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Scrum School Introduction

In Scrum School, we help people to learn Scrum effectively and empower them to pass the Scrum.org exams with more confidence.

Scrum School

Scrum Definition

Scrum is a lightweight framework for developing and delivering complex products. It is the most famous and popular implementation of Agile mindset.
Although understanding it seems simple, being a master of it might need people’s lifetime.
Generally, when you read Scrum Guide for the first time, you see a pretty simple abstract guide and may wonder how it works. Indeed, knowing Scrum is different from using Scrum. It means, if you know Scrum, it does not mean you can use it effectively. However, being a master of Scrum needs to be good at both sides.
Using Scrum effectively needs to have good knowledge plus long experience in the field. Like a soccer player, you will not be a super player unless you practice hard for a long time in pitches.
Being a great Scrum player in the field needs a great understanding of Scrum. It can happen through high-quality training and empowerment materials.

Why Scrum School?

Based on this fundamental need, Scrum School has been founded. Its mission is empowering Scrum practitioners. We follow Scrum.org institute, which is the pioneer organization in sustaining and promoting Scrum all over the world. Scrum.org has great high-quality training courses and really well-designed exams, which help people to evaluate their Scrum knowledge. All people who pass those exams will receive the industry recognized Scrum.org certifications.

Scrum.org exams

We believe those exams are comprehensive and can evaluate all aspects of one’s Scrum knowledge perfectly. However, Scrum.org does not introduce special and focused references and resources to people who want to get ready for the exams and actually leaves it to them.
To fill this gap, Scrum School is continuously creating and delivering empowerment materials to exams’ candidates. Our experience shows not only these materials are effective to get ready for Scrum.org exams, but they also help people to understand Scrum’s underneath fundamental concepts that can help them to make and boost their Agile and Scrum mindset.
This mindset can also help them to use Scrum effectively in the fields.

Final word

To sum up, our mission is this:
We help people to learn Scrum effectively and empower them to pass the Scrum.org exams with more confidence.
So, right now, join us for discovering Scrum beautiful world.
We are here: https://www.scrumschool.team

It is recommended to watch this video blog:

What is Scrum?

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What is Scrum?

Recently, we have decided to use media for explaining Scrum in a simple way. Indeed, we used a true story based on our experience for this purpose. Also, we used motion graphic media for transferring the concept, because videos have the most impact. So here the result; the motion graphic and also its transcript:

A few years ago

We were three colleagues with many big dreams. A few years ago, a manager from the oil and gas industry had told us if we developed special software, most oil companies would be our customer and we would earn a huge amount of money.
Since we were really energetic, we just started to develop that software. We rented an office and went into a cave for two years. Even we hired a few developers to produce high quality and perfect software with all required features.
Month after month was coming and we had to pay the expenses. I remember, in a case for having a great and perfect user access management, we used two months.

Came out of the cave

Finally, after two years, we came out of the cave and showed our perfect product to the first customer.
Unbelievably, they said they didn’t need that product. We thought and supposed they didn’t understand our work. So, we went to the second customer and unfortunately their answer was also no. The third, the fourth, the fifth, and so to the end.
It was horrible and like the end of the world. We had wasted a lot of money and even we had to release our developers.
Not only we lost too much money, we missed a lot of opportunities and also two years of our lives.
Nothing is worse than producing a perfect product that nobody wants.

What was the problem?

There are many similar cases in the software industry. We asked ourselves what happened and thought about it deeply.
The fact was that all things that we had thought were certain were only our thoughts not the facts of the customers. Indeed, there were a lot of things in our project which we already didn’t know. So, how could we resolve and handle them?
When we thought, we found out that we should have collaborated with our customers from the beginning of the project. We should have produced the most valuable features first, delivered to them, and got feedback. With this policy, we could have corrected our way.

