Weeks after weeks, trainings after trainings, I have been asked the same question by my students: “Now, what?”
It is clear that a one- or two-days training in not enough to go in the depth of what every role, ritual, artefact and principles are. Based on that, I have tried to compile a short list of resources (mostly videos) that can be easily consumed but also give great insight of their own topics.
Now, that I have done the work and mature this list over months, it is time to share it with the Agilists communities out there. So, there it is!
You can’t do anything related to Scrum or Agile without having red and understood — two completely different things — the Scrum Guide. To go a bit deeper, I’ve added three videos that talk about each role.
Product Owner in a Nutshell: Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell
The role of a Scrum Master, in short: What is a ‘Scrum Master’? — Scrum Guide
The role of a Scrum Developer, in short, The Development Team — Scrum Guide
It is good to know what you are doing, but it is better to know why. Take some time to watch these videos and he should help you to understand where the need for something like Scrum or any Agile good practices.
Managing for Happiness: Managing for Happiness | Jurgen Appelo | TEDxLille
The five dysfunctions of a team: THE 5 DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM by Patrick Lencioni | Core Message
Jeff Sutherland TED Talk: Scrum: How to do twice as much in half the time | Jeff Sutherland | TEDxAix
The advanced Stuff
You should now have some understanding of what to do and why, when talking about a one team Scrum — but then? What is the best way to do a multiple team scrum? How long before my organization is ready for the next step?
The Agile fluency model: The Agile Fluency Model Explained: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile
Introduction to Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS): Introduction to LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) — Dawson
Summary of “The Lean Startup”: THE LEAN STARTUP SUMMARY (BY ERIC RIES)
And now, it is time to measure your knowledge against a reference. I find the Scrum.org open assessments to be the best for this — as they should put you in a good place before taking a PSM, PSPO or PSD test.
Suggested Resources: https://www.scrum.org/resources/suggested-reading-professional-scrum-master
“Scrum OPEN” assessment: https://www.scrum.org/open-assessments/scrum-open
“Scrum Developer OPEN” assessment: https://www.scrum.org/open-assessments/scrum-developer-open
“Scrum PO OPEN” assessment: https://www.scrum.org/open-assessments/product-owner-open
The Ultimate Challenge!
Finally, the final test awaits … get back to the Scrum Guide and pinpoint what you now understand differently.
Disclaimer: I let a lot of topics out of this list (such as Design Thinking, XP, Management 3.0 or Scrum Patterns) — but you could definitely check them out.