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What Is Iteration Planning and How to Do It Effectively?

Iteration planning is considered as the lifeline of Agile framework and plays an important role in the cadence delivery of the product in incremental releases. It is very critical to do iteration planning effectively to ensure we remain productive and add business value with each sprint. An Iteration Preparation Meeting is a crucial ceremony during an IT project development stage for every Agile team that uses Scrum. It's where the team gets together in the next Iteration to chat about work and is structured to help provide a consistent focus and direction for the work ahead. Iteration Planning (Overview)Iteration planning is one of the important ceremonies in the Agile framework. The aim of iteration planning is to set a few high-level goals for what to achieve during the iteration, to create a sufficiently comprehensive plan detailing who needs to do what to achieve those goals, and to determine how to measure what you have achieved. Iteration planning is usually conducted at the start of an iteration with the entire team in a group, including key stakeholders, generally lasting one to a few hours. It means that the whole team knows what needs to be achieved, and they are committed to the results of the team.  In certain cases, it is preferred to allow a smaller subset of individuals, such as the project manager, an architect and an analyst to meet in advance with a draft iteration plan. For the team to complete the collection of top-ranked product backlog products, the iteration planning plays an important role. Based on the duration of iteration and team velocity, this is a time-boxed arrangement. A crucial feature of an iteration is to concentrate the team on a measurable benefit that is deliverable in the short term. To make sure that you do not lose concentration on what to achieve during the iteration, document 1-5 high-level targets. Usually, for each iteration, the project plan may specify one or more goals, and those goals are used as a starting point. If you need to explain the goals when you prepare your iteration, do so. Inputs to IP & Planning the Iteration :   The IP goals are typically based on the following factors: Critical risks not yet mitigated: Iteration priorities also involve the most significant risks being pushed down.  The time allocated to the iteration: Iterations are timeboxed, so the Project Manager must ensure that the iteration priorities are achievable in relation to the time and resources allocated to the iteration.  The highest priority features: To ensure that the essential features of the application are built and checked early on, specifications are prioritized. Iteration Planning Steps- Before starting, make sure, the user story in the product backlog have been sized by the team and a relative story point value has been assigned. The product backlog is stacked to reflect the product owner 's preferences. For these rated backlog products, there is a general understanding of the acceptance requirements. Per iteration, there is an iteration plan that can describe who will execute the work item for how long a time.  Since iterations are time-boxed, by calculating how many hours of real work can be taken on, we need to consider how big our 'box' is. Let's say you have 6 team members, and you have 15 working days in your iteration, and you can do 5 real hours of work per person and day on average. This will earn you 6x15x5h = 450 real work hours. Notice that only 4-6 hours of actual project work every day is done by the average team member, with the remainder being consumed by e-mails, meetings, and other routine tasks not specifically related to the project. For all the high-priority items in the Work Items List, the team can then review and amend priorities to ensure that a significant work item is not skipped, which will otherwise fall far below the list of what can be taken on in this iteration. The essential features for a product backlog item for the purpose of iteration planning are:  The iteration is small enough to be done.  We can check whether it was correctly implemented or not. There are two steps in designing the contents of an iteration: deciding how many user stories will fit into the iteration, then breaking down those stories into assignments and appointing owners. Sizing refers to a user story's relative reach, which is normally performed in relative points. When it is first developed, during backlog refining sessions, and before the planning meeting, the team regularly estimates the size of a user story. The team should know what story at the top of the backlog will fit into the iteration by the time preparation starts. Estimation refers to the breakdown of tasks into a user narrative. When the steps taken to produce a user story are established, an hourly estimate is provided for each mission. This figure keeps the team updated on how close it is to completing a mission. The team also recognizes how many task hours each member of the team has available in the iteration (known as capacity) to avoid overburdening of individuals. In planning sprints, there are two general approaches: velocity-driven planning and capacity-driven planning. Velocity driven Sprint Planning  Let 's start with velocity-driven sprint planning since it's the simplest to explain. Velocity-driven sprint preparation is based on the idea that in the next sprint, the amount of work a team can perform is approximately equal to what they have done in previous sprints. This implies, of course, that the team is working on similar work from sprint to sprint, consistent sprint lengths, and so on, such as a constant team size. Each of these assumptions is usually true and violations of the assumptions are easily recognized that is, the team knows this in advance when a sprint switches from 10 to nine working days, as in the case of a holiday.The following are the phases in velocity-driven sprint planning:  Determine the historical average velocity for the team.  Select the number of items for the product backlog equal to that velocity.Most teams stop there. Others include an extra step:  Identify the activities involved in the user stories chosen to see if it feels like the correct amount of work.  