Aspire Journeys

Software Project Lead to Advanced Scrum Master

  • 30 Courses | 21h 10m 55s
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Scrum Masters are responsible for promoting and supporting Agile Scrum by making sure everyone understands Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values. This Skillsoft Aspire journey will guide you through the different stages and skills required to go from a Software Project Lead to an advanced Scrum Master. 

Track 1: Software Project Lead

In this Aspire track of the Software Project Lead to Advanced Scrum Master Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on transitioning to Scrum, managing Scrum projects, and Lean and Scrum development practices.

  • 6 Courses | 3h 22m 55s

Track 2: Software Product Owner

In this track of the Software Project Lead to Advanced Scrum Master Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on Scrum product development.

  • 7 Courses | 5h 40m 54s

Track 3: Scrum Master

In this track of the Software Project Lead to Advanced Scrum Master Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on Scrum Master responsibilities with the team and Scrum meetings.

  • 9 Courses | 5h 23m 11s

Track 4: Advanced Scrum Master

In this track of the Software Project Lead to Advanced Scrum Master Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on team velocity, advanced Scrum concepts, scaling Scrum, and Scrum metrics and business values.

  • 8 Courses | 6h 43m 55s

COURSES INCLUDED

Transition to Scrum: Agile Foundation to Scrum
Discover how Scrum is applied to the Agile software project management approach, and explore the aspects of Agile, Scrum, and Lean and how they fit into the Agile mindset. In this 9-video course, learners will examine how Agile differs from traditional project management, the basics of Scrum, and the relationship between Scrum and both Agile and Lean. Common misconceptions about Scrum are also covered. Key concepts covered in this course include the strengths of Agile, Scrum, and Lean and how they relate to each other; comparing and contrasting Agile principles to traditional project management concepts; and learning the importance of adopting an Agile mindset to transition to Scrum. Explore the need to embrace an Agile mindset for transitioning to Scrum; compare and contrast Scrum to Agile; compare Scrum to Lean; and learn the basic concepts of Scrum and common misconceptions about Scrum, including how Scrum projects are often tracked and managed more accurately than other projects.
9 videos | 39m has Assessment available Badge
Transitioning to Scrum
In this 11-video course, you will explore foundations of the Scrum software project management methodology, and how an organization can make the transition to Scrum. Learners will explore the effectiveness of the Scrum methodology in transforming the developmental process. First, examine how Scrum, an iterative development process, can accommodate changes in scope. Then learn about several benefits of Scrum, including the leveraging of automation, and how incremental changes from one iteration to the next improves quality. You will examine the Scrum framework, an iterative process which focuses heavily on team collaboration. Next, you will learn the three key Scrum roles: product owner, Scrum master, and the Scrum team. Then examine the three key artifacts in Scrum: the product backlog, the product requirements, and the sprint backlog. This course discusses the five Scrum activities: the sprint, sprint planning, sprint review, daily Scrum, and the sprint retrospective. Finally, you will learn tips for introducing Scrum to an organization, and how to describe a Scrum and Agile methodology.
11 videos | 46m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scrum Practices: Managing the Scrum Project
Learners can explore best practices for planning and managing in Scrum, an Agile framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products, in this 11-video course. Examine how Scrum project management focuses on communication and collaboration, that teams should deliver often, respond to feedback, and work in short sprints to build incrementally. You will examine the three main Scrum artifacts, the product backlog, the product requirements, and the sprint backlog. Next, you will learn why Scrum planning is in 3-month increments. You will examine building a good Scrum team through forming, storming, norming, and performing stages, and the value of Agile team in product development. Learners will observe several Scrum estimating techniques, including planning poker, the bucket system, and dot voting. Then examine best practices for managing the product backlog. You will examine Scrum tracking practices, and the use of Agile metrics, then examine Scrum reporting and documentation. Finally, this course demonstrates how Scrum Quality Control and Assurance help achieve a quality product.
11 videos | 53m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Lean in Scrum: Lean Development Practices
Discover the concepts associated with Lean development practices, including the seven wastes of Lean and the seven principles of Lean, and how Lean development connects to the Scrum methodology.
Key concepts covered in this 10-video course include the origins and the seven wastes of Lean; how the seven wastes concept is an integral part of Lean thinking and helps to increase profitability; and examining the correlation between Lean and the Scrum methodology. Learn the first principle of Lean, eliminating waste in software development; the second principle of Lean, building quality into processes and products; and the third principle of Lean, creating knowledge and the infrastructure to properly document and retain valuable learning. Continue with the fourth principle of Lean, deferring commitment, which includes not to plan in excessive or great detail; the fifth principle of Lean, delivering fast; and the sixth principle of Lean, respecting people. Finally, study the seventh principle of Lean, optimizing the whole.
10 videos | 27m has Assessment available Badge
Applying Scrum Development Practices
