Scrum & Agile

Expert Scrum Master (ESM™)

Expert Scrum Master (ESM™)

Prerequisites:

Experience: 3 Years managing SCRUM/AGILE projects

Education: Should be SMC™, SAMC™, and SPOC™ Certified

Target Audience: Experienced Scrum Professional

Maintaining Certification (RCUs): 60 Recertification units every 2 years

Overview

Expert Scrum Master (ESM™) certification is the next step for Scrum practitioners to further demonstrate their expertise in Scrum methodology. This will test your ability to manage complex Scrum projects and scale Scrum in complex projects involving big project teams, programs and portfolios.

Audience Profile:

This Certification is suitable for anyone who is an expert in the SCRUM team and wants to handle complicated Scrum projects as an Expert Scrum Master.

Prerequisites

To become an ESM™ certified professional you should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Should have three years of experience managing Scrum/Agile Projects
  • Should be SMC™, SAMC™ and SPOC™ certified.
  • Should submit 500 words write up about two Scrum/Agile projects.

Exam Format

  • Objective testing. Case study and scenario based
  • 240 minutes duration
  • Proctored online exam
  • Open book exam (SBOK™ Guide only)
Scrum Developer Certified (SDC™)

Scrum Developer Certified (SDC™)

Prerequisites:

Experience: Nil

Education: Nil

Target Audience: Anyone on a SCRUM Team or anyone who interacts with any Scrum Team

Maintaining Certification (RCUs): 25 Recertification units every 2 years

Overview

Scrum Developer Certified (SDC™) is an entry level certification for Scrum Team members and those who interact with any Scrum Team. The objective of this certification is to ensure that Scrum Team members know enough about Scrum to effectively contribute to a Scrum project. The courseware and preparation tools required for the certification exam will be available online on SCRUMstudy.com. An online proctored exam will be conducted at the end of the course.

Audience Profile

This is highly recommended for everyone in a company who works in a Scrum Team or anyone who interacts with any Scrum Team. This will also be very useful for those who are interested in understanding the basics of Scrum and how this method could be used effectively.

Prerequisites

There is no formal prerequisite for this certification.

Exam Format

  • Multiple Choice
  • 75 questions per exam
  • One mark awarded for every right answer
  • No negative marks for wrong answers
  • 57 questions need to be answered correctly to pass
  • 90 minutes duration
  • Proctored online exam
SCRUM increases ROI

SCRUM increases ROI

In a project it is so important to start delivering results as early as possible. This early delivery of results, and thereby value, provides an opportunity for reinvestment and proves the worth of the project to interested stakeholders. But one of the key characteristics of any project is the uncertainty of results or outcome. Therefore it is important to: It is impossible to guarantee project success at completion, irrespective of the size or complexity of a project.  Therefore it is important to

  • understand what adds value to customers and users and also to prioritize the high-value requirements on the top of the Prioritized Product Backlog.
  • decrease uncertainty and constantly address risks that can potentially decrease value if they materialize. Also work closely with project stakeholders showing them product increments at the end of each Sprint, enabling effective management of changes.
  • create deliverables based on the priorities determined by producing potentially shippable product increments during each Sprint so that customers start realizing value early on in the project.

Some of the key differences with respect to Value-driven Delivery in Scrum project and Traditional projects are given in the figure below.

Description

In Scrum projects, User Stories are ranked in order of priority which is an effective method for determining the desired User Stories for each iteration or release of the product or service. The purpose is to create a simple, single list with the goal of prioritizing features, rather than being distracted by multiple prioritization schemes.

This simple list also provides a basis for incorporating changes and identified risks when necessary. Each change or identified risk can be inserted in the list based on its priority relative to the other User Stories in the list. Typically, new changes will be included at the expense of features that have been assigned a lower priority.

Minimum Marketable Features (MMF) are also defined, so that the first release or iteration happens as early as possible, leading to increased ROI.

Scrum Master Certified (SMC™)

Scrum Master Certified (SMC™)

Prerequisites:

Experience: Nil

Education: Preferably SDC™ certified professional

Target Audience: Anyone who is interested in becoming a Scrum Master

Maintaining Certification (RCUs): 40 Recertification units every 2 years

Overview

Scrum Master Certified (SMC™) professionals are facilitators who ensure that the Scrum Team is provided with an environment conducive to completing the project successfully. The Scrum Master guides, facilitates and teaches Scrum practices to everyone involved in the project. The Scrum Master clears impediments for the team and ensures that Scrum processes are being followed.

Audience Profile

This certification is appropriate for anyone who is interested in working as a Scrum Master.

Prerequisites

There is no formal prerequisite for this certification. But is is preferable to complete the Scrum Developer Certified (SDC™) certification before applying for the Scrum Master certification.

