The Elements of Scrum

In this experiential workshop, you will learn scrum by doing scrum. You will become familiar with the principles and practices of scrum. You will build skills needed to be a member of a high-performing, continuously improving, self-organizing scrum team.

This 2-day workshop is based on the best selling book The Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson. It is delivered using the innovative agile games and simulations that Agile Learning Labs is famous for.

What to expect:

Our instructional style is highly interactive, so you will be moving around during games and simulations. Participation in any physical exercise is, of course, optional; in fact the role of “observer” is quite valuable! Feel free to participate at your ability and comfort levels.

When do we start and end each day? The classroom opens at 8:30 AM each day and class begins promptly at 9:00 AM. We end at 5:00 PM each day.

What should I bring? Yourself. You won’t need a laptop, but you are free to bring one. And yes, there is Wi-Fi so you can check your email.

Is there something I should read before the workshop? You will receive a bound copy of our book, The Elements of Scrum on the first day of class. This book is a field guide to the real-world application of scrum, and reading it after the training will help cement your knowledge. You can also buy a copy of the book without registering for a course, right here. In the meantime, you can read an excerpt here that chronicles a week in the life of a scrum team.

Relax, this is Agile Learning Labs, not Dunder Mifflin or Initech. We’ll be wearing jeans, and you can be, too.

I’m a PMP, will I earn precious PDUs? After completing the workshop, you will have earned 14 Professional Development Units that can be used to maintain your Project Management Professional credential from the Project Management Institute.

Students Say:

We asked Chris the tricky questions that we have been struggling with for some time. He took them head-on, giving directly applicable advice and relevant follow-up content for every curve ball we threw at him. Chris focused on the value of the scrum rituals, rather than “do this because the book says so.” The scrum simulation, Once Upon A Scrum, was a fun, frantic exercise that required us to constantly evolve.


Stephen George
Software Engineering Manager, Kenna Security
2020


The hands on exercises were great. The way you used the video conferencing technology made it as effective as in person. Thank you again for the great two days!


Kris Schultz
Director Software Engineering, Kenna Security
2020


Your workshop was the catalyst for a lot of changes here at Motoshop. Everyone is bought into the new process and we’re getting better collaboration, transparency, and teamwork. We’re just a couple of sprints in and still working out the kinks, but it already has been a big improvement!


Bobby Chen
Director of Product Management and Engineering, Motoshop


Our team valued the training quite a bit. We still refer to it and we’ve made real improvements in our scrum process.


Max Wheeler
Director of Engineering, Microsoft


The training was everything I had hoped for! Engaging, fun, and informative!


Ron Ho
Program Manager, Spirent


Please email us if you have more questions about the workshop.

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