This course will be led by Jeff Sutherland, Co-Creator of Scrum in downtown Beverly Hills near Rodeo Drive. Scott Downey, MySpace Agile Coach, will assist him with this training. Jeff and Scott recently presented a paper at Agile 2009 showing how to systematically help Scrum teams become hyperproductive in three sprints. They will share their experience with high performance teams during the course and show new ScrumMasters the key success factors for starting up new Scrum teams or improving the performance of established teams.
Jeff started the first Scrum at Easel Corporation in 1993. He worked with Ken Schwaber to emerge Scrum as a formal process at OOPSLA ’95. Together, they extended and enhanced Scrum at many software companies and IT organizations and helped write the Agile Manifesto. Jeff’s company, Scrum, Inc. is located at OpenView Labs, a venture capital group where he is Agile coach to 20 portfolio companies. The OpenView venture group runs all its operations with Scrum. As Senior Advisor to OpenView he focuses on using Scrum to transform companies as well as empower software developers. Jeff has been CTO/VP of Engineering of 9 software companies and his last one, PatientKeeper, quadrupled revenue in 2007 using Scrum. OpenView Venture Partners wants to create similar high performance in portfolio companies. Jeff will share the secret sauce he developed for the venture group that helps teams radically improve productivity and quality while providing a more rewarding and fun working environment for developers.
Jeff is an expert on distributed/outsourced Scrum and on implementing Scrum in a CMMI Level 5 company. He has has scaled and distributed Scrum using his last seven companies as laboratories. Jeff uses Lean concepts in his Scrum implementations and regularly does joint workshops with Mary Poppendieck and Henrik Kniberg. Mary comments:
“I find that the vast majority of organizations are still trying to do too much stuff, and thus find themselves thrashing. The only organization I know of which has really solved this is (Jeff’s recent company) PatientKeeper.” Mary Poppendieck
In this course, participants will learn everything necessary for getting started with Scrum. There are very few rules to Scrum so it is important to learn its fundamental principles by experiencing them directly from those who have implemented the best Scrums in the software industry. Participants gain hands-on practice with the release backlog, sprint backlog, the daily Scrum meeting, tracking progress with a burndown chart, and more. Participants experience the Scrum process through a “59-minute Scrum” and the "XP Game” which simulate Scrum projects through non-technical group exercises.
The course will run from 9am-5pm each day.
Following the course, each participant is enrolled as a Certified ScrumMaster, which includes a one-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, where additional Certified ScrumMaster-only material and information are available.
PMPs: You can receive 16 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for this course.