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Robust Scrum Master

Take your Scrum Master skills to the next level!
Instructor:
Michael de la Maza
2,519 students enrolled
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Two one-on-one 25 minute coaching calls included! (Value: $150)
Over 20 homework assignments
Monthly coaching call
You will get tools and checklists that take the stress out of being a Scrum Master
You will learn the mindset of highly successful Scrum Masters
You will learn how to set your daily, weekly, and monthly rhythm
You will learn EXACTLY how to facilitate the planning, review, and retrospective meetings
You will learn how to collaborate with managers
You will learn a way to communicate through conflict
You will learn the characteristics of a servant leader

“Michael’s passion and enthusiasm for Agile practices is evident both in the way that he presents his material and the subject matter itself.” – Jamie Phillips, Consulting Software Engineer, Picis

Are you a Scrum Master? Are you not sure how to facilitate the key Scrum meetings? Do you want to learn how to collaborate with managers? Do you want to learn how to communicate through conflict? Then this course is for you!

This course is the fastest path you can take to ‘level up’ your Scrum Master skills.

This course is for people who have taken a one to three day course on Scrum (or have equivalent experience) and want to ‘raise the bar’ on their skills. Introductory Scrum courses tell you ‘what’ you need to do but not ‘how’ to do it. This course shows you, through detailed examples and checklists, ‘how’ to be a Scrum Master.

In this course, you will learn:

  • The mindset of successful Scrum Masters. You will learn how your mindset influences your actions and how to construct an effective mindset.

  • How to create your daily, weekly, and monthly rhythms. What do you need to do every day as a Scrum Master? What do you need to do every week and every month?

  • The ABC technique: How to build relationships with key people in your organization to increase the success of your Scrum teams.

  • EXACTLY how to facilitate the planning, review, and retrospective meetings. When you become an effective facilitator, you will radically improve your team’s cohesion and velocity.

  • A way to communicate through conflict. Learn how to break down every difficult conversation into four steps.

  • How to collaborate with managers on Scrum. You will learn what managers care about and how they think about Scrum. You will learn how to set up and launch an Enterprise Agile Team.

  • The characteristics of a servant leader and how to increase your ability to serve the team.

You will get tools and checklists that take the STRESS out of being a Scrum Master.

In addition to the course material, you will receive two one-on-one 25 minute coaching sessions with me. I will share with you what I’ve learned training and consulting at Carbonite, edX, Paypal, Symantec, Philips, Verizon, and a dozen other companies. You will also be invited to a group monthly coaching call. In addition, you’ll be able to ask questions at any time using the questions area of the course. This is like having a PERSONAL TUTOR as you ‘level up’ your Scrum Master skills.

Who am I? I am the co-author of Professional Scrum with Team Foundation ServerWhy Agile Works: The Values Behind the Results, and Agile Coaching:Wisdom from Practitioners. I am a former VP of Corporate Strategy at Softricity, founder of Inquira (acquired by Oracle), and a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.

I am here to pump you up as you deepen your understanding of Scrum and improve your Scrum Master skills!

The course is designed to be taken over eight weeks. If you follow this plan, you will spend approximately half an hour per day on the course. The first one or two days of every week will focus on videos and during the remainder of the week you will be doing assignments.

Warning: This course is HARD. I like to say, “Practice in proportion to your aspirations.” If you are ready to sweat blood to become a better Scrum Master, I invite you to look at Section 3 of the course to see if this course is a good fit for you.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at michael.delamaza@gmail.com or 617 575 9707.

Overview and Scrum Refresher

1
Course Introduction
A brief introduction to the course:

  • This course is an advanced course. It is not for people who are new to Scrum.
  • This course is hard because becoming a great Scrum Master requires focus, discipline, and effort.
  • As part of this course, you receive two one-on-one 25 minute coaching calls with me.
Udemy is an awesome new way to learn! Embrace it and make it work for you. Feel free to contact me directly at michael.delamaza@gmail.com or 617 575 9707 if you think that I can support you on your journey to becoming a Robust Scrum Master!