And there will be some teams moving even further to:  Estimate the assignments to see if the task total is in line with previous sprints. Capacity driven planning The product owner, the Scrum Master and all members of the agile team are involved in a capacity-driven sprint planning meeting. The product owner brings into the meeting the top-priority product backlog items and presents them to the team, usually beginning with a summary of the high-priority items collection.After a high-priority item has been selected, team members discuss the work involved and determine the activities needed to produce the product backlog item. The hours for each item would also be approximately calculated by most teams. These figures are tentative since the figures can only be used to impact the number of items that are brought into the sprint and the product backlog. Estimates do not need to be accurate to do so. Do not ask or expect a team to think about any job that will be completed during the sprint. That is not only unlikely, it is needless, too.The team members ask themselves, "Should we commit to this?" after they have defined tasks and approximately calculated the hours for that one product backlog item. When the team decides that a product backlog item can be shipped, they pick another item and repeat the procedure. And they continue to repeat it until anyone says that they are unable to commit to the product backlog item chosen. If someone is unable to complete the item in the sprint, team members can normally address the situation and see if someone else is available to help. Maybe a DBA with rudimentary JavaScript expertise will assist an exhausted developer of JavaScript. You may have noted that no story point or velocity has played a role in the process so far. Although I still recommend providing rapid, high-level estimates of product backlog items in story points.  Iteration Planning Attendees: These are the below attendees for IP ceremonies: Scrum Master: The scrum master serves as an agile distribution team facilitator.  Product Owner: The product owner deals with the comprehensive view and approval conditions of the product backlog.  Agile Team : Agile implementation determines their objectives and sets the estimates of effort necessary for the commitment to be met. Iteration Planning Agenda : The following is an example agenda for iteration planning:  Measure the iteration's available team capacity.  Discuss each story, discuss extensive acceptance requirements, and use story points to provide estimates.  When the team runs out of capacity, preparation ends. Determine and settle on the objectives for iteration. All should be committed to their goals.  Criteria for acceptance are created through dialogue and cooperation with the product owner and other stakeholders. The Product Owner may adjust the rating of the story based on the story's estimates. Velocity Calculation Velocity is a measure of the amount of work that a team can do during a single sprint and is Scrum 's main metric. Velocity is determined by summing the points for all completely completed User Stories at the end of the Sprint. Dividing the total number of story points completed by the number of sprints includes the real velocity. For instance, if a total of 70 points were achieved by the development team over two sprints, the actual velocity of the team will be 35 points per sprint. Capacity planning The agile team quantifies their capacity to do work. Each member of the team decides their availability, considers time off and other possible responsibilities. Other standing responsibilities, such as maintenance, are also taken into account in this operation, which is distinct from the creation of new stories. Using their historical velocity as a starting point, the team makes changes to assess the actual potential for the iteration based on the unavailable time and team members. Story Analysis & EstimationThe team backlog is checked once the team capacity has been identified. Each story, covering relative difficulty, scale, complexity, ambiguity, technical challenges, and requirements for acceptance, is addressed. In order to maintain a common understanding of the individual behavior of each story, teams also use Behavior-Driven Production (BDD). Finally, for the story, the team agrees to a size estimate. Usually, there are also other types of stories on the team backlog, including enablers that might represent infrastructure work, POC, and architectural improvements, as well as work and defect refactoring. They also prioritize and estimate these things. In Scrum, the estimation of the story point of the team, and the resulting velocity, is usually a local and independent matter. The fact that a small team might estimate their velocity to be 50 in such a way, while another larger team estimates that their velocity is 13, is typically not a concern. However, in SAFe, the calculation of the story point must be standardized, so that assessments of features or epics that require the help of several teams are based on the same concept of the story point, allowing a common economic decision-making basis Relative Estimating, Velocity, Capacity, and Normalizing Story Point Estimating- In order to reasonably estimate a story, Agile teams use story points. With relative estimation, the size (expected effort) is compared to another story for each story. An eight-point story, for instance, is four times the effort of a two-point story. The pace of the team is equivalent to the historical average of all completed stories per iteration. The starting point for estimating the potential of a team for a future iteration is velocity. Knowing the skill of a team helps with preparation and helps to restrict Work in Process (WIP). Teams should not take on more stories than their previous pace would imply. Velocity, which is also forecast in story points, is also used to estimate how long it takes to deliver features or epics. Develop/commit to Iteration GoalsWhen the iteration backlog is known, the team turns its focus to synthesizing one or more iteration priorities that outline the work in that iteration that the team intends to achieve. They are based on the iteration backlog from the PI planning case, as well as the team and program PI goals. The closer the PI planning session is to the IP version, the more likely the PI targets will stay unchanged. When the potential of the team has been met, no more stories are taken from the team backlog in terms of committed stories. At this point, the product owner and the team settle on the final list of stories that will be chosen, and the iteration priorities will be revisited and reaffirmed. The entire team then agrees to the objectives of the iteration, and for the duration of the iteration, the nature of the work remains set. Guidelines for Effective IP Some tips for holding an iteration planning meeting are given below: Keep an eye of duration of this event. It should be timeboxed to 4 or less hours. It should be organized by the team and for the team alone. We should keep a check on the historical velocity of team before over-committing the team’s capacity. Source. ConclusionIt is important to ensure that the way you will assess progress at the end of the iteration is transparent to all team members and other stakeholders. The obvious criterion for success should be that you can verify the implemented features. Iteration preparation, either on the first day or a week before the iteration starts, should be performed once per iteration. You should give about 12 hours to finish the process as a facilitator, but there is really no fixed time, it's all about whatever works for your team. Most notably, have fun and remember to celebrate the previous success of Iteration! 

