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The Role of The Scrum Master: ICP Fundamentals Certification

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ASPE is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider of business analysis training. Select Project Delivery courses offer IIBA continuing development units (CDU) in accordance with IIBA standards.


Select courses offer Leadership (PDU-L), Strategic (PDU-S) and Technical PMI professional development units that vary according to certification. Technical PDUs are available in the following types: ACP, PBA, PfMP, PMP/PgMP, RMP, and SP.

This course offers:
    11.00 PMP/PgMP Technical PDUs
    11.00 PMI-ACP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI-RMP Technical PDUs
    1.50 PMI-SP Technical PDUs
    2.00 PMI Strategic PDUs
    2.00 PMI Leadership PDUs


Learn the 'buzz-words' and the terminology that Scrum uses. During this 2-day course, you will learn effective ways to include your customer in the process to ensure they are satisfied with the outcome. You will acquire the knowledge to produce metrics, such as Burndown charts. You will understand how to better estimate a release and help your customer understand what they will get and when they will get it.

This 2-day Scrum Master training course gives you hands-on experience with best practices for incorporating the customer into your daily plan, establish a cadence for the team, the importance that the team plays in the plan, and how much it means to commit to a goal. Lively lectures combined with insightful demonstrations and realistic practice exercises provide you with the competence and confidence to improve the quality of your product. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the challenges faced everyday by the technology team and how you, as a Scrum Master, can help overcome those obstacles. If you want to help your team be successful and use your coaching and facilitating skills to good use, you just have to take this course!

ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP)


Attendees who successfully complete this course will receive the ICP designation after course completion, based on their exposure to the Agile Fundamentals learning objectives, which is covered in this course.

In this course, you will:

What really works to help business customers clarify the current state of their business
How to engage your customer for their benefit
How to bridge gaps between business customers and designers, developers, and testers
Learn the process in which your work and your project exists
Get practical, real-world methods for initiating conversations with users to identify and solve business problems
Enhance your relationships with stakeholders and increase their satisfaction
Tips and tricks that have helped other ScrumMasters be successful with their real-world projects
Learn how important empirical process is for your success
Upcoming Dates and Locations
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Apr 27, 2020 – Apr 29, 2020    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Jun 3, 2020 – Jun 5, 2020    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Course Outline

The Foundations of Agile

In order to understand how to be a good ScrumMaster, you first need to understand the foundations of Agile.

  1. Setting the Agile Mindset
    • Defining Agile – Not something you "do"
    • Agile Manifesto & Principles
  2. The Basic Agile Concepts
    • Being Iterative
    • How to be Incremental
    • Benefits of Iterative and Incremental
  3. Empirical and Defined Processes

Scrum Foundations

Now that you understand the basics of Agile, let's look at the Scrum methodology in particular.

  1. The History of Scrum
    • Nonaka and Takeuchi
    • Other early contributors
  2. Timeboxing and the Sprint
    • The Importance of Prioritization
    • Protecting Focus
    • The Definition of "Definition of Done"
    • Sprint Duration
  3. "The Picture of Scrum"
  4. The Scrum Team and Roles

Actually Doing Scrum

Let's put the foundations to use and understand how to actually do Scrum.

  1. Develop the Product Backlog
    • User Stories – The Agile Requirement
      • Story Writing – What is a Story and what does it look like?
      • INVEST – The Bill Wake Acronym
      • Non-User Stories
    • Estimation of a Different Kind
      • Relative Estimating and using Story Points
      • Planning Poker
    • Prioritization and Order of the Product Backlog
      • Methods to Do It
      • Considerations when Prioritizing and Ordering
    • Backlog Refinement – Let's groom the User Stories
  2. Plan the Sprint
    • How to Set Up for Success with Team Capacity and Sprint Goal
    • Sprint Planning Meeting
      • Building Tasks, Estimating the Hours, Taking Ownership
      • Making Effective Tasks
      • Task Completeness As It Relates to "Definition of Done"
      • Ensuring Capacity is Just-Right
      • Committing to the Commitment
    • Showing your Plan on the Taskboard
  3. Run the Race
    • Daily Scrum Meeting
    • Keeping Up the Taskboard During Execution
    • The Sprint Burndown
    • Team Best Practices
  4. Crossing the Finish Line
    • Sprint Review Meeting
    • Showing Completeness with the Taskboard
  5. Get Feedback and Improve
    • Sprint Demo
    • The Sprint Retrospective – Inspect & Adapt
  6. Plan and Track the Release
    • Team Velocity
    • Release Planning Meeting
  7. Release Burndown

Advancing Scrum

Let's take it to the next level...

  1. Review
    • Scrum Values
    • Practices review
    • Roles review
  2. Tips for ScrumMasters as…
    • Coach
    • Guide
    • Facilitator
    • Impediment steward
    • Facilitator
    • Change Agent

Advanced Topics

Now for some things to help you be a better ScrumMaster for your organization...

  1. Scaling Scrum to Large Organizations
    • Scaling Teams
    • Scaling Forums
    • Product Backlog considerations
  2. Distributed Teams
  3. Scaling Engineering Practices and Infrastructure Needs

Next Steps

What's next?

  1. Getting Started…
    • Team Initial roadmap
    • Low-tech vs. tools
  2. CSM Certification
    • About the Scrum Alliance
    • Assessment and Certification

Real-World Exercises

Excercise 1: Putting some of the concepts in the foundations to work
Excercise 2: Put some of the concepts discussed around Scrum to work; this will continue throughout the next section as well.
Excercise 3: The Beloved Horse

Who should attend
  • Project Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Systems Architects or Designers
  • IT Managers/Directors
  • Systems or Application Developers
  • Anyone wishing to use their facilitation skills to make their team a success

Although it is not mandatory, students who have completed the self-paced Foundations of Agile eLearning course have found it very helpful when completing this course.


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