2
Three Scrum Roles
A brief review of the three Scrum roles.
Video length: Three minutes.
3
Five Scrum Events
A brief review of the five Scrum events.
Video length: 3 minutes
4
Three Scrum Artifacts
A brief description of the three Scrum artifacts.
Video length: 2 minutes.
5
The Agile Manifesto
A brief description of the Agile Manifesto.
Video length: 2 minutes.
6
Sprint Planning Checklist
A checklist for your sprint planning meeting. Remember to modify it with your own ideas before using it.
7
Daily Stand Up Checklist
A checklist for your daily stand up. Remember to modify it with your own ideas before using it.
8
Sprint Review Checklist
A checklist for your sprint review. Remember to modify it with your own ideas before using it.
9
Sprint Retrospective Checklist
A checklist for your sprint retrospective. Remember to modify it with your own ideas before using it.
10
Product Owner Checklist
A checklist for the product owner. Remember to modify it with your own ideas before using it.
11
Scrum Master Checklist
A checklist for the scrum master. Remember to modify it with your own ideas before using it.
12
Homework Overview
An overview of the five homework assignments for Section 1.
13
Course Check In

Mindset and Heartset

1
Mental Models
How to create your Scrum Master Mental Model
Video length: 12 minutes
2
Nonpredictive Decision Making
A description of nonpredictive decision making, one part of my Scrum mindset.
Video length: Four minutes
3
Homework Overview
An overview of the homework assignments in Section 2.
Video length: 2 minutes.

Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Rhythms

1
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Rhythms
A description of daily, weekly, and monthly rhythms and a description of eleven habits that a Scrum Master may want to adopt as part of those rhythms.
Video length: 15 minutes
2
The ABC Team Habit
A drill down into The ABC Team habit.
Video length: 3 minutes
3
Self-Appreciation / Gratitude Habit
A drill down into the Self-Appreciation/Gratitude habit.
Video length: 5 minutes
4
Homework Overview
An overview of the six thirty minute assignments in Section 3.
Video length: 2 minutes

Facilitation Part 1: Facilitating the Planning and Retrospective Events

1
Facilitation Overview
An overview of this section and of facilitation.
Video length: 12 minutes.
2
PTA-S Example
A description of how I used the PTA-S facilitation approach in a meeting.
Video length: 5 minutes
3
Planning Meeting Facilitation
How to facilitate the planning meeting.
Video length: 14 minutes.
4
Retrospective Meeting Facilitation
How to facilitate the retrospective.
Video length: 10 minutes.
5
Homework Overview
An overview of the three assignments in Section 4.
Video length: 2 minutes

Facilitation Part II: Facilitating the Review Meeting and Team Agreement Creation

1
Review Meeting Facilitation
How to facilitate the review meeting.
Video length: 9 minutes.
2
Agreement Meeting Facilitation
How to facilitate agreement meetings.
Video length: 11 minutes.
3
Homework Overview
An overview of the five assignments in Section 5.
Video length: 2 minutes.

Peaceful Communication

1
Peaceful Communication Introduction
An introduction to peaceful communication.
Video length: 13 minutes.
2
Observations Feelings Needs Requests
A description of observations, feelings, needs, and requests.
Video length: 7 minutes.
3
Homework Overview
An overview of the four assignments in Section 6.
Video length: 2 minutes.

Collaborating with Managers

1
Working with Managers
A description of how to collaborate with managers
Video length: 14 minutes.
2
Creating the Enterprise Agile Team
How to set up an enterprise agile team.
Video length: 10 minutes
3
Homework Overview
An overview of the four homework assignments in Section 7.
Video length: 2 minutes.

Servant Leadership

1
Servant Leader Characteristics
The ten characteristics of a servant leader.
Video length: 7 minutes.
2
Servant Leader Check In
How to evaluate yourself as a servant leader.
Video length: 10 minutes.
3
Homework Overview
An overview of the three homework assignments in Section 8.
Video length: 2 minutes

Summary

1
Summary
A summary of the entire course in three minutes!
2
End of Course Survey
A five question, five minute course survey!
3
End of Course Quiz

Bonus Material

1
Agile Transitions: The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat
A recording of a talk that I gave at the Boston SPIN User Group which summarizes the key lessons I have learned as an agile consultant.
Video length: 92 minutes
2
Your Brain on Scrum
An essay I wrote about neuroscience and Scrum.
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