What Is Iteration Planning and How to Do It Effectively?

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What Is Iteration Planning and How to Do It Effectively?

Iteration planning is considered as the lifeline of Agile framework and plays an important role in the cadence delivery of the product in incremental releases. It is very critical to do iteration planning effectively to ensure we remain productive and add business value with each sprint. An Iteration Preparation Meeting is a crucial ceremony during an IT project development stage for every Agile team that uses Scrum. It's where the team gets together in the next Iteration to chat about work and is structured to help provide a consistent focus and direction for the work ahead. 

Iteration Planning (Overview)

Iteration planning is one of the important ceremonies in the Agile framework. The aim of iteration planning is to set a few high-level goals for what to achieve during the iteration, to create a sufficiently comprehensive plan detailing who needs to do what to achieve those goals, and to determine how to measure what you have achieved. Iteration planning is usually conducted at the start of an iteration with the entire team in a group, including key stakeholders, generally lasting one to a few hours. It means that the whole team knows what needs to be achieved, and they are committed to the results of the team.  

In certain cases, it is preferred to allow a smaller subset of individuals, such as the project manager, an architect and an analyst to meet in advance with a draft iteration plan. For the team to complete the collection of top-ranked product backlog products, the iteration planning plays an important role. Based on the duration of iteration and team velocity, this is a time-boxed arrangement. Product Backlog   Iteration Backlog

A crucial feature of an iteration is to concentrate the team on a measurable benefit that is deliverable in the short term. To make sure that you do not lose concentration on what to achieve during the iteration, document 1-5 high-level targets. Usually, for each iteration, the project plan may specify one or more goals, and those goals are used as a starting point. If you need to explain the goals when you prepare your iteration, do so. 

  • Inputs to IP & Planning the Iteration   

The IP goals are typically based on the following factors: 

Critical risks not yet mitigated: Iteration priorities also involve the most significant risks being pushed down.  

The time allocated to the iteration: Iterations are timeboxed, so the Project Manager must ensure that the iteration priorities are achievable in relation to the time and resources allocated to the iteration.  

The highest priority features: To ensure that the essential features of the application are built and checked early on, specifications are prioritized. 

  • Iteration Planning Steps- Before starting, make sure, the user story in the product backlog have been sized by the team and a relative story point value has been assigned. The product backlog is stacked to reflect the product owner 's preferences. For these rated backlog products, there is a general understanding of the acceptance requirements. Per iteration, there is an iteration plan that can describe who will execute the work item for how long a time.  

Since iterations are time-boxed, by calculating how many hours of real work can be taken on, we need to consider how big our 'box' is. Let's say you have 6 team members, and you have 15 working days in your iteration, and you can do 5 real hours of work per person and day on average. This will earn you 6x15x5h = 450 real work hours. Notice that only 4-6 hours of actual project work every day is done by the average team member, with the remaindebeing consumed by e-mails, meetings, and other routine tasks not specifically related to the project. For all the high-priority items in the Work Items List, the team can then review and amend priorities to ensure that a significant work item is not skipped, which will otherwise fall far below the list of what can be taken on in this iteration. The essential features for a product backlog item for the purpose of iteration planning are:  

  • The iteration is small enough to be done.  
  • We can check whether it was correctly implemented or not. 

There are two steps in designing the contents of an iteration: deciding how many user stories will fit into the iteration, then breaking down those stories into assignments and appointing owners. Sizing refers to a user story's relative reach, which is normally performed in relative points. When it is first developed, during backlog refining sessions, and before the planning meeting, the team regularly estimates the size of a user story. The team should know what story at the top of the backlog will fit into the iteration by the time preparation starts. Estimation refers to the breakdown of tasks into a user narrative. When the steps taken to produce a user story are established, an hourly estimate is provided for each mission. This figure keeps the team updated on how close it is to completing a mission. The team also recognizes how many task hours each member of the team has available in the iteration (known as capacity) to avoid overburdening of individuals. 

  • In planning sprints, there are two general approaches: velocity-driven planning and capacity-driven planning. 
  • Velocity driven Sprint Planning 

 Let 's start with velocity-driven sprint planning since it's the simplest to explain. Velocity-driven sprint preparation is based on the idea that in the next sprint, the amount of work a team can perform is approximately equal to what they have done in previous sprints. This implies, of course, that the team is working on similar work from sprint to sprint, consistent sprint lengths, and so on, such as a constant team size. Each of these assumptions is usually true and violations of the assumptions are easily recognized that is, the team knows this in advance when a sprint switches from 10 to nine working days, as in the case of a holiday.

The following are the phases in velocity-driven sprint planning:  

  • Determine the historical average velocity for the team.  
  • Select the number of items for the product backlog equal to that velocity.

Most teams stop there. Others include an extra step 

  • Identify the activities involved in the user stories chosen to see if it feels like the correct amount of work.  

And there will be some teams moving even further to 

  • Estimate the assignments to see if the task total is in line with previous sprints. 

Capacity driven planning 

The product owner, the Scrum Master and all members of the agile team are involved in a capacity-driven sprint planning meeting. The product owner brings into the meeting the top-priority product backlog items and presents them to the team, usually beginning with a summary of the high-priority items collection.

After a high-priority item has been selected, team members discuss the work involved and determine the activities needed to produce the product backlog item. The hours for each item would also be approximately calculated by most teams. These figures are tentative since the figures can only be used to impact the number of items that are brought into the sprint and the product backlog. Estimates do not need to be accurate to do so. Do not ask or expect a team to think about any job that will be completed during the sprint. That is not only unlikely, it is needless, too.

The team members ask themselves, "Should we commit to this?" after they have defined tasks and approximately calculated the hours for that one product backlog item. When the team decides that a product backlog item can be shipped, they pick another item and repeat the procedure. And they continue to repeat it until anyone says that they are unable to commit to the product backlog item chosen. If someone is unable to complete the item in the sprint, team members can normally address the situation and see if someone else is available to help. Maybe a DBA with rudimentary JavaScript expertise will assist an exhausted developer of JavaScript. 

