Course Description

The application of Agile principles and practices on software development projects enables a project team to quickly develop working software that meets business needs. In Scrum, teams work in 2-4 week Sprints to produce production-quality software driven by business priorities using an empirical, adaptive approach. This course provides an in depth understanding of how Agile and Scrum teams deliver business value.

You will learn to apply the basic practices of any Agile approach, with a focus on Scrum. You will apply what you learn in a series of exercises that take you through identification of user stories, project/release planning, Sprint planning, and Sprint execution. Participants will build and manage a Product Backlog, a Sprint Backlog and a Release Plan.

This course uses a combination of lecture, class discussion, and hands-on exercises, with emphasis on group activities, to reinforce the concepts and principles.


  • Apply key concepts and terms of Agile and Scrum to project situations
  • Be able to explain the methodology’s benefits and key techniques
  • Experience the progression of key activities and artifacts
  • Gain a deep understanding of different practices that can be applied and when to apply them
  • Be able to help others to understand and apply the practices and principles



2 days


Target Audience

This course is intended for anyone who will actively participate in a project using this approach. People on the edges of the project (secondary customers, management staff, and participants in related processes) will also benefit. Project teams are encouraged to attend as a group.


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Course Content

Agile/Scrum Fundamentals

What are agile practices and principles?

What is “iterative and incremental” development?

What is Scrum?

Scrum Roles and responsibilities


What is a User Story?

How to identify and write good User Stories

Non-functional requirements

Evolution of requirements during a project

Estimation and Prioritization

What is a Product Backlog?

Creating the initial Product Backlog

Agile Estimation Overview

Different ways to do Agile estimation

Prioritization- who, what, why and when?

Definition of ”Done”

Release Planning

What is Release planning?

How is an Agile release plan different from a traditional release plan?

Methods for creating a release plan on an Agile project.

Planning a Sprint

What is a Sprint Backlog?

Conducting Sprint Planning Meeting Part 1

  • Selecting a subset of the product backlog
  • Determining the Sprint scope

Conducting Sprint Planning Meeting Part 2

Developing the Sprint backlog
Sprint tasking and estimation

Running a Sprint

Evolution of requirements during a Sprint

Conducting the daily Scrum

Managing the Sprint scope

Tracking progress; recognizing problems

Closing a Sprint

Conducting a Sprint review

Conducting a Sprint retrospective

Reporting project status

Updating the backlog; Backlog grooming 

Closing the Sprint

Managing the Product Backlog and Release Plan

How does the Product Backlog change during a project?

How do you control changes?

How does the Release Plan change during a project?

Agile Software Engineering

Application of typical Agile Software Engineering practices such as Continuous Integration, Test Driven Development and Pair Programming

Agile Testing

Testing during the Sprint

Agile testing practices

Roles/responsibilities in testing:

  • Developers
  • Team testers
  • Product Owner
  • Independent test group


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