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“Scrum – Values, Foundations, and Practices” in Seattle, WA – 8 PDUs (May 17, 2013)

When: May 17 , 2013 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Where:
Homewood Suites Seattle,
1011 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Instructor:

Sanjeev Raman

Course

Course Outline

This 1-day course teaches the principles and practices that make Scrum effective at managing projects.The course itself uses the principles of Scrum, where the learning outcome is driven by the needs of the participants through a combination of expert instruction and self-directed learning. Opportunities to reflect and adapt the direction of the course are offered at regular intervals.At the end of the training the participants will have the confidence and understanding to begin to socialize Scrum at their own organization and support teams in improving their processes.

Details

You’ve been hearing the lingo – Timeboxing, Product Backlog Grooming, Retrospectives – the list goes on…but what do these ideas really mean and why do they matter to you?

If you haven’t had the time or the inclination to commit to a basic introduction to Agile and Scrum, this introductory class will give you a brief look into the mechanics, roles, and principles of product development using Scrum.

Come prepared to participate and interact with the central concepts of Scrum including theprinciples behind Agile product development, prioritization, running a sprint, scrum artifacts, and communication and transparency in Agile organizations.

Agenda

The following elements will be covered during the one day course
* Scrum in Practice: the course is designed to illustrate Scrum in action.
* Understanding of the Agile Manifesto and what it means to them.
* Essence of Scrum: values, foundations and a new way of thinking.
* Understanding how Scrum values and foundations are related to the practices.
* Get a sense of what self-organization is (and is not).
* Draw a diagram of mechanics of Scrum: framework, roles, artifacts & flow.

 

Who Should Attend

If you are a Project Manager, Product Manager, Functional Lead, Director, Business Analyst, Engineer, or Software Developer, this class will provide a solid foundation for how to take Agile concepts and Scrum to the next level in your organization or get started on a new path of collaboration, focus, and quality to propel your product development to new heights!

About your Instructor:

Dr. Sanjeev Raman brings nearly a decade worth of project management, agile implementation, and process consulting experience to the table. He has extensive experience across the software development life cycle. He has also orchestrated and led consulting projects for fortune 500 companies. Dr. Raman has four academic degrees, which includes two undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science Research and Laboratory Science, and two graduate degrees in the area of Information Technology from University of Maryland, Towson University, and George Mason University respectively. He has been an invited speaker by the Drug Information Association (DIA) and Barnett International to speak on software project best practices for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Raman holds an adjunct faculty position in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, and has published books and articles on agile project management.

Questions

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FAQs

1. What is the spirit behind the ‘Pay it Forward’/ ‘Donation Only’ Program?

The spirit behind the Pay it Forward Program is that money should not be a barrier for learning about Agile and Scrum. Each class has an early bird price, a list price, and a suggested donation. If any of these prices are still too high, then there is the “Pay it Forward/ Donation Only” option: pay what you can afford! This option would enable many who could otherwise have not attended this class, to enroll and benefit from it.

2. Why is it called ‘Pay it Forward’/ ‘Donation Only’ course?

This course is funded on a donation-basis, where the attendees quote their own price.

Although it is a donation-only training, like any other training, we do have some basic expenditures like paying for the trainer’s hotel and travel expenses, the training room, etc. Therefore, we ask that those who can pay the regular and early-bird prices to do their bit, so that everyone can attend the course.

Our purpose for conducting these classes is to spread awareness about Scrum, as we strongly believe in its capacity to transform workplaces for the better. We would like EVERYONE to benefit from this new way of working and so we have mitigated the cost factor from our Pay it Forward/Donation Only classes. In short, these classes enable us to give back to the community.

3. What is your Enrollment Policy ?

Due to the interactive nature of the class, we need a minimum of 8 people to run a training. Registration may be open until an hour before the class, but please register early to reduce the chances of the class getting canceled.

Full refund will be given if you cancel within 48hrs of registration, else the funds can be used for a future training with us.

If we cancel a training due to some reason, you will receive a full refund.

4. Is this is a certified training course?

No, this is NOT a certified training course. However, you can earn 8PDUs for attending this course.

To receive certification, you must attend the regular Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)/Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) classes.

How are the Pay it Forward classes different from the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) classes?

5. How is this training different from the 2-day certified trainings?

The 2-day certified trainings (Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)/Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)) offer an in-depth understanding of Scrum and the role of a ScrumMaster/Product Owner. At the end of these trainings, there is a certification exam from Scrum Alliance.

On the other hand, the Pay it Forward class is a 1-day course offering a basic overview of Scrum and its various components. There is no certification to this class.

How are the Pay it Forward classes different from the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) classes?

6. What is taught in the “Pay it Forward” class?

The Pay it Forward class is a 1-day course offering a basic overview of Scrum and its various components.

7. Are there any pre-requisites that I need to have to attend these trainings?

There are no pre-requisites to participate in the training, other than an interest in learning about Scrum, and the willingness to participate in learning and interacting throughout the day.

8. Am I eligible for Pay it Forward even if I am employed/I am earning, but not in a position to pay?

Our purpose for conducting the Pay it Forward classes is to spread awareness about Scrum, as we strongly believe in its capacity to transform workplaces for the better; we would be happy for you to attend our class!

9. I’ve been out of work for a while and really can’t afford much. I don’t want to take someone’s seat that can pay more. Would it still be okay to attend the class even if I’m paying very little?

Our purpose for conducting the Pay it Forward classes is to spread awareness about Scrum, as we strongly believe in its capacity to transform workplaces for the better; we would be happy for you to attend our class!

10. Is there a minimum amount for the donation?

We do request that you pay the minimum suggested donation amount of US$70/INR 500.

11. Can I pay in installments?

Yes, you may pay in installments. Please contact us for further information.

12. What is the money generated from the donations used for?

We use the money generated from your donations to pay for the trainer’s hotel and travel expenses, the training venue, the light refreshments served at the class, and to advertise for other Pay it Forward classes conducted elsewhere.

Our trainers have been very large-hearted in conducting these trainings for free.

13. What are the financials for the Pay it Forward Program?

From March 2011 to June 2012, the Pay it Forward trainings have enabled us to train about 650 people. The total donations we received for the 63 trainings that we had conducted in this period was USD 63394.35. After deducting expenditures for advertising, venue, food, and instructor’s travel and fees, we were left with USD 19072.75, which we will use to promote our future Pay it Forward trainings.

14. How many people have attended the Pay it Forward course thus far?

From its conception in March 2011 to  June 2012, the Pay it Forward trainings have enabled us to train about 650 people.

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