You may have noted that no story point or velocity has played a role in the process so far. Although I still recommend providing rapid, high-level estimates of product backlog items in story points.  

  • Iteration Planning Attendees: These are the below attendees for IP ceremonies: 
  • Scrum MasterThe scrum master serves as an agile distribution team facilitator. 
  •  Product Owner: The product owner deals with the comprehensive view and approval conditions of the product backlog. 
  •  Agile Team : Agile implementation determines their objectives and sets the estimates of effort necessary for the commitment to be met. 
  • Iteration Planning Agenda : The following is an example agenda for iteration planning:  
    • Measure the iteration's available team capacity.  
    • Discuss each story, discuss extensive acceptance requirements, and use story points to provide estimates.  
    • When the team runs out of capacity, preparation ends. 
    • Determine and settle on the objectives for iteration. All should be committed to their goals.  

Criteria for acceptance are created through dialogue and cooperation with the product owner and other stakeholders. The Product Owner may adjust the rating of the story based on the story's estimates. 

  • Velocity Calculation 

Velocity is a measure of the amount of work that a team can do during a single sprint and is Scrum 's main metric. Velocity is determined by summing the points for all completely completed User Stories at the end of the Sprint. Dividing the total number of story points completed by the number of sprints includes the real velocity. For instance, if a total of 70 points were achieved by the development team over two sprints, the actual velocity of the team will be 35 points per sprint. 

  • Capacity planning 

The agile team quantifies their capacity to do work. Each member of the team decides their availability, considers time off and other possible responsibilities. Other standing responsibilities, such as maintenance, are also taken into account in this operation, which is distinct from the creation of new stories. Using their historical velocity as a starting point, the team makes changes to assess the actual potential for the iteration based on the unavailable time and team members. 

  • Story Analysis & Estimation

The team backlog is checked once the team capacity has been identified. Each story, covering relative difficulty, scale, complexity, ambiguity, technical challenges, and requirements for acceptance, is addressed. In order to maintain a common understanding of the individual behavior of each story, teams also use Behavior-Driven Production (BDD). Finally, for the story, the team agrees to a size estimate. Usually, there are also other types of stories on the team backlog, including enablers that might represent infrastructure work, POC, and architectural improvements, as well as work and defect refactoring. They also prioritize and estimate these things. 

In Scrum, the estimation of the story point of the team, and the resulting velocity, is usually a local and independent matter. The fact that a small team might estimate their velocity to be 50 in such a way, while another larger team estimates that their velocity is 13, is typically not a concern. However, in SAFe, the calculation of the story point must be standardized, so that assessments of features or epics that require the help of several teams are based on the same concept of the story point, allowing a common economic decision-making basis 

  • Relative Estimating, 

Velocity, Capacity, and Normalizing Story Point Estimating- In order to reasonably estimate story, Agile teams use story points. With relative estimation, the size (expected effort) is compared to another story for each story. An eight-point story, for instance, is four times the effort of a two-point story. The pace of the team is equivalent to the historical average of all completed stories per iteration. The starting point for estimating the potential of a team for a future iteration is velocity. Knowing the skill of a team helps with preparation and helps to restrict Work in Process (WIP). Teams should not take on more stories than their previous pace would imply. Velocity, which is also forecast in story points, is also used to estimate how long it takes to deliver features or epics. 

  • Develop/commit to Iteration Goals

When the iteration backlog is known, the team turns its focus to synthesizing one or more iteration priorities that outline the work in that iteration that the team intends to achieve. They are based on the iteration backlog from the PI planning case, as well as the team and program PI goals. The closer the PI planning session is to the IP version, the more likely the PI targets will stay unchanged. When the potential of the team has been met, no more stories are taken from the team backlog in terms of committed stories. At this point, the product owner and the team settle on the final list of stories that will be chosen, and the iteration priorities will be revisited and reaffirmed. The entire team then agrees to the objectives of the iteration, and for the duration of the iteration, the nature of the work remains set. 

  • Guidelines for Effective IP 

Some tips for holding an iteration planning meeting are given below: 

  • Keep an eye of duration of this event. It should be timeboxed to 4 or less hours. 
  • It should be organized by the team and for the team alone. 
  • We should keep a check on the historical velocity of team before over-committing the team’s capacity. 

Source. 

Conclusion

It is important to ensure that the way you will assess progress at the end of the iteration is transparent to all team members and other stakeholders. The obvious criterion for success should be that you can verify the implemented features. Iteration preparation, either on the first day or a week before the iteration starts, should be performed once per iteration. You should give about 12 hours to finish the process as a facilitator, but there is really no fixed time, it's all about whatever works for your team. Most notably, have fun and remember to celebrate the previous success of Iteration! 