This 8-video course explores several Scrum software project development practices. Learners will see a real-world scenario on how to adopt Scrum, and how to adopt those practices into organization. You will examine project development challenges that can be overcome by adopting Scrum, and how Scrum practices can be used to improve team performance. This course examines the three major roles in Scrum projects: product owner, Scrum master, and Scrum team. You will examine a Scrum main artifact: backlogs; and the collection of all the to-do items to complete the deliverable. You will learn about Sprint iterations in Scrum, which are usually a two-week period to conduct the work. Next, you will explore sprint planning, which is used to analyze what will be worked on during the next sprint. This course demonstrates how Scrum practices can improve production management. Learn how Scrum practices improve daily Scrum meeting, and how retrospective meetings can help with process improvements. Finally, you will learn how Scrum practices can be used to improve quality.
8 videos | 50m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Final Exam: Software PM Lead
Final Exam: Software Project Lead will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Software Project Lead track of the Skillsoft Aspire Software Project Lead to Advanced Scrum Master Journey.
1 video | 30m has Assessment available Badge
Scrum Concepts & the Product Owner
This course explores Scrum, an Agile framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products. In 11 videos, learners will examine the importance of the Scrum product with the Scrum framework. You will examine what a product is, how it differs from a project, and how the Scrum framework is used for product development. You will then examine the three defined roles in Scrum: the product owner, the Scrum master, and the Scrum team. This course examines responsibilities of the product owner, how the owner defines product direction, and guides the team through the development process. You will learn that the role of the Scrum master is to keep the team on track following the Scrum framework, and to ensure that meetings are scheduled, and time-boxed. You will learn that a Scrum team is a cross-functional, multidisciplinary, self-governing team, who together have the skill sets required to deliver a sprint. Finally, you will learn how to define the product by using affinity groupings, dot voting techniques, open-ended questions, and the Fist of Five method.
11 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scrum Product: Defining the Why & How of the Product
This 12-video course explores developing a product, and how to use Scrum, an Agile framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products. Learners will examine how a product idea is initiated through conversations with stakeholders and analyzing the market. First, learn how to identify the product's purpose, and how to develop a product strategy and design plan. You will learn how to develop a product strategy in Scrum. Then examine how the product strategy is affected by the Scrum master product owner and Scrum team. You will examine how different groups of stakeholders have different requirements for the product, and how to use customer research as input for defining the product. Next, you will explore the three roles on every Scrum team, and how the team builds, refines, and owns product backlog; learn to set priorities; and determine the team's direction. You will examine how to create effective user stories. Finally, this course examines empathy maps, how they help understand customers, and product discovery techniques that deliver a successful product.
12 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scrum: Product Development Framework
During product development, there are some important principles and methods that Scrum product owners can use to improve the chances for a successful product launch. In this 12-video course, learners will discover the importance of transparency in setting goals and monitoring progress, how release burnup charts are used to track progress, and how Sprint Reviews are used to collect feedback and make better product decisions. Key concepts covered here include the importance of providing transparency on goals and progress during product development; examining the release burnup charts used in product development, and how they can be used to provide effective progress tracking; and how the Sprint Review helps with collecting feedback and making better product decisions. Then learn about guidelines and best practices used to conduct effective Sprint Reviews; describe tools and methods commonly used to validate assumptions during the product development process; and learn the purpose of a Minimal Viable Product and how it is used to test assumptions during product planning. Finally, learn the purpose of testing assumptions during product development.
12 videos | 51m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scrum: Product Backlog
This course explores the Scrum product backlog, including its purpose, and how it is used by a Scrum. You will examine the difference between product outcome and output, how to recognize and measure value, and several ordering techniques. The 13-video course examines product backlog, a prioritized feature list with descriptions of all functionalities needed in a product, and how it replaces the traditional business requirement document. Learners will observe how a product backlog is derived, and how it is used by the Scrum team. You will learn to compare product outcome and the output, describe the inherent value of the product backlog, and how to maximize this value. Next, you will examine the meaning of business value, techniques for measuring value, and the relationship between perceived value and the stakeholders. You will examine common techniques for product backlog ordering, such as the Carnot attribute, MoSCoW method (must-haves, should-haves, could-haves, and will not have), and Pareto principle. Finally, you will examine collaborative ordering techniques, such as bubble sort and customer games.
13 videos | 59m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scrum: Creating Effective Product Backlogs
