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Scrummaster: a Federal Approach

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May 20—21
2 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1349
USD 674 per day
Jul 11—12
2 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1349
USD 674 per day
Sep 19—20
2 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1349
USD 674 per day


The ScrumMaster role is integral to project success because they facilitate the work of the Agile development team. You will learn the basics of Scrum and how to plan and execute a Scrum project, critical characteristics of a successful ScrumMaster, and the challenges you will face as a ScrumMaster. By participating in role-playing activities using Scrum case studies from Federal organizations, you will learn to apply the Scrum framework in a Federal environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Manage Scrum projects
  • Recognize key principles of Agile and the Scrum framework
  • Build and manage a productive, self-organizing development team
  • Recognize implementation challenges within federal government life cycles
  • Create fully functioning applications on time with effective sprint and release planning
  • Manage and facilitate key deliverables during implementation
  • Effectively monitor and report during the Scrum process
  • Recognize challenges for continuous improvement

Course Topics

Agile Framework

  • Agile Manifesto
  • The 12 Principles of Agile Software Development
  • Predictive vs. Adaptive
  • Waterfall Development Life Cycle
  • Agile Development Methodologies
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Scrum Framework
  • Time-boxing
  • Doing Agile vs. Being Agile

Scrum Roles

  • The ScrumMaster
  • Scrum Roles
  • Attributes of a High-performing Team
  • Benefits of a Self-organizing Team

Federal ScrumMaster Planning

  • Planning
  • Product Vision
  • Agile Discovery: Part I
  • Sprints and Releases
  • Release Planning
  • Business Value
  • User Stories Defined
  • Product Backlog: Writing User Stories
  • Prioritization
  • Backlog Grooming
  • Sprint Planning
  • ScrumMaster Meetings
  • Sprint Planning, Part 1
  • Estimating Techniques
  • Assigning Story Points
  • Velocity
  • Sprint Planning, Part 2
  • Acceptance Testing

ScrumMaster Techniques

  • Scrum Framework
  • Leadership
  • Team Building: Model for Team Engagement
  • ScrumMaster as a Facilitator
  • Facilitate Decision Making
  • Challenges When Facilitating a Decision
  • Facilitation: Making Team-based Decisions
  • Decision-making Methods
  • ScrumMaster vs. Scrum Coach – What’s the Difference?
  • The Value of Conflict
  • Conflict Resolution Approaches
  • Scaling Techniques
  • ScrumMaster Considerations with Virtual Teams

Monitoring the Scrum Project

  • Monitoring Goals
  • ScrumMaster Monitoring Tools
  • Life Cycle Tracking
  • Monitoring Risk
  • Change Management in Scrum
  • Definition of Done
  • Sprint Review Meeting
  • Sprint Retrospective Meetings
  • Closing Sprint Activities

Federal Considerations

  • Effective Practices in the Federal Environment
  • The Future of the ScrumMaster in the Federal Environment

Who should attend

This course is intended for entry- and intermediate-level program and project managers.

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