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Perfecting Scrum Basics

Find clear definitions and the original thinking behind the core Scrum Framework.


One of the core principles in Scrum is the idea of continuous improvement. Each Sprint the Team engages in an inspect-and-adapt cycle during the Retrospective meeting. Beyond that though, the Scrum Guide doesn’t offer much insight into how to run a successful Retrospective and how to use the meeting to improve production, quality, and velocity. Visit the full course page.

How To Launch a Scrum Team

Join us as we share how we help clients launch teams. We share our step-by-step backlog for launching new teams or reinvigorating old. Three different perspectives from three Scrum Inc. coaches on what to do, what the common impediments are, how to avoid the worst and conquer the inevitable. Visit the full course page.

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The Sprint

The Sprint The Sprint is the heart of Scrum. It is a short, consistent cycle no longer than four weeks. The goal is to have an iteration short enough to keep the team focused but long enough to deliver a meaningful increment of work. Estimated time for this course: 5...

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Scaling Agile for the Enterprise

Scaling Agile for the Enterprise Scaling Agile for the Enterprise is a challenge that many large organizations face as they implement Scrum Teams across more and more of their operations. Coordinating multiple Teams that are working on multiple projects can seem…

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Scrum Pitfalls Part I

Scrum Pitfalls Part I The iterative nature of Scrum is a risk management mechanism that, even when poorly implemented, usually results in at least a 30% improvement in productivity. The rules of Scrum are simple and straightforward, and the underlying principles are...

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Scrum and Management

Why Management Needs Scrum The question is always the same: “How do I deliver the best product for the lowest cost and the highest profit?” Scrum has repeatedly answered this question, but often management still has a hard time grasping the business case for…

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Agile Defense

Agile Contracts As Scrum and Agile practices become mainstream and fundamentally change the way companies work internally, it is only natural that the way companies work with each other will also change. Unfortunately, many procurement departments are ill equipped to…

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Sprint Burndown Chart

Sprint Burndown Chart The Sprint Burndown Chart makes the work of the Team visible. It is a graphic representation of the rate at which work is completed and how much work remains to be done. Estimated time for this course: 8 minutes Audience: Beginner Suggested...

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Velocity Velocity is a measure of the amount of work a Team can tackle during a single Sprint and is the key metric in Scrum. Velocity is calculated at the end of the Sprint by totaling the Points for all fully completed User Stories. Estimated time for this course: 5...

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Impediments An Impediment is anything that keeps the Team from getting work Done and that slows Velocity. Impediments come in many forms: a sick team member, a missing resource, lack of management support or even a cold team room. If it's blocking the team from doing...

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Scrum Board

Scrum Board A Scrum Board is a tool that helps Teams make Sprint Backlog items visible. The board can take many physical and virtual forms but it performs the same function regardless of how it looks. The board is updated by the Team and shows all items...

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Sprint Planning

Sprint Planning Sprint Planning opens each Sprint. The Product Owner discusses the sprint goal with the Team and the Scrum Master. They then collaborate to reach a mutual understanding of the sprint goal and the work needed to achieve it. Estimated time for this...

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Sprint Backlog

Sprint Backlog The Sprint Backlog is an ordered list of Product Backlog Items, preferably User Stories, that the Team believes it can complete during the coming Sprint. These items are pulled from the top of the Product Backlog during the Sprint Planning Meeting....

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Product Backlog Refinement

Product Backlog Refinement Because requirements in Scrum are only loosely defined, they need to revisited and clearly defined before they come into the Sprint. This is done in during the current sprint in a ceremony called Product Backlog Refinement....

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Sprint Review

Sprint Review The Sprint Review takes place at the end of the Sprint and is designed to gather actionable feedback on what the Team has completed. This ceremony, also known as the "Demo", is an exciting opportunity for the team to showcase...

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Sprint Retrospective

Sprint Retrospective The Sprint Retrospective, the last ceremony in the Sprint, takes place after the Sprint Review and before the next Sprint Planning. The meeting should be time-boxed to no more than an hour per week of Sprint length. The Scrum Master facilitates...

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Potentially Shippable Product

Potentially Shippable Product A Potentially Shippable Product is the sum of the Product Backlog Items delivered each Sprint. Delivering Potentially Shippable Product each Sprint is fundamental to the Scrum because when work is divided into...

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