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Scrum is one of the most popular agile methodologies. It is an adaptive, iterative, fast, flexible, and effective methodology designed to deliver significant value quickly and throughout a project. Scrum ensures transparency in communication and creates an environment of collective accountability and continuous progress. The Scrum framework, as defined in the SBOK™ Guide, is structured in such a way that it supports product and service development in all types of industries and in any type of project, irrespective of its complexity.

A key strength of Scrum lies in its use of cross-functional, self-organized, and empowered teams who divide their work into short, concentrated work cycles called Sprints.

Traditional project management emphasizes on conducting detailed upfront planning for the project with emphasis on fixing the scope, cost and schedule – and managing those parameters. Whereas, Scrum encourages data-based, iterative decision making in which the primary focus is on delivering products that satisfy customer requirements.

To deliver the greatest amount of value in the shortest amount of time, Scrum promotes prioritization and Time-boxing over fixing the scope, cost and schedule of a project. An important feature of Scrum is self-organization, which allows the individuals who are actually doing the work to estimate and take ownership of tasks.

Why Agile-ity Inc. & John Gillespie?

Agile-ity focuses on helping individuals and organizations adopt Agile/Lean methods.  John Gillespie has over 30 years of technical project delivery experience using ad-hoc, waterfall, Rational Unified Process, Scrum, Kanban and the Scaled Agile framework.  With zero doubt we can tell you that Agile/Lean methods will 99.9999% of the time deliver more value more quickly and in today’s business environment time to market is almost always important.  Unless noted otherwise, John will be teaching every class we offer.  We are looking to make a positive impact with enterprise agile adoption. We are NOT trying to just make a quick buck on the training.  In fact we will do everything we can to build and maintain a relationship with each student so that we can understand their challenges and continue to improve our course offerings.  Because most 2 day classes do not adequately prepare someone to run back to their company and take on the many challenges of Agile adoption, a value add for each of our students is the ability to take advantage of up to 8 hours (Over the 12 months following the class. In 15 to 30 minute time boxed teleconferences.) of personal agile coaching provided by John Gillespie.

John Gillespie MBA, PMI-ACP, SDC, SMC, SPOC, SPC, CSM, PMP

A successful technology entrepreneur has founded and led several Information Technology businesses. He sold one of these technology ventures to Perficient Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) in January 2000. Mr. Gillespie’s experience includes positions of increasing responsibility in Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric, Fleet Bank and Hartford Financial Services along with serving as Chief Technology Officer for FAIR Health where he lead the start-up and initiation of data services to over 700 customers. In each of his positions, John was responsible for technical delivery and has focused on technical delivery using Iterative & Agile Methodologies since 2000. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Science in Computer Science, and a MBA at NYU Stern School of Business.

 

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Certifications for Practitioners

Scrum Developer Certified (SDC™)

Scrum Developer Certified (SDC™) is an entry level certification for Scrum Team members and those who interact with any Scrum Team. The objective of this certification is to ensure that Scrum Team members know enough about Scrum to effectively contribute to a Scrum project. The courseware and preparation tools required for the certification exam will be available online on SCRUMstudy.com.  An online proctored exam will be conducted at the end of the course.

Scrum Master Certified (SMC™)

Scrum Master Certified (SMC™) professionals are facilitators who ensure that the Scrum Team is provided with an environment conducive to completing the project successfully. The Scrum Master guides, facilitates, and teaches Scrum practices to everyone involved in the project; clears impediments for the team; and, ensure that Scrum processes are being followed.

Successful candidates will be awarded the Scrum Master Certified (SMC™) certification by SCRUMstudy after passing the certification exam.

Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC™)

The Product Owner represents the interests of the stakeholder community to the Scrum Team. The Product Owner is responsible for ensuring clear communication of product or service functionality requirements to the Scrum Team, defining Acceptance Criteria, and ensuring those criteria are met. The Product Owner must always maintain a dual view. He or she must understand and support the needs and interests of all stakeholders, while also understanding the needs and workings of the Scrum Team.

Applicants will be awarded the Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC™) certificate by SCRUMstudy upon successfully passing the certification exam.

Agile Expert Certified (AEC™)

Rapid changes in technology, market demands, and expectations have paved the way for the conceptualization and implementation of Agile methods and values in many organizations. Agile relies on adaptive planning and iterative development and delivery. It focuses primiarily on the value of people in getting the job done effectively. (AEC™) Certified Professionals should appreciate the concepts of Agile development and have the ability to compare and choose the Agile methodology appropriate in a given situation.

Applicants will be awarded the Agile Expert Certified (AEC™) certificate by SCRUMstudy after successfully passing the certification exam.

Expert Scrum Master (ESM™)

Expert Scrum Master (ESM™) certification is the next step for Scrum practitioners to further demonstrate their expertise in Scrum methodology. This will test your ability to manage complex Scrum projects and scale Scrum in complex projects involving big project teams, programs and portfolios.

Applicants will be awarded the Expert Scrum Master (ESM™) certificate by SCRUMstudy upon successfully passing the certification exam.

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Scrum Vs Traditional PM

Traditional project management emphasizes on conducting detailed upfront planning for the project with emphasis on fixing the scope, cost and schedule – and managing those parameters. Whereas, Scrum encourages data-based, iterative decision making in which the primary focus is on delivering products that satisfy customer requirements.

To deliver the greatest amount of value in the shortest amount of time, Scrum promotes prioritization and Time-boxing over fixing the scope, cost and schedule of a project. An important feature of Scrum is self-organization, which allows the individuals who are actually doing the work to estimate and take ownership of tasks.

Following table summarizes many of the differences between Scrum and traditional project management:

Parameters Scrum Traditional Project Management
Emphasis is on People Processes
Documentation Minimal – only as required Comprehensive
Process style Iterative Linear
Upfront planning Low High
Prioritization of Requirements Based on business value and regularly updated Fixed in the Project Plan
Quality assurance Customer centric Process centric
Organization Self-organized Managed
Management style Decentralized Centralized
Change Updates to Productized Product Backlog Formal Change Management System
Leadership Collaborative, Servant Leadership Command and control
Performance measurement Business value Plan conformity
Return on Investment Early/throughout project life End of project life
Customer involvement High throughout the project Varies depending on the project lifecycle