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Topics:
Advanced Scrum:
3 Roles,
3 Ceremonies,
3 Artifacts,
3 Best Practices

A trip report on advanced Scrum training from Dr. Jeff Sutherland

Meeting Agenda:


6:00 PM: Trip Report on this class—key takeaways per bullets below.
6:45 PM: Break and Informal Networking

7:30 PM: Exercise (The XP game). This is an excellent, FUN group-level game for learning Agile. This highly interactive game is very close to actual Agile/Scrum practice and experience, and comes directly from the course. It takes about 1/2 an hour.

8:00 PM: Summary and Conclusion

Dr. Jeff Sutherland taught this class. He is the co-creator of Scrum and continues to strongly advance the work. One area is the NOKIA TEST: a simple test and scorecard that tells you if you are doing Scrum. Learn more about THE NOKIA TEST here:

THE NOKIA TEST VIDEO WITH DR. JEFF SUTHERLAND

 

Presenter: Dan Mezick

I recently attended an advanced 2-day Scrum class taught by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum. The course was attended by 10 very experienced Scrum-practitioners.

The class answered every advanced, practical question I had about running Scrums, and generated many NEW questions. This class also had some FANTASTIC exercises.

Here is the link to the actual class description:
Agile 201: A Practicum for those who want to win with Scrum


For the August 12 2008 meeting of the APLN Connecticut, I am providing a trip report review and reiteration of my key content takeaways from this excellent class taught by the co-creator of Scrum.

I'll be working from some of the actual slides from the class.

This presentation, at the APLN Connecticut Chapter, includes a subset of the following topics from that class, in a 1.5 hour summary format:

  • Scrum adoption: phases, players and levers
  • The goals of Scrum
  • Starting a Scrum Team
  • Building the Product Backlog and initial Estimating and Planning
  • Developing better Product Owners and better Business collaboration
  • Review of values and first principles
  • First Few Iterations -- best practices in Release Planning, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Work, Sprint Review, Retrospectives
  • Developing better team flow; moving the definition of Done
  • Use of Release and Sprint Burndown Charts
  • Other metrics related to Scrum Teams
  • Release Planning during the life of the effort
  • Impediments Management: Identifying, prioritizing and acting on Impediments (again and again)
  • When Push comes to Shove
  • Better Engineering Practices
  • Business Value and the integration of Scrum with the Business side of the firm
  • The problem of getting the coder to know what the end-customers really want, and only provide the top value features
  • "Ba": Why, what and how?
  • More Useful Information Radiators
  • The winning spirit of a Scrum Team
  • Developing better Teams and better ScrumMasters and better Product Owners
  • How much is a ScrumMaster worth? How much is a Product Owner worth?
  • Selling Scrum: Why, when, where, and how
  • Better applications of the Scrum of Scrums concept
  • Where do Managers and Stakeholders fit in?
  • Moving from 2x improvement to 10x improvement
  • Spreading Scrum throughout the organization
  • Scrum center: why it matters and how to return there
  • Leadership and "Making It Happen Now"; Patience
  • Scaling Scrum
  • Scrum and legacy systems
  • The problems of Success
  • Success stories from imperfect companies
  • Scrum and... (Six Sigma, CMMI, XP, RUP, Lean, ITIL, COBIT, SARBOX, Offshoring, Distributed Teams, etc.)
  • Addressing risk (in its several flavors) and risk management
  • Scrum: Riding your Character and Emotions to victory
  • When will I be done learning Scrum?

Presenter: Dan Mezick

Meeting Agenda:


6:00 PM: Trip Report on this class—key takeaways per bullets below.
6:45 PM: Break and Informal Networking

7:30 PM: Exercise (The XP game). This is an excellent, FUN group-level game for learning Agile. This highly interactive game is very close to actual Agile/Scrum practice and experience, and comes directly from the course. It takes about 1/2 an hour.

8:00 PM: Summary and Conclusion

Dr. Jeff Sutherland taught this class. He is the co-creator of Scrum and continues to strongly advance the work. One area is the NOKIA TEST: a simple test and scorecard that tells you if you are doing Scrum. Learn more about THE NOKIA TEST here:

THE NOKIA TEST VIDEO WITH DR. JEFF SUTHERLAND

About the Speaker- Dan Mezick
A Scrum Coach and a certified Scrum Master, Dan is the leader of the APLN Connecticut Chapter. He is an invited speaker at Agile2007 and Agile2008 and is currently delivering Scrum coaching to some of the largest insurance companies in the world. In addition to Scrum coaching and education, his company New Technology Solutions delivers hands-on Visual Studio, C#, and ASP.NET training. Learn more at Dan's Scrum Coaching page. Contact Dan at dan.mezick[at]newtechusa(.com)

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