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Agile Scrum Master

Programme Delivery as an Agile Scrum Master (C-ASM)
For Government and Public Sector

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The UK CPD Certification Service Accredited

An in-depth Introduction to getting started in a career as an Agile Scrum Master.

Our accredited CPD UK Certification courses will give you a comprehensive understanding of Agile Scrum to help you stand out, and position yourself for ongoing success. 

Essential skills for Agile project management

 

The Scrum Master plays an important role in Agile project management, serving as a facilitator and advocate for the Scrum framework. This role is accountable for fostering a collaborative and self-managing environment within the Agile team. Accountabilities include ensuring adherence to Agile principles, removing impediments to progress and ensuring effective communication. The Scrum Master also supports continuous improvement by facilitating retrospectives and maintaining a focus on delivering high-quality, value-driven outcomes. Ultimately, the Scrum Master acts as a servant-leader, encouraging a culture of openness, adaptability and continuous learning within the Agile team.

 

Participants in this two-day course will acquire the skills necessary for programme delivery as an Agile Scrum Master. This course is also uniquely structured to align with the Government Digital Service (GDS) Standards, ensuring that participants not only learn the essentials of Scrum but also understand delivery principles within the context of government and public sector digital delivery projects.

 

Designed by Agile coaches with years of practical experience working on GDS Service Standards compliant government and public sector projects; this CPD Certification Service accredited two-day Agile training course workshop combines PowerPoint presentations, real-world exercises, and informal discussions to introduce you to Agile Scrum as a Delivery Method, without the impending pressure of having to pass a formal certification examination.

 

Previous experience in Agile delivery is not a pre-requisite to attending the course although it is assumed that delegates will have already attended the Agile Scrum as a Delivery Method Primer course or have some understanding of Agile terms.

Who this course is for 

This course is tailored for individuals aspiring to excel in the role of Scrum Master. Whether you are an experienced project manager transitioning to Agile methodologies or a professional eager to step into a leadership position within Agile teams, this course equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive. 

 

As a Scrum Master, you'll learn how to facilitate Agile ceremonies, foster collaboration among team members, and remove impediments to ensure smooth project delivery. 

Course Agenda

 

General Knowledge

  • Agile Delivery 101

  • Understanding Agile Principles and Values

  • Scrum Process and Sprints

  • Applicability of Scrum in Different Contexts

  • Overview of the Agile Manifesto

  • Introduction to GDS Service Standards and Service Assessments

 

Scrum Roles

  • Overview of Scrum Roles (Core & Ancillary)

  • Scrum Master Role and Responsibilities

  • Scrum Product Owner Role and Responsibilities

  • Scrum Team Dynamics and Collaboration

 

Scrum Events

  • Sprint Planning

  • Daily Scrums (Daily Stand-up Meetings)

  • Sprint Reviews (Sprint Demos)

  • Sprint Retrospectives

  • Agile Estimation Techniques

 

Scrum Artefacts

  • Product Backlog Definition and Refinement

  • Sprint Backlog Management

  • Burn-down and Burn-up Charts

  • Understanding Agile Metrics: Velocity, Cycle Time, Lead Time

 

Scaling Scrum

  • Working with Multiple Scrum Teams (Scrum of Scrums)

  • Working with Distributed Scrum Teams

  • Introduction to Agile Tools and Software (e.g., Jira, Trello)

 

GDS Service Standards and Service Assessments

  • Overview of GDS Service Standards and Their Importance

  • Conducting Service Assessments in Alignment with GDS Standards

  • Integrating GDS Standards into Agile Delivery Practices

 

Risks and Challenges

  • Risks and Challenges of Transitioning to Agile Delivery

  • Mitigation Strategies for Common Agile Challenges

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Discussion on Frequently Asked Agile Questions

  • Practical Solutions to Common Agile Dilemmas

 

Agile Knowledge Quiz

  • Examples of Multiple-choice Questions in the Optional Online Quiz

  • Real-world Case Studies and Examples

Service features

- Two-day Agile training course - Classroom or On-Premises - The course uses eCommerce and other - Business Case examples for context - Optional online CPD certification examination - Optional Agile knowledge quiz to help delegates gauge their level of attainment - Online Retrospective feedback to enable continuous course improvements.