Explore effective product backlogs using Scrum, an Agile framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products in this 11-video course. You will examine the backlog, a prioritized list of features that will be implemented as part of product development, a decision-making artifact that helps to estimate, refine, and prioritize product needs in the future. Begin by learning how to use the product backlog to collect user stories, and guide sprint planning. You will learn to align stakeholders and teams, so that teams implement the most valuable user stories. Nest, learners will examine responsibilities of the product owner and team members for product backlogs. You will learn best practices and methods for creating, fine-tuning, and communicating product backlogs. You will learn who is responsible for the backlog, and common categories used in product backlogs. You will learn several methods for refining product backlogs, including minimum viable product, 80/20, and the YAGNI principle (“You aren’t gonna need it”). Finally, this course examines guidelines for release planning, and strategies for incremental delivery of product backlogs.
11 videos | 45m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Product Development Practices
In this 11-video course, learners can explore well-established practices for Scrum product owners to facilitate development of products in Scrum, an Agile framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products. You will learn that the purpose of TDD (test-driven development) is to facilitate this thought process, to make the product work, make it right, and make it fast. You will examine the guidelines for adopting TDD. Next, learners examine refactoring to clarify and simplify the design of existing code without changing its behavior. You will learn how continuous integration offers a solution to ensure a clean build, and learn guidelines for continuous integration adoption, including having a single repository for the team to commit, build, test, and deploy their code to the user. You will learn the roles of the product owner, Scrum master, and Scrum team. You will learn the steps, methodologies, and best practices for performing TDD tests. Finally, this course demonstrates a case study using Scrum practices for product development from the requirement stage to the end product.
11 videos | 44m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Final Exam: Software Product Owner
Final Exam: Software Product Owner will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Software Product Owner track of the Skillsoft Aspire Software Project Lead to Advanced Scrum Master Journey.
1 video | 30m has Assessment available Badge
Scrum Master: Scrum for the Team
This course explores the concepts associated with the Scrum master's role, responsibilities, and interactions with the team. In this 12-video course, learners will examine Scrum's pillars and values, the relationship between Scrum and Agile development, the roles of the Scrum aster versus the product owner, and the characteristics of servant leadership. First, examine the three pillars of Scrum: transparency, inspection, and adaptation; and the five Scrum values: commitment, openness, courage, respect, and focus. You will learn about the Scrum master, the development team, and product owner, and their roles in the daily Scrum. Next, learn about common artifacts and tools in Scrum, the use of the sprint backlog, and the product owner's role in delivery. You will learn how goals of a current sprint, also known as the sprint backlog, are taken directly from the top of the product backlog. Finally, you will see an in-depth examination of the role of the Scrum master, which includes using helpful tools and techniques, facilitating meetings, and coaching the team on problem-solving and conflict resolution.
12 videos | 41m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scrum Master: Sprint Goals & Planning
Learners can explore the fundamentals of sprint planning, and how sprint planning uses consensus and estimation techniques to define a measurable sprint goal for the product owner, team, and stakeholders, in this 11-video course. You will learn how to define the sprint goal, a shared vision written by all members of the team, before exploring how the development team decides what can realistically be delivered in this next increment of work, and how the work will be achieved. Next, you will examine the Definition of Done, that it is created by team consensus, and that it should be specific. You will learn several techniques to estimate the sprint backlog. You will examine how to conduct an effective sprint planning meeting. This course examines the role of the Scrum master in planning a sprint meeting, ensuring that Scrum and Agile best practices are followed, and the team can maintain a sustainable pace of work. Finally, this course explores common sprint planning mistakes, and the role of the Scrum master in avoiding mistakes.
11 videos | 42m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
SCRUM Meetings: On-target Daily Meetings
Explore the Daily Scrum, including guidelines and best practices, the role of the Scrum Master, and how to avoid common mistakes, in this 12-video course. Discover commonly used artifacts and tools and examine ways in which larger and distributed teams may perform the Daily Scrum. Key concepts covered in this course include the framework for Scrum Product Delivery; the purpose of the Daily Scrum within the Scrum framework; and examining participants in the Daily Scrum and the role of the Scrum Master in the Daily Scrum event. You will learn about the activities that are necessary to prepare for the Daily Scrum; learn the best practices for conducting the Daily Scrum; and learn about the tools and artifacts that are used and updated during the Daily Scrum. Finally, learn the common mistakes that Scrum development teams can make; learn ways that large or distributed teams can modify the Daily Scrum; and learn how the Jira Scrum board can be used by the development team.
12 videos | 44m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scrum Sprint: Review