Ashish

Ashish Kumar

Senior Technology Specialist

Ashish is working as a Senior Technology Specialist in leading financial bank has more than 13 years of experience in developing enterprise applications

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The A-CSPO validates your ability to manage multiple projects and stakeholders and deliver business value. A-CSPO being an advanced level certification is much sought after by organizations who want to hire professionals with advanced Product Owner abilities.Other benefits of the A-CSPO certification include:Training by Scrum Alliance approved Certified Scrum Trainers® (CSTs)2-year membership with Scrum AllianceAccess to a number of local groups of Scrum users and social networksGain enhanced Agile Scrum implementation skillsSet yourself apart from others in the marketplaceAs a highly trained Agile professional, show advanced value to your employerEarn high salaries - 111033 USD (average)Top companies hiring A-CSPO professionalsSAP LabsSalesforceAdobeWikispeedOracleVisteonGEBBCMicrosoftBarclaysRobert BoschWhere to take training for A-CSPO certification?The training must be led by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and delivered by a Registered Education Provider (REP) or a Certified Agile Coach of Scrum Alliance.Who should take the training for A-CSPO certification?Professionals in the following job roles can take this course:Project ManagersDevelopersProduct OwnersManagers-Software developmentArchitects-Software developmentProduct ManagersSoftware developersSoftware testersTeam leads/Team members interested in learning ScrumWho is eligible for the A-CSPO certification?The A-CSPO requires the following eligibility:At least 12 months of work experience specific to the role of Product Owner (within the past five years) and an active CSPO credentialDuration to get A-CSPO certified: All participants need to attend the 2-day in-person or 14 hours live online A-CSPO training from a CST, at the end of which they will receive their credential.Course fee for A-CSPO certificationThe course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 41999U.S.: Will be updated shortlyCanada: Will be updated shortlyExam fee for A-CSPO certification: No exam needs to be taken in order to earn the A-CSPO credential. Attending a 2-day/14-hour course along with the required experience is mandated to earn the credential.Renewal fee for A-CSPO certification: $175, every 2 years3. Professional Scrum Product Owner™ (PSPO™) TrainingProfessional Scrum Product Owner™ Level I (PSPO™) is a credential offered by the Scrum.org. While the certification does not require you to take a training, an assessment needs to be cleared in order to get certified. The PSPO is a reflection of your ability to maximise skills, enhance product value and use Agile perspectives to deliver successful products.The PSPO is highly regarded in the industry as it is a rigorous exam and is based on the objectives outlined in the Scrum Guide.   Other benefits of the PSPO certification include:Own the product visionMaximize your team’s ROIImprove business value and ROIMotivate and lead Agile teams and team membersValidate your commitment to continued excellence and qualityDemonstrate your proficiency in ScrumGrow your career in Scrum with confidence Ace your interviews and get noticed for promotions at your current jobCommand higher salaries than your non-certified peersBe part of a network of industry leaders and Agile professionalsGain a stepping stone for the advanced level Professional Scrum Product Owner™ II Certification (PSPO™ II)Get the PSPO I logo that you can use to identify your achievementGet your name listed on Scrum.orgEarn salaries in the range of $98,612Top companies hiring PSPO professionalsJ.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC)Cisco Systems IncImproving EnterprisesUnitedHealth GroupBank of America Corp. (BOFA)Source: PayScaleWhere to take training for the PSPO certification: Take the training from Scrum.org’s Professional Training Network under the guidance of certified Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs).Who should take the training for PSPO certification?This course can be taken by:Project ManagersDevelopersProduct OwnersManagers-Software developmentArchitects-Software developmentProduct ManagersSoftware developersSoftware testersTeam leads/Team members interested in learning ScrumLeadership Team Who is eligible for the PSPO certification?There are no eligibility requirements for the PSPO certification.Duration to get certified: If you opt for training, you will have to attend two days or 16 hours of PSPO™ I training under a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST). You will then receive a key to the PSPO™ I Assessment. Once you pass the Assessment, you are declared PSPO™ I certified and can download your certificate.Course fee for PSPO certificationThe course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 25999  U.S.: USD 1299Canada: CAD 1499Exam fee for PSPO: $200 USD per attemptPSPO Exam DetailsExam Type: Closed book,Format: Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/FalseDifficulty: IntermediateLanguage: English onlyTime limit: 60 minutesNumber of Questions: 80Passing score: 85%Retake fee for PSPO Exam: $200 USD for each re-take attempt. Participants of Scrum.org classes get free retakes if they take and fail the assessment within a certain time frame. Renewal for PSPO certification: Your PSPO certification has a lifetime validity and does not require renewal4. PMI-ACP® Certification TrainingThe Project Management Institute (PMI)® a world-renowned body known for its flagship project management credentials, now offers professionals a chance to hone their agile skills with the PMI- Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® credential. Its mandatory requirement of real-world Agile expertise and a thorough knowledge of Agile practices, tools and techniques means that holders of the PMI-ACP are Agile experts in every sense of the word.The PMI-ACP has huge demand in Agile organizations as it gives holders a 360-degree view of Agile and adds huge value to the skill set of a product owner.Other benefits of the PMI-ACP certification include:Helps you qualify for Agile jobs with expertise in Agile methods like Scrum, FDD, Kanban, etc. which are in demand in the industryEquips you with knowledge of various Agile methodsMakes you marketable as it opens doors to many project development methodologiesGain soft skills to manage your role eloquently  Earn more than your non-certified peers ($109,556)Top companies hiring PMI-ACP professionalsBooz, Allen, and HamiltonAccentureInternational Business Machines (IBM) Corp.Usaa InsuranceAmazon.com IncSource: PayScaleWhere to take training for the PMI-ACP certification: The training must be taken from an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of PMIWho should take the training for PMI-ACP certification?This course can be taken by:Project ManagersProject PlannersQuality Assurance StaffDevelopers/ProgrammersDesigners, TestersProject ControllersProduct OwnersScrum MastersScrum Team MembersWho is eligible for the PMI-ACP certification?The PMI-ACP requires the following eligibility:Secondary degree21 contact hours of training in agile practices12 months of general project experience within the last 5 years. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP.8 months of agile project experience within the last 3 yearsDuration to get certified: Once you complete the required training you must take time out to vigorously prepare for the exam. You then need to set the date and give the 3-hour exam. Once you pass the exam you may refer to yourself as a certification holder although your certificate package can take six to eight weeks to arrive in the mail.Course fee for PMI-ACP certification:The course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 25999  U.S.: USD 1299Canada: CAD 1499Exam fee for PMI-ACP: $435 (for members), $495 (for non-members)PMI-ACP Exam Details:Exam Type: Closed book Format: Multiple Choice Difficulty: Intermediate Time limit: 3 hours Number of Questions: 120 of which 20 are considered pre-test questions and do not affect the score. Passing score: 85%Renewal for PMI-ACP certification: To maintain your PMI-ACP, you must earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) in agile topics every three years.5. Certified SAFe® Product Owner / Product Manager (SAFe® POPM)If scaling Scrum is your forte, then this is the right credential for you. This credential, an offering from the Scaled Agile, Inc., validates your product owner skills in delivering value by applying the principles of Lean to ensure Agile success at the enterprise scale, improving the Agile Release Train and ensuring customer satisfaction while improving bottom line margins.Considering that the Scaled Agile Framework is widely used in Agile organizations, there is a huge demand for SAFe POPM certified professionals, who can deliver continuous value at the enterprise level.Other benefits of the SAFe POPM certification include:Master key SAFe® product ownership/product management concepts like Lean Agile principles and valuesCollaborate with Agile teams to deliver valueMaster Program Increment PlanningOne-year membership to the SAFe Community PlatformOpen yourself upto new opportunitiesSAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (SPOPM) salary ranges from $83,865 to $124,613Access to Meetup groups and events that connect you with other Certified SAFe ProfessionalsTop companies hiring SAFe POPM professionalsBoschLockheed MartinPepsiCoAnthemCiscoStandard CharteredCapitalOneThalesFitBit  AstraZenecaSource: PayScaleWhere to take training for the SAFe POPM certification: The training must be taken from an authorized training partner of Scaled Agile, Inc. Who should take the training for SAFe POPM certification?This course can be taken by:Program or Project ManagersScrum MastersRelease Train EngineersBusiness AnalystsAgile CoachesSAFe Program ConsultantsDevelopment ManagersCTOsConsultantsArchitectsEngineersDirectorsProduct ManagersProduct OwnersDelivery ManagersSolution Train EngineersSoftware DevelopersWho is eligible for the SAFe POPM certification?The SAFe POPM requires the following eligibility:Two-day training from an authorized training provider of Scaled Agile Inc. Experience in Lean and AgileDuration to get certified: Once you complete the mandatory 2-day training you can set a date to take the 1.5 hrs SAFe POPM exam. On passing the exam, you become a Certified SAFe® 5 Product Owner / Product Manager. You will receive your SAFe®️ 5 Product Owner / Product Manager PDF Certificate and Digital Badge within 5-7 working days.Course fee for SAFe POPM certificationThe course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 55999  U.S.: USD 1099Canada: CAD 1395Exam fee for SAFe POPM: First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion.SAFe POPM Exam DetailsExam Type: Closed book Format: Multiple choice, multiple response Difficulty: Intermediate Time limit: 1.5 hours Number of Questions: 45 Passing score: POPM4 = 35 out of 45 (77%); POPM5 = 33 out of 45 (73%)Retake fee for SAFe POPM Exam: Each retake costs $50Renewal for SAFe POPM certification: SAFe POPM needs to be renewed each year by paying a $100 fee and earning a minimum of 10 continuing education/outreach hours (PDUs).SummaryProduct Owners are the rock stars of an Agile team—confident, articulate, sharp, great communicators and problem solvers! A solid Product Owner certification along with these qualities can give your career a total makeover and make you a team favourite. 
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A question that plagues most entry-level or even mid-career Scrum professionals is: “is a Scrum credential really worth it?” The answer—it most definitely is! According to the Salary Survey of Scrum Professionals 2017-18 , even entry level professionals, with just one scrum certification, earn much more than their non-certified counterparts. Scrum certifications were also the most requested certifications in 2020 with the Certified ScrumMaster being most in demand, according to employment website Indeed.com. Employers are more than ever before, looking at hiring certified Scrum professionals, a fact validated by  Indeed.com’s survey, which places the CSM above the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential in its list. So, you know how to future proof your career. Get a Scrum certification!  SourceHere’s a list of the top paying Scrum certifications that will help you in career progression, leverage this hiring demand in 2021-2022 and earn high salaries.CSMCSPOPSMA-CSMPSPOSAFe Scrum Master CertificationPMI-ACPScrum Master by Scrum Inc.™ Certification1. Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®)  This entry-level Scrum credential from Scrum Alliance, is a great starting point for professionals who want to gain an understanding of Scrum team roles and responsibilities, Scrum events and Scrum artifacts.CSM Demand: CSM, was the 9th most-requested certification this year in the Indeed.com survey. With an average salary of approximately $120K per annum and 24% expected job growth rate in the next 3 years, CSM is indeed the gold standard for Scrum certifications.   