We found out Scrum

While we were checking and reviewing our mistakes, we found out a new way of working for developing software products, which was called Scrum.
Amazingly, in that new approach, there were answers for almost all issues that we had already faced through our project.
In this method, projects with a lot of uncertainties, that some of their aspects are not known upfront are called complex projects.
Then it says complex projects can fail because of many reasons. So, it is designed in a way that can reveal problems as soon as possible within which the team is able to realize the problems and consequently adapts itself with new learnings.
You may ask how? Ok, let’s look at this new way of working.

The essence of Scrum

The essence of Scrum is producing a small chunk of the product and delivering it to customers in order to get feedback.
This feedback helps the team to correct and adapt its way. This approach is repeated as many times as required until all valid chunks of the product be produced and delivered to customers.
Scrum has some red lines. For example, regardless of the product and context, each iteration should not last more than one calendar month. In Scrum, each iteration is called Sprint.

If you want to take the PSM I exam (Professional Scrum Master I), you can use our various empowering products like this:

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Deal with requirements and features

In this framework, all requirements and features are collected in a list, which is called Product Backlog. Then, they are ordered by their value by someone whose role is Product Owner. At the beginning of each Sprint, the Development Team selects some features from the top of the Product Backlog to develop during the Sprint. At the end of the Sprint, those features should be shippable and releasable. Why?
Because they should be delivered to customers for getting feedback. This is the core concept of the story.
When you have to get feedback from the customers, if you made mistakes, you would find them out within a month at most, not two years.
Well, the result is obvious. Correcting the way and escaping from those mistakes and failures before they can destroy your whole business.

The Scrum Master

Scrum has really few elements, while like a chess game, being a master of it is fundamentally difficult. For this reason, another role has added to Scrum, which is called the Scrum Master.
This person is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum process implementation. He or she continuously helps and teaches the team to work professionally in the Scrum framework.
All three mentioned roles, namely the Product Owner, the Scrum Master, and the Development Team together create the Scrum Team.

Today’s world super-fast changes

By limiting each Sprint’s duration to one month, a powerful mechanism has been created to deal with today’s world super-fast changes.
These changes contain requirements changes, customer desire, technology, and business changes.
Each change based on our response can be an opportunity or a threat for us. Fortunately, if we use Scrum properly most changes potentially can be opportunities.
Creativity has a special position in Scrum. Because it’s the tool to deal with unknowns. Who knows what the next year Apple smartphones look like?
If Apple always produces its previous version of smartphones, can it survive in smartphones’ competitive market? All of us saw how Nokia Company went bankrupt.

Conclusion

Finally, I should admit, if we knew Scrum at that time in our project, we may have realized our wrong way within two months at most.
Now based on our real heavy failure, we deeply know how Scrum is valuable, which we believe is a fundamental tool for all companies that produce complex products and services and they should not miss it at all.
If the story is familiar to you, do not postpone Scrum learning to tomorrow.

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Preparation guide for the PSK I exam

PSK I exam is a bit expensive, so we have provided a guide for the candidates to prepare, practice and pass it according to our experience.

Professional Scrum with Kanban

Scrum.org exams and in this case PSK I exam are challenging and a little bit expensive. So people want to know how they can pass these exams with more confidence. Therefore, we have decided to prepare a series of preparation guides for the Scrum.org exams.
Each guide contains minimum mandatory actions that should be done for passing the exam in a suitable timeframe.

Scrum.org has introduced PSK I (Professional Scrum with Kanban I) certificate for all people who want to combine strength of both frameworks. Indeed, each framework i.e. Scrum or Kanban can strengthen each other. For us, as Scrum practitioners, there are a lot of practices in Kanban that can improve our value delivery process dramatically.
In this post, we will introduce the PSK I exam (Professional Scrum with Kanban I) step by step preparation guide as follows:

Books and Articles

  1. Read “The Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams” carefully word by word
  2. Read “The Scrum Guide” carefully word by word
  3. “Scrum Insights for Practitioners: The Scrum Guide Companion” book by Hiren Doshi
  4. Read all blog posts mentioned here
  5. If you can, attend a PSK (Professional Scrum with Kanban) course
  6. Do Scrum with Kanban open assessment many times
  7. Practice PSK I sample questions of theScrumMaster.co.uk by Simon Kneafsey
  8. Do all scrum open tests (scrum, product owner, developer, Nexus)

Complementary Materials

  1. “Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability” book by Daniel Vacanti
  2. “Kanban in Action” book by Marcus Hammarberg and Joakim Sunden 
  3. Manage the time carefully and be in your highest energy state when you want to take the exam

Also, there are a lot of complementary resources that you can find in this link for the PAL I exam.

Related posts:

1- Preparation guide for the PSM I exam (Professional Scrum Master)

2- Preparation guide for the PSD I exam (Professional Scrum Developer)

3- Preparation guide for the PSPO I exam (Professional Scrum Product Owner)

4- Preparation guide for the PSM II exam (Professional Scrum Master II)

5- Preparation guide for the PSM III exam (Professional Scrum Master III)

6- Preparation guide for the PAL I exam (Professional Agile Leadership I)

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Preparation guide for the PAL I exam

PAL I exam is a bit expensive, so we have provided a guide for the candidates to prepare, practice and pass it according to our experience.

Professional Agile Leadership

Scrum.org exams and in this case PAL I exam are challenging and a little bit expensive. So people want to know how they can pass these exams with more confidence. Therefore, we have decided to prepare a series of preparation guides for the Scrum.org exams.
Each guide contains minimum mandatory actions that should be done for passing the exam in a suitable timeframe.

Scrum.org has introduced PAL I (Professional Agile Leadership I) certificate for all people who have a management position. Indeed, it helps people to transform their mindset from the management world to the leadership world. I believe PAL I exam is tough and for passing it, you should be really prepared before the exam.
In this post, we will introduce the PAL I exam (Professional Agile Leadership I) step by step preparation guide as follows:

Books and Articles

  1. Read “The Scrum Guide” carefully word by word
  2. Read ” Evidence-Based Management (EBM)”
  3. “Scrum Insights for Practitioners: The Scrum Guide Companion” book by Hiren Doshi
  4. “Agile Leadership Toolkit” book by Peter Koning
  5. The Scrum Values” blog post by Gunther Verheyen
  6. If you can, attend a PAL-E (Professional Agile Leadership – Essentials) course
  7. Do Agile Leadership open assessment many times
  8. Do Agile Measurement open assessment many times
  9. Practice PAL I sample questions of theScrumMaster.co.uk by Simon Kneafsey
  10. Do all scrum open tests (scrum, product owner, developer, Nexus)

Complementary Materials

  1. “The Heart of Leadership” book by Mark Miller
  2. “Reinventing Organizations” book by Frederic Laloux 
  3. “Creativity, Inc” book by Ed Catmull
  4. “Managing for Happiness” book by Jurgen Appelo
  5. Manage the time carefully and be in your highest energy state when you want to take the exam

Also, there are a lot of complementary resources that you can find in this link for the PAL I exam.

Related posts:

1- Preparation guide for the PSM I exam (Professional Scrum Master)

2- Preparation guide for the PSD I exam (Professional Scrum Developer)

3- Preparation guide for the PSPO I exam (Professional Scrum Product Owner)

4- Preparation guide for the PSM II exam (Professional Scrum Master II)

5- Preparation guide for the PSM III exam (Professional Scrum Master III)

6- Preparation guide for the PSK I exam (Professional Scrum with Kanban I)

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The High-Performance Scrum Team Characteristics

People often ask me how we can describe a high-performance Scrum team. Indeed there is no unique definition for it. So I have decided to share a typical high-performance Scrum team characteristics.