Explore the key elements needed to conduct a successful sprint review in a Scrum framework in this 11-video course. The sprint review provides an opportunity to demonstrate the latest increment of finished work to the product owner and key stakeholders, and allows you to collect feedback and determine whether the increment of work meets requirements is considered done. You will examine team roles and responsibilities, how to inspect the increment of work, and how to avoid common mistakes. This course examines the product backlog, how it is adapted, and reasons why it may be continually reprioritized. Then observe how to identify the participants in a sprint review: the product owner, Scrum master, and Scrum team. You will learn the duties of the Scrum master, including facilitating the review as a servant leader, clarifying the responsibilities of each role, and assisting with time management, and how to help the team avoid mistakes. Finally, you will examine what success looks like for the product and for the team.
11 videos | 51m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scrum Sprint: Retrospective
The Sprint Retrospective is an opportunity for the development team to reflect on the previous sprint, determine what went well, and identify opportunities for improvement for the next sprint. In this course, you'll examine the concepts associated with productive Sprint Retrospectives. You'll learn about the key elements of a retrospective event, how the team inspects its performance, common tools and techniques, and the role of the scrum master.
10 videos | 40m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
SCRUM Quality, Planning, and Completion: Quality & Productivity
Sprint planning makes use of various consensus and estimation techniques in an effort to define a measurable sprint goal for the product owner, team, and stakeholders. The sprint goal should define what is going to be completed during the course of the current sprint. This course presents the concepts associated with setting sprint goals and planning for the sprint. You'll learn about the Definition of Done, how to define the increment, how to estimate the sprint backlog, and how to avoid common mistakes. Commonly used tools and techniques, and ways to conduct effective sprint meetings are also covered.
10 videos | 41m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
SCRUM Quality, Planning, and Completion: Effective User Stories
The user story is a central part of Scrum, as it represents product requirements from the perspective of the user and provides a common language for the scrum team to communicate with stakeholders. This course presents the concepts associated with creating user stories and using them to identify product requirements. You'll learn about the user story structure, the criteria that a user story should meet, how to split a story, and how user stories can be used to establish a shared product vision.
11 videos | 45m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
SCRUM Quality, Planning, and Completion: The Definition of Done
As a product evolves from a high level vision to more detailed requirements, the team will establish a Definition of Done. This ensures transparency and a shared product vision, as well as that the team understands the work and can set realistic goals as features are about to be developed. In this course, you'll learn the concepts associated with defining done, determining the appropriate amount of detail for the level of planning, and the relationship between definition of done and quality, empiricism, and the sprint goal.
10 videos | 41m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Final Exam: Scrum Master
Final Exam: Scrum Master will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Scrum Master track of the Skillsoft Aspire Software Project Lead to Advanced Scrum Master Journey.
1 video | 30m has Assessment available Badge
Scrum Team Velocity: Exploring Team Velocity
This 12-video course explores team velocity in Scrum, its purpose, benefits, and implementation. You will learn that team velocity, or velocity, is a metric used to accurately measure the amount of work a Scrum team can perform during a sprint. Learners will explore several descriptions of team velocity. You will examine velocity advantages, including how it helps set realistic expectations, how it explains the process, and how it can limit the amount of work agreed to in future iterations. Next, learners will examine how user stories describe functionality, and how to use story points as a basic unit of measure for velocity. Learn about the pivotal role of the Scrum master, who provides service to the product owner, organization, and development team. You will learn how to identify common metrics, and how velocity burndown charts are created and managed in JIRA. You will examine team velocity best practices. Finally, this course uses case studies to demonstrate how to present Scrum to a client.
12 videos | 46m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Advanced Lean, Agile, & Scrum Concepts
Examine how to work with distributed Scrum teams and scale to larger Scrum projects. Discover how to transition distributed teams to use Scrum, along with best practices for distributed teams. Key concepts covered in this 14-video course include the ideal Scrum team size and advantages of having small Scrum teams; learning how to scale Scrum teams for larger projects and identify large-scale Scrum frameworks; and learning about Agile planning levels and look-ahead planning. You will explore the Scrum of Scrums meeting, roles and responsibilities of team members, and how to conduct this meeting; and learn structures that support large Agile teams that are organized into "team of teams." Next, observe the role of the Product Coordination team using the Lean Agile methodology; explore Scrum distributed teams, their structure, and their challenges; and learn best practices for managing and working with distributed teams in Agile. Finally, examine roles of Agile and Waterfall in Distributed Scrum and how to use the Agile/Waterfall Hybrid process; and learn how to effectively transition a distributed team to Scrum.
14 videos | 55m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scaling an Organization's Scrum Process
