How-To Mini-Courses > Agile Methodologies: Overview of Scrum

Agile Methodologies: Overview of Scrum

Kent McDonald
Presented by Kent McDonald, KnowledgeBridge Partners
MP3 download
28.4mb .zip
1 PDU (Category A)

Padding? Who needs it?
There are many different Agile methodologies, from Extreme to Crystal Clear. But when most people say "Agile," they mean Scrum -- a (seemingly) rough-and-tumble approach to development that emphasizes small, cross-functional teams working against a prioritized list of features. You might think that a methodology that emphasizes self-management and iterative design would be loose, unstructured, inefficient, unorganized, and ineffective. You would be mistaken.

This mini-course by Kent McDonald provides a high-level overview of Scrum, including the guiding values, the main principles and techniques, and the chief roles it requires. Kent's thorough explanation explains the motivation behind various Scrum techniques, and addresses some common misconceptions as well. For a methodology that seems so unstructured, Scrum can demand a lot from team members. Is it worth it? That depends on your team, your project, and how attached you are to working with all that padding.

  • When you've finished this course, you'll be able to…
    • List the guiding values and principles that Scrum is based on
    • Identify two key roles in a Scrum team and explain their primary responsibilities
    • Describe some of the core techniques Scrum teams use to accomplish their work

  • Included in this download:
    • Course recording by Kent McDonald of Knowledge Bridge Partners
    • A complete course transcript
    • Briefs outlining key principles of Scrum and some of its core techniques
    • A quiz with instructions for receiving 1 Category A PDU upon completing the course and exercise

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