The High-Performance Scrum Team Characteristics

A high-performance Scrum team has the following characteristics:

  1. Team members have learned to deliver value to customers continuously.
  2. They live with high-level transparency.
  3. Team members muscle memories have formed greatly to perform based on inspection and adaptation.
  4. Team members do not compromise with any problems and issues.
  5. They offer help to their colleagues continuously because each team member supposes that he or she is the extreme owner of each task.
  6. They always try to improve development and delivery speed and quality simultaneously.
  7. Not only every team member improves themselves continuously but they help their colleagues to get improved.
  8. The team lives deeply with Scrum Values.
  9. Instead of living by the rules, they make the rules.
  10. The team can release the Increment with just one press of a button through an automated continuous delivery pipeline.
  11. Team members trust each other blindly and respect is in the DNA of each team member.
  12. Mistakes are mandatory and when they are made, they are celebrated.
  13. They help their customers become more successful.
  14. They adhere completely to Definition of Done in all features.
  15. Almost every Sprint, the team reaches the Sprint Goal and sometimes they exceed expectations.
  16. They use feedbacks effectively as a reliable source of learning.
  17. Team has strong courage to make decisions and act. Also, they have the courage to change their decisions if they understand that their previous decisions were wrong.
  18. Team members are highly knowledgeable, autonomous and self-organized and use the continuous improvement in all aspects of their processes and environment.

I have used Mr. Ron Eringa and Mr. Gunther Verheyen blog posts as following to create this article. Special thanks to them.

Evolution of the Development Team

The Scrum Values

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Preparation guide for the PSM III exam

PSM III exam is expensive and most challenging, so we have provided a guide for the candidates to prepare, practice and pass it according to our experience.

Professional Scrum Master III

Scrum.org exams and in this case PSM III exam are challenging and expensive. So people want to know how they can pass these exams with more confidence. Therefore, we have decided to prepare a series of preparation guides for the Scrum.org exams.
Each guide contains minimum mandatory actions that should be done for passing the exam in a suitable time. The PSM III exam is an essay-based exam and the most difficult one in the Scrum world. So, don’t take the exam before complete preparation.
In this post, we will introduce the PSM III exam (Professional Scrum Master III) step by step preparation guide as follows:

Main Materials

  1. Read “The Scrum Guide” carefully word by word
  2. “Mastering Professional Scrum” book by Stephanie Ockerman and Simon Reindl
  3. “Fixing Your Scrum” book by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller
  4. “Scrum A Pocket Guide” book by Gunther Verheyen
  5. “Scrum Insights for Practitioners: The Scrum Guide Companion” book by Hiren Doshi
  6. Coaching Agile Teams” book by Lyssa Adkins
  7. “The Professional Product Owner: Leveraging Scrum as a Competitive Advantage” book by Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham
  8. The Scrum Values” blog post by Gunther Verheyen

Books and Articles

  1. Read “The Nexus Guide” carefully
  2. Read all materials of the Scrum Master Learning Path
  3. “Software in 30 days” book by Ken Schwaber
  4. “The five dysfunctions of a team” book by Patrick Lencioni
  5. “Extreme Ownership” book by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  6. The Scrum Glossary
  7. There’s Value in the Scrum Values” blog post by Gunther Verheyen
  8. 4 Ways to Coach with the Scrum Values” blog post by Stephanie Ockerman
  9. Definition of Done” blog post by Gunther Verheyen
  10. Read the ” Evidence-Based Management (EBM)”

Complementary Materials

  1. Check your knowledge by Professional Scrum Master III (PSM III) practice assessment on theScrumMaster.co.uk website by Simon Kneafsey
  2. It is recommended to participate in a two-day PSM I course
  3. Do all scrum open tests (scrum, product owner, developer, Nexus)
  4. Time management is one of the most important things that you should practice a lot.
  5. Be in your highest energy state when you want to take the exam
  6. Read ScrumSchool.team Scrum Master tips and tricks training manual
  7. The PSM III exam format is a combination of multiple-choice and essay questions and most of them are essay questions, so read Scrum open questions and write answers for them on a paper and practice it a lot. Because of the time limit, you should not write a lot, instead, try to answer just to the point with a few sentences.

