The Complete Agile Scrum Fundamentals

Understanding the Application of Agile Approaches

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05-09 Feb 2024 5 Days Dubai - UAE US$4,450 Register
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Course Overview

To quote the co-founder of Agile Scrum, Ken Schwaber (, “Scrum helps people and teams deliver value incrementally in a collaborative manner. If you are just getting started, think of it as a way to get work done as a team in small pieces at a time, with experimentation and feedback loops along the way….To be effective with Scrum requires something more than just following the mechanics and fundamentals of the framework; this requires mindset techniques for ways of working and thinking and an environment that supports it, including trust. Scrum is founded on empiricism and lean thinking. Empiricism asserts that knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is observed. Lean thinking reduces waste and focuses on the essentials. Scrum employs an iterative, incremental approach to optimise predictability and control risk. Scrum engages groups of people who collectively have all the skills and expertise to do the work and share or acquire such skills as needed. Scrum combines four formal events for inspection and adaptation within a containing event, the Sprint. These events work because they implement the empirical Scrum pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation.”

The Complete Agile Scrum Fundamentals training course sequentially takes the participant through the foundations of Agile into Scrum and starts the journey which requires the change in mindset required to work in an Agile Scrum manner. It will employ examples, knowledge tests and exercises, group discussions, and knowledge sharing to enhance the training content.

Course Objectives

This training course will build on the historical foundations of Lean and Agile philosophy to help participants to understand the critical differences between classic “predictive” project management methods and the “adaptive” Agile Scrum framework. It will identify the mindset differences required to truly be Agile rather than just to “do Agile”. During this programme, the participants will be encouraged to identify and develop insights into how Agile collaborative approaches might enhance classic project management delivery and empower team members to be increasingly creative and innovative to benefit their organisations and customers.

After the training course, the participants will learn to:

  • Understand the historical roots of Agile Scrum in Lean and Kanban
  • Appreciate the development of the Agile Manifesto as a baseline for Agile approaches
  • Understand the family of Agile approaches of which Agile Scrum is one
  • Be aware of some critical ways to decide on the best approach to take given the type of project to be undertaken
  • Develop a keen awareness of the roles and responsibilities/accountabilities of Agile Scrum team members
  • Understand the Sprint cycle and the “ceremonies” and how they are designed to move forward iteratively and incrementally, providing a valuable product increment at the end of each “Sprint”
  • Depen and exercise their developing knowledge using practical group exercises
  • Appreciate some of the tools and techniques used in Agile Scrum delivery
  • Understand the value and mechanism whereby requirements are captured in “User Stories” in a Product Backlog and how the team members commit to producing specific solutions during the Sprint.
  • Appreciate how the “flow of work” and changes to requirements are managed
  • Appreciate the benefits of Agile Scrum for certain types of project delivery
  • Appreciate how this approach may be scaled up for large organisations and enterprises and what needs to be in place to assist a business in carrying out the transformational journey to adopting and embedding Agile Scrum as a means of delivering projects

Target Audience

This training course is designed and appropriate for a wide range of working professionals who manage and deliver complex and innovative projects. The requirements are only sometimes fully defined and may change as more is discovered. It will introduce and equip such teams to be prepared to apply the Agile Scrum framework for some of their more challenging and complex projects.

It is suitable for a wide range of working professionals, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Scrum Masters
  • Delivery Leads
  • Product Owners
  • Project Managers
  • Engineering Leads
  • Product Managers
  • Technical Team Leads
  • Project Planning Officers
  • Delivery Team Members
  • Senior Project Control Officers
  • Software Developers and Testers
  • Engineering Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
  • Business Services Professionals and Managers
  • IT Delivery Managers
  • Senior Delivery Managers
  • Senior Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Project or Programme Management Office (PMO) Leads and Team Members

Training Methodology

The participants will develop their skills and knowledge through formal and interactive learning methods focused on using a series of practical learning exercises, team and group discussions, knowledge tests and mutual learning from each other.

The training course does not assume in-depth prior knowledge of the topics covered in the programme. Many foundational and newer concepts and tools are introduced gradually to enable participants to progress from the fundamental to more advanced concepts of Agile Scrum as a means of delivering projects. It seeks to mimic true Agile methods’ collaborative and knowledge-sharing principles.

Course Outline

Day One

Understanding the Historical Beginnings – The Mindset Behind and the Foundations of Agile Scrum

  • Lean Beginnings
  • The Development of Agile Methods
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • The Agile Declaration of Interdependence
  • The Fundamental Differences between Classic “Predictive” Waterfall Methodologies and the “Adaptive” Agile Scrum Framework
  • The Triangle of Constraints and What Changes in Agile Scrum
  • The Scrum Principles, Pillars, and Values
  • The 4 Tenets of Agile Philosophy
  • The Challenges to our Mindset: Learning to Work Collaboratively
  • Agile Scrum Roles and Accountabilities and How They Collaborate
Day Two

Understanding Project Lifecycles, Project Selection, and Preparing for Success

  • Project Lifecycles: Four Main Categories
  • The Benefits of the Agile Scrum Approach
  • Hybrid Life Cycles and Their Benefits
  • Value Chain and Lean Thinking
  • Project Selection and Selection Criteria
  • The Agile Family of Approaches
  • Knowing when and when not to choose an Agile Approach
  • Kanban and Scrumban
  • Organisational Considerations for Implementing Agile
  • Scaling Agile: An Introduction to SAFe, Nexus, and DA
  • The Essence of Scrum
  • Initiation Sprints, Definitions of Ready and Done and the Product Backlog
Day Three

The Sprint Cycle, Its Ceremonies, and Main Activities

  • The Sprint Cycle and Its Ceremonies: Sprint Planning, Daily Stand-ups, Sprint Reviews, and Retrospectives
  • Collaborative Decision Making
  • Impediments, Blockers, and Obstacles
  • Backlog Refinement and Managing Change
  • The Team Charter
  • The Vision, Product Backlog, User Stories, and Acceptance Criteria
  • Estimation
  • Prioritisation Methods
  • User Personas
  • Non-user Stories and Design
  • Capacity Planning
  • Road Maps and Release planning
Day Four

Developing a Project using a Practical Case Study – Theory Application

  • Understanding and Capturing the Vision
  • Taking the Roles and Agreeing on the Team Charter
  • Understanding the Stakeholder Needs and Developing an Initial Product Backlog – Epics and User Stories
  • Defining the User Personas
  • Developing the Definitions and the Emerging Design requirements
  • Prioritising and Refining the Backlog and Estimating the User Stories
  • Developing a Roadmap and Release Plan
  • Sprint Planning for Sprint One
  • Holding Stand-Ups
  • Completing the Work and Gaining Validation from the Product Owner
  • Preparing for Sprint Review
  • Delivering the Sprint Review
  • Completing the Retrospective
  • Understanding the Next Steps for Sprint 2
Day Five

Preparing for Scaled Agile and Transformation

  • A Refresher on the Main Scaled Approaches
  • Key Success Factors in Agile Transformation
  • Preparing for Transformation and the Transformation Roadmap
  • Resourcing Challenges for Agile Transformation
  • Basic Staffing Changes
  • Getting Key Stakeholders on Board: Middle and Senior Management
  • Top-down and Bottom-up
  • Determining Check Points and Criteria for Measuring Progress
  • Adapting the Model for the Operational Needs


Upon successful completion of this training course, Newage Certificate will be awarded to the delegates.

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