User Stories Masterclass (USM) Course

User Stories Masterclass Course Overview

During this engaging course, along with reading the associated book, you will develop a deep understanding of user stories creation and how to increase the quality of requirements capturing and communication in Agile product development. The User Stories Masterclass course is perfect for Scrum Masters and anyone responsible for an effective introduction of the Scrum framework.

The interesting PSM course is a combination of lectures, interactive exercises, assignments and discussions, as well as engaging real-world case studies. Your Edinburgh Agile PSM training instructor is a leading Scrum trainers who has extensive hands-on experience of practicing Scrum!

The PSM course introduces the principles and (empirical) process theory underpinning the Scrum framework. These are foundational insights upon which the rules and roles of Scrum are explored and discussed. The focus on the Scrum Master role includes advanced thinking tools for servant-leadership and behavioral shifts, working with people and teams, coaching and facilitation, and scaling Scrum.

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Topics

The Professional Scrum Master training course leaves trainees more knowledgeable and confident in five key areas of Scrum Mastery:

  1. The fundamentals of Scrum theory and principles;
  2. The Scrum framework;
  3. Cross functional self-organising teams;
  4. Coaching and facilitation;
  5. Maximising the effectiveness of a Scrum team through the Scrum Master role.

Objectives

Trainees on the Professional Scrum Master course are challenged to think in terms of Scrum and the Scrum principles to better understand what to do when they return to their workplaces.

  • Students will have a clear understanding of the mechanics of Scrum and their coherence from the empirical foundation of Scrum;
  • Students can act as a Scrum Master for Scrum Teams and stakeholders from an in-depth understanding of servant-leadership;
  • Students can effectively start up Scrum or increase its effectiveness if already underway.

User Stories Masterclass Certification

All participants completing the Professional Scrum Master course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) certification assessment. PSM class participants who attempt the PSM I assessment within 14 days of receiving their free password and do not score at least 85% will be granted a 2nd attempt at no additional cost. Students of official PSM classes are also entitled to a 40% discount on the PSM II assessment once passing PSM I. 

User Story Masterclass (USM) Certificate

Attendees who attend the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) course, and go on to pass the PSM I certification assessment will receive:

User Stories Masterclass (USM) certificate;

 

User Stories Masterclass Course Audience

The Professional Scrum Master course is especially suitable for people who are, or want to become, a Scrum Master, and/or want to work effectively on a Scrum team. Typical attendees include:

  • People who are new to, or have just about to become Scrum Masters, having previously carried out roles such as Project Manager;
  • Experienced Scrum Masters who want to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of Scrum and to learn/share ideas around effective Scrum techniques;
  • Programme managers, portfolio managers, delivery managers, heads of departments, and other senior leadership who need to learn how to support their Scrum teams;
  • People who work with clients that have requested a Scrum approach, and as a consequence want understand what Scrum is, and what it really means.

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User Stories Masterclass FAQs

What is a USM course?

The User Stories Masterclass course (USM course) is a user stories training course that develops your understanding you on the principles and theory of the Scrum framework. It also teaches the role of the Scrum Master. The PSM course is a combination of instruction and team-based exercises, and trains core awareness of the Scrum and Agile movement.

How do I get a USM certificate?

In order to obtain PSM certification, you need to pass the PSM assessment. The Professional Scrum Master level 1 (PSM 1) assessment is available to anyone who wishes to validate his/her depth of knowledge of Scrum. Taking a course is not required to get PSM certified but PSM course is highly recommended.

Is the USM exam difficult?

Yes! The PSM certification exam is well known to be difficult/challenging. It is hard to pass… indeed in 60 minutes (the time limit for the PSM exam) you must answer 80 multiple choice and true/false questions and get a 85% passing score. This is very high. It therefore requires very good awareness of Scrum, the Scrum framework, the roles, events and artifacts.

Reading the Scrum Guide and taking the Open Assessments alone isn’t typically enough preparation to pass the PSM certification exam. You will need to either attend an official Professional Scrum Master course or go through a process of structured self-learning.

Do you run private User Stories Masterclass courses for organizations?

Absolutely. We have many organsations that send entire teams on the User Stor

Do I need to renew my USM certification?

No, the User Story Masterclass certificate confirms that you completed the learning and development associated with attending the course, reading the book and completing the assessment. Therefore this does not require a renewal.

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