Good Lock!

Related posts:

1- Preparation guide for the PSM I exam (Professional Scrum Master)

2- Preparation guide for the PSD I exam (Professional Scrum Developer)

3- Preparation guide for the PSPO I exam (Professional Scrum Product Owner)

4- Preparation guide for the PSM II exam (Professional Scrum Master II)

5- Preparation guide for the PAL I exam (Professional Agile Leadership I)

6- Preparation guide for the PSK I exam (Professional Scrum with Kanban I)

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Preparation guide for the PSM II exam

PSM II exam is a bit expensive, so we have provided a guide for the candidates to prepare, practice and pass it according to our experience.

Professional Scrum Master II

Scrum.org exams and in this case PSM II exam are challenging and a little bit expensive. So people want to know how they can pass these exams with more confidence. Therefore, we have decided to prepare a series of preparation guides for the Scrum.org exams.
Each guide contains minimum mandatory actions that should be done for passing the exam in a suitable timeframe. When we compare PSM II with PSM I, we should say level II is exponentially harder than level I. So, don’t take the exam before complete preparation.
In this post, we will introduce the PSM II exam (Professional Scrum Master II) step by step preparation guide as follows:

Books and Articles

  1. Read “The Scrum Guide” carefully word by word
  2. Read “The Nexus Guide” carefully
  3. Coaching Agile Teams” book by Lyssa Adkins
  4. Agile Retrospectives” book by Esther Derby
  5. Scrum Mastery” book by Geoff Watts
  6. Agile Estimating and Planning” book by Mike Cohn
  7. User Stories Applied” book by Mike Cohn
  8. Read all posts about PSM II in Scrum.org forum
  9. The Scrum Values” blog post by Gunther Verheyen
  10. There’s Value in the Scrum Values” blog post by Gunther Verheyen
  11. 5 Metaphors to Explore the Value of Scrum Values” blog post by Naghesh Sharma
  12. 4 Ways to Coach with the Scrum Values” blog post by Stephanie Ockerman
  13. 4 Key Flow Metrics and How to Use them in Scrum’s Events” blog post by Yuval Yeret
  14. Definition of Done” blog post by Gunther Verheyen

Complementary Materials

  1. Do all scrum open tests (scrum, product owner, developer, Nexus)
  2. Do 8 PSM II sample questions of theScrumMaster.co.uk by Simon Kneafsey
  3. Manage the time carefully and be in your highest energy state when you want to take the exam
  4. We highly recommend reading ScrumSchool.team PSM I exam tips and tricks training manual. It provides high-quality, deep, and tricky content that could be used as a reliable learning source that will help you for passing the PSM II exam.

Also, there are a lot of complementary resources that you can find in this link for the PSM II exam.

Related posts:

1- Preparation guide for the PSM I exam (Professional Scrum Master)

2- Preparation guide for the PSD I exam (Professional Scrum Developer)

3- Preparation guide for the PSPO I exam (Professional Scrum Product Owner)

4- Preparation guide for the PSM III exam (Professional Scrum Master III)

5- Preparation guide for the PAL I exam (Professional Agile Leadership I)

6- Preparation guide for the PSK I exam (Professional Scrum with Kanban I)

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How do Scrum developers manage architectural concerns?

Many Scrum developers and players are interested in knowing how to manage architectural and infrastructural concerns in Scrum. So, I have decided to explain it through this blog post.

How do Scrum developers manage architectural concerns?

Scrum developers manage architectural and infrastructural concerns

I almost always find that most Scrum developers and players ask about managing architectural and infrastructural concerns in Scrum. So, I have decided to explain it through a blog post. For managing these concerns, the Development Team should have some guidelines for deciding and handling architectural and infrastructural concerns. They should handle these concerns as a part of other Product Backlog Items during each Sprint. So they should pay for them incrementally or as enough as possible. This effort is just for finishing the forecasted Product Backlog Items of the Sprint.

