Our new eLearning course Agile Scrum Foundation is here, and we can’t wait to tell you about all the features and benefits it offers. Our course author Kat Turner shares her inside knowledge to help you make an informed decision about whether this course is right for you.

Are you familiar with the terms Agile and Scrum but feel unsure of how to adopt these practices to produce high quality products and services that lead to value for your organization?

Have you recently started working in an Agile environment and want to get up to speed quickly?

You may have questions such as what does Agile mean? How do the roles and time-boxed events operate with a Scrum team? How does test driven development work? Does Scrum only work for small scale projects? If this sounds like you then the Agile Scrum Foundation will give you the answers…

Covering both the origins and benefits of Agile and the Scrum framework in detail, this course covers the principles you need and the practical tools and techniques that you can apply in your work.

What will I find interesting?

There are lots of topics to mention in terms of what might grab your attention. It also depends on your personal interests, your organizational culture and the aspects of the Agile Scrum Foundation that will be most relevant to your career development.

If you are very new to the concept of Agile then Module 1 will give you a good overview of the how an Agile environment works and can bring flexibility, adaptability and structure to your working practice. If you are eager to learn about how the different roles work in a Scrum framework, then Module 2 will deliver a comprehensive breakdown of each role and how they fit into the events of sprints, daily Scrum, sprint review and retrospective. If you are from a development background, and are interested in how story points are calculated, then you will love Module 5 and the section on techniques such as planning poker and affinity estimation.

Being a visual learner, I really enjoyed creating Module 6 and explaining how burn down charts, Kanban boards and Niko-niko calendars all help to monitor sprint progress and bring the Scrum team together. I hope you find it as interesting to study as I did to write! There are lots of relevant case studies and real-world examples included that are bound to spark your interest and may lead to further study. You are given quick fire quiz questions along with exercises that will help you to embed your learning. Perhaps you could tell us what you enjoyed most when you complete your course?

What will I find most challenging?

Depending on your prior learning and experience you may find some areas of the course more challenging than others. You may find calculating velocity difficult; you may take a while to grasp the difference between the sprint and product backlog, or you may find affinity estimation trickier. Regardless of the level of your previous experience, the course aims to support you fully to achieve certification in a variety of ways including internal course links that provide additional information on a process, principle or technique. You have the option to revisit any areas you are unsure of and, throughout the course, you have access to more information and links to external sources whilst studying. To get value and certification from your training, you not only need to absorb the information taught on the course but really engage with it and apply it. While the course provides lots of current and relevant examples, you should carry out your own research and further study on any areas you want to learn more about. Take advantage of the additional resources available such as the study guides, case studies, exercises, solutions and sample paper to ensure that you are fully prepared for the exam.

What are the benefits of being Agile Scrum Foundation certified?

The Agile Scrum Foundation will enable your organization to become flexible, efficient and competitive, by establishing cross-functional teams that can delivering high quality products to your customers in shorter time frames.

You will benefit from increased productivity, improved transparency and being better equipped to deal with priority changes in the enterprise.

Agile Scrum certification can be instrumental in your career growth as you can gain the much sought-after skills that are in high demand, making you an asset to your business or to potential employers. Being certified is only the beginning, you can use your qualification as a basis on which to build your Agile knowledge and apply these tools in your working environment. There is no substitute for getting hands-on experience, but a foundation level qualification can be an important and necessary first step on your career path. Agile and Scrum are already embedded in many successful businesses, so being certified will allow you to stay at the cutting edge of the employment market and not be left behind.

How is the course structured?

There are 7 modules within the course, broken down into individual lessons so that you can manage your learning at your own pace and to suit your lifestyle. Here is a quick overview:

  • Module 1: Agile Way of Thinking – this includes key concepts of Agile and Scrum
  • Module 2: Scrum Roles and Events – such as the sprint and daily Scrum, Review and retrospective
  • Module 3: Scrum Practices – including the importance of the product backlog and a good definition of done
  • Module 4: Scrum Planning – including sprint planning at multiple levels and creating a release plan
  • Module 5: Scrum Estimation – using techniques such as planning poker, affinity estimation and story points
  • Module 6: Scrum Monitoring including the use of information radiators such as burn down charts and Kanban
  • Module 7: Advanced Scrum Concepts – such as scaled Scrum, distributed teams and contract types
  • Module 8: Course Recap and Exam Preparation

What are the benefits of the ITSM Zone Agile Scrum Foundation eLearning?

ITSM Zone’s online Agile Scrum Foundation course means that you can study at your own pace and in an environment that suits you. Your lessons are packed full of tips, examples and case studies, tailored to fit in with your busy life. As well as your lessons, the course also contains study guides for every module, exercises and a study tracker so you can track your learning and progression. You also have many other benefits, including a free Virtual Mentor session to help you apply your new knowledge, and 24/7 tutor support. Find out more here.

So, now that you have all the information the next step is to take the plunge!

What are the key learning points?

By the end of the course and upon successful completion of the EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation exam you should be able to:

  • Recognize how adaptation to an Agile environment works and how Agility brings predictability and flexibility
  • Describe the Agile Manifesto and recognize parts of the Agile framework such as pair programming, test driven development, continuous integration, continuous refactoring and collective code ownership
  • Explain the Product Owner, Scrum Master and the development team role
  • Explain the characteristics of time-boxed events such as sprints, daily Scrum, sprint review and the sprint retrospective
  • Explain the characteristics of a good product and sprint backlog and recognize good user stories and backlog items
  • Explain the importance of a good definition of done
  • Explain what happens during sprint planning meetings and how to determine the duration of a Sprint
  • Explain estimation techniques: planning poker, triangulation and affinity estimation and how to compute estimates using ideal days or story points
  • Understand burn-down charts, Kanban boards and the concept and value of information radiators
  • Understand how to monitor Sprint progress and compute the velocity of the team
  • Recognize how to apply Scrum in different situations such as in large, complex projects, different types of contracts, with distributed teams or an Agile workspace

About the author

Kat Turner is the Education Portfolio Manager at ITSM Zone. She has thirteen years’ experience in writing and validating courses.

Email: Kat@ITSM.Zone