Scrum for Scrum Masters



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Study method
Online, self-paced
12 Months
No formal qualification
18 CPD hours / points

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  • Presented by award-winning Project Management Professional (PMP) instructor Ray Sheen
  • Earn up to 18.5 PDUs or project management training hours with PMI
  • Certificate of training upon completing the course
  • Bite sized video tutorials, cheat sheets, exercise files and quizzes
  • Unlimited testing
  • Self-paced course can be completed in your own time over 12 months


18 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service


This course will teach you the tools of the trade to be a successful Scrum Master, including how to improve communication, facilitate meetings, eliminate roadblocks and guide the team to perform at their best. The course syllabus includes 37 beginner to intermediate level lessons:

Project Management Approaches

  • Project Management Methodology - Agile/Scrum is a project management methodology. This means that it provides a set of tools and processes that can be used to organize and manage the project activities.
  • Sequential Methodology - A sequential project management methodology is a traditional approach to project management. It minimizes risk, but this conservative approach can be lengthy and expensive.
  • Concurrent Methodology - The concurrent project management methodology is a collaborative approach. It can significantly accelerate a project as compared to the sequential approach, but it is much more difficult to project manage.
  • Agile/Scrum Methodology - The Agile/Scrum project management methodology is an iterative approach that requires fewer resources than other approaches.
  • Project Management Methodology Comparisons - The three approaches presented are three very different ways of managing a project. Understanding the differences will enable a business to select the best approach for their projects.

Agile/Scrum Elements

  • Agile/Scrum - Precepts - The Agile/Scrum is a project management methodology that is in sharp contrast to traditional project management. That is because it starts with a different set of underlying precepts.
  • Sprint - Scrum Process - The Agile/Scrum methodology is a structured project management methodology. It follows a prescribed process that includes Sprints and Scrums.
  • Sprint - Scrum Meetings - Within the Agile/Scrum project management methodology there are a set of meetings that are used to plan and manage the process. Rather than analytical tools, this methodology relies heavily on the use of specific targeted meetings.
  • Story Cards - Story Cards, also known as Product Backlog Items (PBIs) are the technique used for documenting project scope, quality requirements, estimates and priority of the deliverables in an Agile/Scrum project.
  • Product Backlog - The product backlog is the prioritized list of project deliverables.
  • Sprint - Scrum Team - The Scrum Team performs the project work conducted during a Sprint on an Agile/Scrum project.
  • Scrum Master - The Scrum Master is the individual who is responsible for facilitating the Agile/Scrum Sprint process.
  • Product Owner - he Product Owner role is the person on an Agile/Scrum project who is responsible for establishing and explaining the desired project scope.
  • Sprint Controls - Sprint Controls are the project management tools that are used by the Scrum Master and Scrum Team to assess performance.

Process Steps

  • Step 0: Vision - A clear goal or vision is essential to project success. That is as true with Agile/Scrum as with traditional projects.
  • Step 1: Preparing the Product Backlog - Preparing the Product Backlog is the first step in the Agile/Scrum Sprint methodology. It includes creating and prioritizing all the Story Cards.
  • Step 2: Assign Scrum Team - To do the work of the Sprint, a Scrum Team must be assigned.
  • Step 3: Sprint Planning - The Sprint is initiated with a Sprint Planning Session that organizes the work, estimates the effort, and initializes the Scrum Board and Burn Down Chart.
  • Step 4: Sprint Execution - Sprint execution is the actual work of the Scrum team during the Sprint to accomplish the tasks needed to complete each Story in the Sprint Backlog.
  • Step 5: Sprint Demonstration - The Sprint Demonstration is the formal meeting where the Scrum Team demonstrates to the Product Owner the performance of each deliverable that was created during the Sprint.
  • Step 6: Sprint Retrospective - The Sprint Retrospective is a lessons learned meeting with a focus of identifying opportunities to improve the performance and management of the next Sprint.

Managing the Backlog

  • Requirements Management - Project requirements management in an Agile/Scrum project is conducted using Story Cards and Backlogs. The list of requirements is variable and is not finalized until the end of the project.
  • Stekeholder Engagement - Stakeholder Engagement is the effort by the Product Owner to communicate with all affected stakeholders in order to identify potential requirements and provide project status.
  • Writing Story Cards - The Product Owner writes the story cards, which document the requested scope of an Agile/Scrum project.
  • Prioritizing the Backlog - The Product Owner must regularly prioritize the Story Cards that make up the Product Backlog and at the beginning of a Sprint he or she must prioritize the Story Cards selected for the Sprint Backlog.

Managing the Sprint

  • Self-Organizing Teams - Scrum Teams do not rely on assigned project management roles, rather the team organizes and manages itself.
  • Sprint Planning - Part 1 - The first portion of the Sprint Planning meeting consists of selecting the Sprint Backlog and clarifying Stories.
  • Sprint Planning - Part 2 - The second part of the Sprint Planning meeting is the time when detailed planning takes place by the Scrum Team and the Sprint is actually initialized.
  • Scrum meetings - During a Sprint, the Scrum Team meets daily at a Scrum Meeting to provide status on progress.
  • Removing Roadblocks - Roadblocks are impediments that prevent the Scrum Team from completing Stories and tasks. The Scrum Master is charged with removing or creating a workaround for the Roadblocks.
  • Sprint Demonstration Planning - Sprint Demonstration Planning ensures that the Sprint Demo meeting appropriately reflects the work accomplished by the Scrum Team.

Managing the Agile/Scrum Methodology

  • Role of Management - Agile/Scrum is an organizational approach to project management and requires buy-in from senior management to be effective.
  • Organization Alignment - Organizational alignment is the activity needed to ensure the systems and processes within the organization support the Agile/Scrum methodology and do not undermine it.
  • Strategic Alignment - Agile/Scrum projects are often used to implement both product line strategy and operational strategy. They can be used with customer projects – but there are challenges with that approach.
  • Project Selection - Senior management also has the role of selecting projects that are suitable for the Agile/Scrum methodology.
  • Agile/Scrum Challenges - When implementing Agile/Scrum, there are several process and project challenges that most organizations encounter and must be addressed.
  • Agile/Scrum Failure Points - There are common reasons for why an Agile/Scrum implementation initiative will fail. Awareness of these failure points reduces the likelihood that an organization will fall prey to one of these.

Who is this course for?

Whether you are part of a Scrum team or looking to master a new skillset, this online course will help you understand how Agile Scrum works and how to implement it in your organization, with reference to the Project Management Institute's Agile Certified Practitioner Handbook. The Scrum approach can be applied beyond software development to any project that requires more flexibility than traditional project management.



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Jas asked:

Please can you confirm whether this course actually earns you 18.5 PDUs, as it mentions 'up to' which is very subjective ?


Yes, the Scrum for Scrum Masters course will earn you 18.5 PDUs toward your project management education for certification with PMI.

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valentina asked:

does the course provide a certification?


GoSkills courses are certified by the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service. We provide a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the course, which you can add to your CV or resume, to show potential employers that you have undertaken training from us.

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