Exam Format

  • Multiple Choice
  • 100 questions per exam
  • One mark awarded for every right answer
  • No negative marks for wrong answers
  • 120 minutes duration
  • Proctored online exam.
Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC™)

Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC™)

Prerequisites:

Experience: Nil

Education: Preferably SDC™ (or) SMC™ certified professional

Target Audience: Anyone who interfaces with business stakeholders or works as a Product Owner in a Scrum project

Maintaining Certification (RCUs): 40 Recertification units every 2 years

Overview

The Product Owner represents the interests of the stakeholder community to the Scrum Team. The Product Owner is responsible for ensuring clear communication of product or service functionality requirements to the Scrum Team, defining acceptance criteria, and ensuring those criteria are met. The Product Owner must always maintain a dual view. He or she must understand and support the needs and interests of all stakeholders, while also understanding the needs and workings of the Scrum Team.

Audience Profile

This certification is for anyone who interfaces with stakeholders or works as a Product Owner in a Scrum Team.

Prerequisites

There is no formal prerequisite for this certification. However, SDC™ or SMC™ Certified professionals will be able to better understand the concepts required for this certification exam.

Exam Format

  • Multiple Choice
  • 140 questions per exam
  • One mark awarded for every right answer
  • No negative marks for wrong answers
  • 180 minutes duration
  • Proctored online exam
SCRUMstudy Agile Master Certified (SAMC™)

SCRUMstudy Agile Master Certified (SAMC™)

Prerequisites:

Experience: Nil

Education: Preferably SDC™ (or) SMC™ Certified professional

Target Audience: Anyone on a SCRUM Team

Maintaining Certification (RCUs): 40 Recertification units every 2 years

Overview

Rapid changes in technology, market demands, and expectations have paved the way for the conceptualization and implementation of Agile methods and values in many organizations. Agile relies on adaptive planning and iterative development and delivery. It focuses primarily on the value of people in getting the job done effectively. (SAMC™) Certified Professionals should appreciate the concepts of Agile development and have the ability to compare and choose the Agile methodology appropriate in a given situation.

Audience Profile

This certification is appropriate for anyone interested in getting familiar with the concepts and practices of Agile Project Delivery, and who wants to have a working knowledge of the various Agile methodologies.

Prerequisites

There is no formal prerequisite for this certification. However, a SDC™ or SMC™ certified professional will be able to easily understand the concepts required for the certification exam.

Exam Format

  • Multiple Choice
  • 100 questions per exam
  • One mark awarded for every right answer
  • No negative marks for wrong answers
  • 120 minutes duration
  • Proctored online exam.
SCRUM Videos

SCRUM Videos

How to use SBOK Guide

The SBOK™ Guide was developed as a means to create a necessary guide for organizations and project management practitioners who want to implement Scrum, as well as those already doing so who want to make needed improvements to their processes. It is based on experience drawn from thousands of projects across a variety of organizations and industries. The contributions of many Scrum experts and project management practitioners have been considered in its development.

Why get certified in SCRUM

Scrum is one of the most popular Agile methodologies. It is an adaptive, iterative, fast, flexible, and effective methodology designed to deliver significant value quickly and throughout a project. Scrum ensures transparency in communication and creates an environment of collective accountability and continuous progress. A key strength of Scrum lies in its use of cross-functional, self-organized, and empowered teams who divide their work into short, concentrated work cycles called Sprints.

Scrum Principles

Scrum principles are the core guidelines for applying the Scrum framework and should mandatorily be used in all Scrum projects. They are non-negotiable and must be applied as specified in the SBOK™. Keeping the principles intact and using them appropriately instils confidence in the Scrum framework with regard to attaining the objectives of the project.

Scrum Vs Traditional PM

Scrum Vs Traditional PM

Traditional project management emphasizes on conducting detailed upfront planning for the project with emphasis on fixing the scope, cost and schedule – and managing those parameters. Whereas, Scrum encourages data-based, iterative decision making in which the primary focus is on delivering products that satisfy customer requirements.

To deliver the greatest amount of value in the shortest amount of time, Scrum promotes prioritization and Time-boxing over fixing the scope, cost and schedule of a project. An important feature of Scrum is self-organization, which allows the individuals who are actually doing the work to estimate and take ownership of tasks.

Following table summarizes many of the differences between Scrum and traditional project management:

Parameters Scrum Traditional Project Management
Emphasis is on People Processes
Documentation Minimal – only as required Comprehensive
Process style Iterative Linear
Upfront planning Low High
Prioritization of Requirements Based on business value and regularly updated Fixed in the Project Plan
Quality assurance Customer centric Process centric
Organization Self-organized Managed
Management style Decentralized Centralized
Change Updates to Productized Product Backlog Formal Change Management System
Leadership Collaborative, Servant Leadership Command and control
Performance measurement Business value Plan conformity
Return on Investment Early/throughout project life End of project life
Customer involvement High throughout the project Varies depending on the project lifecycle