Explore reasons why an organization should consider scaling their Scrum process, including guidelines to follow and challenges they may encounter when adopting scaling, in this 14-video course. Scaling is used to increase work on a product backlog by adding Scrum teams, and to align more than one Scrum team on a project. The course discusses best practices and guidelines to use when scaling, and examines several models for scaling the Scrum process and their characteristics. Learners will examine the limitations of the Agile Manifesto in comparison to Scrum. The course examines the characteristics, benefits, and challenges of using several different frameworks, depending on size of the project and organization. You will explore the characteristics, benefits, and challenges of the following frameworks: LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), Nexus, Scrum at Scale, Spotify, Scrum of Scrums, SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework), and the Spotify framework. Finally, you will learn how to select the best framework to meet organizational needs.
14 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scaling Scrum: Challenges
Explore the challenges organizations may face when transitioning to and scaling Scrum, including resistance to change, working with distributed teams, team member turnover, too many team meetings, and integrating testing, in this 14-video course. Discover how to customize the Scrum process to fit the needs of both the organization and the project and examine organizations and industries that have successfully scaled the Scrum process. Key concepts covered in this course include the challenges involved with transitioning to and scaling Scrum; the challenges of resistance to change when scaling Scrum and the challenges of working with distributed teams; and the challenges of team member turnover when scaling Scrum. Learn about issues that arise with applying the Scrum framework and how to overcome them; learn the challenges of integrating testing when scaling Scrum; and observe how to customize the Scrum framework to meet the needs of the project and the organization. Finally, learn about industries and organizations that have successfully scaled the Scrum process.
14 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Scaling Scrum: Choosing Scaled Agile Frameworks
Explore scaled Agile frameworks, the differences between them, and their organizational fit. In this 13-video course, examine the organizational implications of scaled Agile frameworks, techniques for choosing one, and how to customize them. Key concepts covered in this course include large-scale Agile framework options and how to recognize the four most popular frameworks—Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), and Scrum of Scrums (SoS); and characteristics of large-scale Agile frameworks. Next, learn the general organizational fit of large-scale Agile frameworks; learn about the additional roles in each large-scale Agile framework; learn the additional processes in each large- scale Agile framework; and learn the commonly used selection criteria when choosing large-scale Agile frameworks. Finally, learn how to configure and customize SAFe; learn DAD customization, LeSS customization, and SoS customization; and learn newer concepts in Agile framework, such as various newer versions of SAFe, Nexus, Scrum at Scale, and Scrumban.
13 videos | 57m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Advanced Scrum Metrics
Discover the value of metrics in an Agile environment. In this 11-video course, learners explore the three types of metrics—Agile, software development, and business—and learn limitations and risks associated with measurement. Key concepts covered in this course include understanding the value for metrics in an Agile environment including used to measure productivity, determining value to the customer; and understanding how we do things in the quantitative manner over qualitative, and as tools to validate the outcome of attempting improvement experiments. First, learn about types of metrics in an Agile environment; learn about burndown and velocity; and learn about cumulative flow and control charts. Continue by learning about other Agile reports, including burnup and sprint/release report, and how to use Jira software to generate reports. Finally, learn about software metrics, including code coverage, static code analysis, and escaped defects; learn business-related metrics, including net promoter, customer satisfaction, and team health; and learn the general limitations and risks in metrics measurement.
11 videos | 40m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Accessing the Business Value of Scrum
This course explores the Scrum concept, the meaning of business value, and why it is important to prioritize product backlogs to maximize business value. In 14 videos, learners examine techniques for assigning priorities to product backlogs while comparing Agile estimation models and traditional methods. First, examine data analysis metrics and Scrum data analysis metrics to increase value. You will then examine several Agile estimation methods for measuring business value, including the ordering method, bucket system, dot voting, bubble sort, planning poker, breaking an analysis, and cost of delay. The course continues by examining the triangle of business value metrics: schedule, costs, and quality; and the Scrum productivity business value metrics: project, process, and quality. Then examine how to manage stakeholders collectively, get their buy-in, get them to collaborate, and to collaborate with them to increase the value for them. Finally, you will learn to use Keno attributes and the MoSCoW method (must-haves, should-haves, could-haves, and will not have) ordering techniques to determine business value, and best practices for tracking and reporting Scrum business value.
14 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Final Exam: Advanced Scrum Master
Final Exam: Advanced Scrum Master will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Advanced Scrum Master track of the Skillsoft Aspire Software Project Lead to Advanced Scrum Master Journey.
1 video | 30m has Assessment available Badge
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