New OnDemand Course - Scrum Overview

  1. Posted on February 14, 2017 5:23:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Agile, Scrum

Hello, Steve McConnell here. We are always updating our Construx OnDemand training, and I’m happy to announce a new course: Scrum Overview. Scrum enables software development teams to address complex adaptive problems, and in this course you’ll learn Scrum’s elements—its roles, events, and artifacts—as well as their purpose: how they’re all bound together to make Scrum hum. In short, you’ll learn what’s different about Scrum and what makes it so effective.

With the myriad Scrum courses available today, why would you take a course called Scrum Overview? If you’re a nontechnical stakeholder, such as an executive or sales and marketing staff or even a product owner, you might find value in getting an introduction to Scrum without diving into all the details, and the context that’s set in this course can very valuable. Even if you are a practitioner and you expect to get into the in’s and out’s of Scrum on a daily basis, it can useful to start with the context of Scrum so that you understand its full scope before diving into all those implementation details. Either way this can be a valuable introduction and overview of Scrum.

Your instructor in this course is Jenny Stuart. Jenny has been Vice President of Consulting at Construx for more than 10 years, and in that role she has overseen Construx’s work in implementing Scrum, and implementing Agile practices more generally, in organizations throughout North America and around the world. Jenny has worked effectively with individual contributors on Scrum teams, with Scrum Masters, and with executives who are supporting Scrum at the organizational level, and she has learned numerous lessons about how to support Scrum effectively by working at all those different levels. You’re in good hands with Jenny as the leader of this course.

  • Here’s the top-level outline for the course:
  • Introduction
  • The Scrum Framework
  • Scrum Roles
  • Requirements in Scrum
  • Agile Estimation
  • Plan a Sprint
  • Execute a Sprint
  • Wrap Up a Sprint
  • Adoption Pitfalls
  • Conclusion
If you want to go deeper with Scrum, follow this course with Construx OnDemand’s Scrum Boot Camp, which will teach you what you need to know to become certified in Scrum.

If you’re a Scrum Product Owner or want to become one, Product Owner Boot Camp drills down into the details you need to successfully plan releases, reflect stakeholder priorities, ensure the team builds the right product, and communicate with project stakeholders.

For more on developing requirements in Agile scenarios such as Scrum, see Agile Requirements Boot Camp, which teaches you how to use story mapping to define project scope, write user stories, size stories (agile estimation), and develop acceptance criteria for user stories.

Try Construx OnDemand for free today (no credit card required), and enjoy the course!

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Steve McConnell

Steve McConnell is CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software where he consults to a broad range of industries, teaches seminars, and oversees Construx’s software development practices. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named Steve one of the three most influential people in the software industry along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds.

Steve is the author of Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (2006), Code Complete (1993, 2004), Rapid Development (1996), Software Project Survival Guide (1998), and Professional Software Development (2004). His books twice won Software Development magazine's Jolt Excellence award for outstanding software development book of the year.

Steve has served as Editor in Chief of IEEE Software magazine, on the Panel of Experts of the SWEBOK project, and as Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Professional Practices Committee.

Steve received a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a Master’s degree in software engineering from Seattle University.
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