AG13: Professional Foundations of Scrum

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The Professional Scrum Foundations (PSF) course is a 2-day course that teaches Scrum in a highly practical way. Working in a series of Sprints, teams of students build a software application, thereby facing real-life problems. The mechanics, roles, principles and (empirical) process of Scrum are demonstrated. Common missteps and misunderstandings are discussed so students grow a higher awareness of their symptoms.

Professional Scrum Foundations is excellent training for teams and anyone wanting to experience the Scrum way of working. The course also provides the foundation of knowledge needed for role-focused training for Product OwnersScrum Masters and Developers.

Professional Development Units (PDUs) – 14

Course Prerequisites   

  • Have studied the Scrum Guide (

Course Format

  • Lectures, discussions and hands-on activities

Intended Audience      

  • The Professional Scrum Foundations course is the perfect introduction, reboot or refresher to Scrum. Students hit the ground running through instruction and team-based exercises.

Virtual Delivery

  • No

Certification Course    


In addition to the subjects noted below, students actively participate in the Scrum process with realistic and practical hands-on exercises that reinforce the learning points. Practicing Scrum ensures that students complete the class with new skills in addition to new knowledge and theory.

The Scrum Framework

Scrum theory includes time-boxing, and specific roles, rules, and artifacts. All elements of Scrum complement each other to form a consistent whole. All work is performed in Sprints. All base rules, events, and roles are described in the Scrum Guide, the acknowledged Scrum body of knowledge. Each part of Scrum ties back to the principles and theory. This is foundational knowledge for every Scrum Team member and anyone involved with Scrum.

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Scrum Theory and Principles

Scrum is founded on empirical process theory to deal with the complexity typical to software development. All principles and values of Scrum are based on the fundamental view of software development as creative and complex work.

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Cross-functional, Self-organizing Teams

Development Teams in Scrum are self-organizing. Self-organization requires not only the availability of the right development skills, but also team collaboration, joint problem ownership, shared goals, and creativity. A Development team autonomously makes all decisions on how to do the work that it has forecast to complete in a Sprint.

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Assessment and Certification

Unlike other Scrum certifications that require only class attendance, certification requires a minimum score on a rigorous assessment. The Professional Scrum Foundations course has one associated assessment: PSM I. While this assessment is available to the public for purchase, if you complete the Professional Scrum Foundations course you will receive a password to take the PSM I assessment one time within a 14-day period following the course. If you pass this assessment you will receive the industry-recognized “PSM I” certification and your name will be posted on this website.