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  1. Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC™)

    Certification Prerequisites Target Audience Maintaining Certification (RCUs)
    Experience Education
    SPOC™ Nil Preferably SDC™ (or) SMC™ certified professional Anyone who interfaces with business stakeholders or works as a Product Owner in a Scrum project. 40 Recertification units every 2 years

    Overview
    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.

    Audience Profile
    This certification is for anyone who interfaces with stakeholders or works as a Product Owner in a Scrum Team.

    Prerequisites
    There is no formal prerequisite for this certification. However, SDC™ or SMC™ Certified professionals will be able to better understand the concepts required for this certification exam. It is also highly recommended to attend a 2-day SPOC™ classroom training provided by a SCRUMstudy approved Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)

    Exam Format
    Multiple Choice
    140 questions per exam
    One mark awarded for every right answer
    No negative marks for wrong answers
    180 minutes duration
    Proctored online exam

  2. Guide to Scrum Body of Knowledge

    Overview
    The SBOK™ Guide was developed as a means to create a necessary guide for organizations and project management practitioners who want to implement Scrum, as well as those already doing so who want to make needed improvements to their processes. It is based on experience drawn from thousands of projects across a variety of organizations and industries. The contributions of many Scrum experts and project management practitioners have been considered in its development.

    A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK™ Guide) provides guidelines for the successful implementation of Scrum—the most popular Agile product development and project delivery methodology. Scrum, as defined in the SBOK™ Guide, is applicable to the following:

    Portfolios, programs, and/or projects in any industry
    Products, services, or any other results to be delivered to stakeholders
    Projects of any size or complexity
    The SBOK™ Guide can be used as a reference and knowledge guide by both experienced Scrum and other product and service development practitioners, as well as by individuals with no prior experience or knowledge of Scrum or other project delivery methodology. The first chapter of the SBOK™ Guide describes the purpose and framework of the SBOK™ Guide and provides an introduction to the key concepts of Scrum. It contains a summary of Scrum principles, Scrum aspects and Scrum processes. Chapter 2 expands on the six Scrum principles which are the foundation on which the Scrum framework is based. Chapters 3 through 7 elaborate on the five Scrum aspects that must be addressed throughout any project: organization, business justification, quality, change, and risk. Chapters 8 through 12 cover the 19 Scrum processes involved in carrying out a Scrum project. These processes are part of the 5 Scrum phases: Initiate; Plan and Estimate; Implement; Review and Retrospect; and Release. These phases describe in detail the associated inputs and outputs of each process, as well as the various tools that may be used in each.

    Usage
    The SBOK™ Guide is especially valuable:

  3. Scrum Master Certified (SMC™)

    Certification Prerequisites Target Audience Maintaining Certification (RCUs)
    Experience Education
    SMC™ Nil Preferably SDC™ certified professional Anyone who is interested in becoming a Scrum Master 40 Recertification units every 2 years
    Overview

    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.

    Audience Profile

    This certification is appropriate for anyone who is interested in working as a Scrum Master.

    Prerequisites

    There is no formal prerequisite for this certification. However, it is preferable to complete the Scrum Developer Certified (SDC™) certification before applying for the Scrum Master certification. It is also highly recommended to attend the SMC™ classroom training provided by the SCRUMstudy approved Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)

    Exam Format

    • Multiple Choice
    • 100 questions per exam
    • One mark awarded for every right answer
    • No negative marks for wrong answers
    • 120 minutes duration
    • Proctored online exam.
  4. SBOK™ Guide First Chapter

    A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK™) provides guidelines for the successful implementation of Scrum—the most popular Agile project management and product development methodology. It provides a comprehensive framework that includes the principles, aspects, and processes of Scrum.

    Scrum, as defined in the SBOK™, is applicable to the following:

    Portfolios, programs, and/or projects in any industry
    Products, services, or any other results to be delivered to stakeholders
    Projects of any size or complexity
    The term ‘product’ in this Body of Knowledge may refer to a product, service, or other deliverable. Scrum can be applied effectively to any project in any industry—from small projects or teams with as few as six team members to large, complex projects with up to several hundred team members. This first chapter describes the purpose and framework of the SBOK™ Guide and provides an introduction to the key concepts of Scrum. It contains a summary of Scrum principles, Scrum aspects, and Scrum processes.

    The following sections are covered in this chapter.

    Overview of Scrum
    Why Use Scrum?
    Purpose of the SBOK™ Guide
    Framework of the SBOK™ Guide
    Scrum vs. Traditional Project Management

  5. SCRUM increases ROI

    One of the key characteristics of any project is the uncertainty of results or outcomes. It is impossible to guarantee project success at completion, irrespective of the size or complexity of a project. Considering this uncertainty of achieving success, it is therefore important to start delivering results as early in the project as possible. This early delivery of results, and thereby value, provides an opportunity for reinvestment and proves the worth of the project to interested stakeholders. It is important to:

    Understand what adds value to customers and users and to prioritize the high value requirements on the top of the Prioritized Product Backlog.
    Decrease uncertainty and constantly address risks that can potentially decrease value if they materialize. Also work closely with project stakeholders showing them product increments at the end of each Sprint, enabling effective management of changes.
    Create Deliverables based on the priorities determined by producing potentially shippable product increments during each Sprint so that customers start realizing value early on in the project.
    Some of the key differences with respect to Value-driven Delivery in Scrum project and Traditional projects are given in the figure below.

