The Agile Fundamentals for Scrum Masters

Thinking of becoming a Scrum Master? Or are you already one, but you’re still new to the job? No matter what level of experience you have with being a Scrum Master, it’s always great to get your bases covered! Let’s discuss some of the fundamentals of Agile: what it is, and what it isn’t:

What is Agile?

More than a project management approach or a software development approach, it’s best to think of Agile as a mindset. It’s a discipline, a set of values that focuses on the people, the process, and the product. Agile is made up of different values and principles.

A Brief History of Agile

When enterprises began to use PC computing more heavily during the early 1990’s, industry experts observed that an average software development project takes about three years for to cycle from validating the business needs to finishing the actual application. But many things can happen in a year alone – needs can be reprioritized, new technological trends can come in, and sometimes, businesses themselves can change.

By then, there were many different software frameworks being developed here and there. One of them is the famous Scrum Process by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, presented in 1995 during an object-oriented conference. Kent Beck has also come up with extreme programming (XP), a framework for various software development best practices that aim to rapidly deliver high-quality software to customers.

A Brief History of Agile

On February 11-13, 2001 at Snowbird in the Wasatch mountains of Utah, seventeen people representing XP, Scrum, DSDM, Crystal, Feature-Driven Development, and others looking for alternatives to heavyweight software development decided to meet up. Thanks to this special meeting, the many efforts of developing these iterative and incremental software development techniques were unified. Together, they came up with what is known today as the Agile “Software Development” Manifesto.

The Agile Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto is written as follows:
“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work, we have come to value:”

1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
2. Working software over comprehensive documentation.
3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation.
4. Responding to change over following a plan.

It is important to note the following statement: “That is, while there is a value in the items on the right we value the items on the left more.” This does not mean that documentation, contracts, plans, and processes should be done away completely – in fact, these are still needed. What the Agile Manifesto wants to say is that teams should simply put more importance on the people, the product, the collaboration, and the resilience to changes, if needed.

The ‘Agile Scrum Master Training Course With 59 Seconds Training‘ is now available for free. This free Scrum Master Certified Online Training Course provides an in-depth understanding of the Agile Scrum Master roles and responsibilities, where you find out what a Scrum Master does and how to do it. During this free course you will learn all of the tools needed to succeed as an Agile Scrum Master.

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Master of Agile – Agile Scrum Master With 59 Seconds Agile (Video Training Course)

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)
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