Demonstrating and Validating the Sprint for Scrum Masters

As organizations migrate to Agile principles, there may be questions about how the organization can prove that there is value in using a new project approach. The Agile Scrum framework relies on providing value through iterative development. Traditional waterfall does not show value to the organization and market until all items scoped during requirements and design are delivered at the end of a project. Agile scrum’s focus on delivery of the highest priority features first, failing fast, and using a model of inspecting and adapt to adjust processes and features to course-correct.

The scrum master as the owner of the processes for Agile projects is a key team member in guiding the team to ensure that the group lives up to the Agile principles. It will be the scrum master who works with the product owners, stakeholders and team members to ensure that processes, ceremonies, and artifacts that the team has agreed to and that the right team members are utilized and engaged.

During the life of an Agile Scrum project, each sprint execution cycle is designed to produce features that are production ready. Complexities are broken down into manageable features and user stories that align with delivery cycles.

While they may not be introduced into the production environment prior to bundling with other sprint deliveries, the importance is that there are steps during the inspect and adopt a model that focuses on the value delivered. More complex projects where there are multiple work streams may require the services of multiple scrum masters. Those areas of the process are:

● Sprint Planning
● Sprint Review and
Sprint Retrospective.

Sprint Planning

At the start of a project, the product owner has the responsibility to work with stakeholders and the scrum team to define the features that will be delivered to meet the objectives of the product. Each sprint will have its own sprint planning meeting where the focus is to identify the features and user stories that are next in priority order along with tasks and estimates for delivery within a time-boxed window. The product owner will present the goal of a sprint. This goal may allow for the inclusion of additional features or necessitate moving features out of the original priority order in order to meet dependencies and reduce technical debt.

The product backlog is the primary artifact used by the scrum team to plan a sprint. In most cases, it is the Scrum Master who facilitates the discussion and guides the team through the Agile processes. A sprint planning meeting should last from 1-4 hours and produce a sprint backlog deliverable that lists:

● the goal of the sprint,
● features and user stories to be included,
● validation of the acceptance criteria,
● the respective tasks,
● as well as the assignment of those tasks.

The sprint backlog is then presented back to the product owner so that they understand the commitment that the scrum team is making to deliver value to the defined goal.

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What is this course?

This ‘Master of Agile – Agile Scrum Master With 59 Seconds Agile (Video Training Course)’ provides an in-depth understanding of the Agile Scrum Master roles and responsibilities

You will explore the Agile Scrum project life-cycle, including how an Agile User Story is created, to how we know when it is ‘done’

This course is aimed at those with or without prior knowledge and experience of the Agile values and principles

During this course you will learn the tools needed to succeed as an Agile Scrum Master

What will you learn?

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the Agile Scrum Master roles and responsibilities, and you will be able to

  • Fully understand the role of the Agile Scrum Master
  • Understand the roles involved in an Agile project
  • Create an effective Product Backlog
  • Effectively participate in Scrum Meetings such as the Daily Stand-up, Sprint Review and Retrospective
  • Identify the roles involves in the Scrum Team

What topics are covered within this course?

You will cover the following topics during this course:

  1. An Introduction to Agile Project Management (Scrum Master)
  2. Using the Agile Manifesto to Deliver Change (Scrum Master)
  3. The 12 Agile Principles (Scrum Master)
  4. The Agile Fundamentals (Scrum Master)
  5. Introduction to Scrum (Scrum Master)
  6. Scrum Projects (Scrum Master)
  7. Scrum Project Roles (Scrum Master)
  8. Scrum in Projects, Programs & Portfolios (Scrum Master)
  9. How to Manage an Agile Project (Scrum Master)
  10. Leadership Styles (Scrum Master)
  11. The Agile Project Life-cycle (Scrum Master)