Service benefits

- Understand Scrum's iterative approach to project delivery. - Master Scrum principles and rules. - Embrace the Scrum Master's servant leadership role. - Understand Scrum team roles and accountabilities. - Facilitate Agile events confidently. - Utilise burndown and burnup charts effectively for reporting. - Efficiently prioritise and deliver user stories. - Estimate effort using story points.

Agile Scrum training in one of our Training Centres: Bracknell, Berkshire or St James's, London

Course Registration & CPD Assessments

Certification Assessment Only

Certification Assessment Only - For existing Agile practitioners with a requirement for official certification

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this course differ from other Agile courses? You will learn the 'How,' not just the 'What'! The course is a deep dive into Agile Scrum as a delivery method, ensuring an understanding beyond just passing the certification assessment. The course has been designed by highly experienced Agile practitioners and coaches with specialist experience working on GDS (Government Digital Service) Service Design Standard projects. You will find that the learning objectives are significantly more detailed than with other Agile courses. Can participants opt out of taking the certification assessment? Yes! During enrolment in the course, you can opt out of taking the assessment. Is the online course quiz optional? Absolutely! You are provided access to the online Agile knowledge quiz that accompanies the course. The quiz will help you to gauge your level of Agile attainment but is entirely optional. Will I receive my certificate as soon as I have the certification assessment? You will initially receive an Assessment Completion report. The report details the certification status: 'Pass' or 'Fail', and includes information on which questions were answered incorrectly. Your certificate is issued two to four weeks after completing and passing the certification assessment. Is CPD certification recognised by employers? Yes! CPD certification is recognised by private and public sector employers. In some government departments it is a valuable way to evaluate the skills of an individual and the quality of the learning activities. Is one CPD Point equivalent to an hour of training? CPD points are units that quantify time, the quality of learning and development activities. You will earn 13 CPD Points after successful completion of the course. If you only take the certification assessment, you will earn CPD points. Will my CPD certificate expire after three years? No! Your certificate will not expire however, best practice suggests you renew your knowledge after three years. You can do this by re-enrolling on the course to ensure your knowledge of Agile as a Delivery Method is up to date. Can I arrive on the same day and register to attend the course? No! You must pre-book your seat.

Disabled Access

Is the training venue accessible to wheelchair users? Yes! Both our training centres in Arlington Square (Bracknell, Berkshire) and St James's Square (London) are wheelchair-user friendly. The car park in Arlington Square has parking bays for Blue-Badge pass holders. There is plenty of street parking in St James' Square. You will need to plan your journey to ensure nearby street parking. Is the training floor flat? Yes! The training room floor in both locations are flat (i.e. not raked). If you have any specific requirements or questions regarding accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to assist you further.

Ongoing Support

Email support No Telephone support No Webchat support No Online support No ​ Community Support Yes! We are planning community support. In the third quarter of 2024, delegates who have completed the CPD course certification assessment will receive an exclusive invitation to join our Professional Agile Practitioners’ Group. This distinguished community is hosted on Slack, providing a dynamic and private space for certified professionals to connect, collaborate and thrive. As a member, individuals engage with like-minded Agile practitioners, fostering an environment of continuous learning and knowledge exchange. This unique platform serves as a hub for sharing best Agile practices and knowledge whilst staying abreast of the latest trends in Agile methodologies. Joining this community not only signifies your certification but also opens doors to a network of experienced professionals dedicated to advancing Agile practices. It is not just a certification; it is an ongoing journey of growth and professional excellence within our thriving Agile community.

Training Locations and Facilities

Where are the training centres located?

Our training cenres are located in Bracknell and in London. Click here for more information.

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