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Introduction to Professional Scrum: The Professional Scrum Series

Dave West
Steve Porter

Every organization wants to adopt Agile Development to both improve efficiency and respond to the market. At the team level, Scrum has become the de-facto standard Agile process with over 12 million people practicing Scrum every day. Based on a simple framework, Scrum provides teams with a simple set of rules that encourage empiricism and lean thinking. In this 3 hour overview, we will introduce the Scrum Framework and dispel the common misconceptions that Scrum is a process not a framework, only for software development, too prescriptive or too lightweight to get anything done, and a silver bullet.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Why Scrum – Includes the history and evolution of Scrum as a framework to address complex software development problems using an empirical process for Agile product development. Major themes include the need to establish a culture of Professionalism that fosters continuous improvement as a key and necessary precursor to effectively using the empirical process.
  • The Scrum Framework – Includes explanations of the three roles, five events, and three artifacts, as well as additional related concepts described in The Scrum Guide. Emphasis is placed on understanding how each of the elements of the Scrum Framework enable effective empiricism. In addition, common misunderstandings are addressed.
  • Focus on the Development Team – Includes information on the common challenges faced by members of the Development Team, such as creating a “Done” increment and cross-functionality.
  • Focus on the Product Owner – Includes a primer on the key Product Owner area of accountability, along with a discussion of value and planning.
  • Focus on the Scrum Master – Includes information on what a Scrum Master is and is not accountable for and a lesson on self-organization and organizational impediments.

This training course is for you because...

  • You've heard about Agile and want to see what the fuss is about.
  • You're about to use Scrum and want to know the basics.
  • You're using Scrum and want to understand a little bit more.


  • Some experience with team-based collaborative work

Recommended Preparation

Recommended Follow-up

About your instructor

  • Dave West is the CEO and Product Owner at Scrum.org. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major industry conferences, a widely published author of articles and research reports, and co-author of the acclaimed book Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, which helped define new software modeling and application development processes. He led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) for IBM/Rational. After IBM/Rational, West returned to consulting and managed Ivar Jacobson Consulting for North America. He then took on the role of VP & Research Director at Forrester Research, where he ran the software development and delivery practice. Prior to joining Scrum.org, he was Chief Product Officer at Tasktop where he was responsible for product management, engineering, and architecture.

  • Steve Porter works with Scrum.org’s team of experts and its wider trainer community to create and maintain its Professional Series of courses and assessments. Steve acts as a guide in this collaborative process to ensure training is current and meets the needs of the professional scrum community.

    Before joining Scrum.org, Steve Porter worked as the Product Owner for TeamPulse, Telerik’s agile project management tool along with providing application lifecycle management (ALM) consulting services for organizations around the globe.

    At his core, Steve is still a developer. He embraced writing software as a youth and spent many, many years turning ephemeral ideas into functioning software. It's this joy of the craft that Steve brings to all his interactions at Scrum.org.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Why Scrum (30 minutes)

  • Instructors will review the foundational principles behind Scrum
  • Participants will learn the history of Scrum and the principles behind why it works

The Scrum Framework (40 minutes)

  • Instructors will review the Scrum framework’s core practices. It’s 3 roles, 5 events and 3 artifacts.
  • Participants will learn how to successfully employ these framework practices inside their organization.

Q&A (5 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

Focus on the Development Team (20 minutes)

  • Instructors will review the key accountability for the Development Team role and talk about some key challenges around creating a potentially releasable increments.
  • Participants will be able to identify impediments they may have when implementing Scrum in their environments.

Focus on the Product Owner (20 minutes)

  • Instructors will discuss the key accountability of the Product Owner and highlight common myths about the role.
  • Participants will be able to determine the right person in their organization to fill the Product Owner role.

Q&A (5 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

Focus on the Scrum Master (30 minutes)

  • Instructors will discuss opportunities for a Scrum Master to provide more value to their organization.
  • Participants will return to work with a better understanding of how the Scrum Master role can improve their product delivery capabilities.

Summary and Q&A (10 minutes)