Scrum Foundations: One-Day Workshop

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Michael Kelley Harris is the only Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) approved to teach this in North America, Europe, or South America.

Letter of Approval for Kelley to Teach (See also Description.)


Scrum Foundations - An Introductory Scrum Course Pilot per the Scrum Alliance

One-day introduction to Scrum & Agile, focused on standard core Scrum, as defined by the Scrum Alliance and The Scrum Guide. This private (on-site internal) training covers the same Scrum Foundations learning objectives as required for that portion of the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) class. This course adds an electronic test for students to assess their understanding. This course also includes some special benefits and review of materials by the Scrum Alliance

The Scrum Alliance recognized a need to offer high-quality, private, introductory trainings. To best understand how to meet this need, the Scrum Alliance is conducting an experiment in delivering a Scrum Alliance approved Scrum Foundations offering. SourceCell is one of a small number of trainers and training organizations approved to offer this special course. Approval required review of instructor's skills and course material. This program is expected to last into late 2019.



  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Scrum Theory


  • The Scrum Roles
  • Scrum Events and Artifacts
  • Q&A
  • Test: Electronic Self Assessment

Benefits Include

  • A complimentary 3-month Scrum Alliance Membership for participants.
  • A digital badge highlighting successful completion.
  • Access to eLearning assessment (test)
  • Access to additional resources provided to the participant after the course has been completed.
  • Students with a Scrum Alliance certification already can claim one (1) SEU for each hour of class time, including one (1) SEU for taking the eLearning assessment.
  • Plus discounts, webinars, job more, ...

Learning Objectives

“Upon successful validation of the Scrum Foundations Learning Objectives, the learner will be able to … ”

1. Scrum Theory

1.1. … restate a definition of Scrum that includes the words and phrases “lightweight,” “simple to understand,” and “difficult to master.”

1.2. … list the three core elements of Scrum: deliver working product every sprint, inspect and adapt every day, and trust the team.

1.3. … list the five core Scrum values.

1.4. … define empirical process control and list the three pillars.

1.5. … explain why Scrum is a framework and list two ways a framework is different from a process/methodology.

1.6. … restate that Scrum exists only in its entirety, and realizing its benefits requires disciplined and dedicated practice.

2. The Scrum Roles

2.1. … define the three roles in a Scrum Team, list their primary responsibilities, and explain how they interact with each other to deliver the product increment within a sprint.

2.2. … define a cross-functional (i.e., has all the skills necessary to create a product Increment), self-organizing (i.e., chooses how best to accomplish their work, rather than being directed by others outside the team) team, and identify at least three benefits of a cross-functional, self-organizing team.

2.3. … describe the impacts of shared roles.

3. Scrum Events and Artifacts

3.1. … list the three artifacts (product increment, product backlog, sprint backlog) within Scrum and define the purpose (i.e., maximize transparency of key information) of each artifact.

3.2. … define the Definition of Done and the purpose for the Scrum Team.

3.3. … restate that the Definition of Done evolves over time.

3.4. … describe that quality goals should not be sacrificed in response to time pressure.

3.5. … list the four events within Scrum; define the purpose of each event (e.g., create opportunities to inspect and adapt); and identify the participants, timing, and maximum timebox.

3.6. … explain the concept of a timebox and state that all Scrum events are timeboxed.

3.7. … list the participants of product backlog refinement and describe at least two responsibilities for the Development Team (e.g., ask questions about the product backlog items, collaborate with the Product Owner), Product Owner (e.g., provide clarification, collaborate with the Development Team), and subject matter experts (e.g., provide clarification, offer advice to the Development Team based on their experience) during product backlog refinement.

3.8. … identify at least two reasons why the Scrum Team dedicates time for product backlog refinement (e.g., identify dependencies, make product backlog items “ready” for the next sprint, reinforce the collaborative relationship between the Development Team and the Product Owner).

3.9. … list at least three topics that might be discussed at product backlog refinement (e.g., additional details, estimates, and order of the product backlog).

3.10. … list at least three characteristics of product backlog refinement (e.g., ongoing activity between the Product Owner and the Development Team, no more than 10% of the Development Team’s capacity is spent on product backlog refinement, the frequency and format of product backlog refinement is a decision of the Scrum Team).

Test: eLearning assessment (1 hr)

The Scrum Foundations assessment is available as an eLearning module. This assessment has been built with accessory content that will allow participants to continue their foundational Scrum learning after they finish with your course. It contains 20 assessment questions that will measure knowledge components related to each of the learning objectives. Additionally, this eLearning module will provide readings, activities, and videos that will help participants improve upon knowledge gaps they may have when it comes to Scrum.

This self-paced self-assessment tool will allow students to see to see a score for how well they perform on the 20 questions. However, since this is purely a learning tool and this offering is not certified, there is no minimum score students must obtain in order to “pass” the course. This can be completed in person, or participants can choose to complete on their own. For now, the eLearning assessment is only available in English.

SourceCell Difference

For years, SourceCell has been teaching Scrum Foundations content in both one-day private Scrum Foundations classes and in the CSM and CSPO classes, public and private. We put extra emphasis on the key Scrum/Agile principles & mindset that will serve well into a rapidly changing future.

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