Source: Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Schools & Reviews | Indeed.com Benefits Of CSM Gain a high degree of proficiency in executing Scrum. Become an Agile change agent Be a servant leader. Create a highly motivated and high performing team. Open yourself to new opportunities. Earn high salaries. Average salary USD 118,353 Gets you a 2-year membership with Scrum AllianceTop companies hiring CSM professionals Retail E-commerce Energy & Utilities Financial Services such as Insurance and Investments Cos Advertising Marketing Government Institutions. Some of the top companies hiring CSMs includeIBM Tata Consultancy Services CapGemini Honeywell BOSCH Accenture DeloitteWhere to take training for certification: Aspirants must attend a course taught by a Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance or by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST®). KnowledgeHut is a Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance. Eligibility for CSM exam: Attending an in-person two day (16 hours) or live online (14 hours) Certified ScrumMaster® course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST®) is required, to be eligible for the exam. Who should take the CSM training for certificationSoftware Engineers Product Managers Project Managers Team Leaders Business Analysts Product Managers Software Developers Product Owners Software Development Managers Software Architects Software Testers Team Leads QA Managers Development team members Testers Anyone who would like to build a career as a Scrum Master Duration to get certified: Attending a 14-hour live online or 16 hour in-person course is mandatory for appearing for the exam. Once you complete the course, you should reserve some time for ensuring a thorough preparation before attempting the exam. If you successfully pass the exam, you will get your results immediately and you are a qualified CSM. The total duration in order to get CSM certified, including course, study time and exam should take you around a couple of weeks. Course fee for certification: Rs. 23,999/- in India, $ 1295 in the US Application fee for certification: NA Exam fee for certification: Included in course fee Exam Format: Online test comprising of 50 multiple choice questions. Duration: 1-hour Pass mark: 74%  Retake fee for certification: The second attempt is free if you attempt the exam within 60 days of course completion. The retake costs $25 after first two attempts.2. Certified Scrum Product Owner®(CSPO®) Another offering from Scrum Alliance, this credential is for professionals who want to cement their career as Product Owners and want to validate their expertise on Scrum terminology, practices, and principles. CSPO Demand: Product Owners have been recognised for their innumerable contribution to Scrum teams and their role as a bridge between business and development. With 90% modern teams using Scrum for product development, the Product Owner’s role as an intermediary who maximises value and motivates teams, is not lost on recruiters. Which is why the demand for product owner keeps rising and each day hundreds of open positions for product owner roles are added.  Benefits Of CSPO Enhance your knowledge of Agile practices Maximise value and enhance stakeholder satisfaction Grow your network and speak a global product owner language Get a 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance Earn lucrative salaries CSPO salary: $105,845.Top companies hiring CSPO professionals IT Telecom Healthcare Financial Manufacturing Education Some of the top companies hiring CSPOs includeGartner Intel Dell Bosch PayPal Mastercard Axis Bank SAP IBM Where to take training for certification: Aspirants must attend a course taught by a Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance or by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST®). KnowledgeHut is a Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance. Eligibility for CSPO exam: There is no exam. Aspirants need to successfully complete a 14 hour live online or 16 hours of in-person training with a CST, or 25 hours of face-to-face interaction with a Certified Agile Coach to be certified as CSPO.  Who should take the training for CSPO certification Project Managers Developers Product Owners Managers-Software development Architects-Software development Product Managers Software developers Software testers Team leads/Team members interested in learning Scrum Duration to get certified: 14 hours or 16 hours or 25 hours, depending on the mode of training you choose.Course fee for certification: Training cost: INR 24999 in India, USD 1295 in US and CAD 1495 in Canada 3. Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM™)The Professional Scrum Master™ I is an offering from Scrum.org, a global organization founded by Scrum co-creator, Ken Schwaber. This credential with its high standards of training and exhaustive assessment, ensures that holders have mastery over the Scrum framework.  PSM Demand: According to the 2019 Scrum Master trends by Scrum.org, PSM I was among the top three certifications among survey participants. Scrum is by far the most commonly used agile framework and its popularity is not going to diminish any time soon.  PSM I is lucrative and career defining. Benefits Of PSM Lead a team of Scrum specialists who bring the benefits of Scrum to projects. Perform the responsibilities of a servant leader Resolve conflicts and tackle challenges to deliver the best at the end of every Sprint. Address organizational challenges in using Scrum effectively Display a high level of Scrum expertise Earn high salaries; upto USD 93,570 on average annuallyTop companies hiring PSM professionals Retail E-commerce Energy & Utilities Financial Services such as Insurance and Investments Cos Advertising Marketing Government Institutions. Some of the top companies that hire PSMs J.P. Morgan Chas & Co Capgemini IBM Sogeti USA LLC Northrop Grumman CorporationWhere to take training for certification: Aspirants must train under PSTs or from a Professional Training Network (PTN) member of Scrum.org. You can attend a face-to-face course taught by Professional Scrum Trainer (PSTs), a private coaching or complete 16 hours of live online training with a PST. KnowledgeHut is a Professional Training Network (PTN) member of Scrum.org. Eligibility for PSM exam: There is no eligibility criteria for appearing for the exam. But aspirants must possess a high level of Scrum knowledge.  