum Master/Product Owner pairs to create product backlogs, recruit developer teams and create REAL PRODUCTS benefitting worthy causes. This experience can be shown on resumes and Fred Fowler will give letters of recommendation to successful participants.

The number of participants able to join the program is limited. To be cpnsidered you must join a waiting list

To get onto the waiting list, do that following:

If you are a Developer and would like to work on volunteer projects

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@siliconvalleyscrum.com


The Silicon Valley Professional Scrum Advanced Scrum Case Studies Meetup meets every two weeks online at 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: Chief Scrum Masters, May 21st, 7:00pm PDT

You are an Agile Coach and you have just joined a large company undertaking a major software development project. The project is mission critical for the company and in many ways the long-term survival of the firm depends on it. The project is being organized along “Agile” lines, but not all is well. More than a year has passed since the project began and everyone involved is very busy. Nevertheless, very little has actually been delivered as “done”.

You have been hired to coach a set of “Chief Scrum Masters” who have overall responsibility for getting the product created. Those Chief Scrum Masters in turn manage a large group of Scrum Masters who manage the various Scrum Teams. The Chief Scrum Masters work with Chief Product Owners to define the scope of each Program Increment. That scope is then divided up by the Chief Scrum Masters and their Scrum Masters to be assigned to the various Scrum Teams.

The Scrum Teams keep very busy. 10 hour days and six day weeks are the norm, and towards the end of the program Increment period is it not uncommon for people to work 7 day weeks in order to get the scope finished. Once the Scrum Teams are finished with their assigned tasks, they give their code to a set of “integration” teams whose job is to assemble finished functionality out of the components that were made by the Scrum Teams.

The integration task is turning out to be a huge undertaking and is the source of much delay. It often takes longer for the Program Increment to be integrated than it took for the Scrum Teams to create it in the first place.

You have been hired to work with the Chief Scrum Masters to solve the throughput problem.

Your assignment:

1) Analyze the situation vis-a-vis the Scrum Framework

2) Figure out a strategy for tackling the problem and outline the first few steps.

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

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