It is vital to have both experience and the relevant qualifications to progress in your career. Organizations are increasingly adopting Agile practices and frameworks with Scrum being one of the most popular for developing software and increasingly in other areas. But how do you get up to speed with the thinking behind the framework and gain a firm foundation to build upon as you develop your experience? Adopting new practices can be challenging and confusing both for enterprises and staff, and that’s why gaining an accredited certification that has been tried and tested by many IT professionals could help you start on the right foot.
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What is Agile Scrum Foundation?
EXIN’s Agile Scrum Foundation is designed to test your understanding of Agile principles and the Scrum framework. It begins with an overview of Agile and progresses to provide a detailed account of Scrum roles, events, practices and concepts.If you want to achieve Agile Scrum Foundation certification, you will need to prepare for the exam. You can do this by working through the lessons, carrying out the exercises and taking advantage of the quizzes, accompanying study guides and tutor support.The Agile Scrum Foundation syllabus includes a broad introduction to Agile and an overview of the Scrum framework. Some of the key topics in this training are:
- Key concepts of Agile and Scrum
- Scrum practices such as the importance of the product backlog
- Scrum estimation and monitoring
The Agile Scrum Foundation is an entry level examination, so you don’t need to have any prior experience of Agile or do any pre-reading before taking a training course. The training course will prepare you to take the Agile Scrum Foundation exam, which is a 40-question multiple choice paper available via EXIN anywhere.
Agile Scrum Foundation Syllabus
You will already know that Agile Scrum Foundation certification can open doors for your career as you gain the relevant skills that are in high demand, but what will you actually learn? One of the key learning objectives is to “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.” By studying this course, you will learn the common language of Agile and Scrum and this will help to build your confidence as you gain knowledge and understanding of how the practices are applied, or can be applied, in your organization.Another key learning objective is to “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.” This illustrates the flexibility of the Scrum framework and will help you to visualise different ways of applying this adaptive technique in the enterprise.The main sections of the syllabus are:
- Agile Way of Thinking
- Scrum Roles and Events
- Scrum Practices
- Scrum Planning
- Scrum Estimation
- Scrum Monitoring
- Advanced Scrum Concepts
How Deep into Scrum Practices Does the Agile Scrum Foundation go?
Agile Scrum Foundation is an entry level qualification and if you are new to the concept of Agile then you will benefit from a good overview of how an Agile environment works and can bring flexibility, adaptability and structure to your working practice. As the course moves into Scrum practices you will receive a comprehensive breakdown of each role and how each fit into Scrum events such as sprints, daily Scrum, sprint review and retrospective. You will learn how to construct user stories and find out what a good product and sprint backlog looks like. We delve into estimation techniques such as calculating story points, planning poker and triangulation, and there are exercises to embed the learning and help you to apply it in real situations. You will discover the innovate ways that Scrum monitors sprint progress, and the team, through using different types of information radiators. Overall the course offers a strong foundation on which to build your career.
Being certified is only the first step, you can use your qualification as a basis on which to build your Agile knowledge through applying these tools in your working environment and moving forward in your career trajectory. A foundation level qualification can be an important and necessary first step on your career path. Agile and Scrum ways of delivering value 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.
What are the benefits of doing the eLearning version of Agile Scrum Foundation with ITSM Zone?
ITSM Zone’s eLearning 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, commitments and schedule. 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 to help you apply your new knowledge and fast-track results from your training, and 24/7 tutor support. Find out more here