Agile - Scrum + PMI-ACP® Training

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Why Agile?

 Agile project management is now mainstream and growing in popularity.  No longer restricted to software development projects, agile frameworks and methodologies are being adopted by many organizations to enhance project team performance and raise customer satisfaction across a wide spectrum of projects. 


The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and covers agile frameworks and methodologies such as Scrum, XP and Lean.  


Our course is offered in a unique format that provides you with the option to do 2 or 3 days of training. The first two days provide you with knowledge of the Scrum framework and prepare you to sit for a Scrum Master certification exam such as SMC, PSM I or CSM.  The optional third day of our agile training classes focuses on the additional information you will need to know to pass the PMI-ACP® certification exam.


* Note that some agile certifications require you to meet minimum experience requirements.

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Scrum Master Training

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Why SCRUM?

Scrum is the most popular agile framework. It is an adaptive, iterative, fast, flexible, effective and  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.

The Scrum framework, as defined in the SBOK™ Guide, is structured in such a way that it supports product and service development in all types of industries and in any type of project, irrespective of its complexity.

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.


Traditional project management prescribes conducting detailed upfront planning for the project with emphasis on fixing the scope, cost and schedule - and managing those parameters. In contrast, Scrum promotes value based prioritization and time-boxing over fixing the scope, cost and schedule of a project in order to deliver the greatest amount of value in the shortest amount of time.  

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SCRUM Increases ROI

One of the key characteristics of any project is the uncertainty of results or outcomes. It is impossible to guarantee project success at completion, irrespective of the size or complexity of a project. Considering this uncertainty of achieving success, it is therefore important to start delivering results as early in the project 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. It is important to:

  • Understand what adds value to customers and users and 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 projects and Traditional projects are given in the adjacent figure. 

SBOK™ Guide

A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK™) provides guidelines for the successful implementation of Scrum—the most popular Agile project management and product development framework. It includes the principles, aspects, and processes of Scrum. Scrum, as defined in the SBOK™, is applicable to the following:

  • Portfolios, programs, and/or projects in any industry
  • Products, services, or any other results to be delivered to stakeholders
  • Projects of any size or complexity


The term 'product' in this Body of Knowledge may refer to a product, service, or other deliverable. Scrum can be applied effectively to any project in any industry—from small projects or teams with as few as six team members to large, complex projects with up to several hundred team members. 


The first chapter describes the purpose and framework of the SBOK™ Guide and provides an introduction to the key concepts of Scrum. It contains a summary of Scrum principles, Scrum aspects, and Scrum processes.The following sections are covered in this chapter.

  • Overview of Scrum
  • Why Use Scrum?
  • Purpose of the SBOK™ Guide
  • Framework of the SBOK™ Guide
  • Scrum vs. Traditional Project Management

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Scrum Master™ Course Objectives and Methodology

 Our 16-hour Scrum Master certification course is designed to engage and immerse you in the fundamental principles of Scrum. Our Scrum training course will:

  • provide an understanding of the Scrum philosophy and principles
  • provide practical knowledge of Scrum, including roles, meetings and artifacts
  • prepare participants to be comfortable applying Scrum in their organizations as well as managing common issues and roadblocks


Our Scrum training course offers a wide range of highly practical tactics, techniques and tips that work in the real world. It has been designed to be interactive and features a blend of activities, exercises, in-depth discussions and presentation segments to ensure that all learning styles are engaged. 


 We promise a highly engaging course that ensures high retention of concepts and theories.

  • Participants are encouraged to work through the concepts rather than just listen to them. This provides better internalization and retention.
  • We conduct role-plays and discuss practical implementation issues for all parts of the Scrum flow.
  • Participants work through a case study to simulate product development using the Scrum Framework.

Scrum Master Certification Course Features

  

  • Very Affordable -- Our live, interactive course is taught by a Scrum Master certified instructor and is very affordable.  Register at least 15 days in advance and receive $100 off (Early Bird Discount).  Course fees for those registering less than 15 days in advance (includes SMC exam fee):

24-Hour Scrum Master + ACP = $1199 on-site / $1099 live remote

16-Hour Scrum Master = $999 on-site / $899 live remote

  • Convenient -- Other  test preparation providers take you away from work and your family by  requiring attendance during the day or travel to a distant city.  Our  classes are held in the evenings and on weekends at our center in  Springfield, NJ.  If you would like us to deliver our course at your  site, please contact us for a quote.  
  • Small Class Size. Maximum 10 students per Scrum Master class is conducive to rapid learning.
  • No Cancellations. We do not require a minimum number of students to run a class so you can rest assured that your class will not be cancelled.
  • Guaranteed. If you take the Scrum Master certification exam within 60 days of taking our course and you do not pass, you may take the course again for free or have us pay your Scrum Master certification reexamination fee.  
  • Cancellation/Refund Policy.  You can cancel your course for a full refund if you do so at least 30  days before the course start date or within 24 hours of registering.   Otherwise, a $250.00 cancellation fee will apply. 
  • Additional Benefits: Includes Scrum Master certification exam fee.
    High quality, comprehensive classroom study materials - nothing additional to be bought for the class.
    Free 16 PMI® approved PDUs with the Scrum Master Certification classroom course and 24 PDUs if taking the Scrum + ACP 3-day class.                         
    Ten (10) additional PMI® PDUs with complimentary ‘Introduction to Scrum’ course.                               
    Complimentary copy of the SBOK™ Guide.
     

Upcoming Classes

Scrum Master / Agile classes are held approximately monthly in our Springfield, NJ office.


  • SMC+ACP-2019AUG: August 11, 18, 25 (Sun: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm) - Springfield, NJ
  • SMC+ACP-2019SEP: September 22, 29; October 6 (Sun: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm) - Springfield, NJ


  • SMC+ACP-2019-CUSTOM: Pick your own dates and times (contact us for terms and conditions)
     

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; clears  impediments for the team; and, ensures that Scrum processes are being  followed. Successful candidates will be awarded the Scrum Master  Certified (SMC™) certification by SCRUMstudy after passing the  certification exam. 

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