    Description
    In Scrum projects, User Stories are ranked in order of priority which is an effective method for determining the desired User Stories for each iteration or release of the product or service. The purpose is to create a simple, single list with the goal of prioritizing features, rather than being distracted by multiple prioritization schemes.

    This simple list also provides a basis for incorporating changes and identified risks when necessary. Each change or identified risk can be inserted in the list based on its priority relative to the other User Stories in the list. Typically, new changes will be included at the expense of features that have been assigned a lower priority.

    Minimum Marketable Features (MMF) are also defined, so that the first release or iteration happens as early as possible, leading to increased ROI.

  6. Expert Scrum Master (ESM™)

    Certification Prerequisites Target Audience Maintaining Certification (RCUs)
    Experience Education
    ESM™ 3 Years managing SCRUM/AGILE projects Should be SMC™, AEC™, and SPOC™ Certified Experienced Scrum Professional 60 Recertification units every 2 years
    Overview

    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.

    Audience Profile:

    This Certification is suitable for anyone who is an expert in the SCRUM team and wants to handle complicated Scrum projects as an Expert Scrum Master.

    Prerequisites

    To become an ESM™ certified professional you should fulfil the following criteria:

    Should have three years of experience managing Scrum/Agile Projects
    Should be SMC™, AEC™ and SPOC™ certified.
    Should submit 500 words write up about two Scrum/Agile projects.
    You can also attend a 2-day ESM™ classroom training provided by a SCRUMstudy R.E.P.
    Exam Format

    • Objective testing. Case study and scenario based
    • 240 minutes duration
    • Proctored online exam
    • Open book exam (SBOK™ Guide only)
  7. Scrum Developer Certified (SDC™)

    Certification Prerequisites Target Audience Maintaining Certification (RCUs)
    Experience Education
    SDC™ Nil Nil Anyone on a SCRUM Team or anyone who interacts with any Scrum Team 25 Recertification units every 2 years
    Overview

    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.

    Audience Profile

    This is highly recommended for everyone in a company who works in a Scrum Team or anyone who interacts with any Scrum Team. This will also be very useful for those who are interested in understanding the basics of Scrum and how this method could be used effectively.

    Prerequisites

    There is no formal prerequisite for this certification.

    Exam Format

    • Multiple Choice
    • 75 questions per exam
    • One mark awarded for every right answer
    • No negative marks for wrong answers
    • 57 questions need to be answered correctly to pass
    • 90 minutes duration
    • Proctored online exam
  8. Agile Expert Certified (AEC™)

    CertificationPrerequisitesTarget AudienceMaintaining Certification (RCUs)ExperienceEducationAECNilPreferably SDC™ (or) SMC™ Certified professionalAnyone on a Scrum team40 Recertification units every 2 years

    Overview

    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.

    Audience Profile

    This certification is appropriate for anyone interested in getting familiar with the concepts and practices of Agile Project Delivery, and who wants to have a working knowledge of the various Agile methodologies.

    Prerequisites

    There is no formal prerequisite for this certification. However, a SDC™ or SMC™ certified professional will be able to easily understand the concepts required for the certification exam. Alternatively, you can attend a 3-day AEC™ classroom training provided by a SCRUMstudy approved Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)

    Exam Format

    • Multiple Choice
    • 100 questions per exam
    • One mark awarded for every right answer
    • No negative marks for wrong answers
    • 120 minutes duration
    • Proctored online exam.
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How to use SBOK Guide

The SBOK™ Guide was developed as a means to create a necessary guide for organizations and project management practitioners who want to implement Scrum, as well as those already doing so who want to make needed improvements to their processes. It is based on experience drawn from thousands of projects across a variety of organizations and industries. The contributions of many Scrum experts and project management practitioners have been considered in its development.

Why get certified in SCRUM

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. 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.

Scrum Principles

Scrum principles are the core guidelines for applying the Scrum framework and should mandatorily be used in all Scrum projects. They are non-negotiable and must be applied as specified in the SBOK™. Keeping the principles intact and using them appropriately instils confidence in the Scrum framework with regard to attaining the objectives of the project.

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:

ParametersScrumTraditional Project Management
Emphasis is onPeopleProcesses
DocumentationMinimal - only as requiredComprehensive
Process styleIterativeLinear
Upfront planningLowHigh
Prioritization of RequirementsBased on business value and regularly updatedFixed in the Project Plan
Quality assuranceCustomer centricProcess centric
OrganizationSelf-organizedManaged
Management styleDecentralizedCentralized
ChangeUpdates to Productized Product BacklogFormal Change Management System
LeadershipCollaborative, Servant LeadershipCommand and control
Performance measurementBusiness valuePlan conformity
Return on InvestmentEarly/throughout project lifeEnd of project life
Customer involvementHigh throughout the projectVaries depending on the project lifecycle
Why SCRUM?

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.