Doing a lot upfront, to make a comprehensive architecture at the beginning of the project is a type of waste. Handling architecture should be done continuously based on the learnings that emerge during the Sprints. It is obvious that it uses more efforts at the early Sprints and decreases during the middle and last Sprints.

On the other hand, during each Sprint, the team should try to produce at least one releasable business functionality. This behavior’s main goal is gathering feedback from customers. Therefore, adding architectural and infrastructural items to the Product Backlog in order to do in the early Sprints is another valid policy.

Who is responsible?

In addition, the Development Team is cross-functional and has all required skills for producing releasable functionality and doing all technical works e.g. architectural and infrastructural concerns, design, develop, test and etc. It should be emphasized that doing these concerns through a separate team, sub-team or having a dependency on outside resources are not acceptable ways.

We have produced a training manual and a few practice assessments for all candidates who want to participate in the PSD I (Professional Scrum Developer) exam. You can find reliable answers there for many development and technical concerns.

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Book Review: Scrum Insights for Practitioners

Scrum Insights for Practitioners describes Scrum with simple sentences which helps you to understand Scrum and its concepts deeply.

Scrum Insights for Practitioners

 

Our mission is empowering Scrum players. One way is writing and publishing book reviews. These reviews can help interested people to choose better books and consume their time on valuable ones.

Today I want to write a review on “Scrum Insights for Practitioners” book by MR. Hiren Doshi. As I already mentioned in “Scrum A Pocket Guide” book review, when you read the Scrum Guide, you feel that you need other complementary sources to get a better understanding of the Scrum.

Scrum Insights for Practitioners” is the best one that I recommend to all new Scrum players especially all Scrum.org exams candidates and all students who participate in my Scrum courses. I already posted a guideline for PSM I exam candidates called “Preparation guide for the PSM I exam” and mentioned these candidates should read this book to get ready for the exam.

This book describes Scrum with simple sentences which helps you to understand Scrum and its concepts deeply. For example, when you read the “Self-Organization” chapter, it shows and clears all related aspects of this concept in a perfect way. So, I absolutely recommend this book. I believe we should say thanks to MR. Hiren Doshi for creating this brilliant source.

You can contact MR. Doshi through this link: www.PracticeAgile.com

You can find  “Scrum Insights for Practitioners” book here on Amazon.

If you want to pass the Scrum.org exams, you can find our empowering Scrum exams candidates products here.

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Book Review: Scrum A Pocket Guide

Scrum A Pocket Guide is a brilliant book which brings and clears fundamental meanings behind the Scrum concepts for all Scrum practitioners.

Why writing a book review?

I am a big fan of reading. I admit that every day I read a book of Agile and Scrum profession. Recently, I have found that sharing my review about each book can make value for all interested people. So, I decided to start sharing my first review on my guru’s book i.e. MR. Gunther Verheyen. His book name is “Scrum A Smart Travel Companion – A Pocker Guide”. He continuously helps me in Scrum journey and lightens the road. I am really proud of having him in my life.

Now the book review:

I read this book twice during the two last years. When you read the Scrum Guide, you feel that you need another source to complement your Scrum understanding. This book is the most brilliant one. You find an extensive and deep explanation for each Scrum concept that can fill your mind gaps as a new Scrum practitioner or as a high-level player. I remember I read this book in 2017 for the first time when I was a little bit new with Scrum. But I read it again in 2019 when I was preparing myself for the PSM III exam, the hardest exam in the Scrum context all over the world. From this position and point of view, I found it brings a distinguished knowledge which supports you for such a hard exam. I really like its “Scrum” and ” tactics for a purpose” chapters which clear the fundamental meanings behind many concepts of the Scrum.
So, I should say my special thanks to MR. Gunther Verheyen for his great book and we should be so faithful because we have him with us.
You can find Gunther’s articles on his website in this link:
https://guntherverheyen.com/