Who should take the training for PSM certification Project Managers Scrum Masters Scrum team members Developers Product Owners Software development managers Software Architects Product Managers Software Developers Software Coders Software Testers Team Leads/Team Members Duration to get certified: Passing the assessment is mandatory to gain the certificate. Considering that the assessment is difficult, Scrum.org suggests a thorough preparation that includes attending a course, reading the Scrum Guide and other resources. In all, it may take you 20 hrs including course and study time to get PSM certified. Course fee for certification: USD 1299 Exam format:  80 multiple choice questions and True/False questions Duration: 1 hour Pass mark: 85%   Application fee for certification : NA Exam fee for certification: $150 USD per attempt Retake fee for certification:  Two attempts are permitted within 14 days after you receive your key, at no additional cost.4. Advanced Certified ScrumMaster℠ (A-CSM℠) This is the advanced level credential after the CSM and is offered by the Scrum Alliance. If you want to continue on your agile journey and show your commitment to continued excellence, then this is the right credential for you.   A-CSM Demand: The A-CSM helps you showcase your advanced Scrum implementation skills, and ability to facilitate better dialogue between the Scrum team and stakeholders. These advanced Scrum Master skills are in high demand across Fortune 500 companies, who are ready to pay high salaries for such skills.  Benefits Of A-CSM Enable high performance teams Lead and facilitate change Resolve impediments Manage multiple teams Earn high salaries upto $115K per year Top companies hiring A-CSM professionals Retail E-commerce Energy & Utilities Financial Services such as Insurance and Investments Cos Advertising Marketing Government Institutions Telecom Infrastructure Entertainment Some of the top companies hiring A-CSMs Google Walt Disney LinkedIn Roche BBC GE Adobe Microsoft Spotify eBay Twitter IBM Capgemini Accenture Deloitte Hewlett Packard BAE Systems Lockheed Martin ExxonMobil Verizon Walmart Dow Jones  Tesla  Where to take training for certification: Aspirants must attend a training offered by a Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance. Eligibility for A-CSM exam  Hold a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification with the Scrum Alliance.  Attend a certified A-CSM educational offering to gain techniques and skills that go beyond the basics and mechanics of Scrum, expanding into interaction, facilitation, coaching, and team dynamics. Successfully complete all educator-designed components of an approved educational offering. This may include pre- or post-course work as deemed necessary by your approved educator to complete the learning objectives. Accept the A-CSM License Agreement and complete your Scrum Alliance membership profile. Validate at least 12 months of work experience specific to the role of Scrum Master (within the past five years).  Who should take the training for certification Scrum Masters Team Leads Development Managers Delivery Managers Project Managers Agile Coaches Duration to get certified: Once you have satisfied all the eligibility requirements mandated by Scrum Alliance including a minimum of 12 months of Scrum Master experience (within the past five years), you need to attend the 2-day A-CSM℠ course from a Global Registered Education Provider of Scrum Alliance post which you will get your A-CSM credential. KnowledgeHut is a Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance. Course fee for certification: USD  775  Application fee for certification: NA Exam fee for certification: There is no exam for A-CSM Retake fee for certification: NA5. Professional Scrum Product Owner™(PSPO) PSPO stands for Professional Scrum Product Owner, a course and certification offered by Scrum.org. This credential helps you develop a solid understanding of the Product Owner responsibilities and maximize value of software products and systems. PSPO Demand:  Product Owner roles are the jobs of the future. Listed by LinkedIn and the World Economic Forum (Jobs of Tomorrow Report 2020) as being among the top emerging job trends, product owner roles are here to stay.  Benefits Of PSPO Own the product vision and maximize your team’s ROI Improve business value Motivate and lead Agile teams Demonstrate your proficiency in Scrum Grow your career in Scrum with confidence  Open yourself up to new opportunities Earn handsome salaries. Certified Product Owners earn $105,399, average salary, much higher compared to non-certified Product Owners Top companies hiring PSPO professionals Telecom Oil & gas Finance Government Healthcare Entertainment and more Some of the top companies hiring PSPOs includeSpotify Twitter Tesla Lockheed Martin Walmart Dow Jones ExxonMobil Where to take training for certification: Aspirants must take their training from a Professional Training Network (PTN) member of Scrum.org. KnowledgeHut is a Scrum.org™ Professional Training Network (PTN) member. Eligibility for PSPO exam: No eligibility requirements. Participants must possess high knowledge of Scrum.  Who should take the training for certification Project Managers Developers Product Owners Managers-Software development Architects-Software development Product Managers Software developers Software testers Team leads/Team members interested in learning Scrum Leadership Team  Duration to get certified: 2 days training plus additional study hours before attempting the exam.  Course fee for certification: USD 999 Application fee for certification: NA  Exam fee for certification: $200 USD Exam Format: 80 multiple choice questions and True/False questions Duration: 1 hour Pass mark: 85% Difficulty Level: Intermediate  Retake fee for certification: You are allowed two attempts within 14 days after you receive your assessment key from Scrum.org at no additional cost.6. SAFe® Scrum Master Certification The SAFe Scrum Master certification certifies an individual as being capable of performing scrum master responsibilities in a scaled agile environment. SSM certified individuals can lead Agile Scrum transformations, create high performing teams and ensure implementation of Scrum practices in the organization.  SSM Demand:  According to the 13th State of Agile Survey Report (2019), the Scaled Agile Framework is the most popular scaling method. With more and more organizations discovering the benefits of scaling agile and harnessing its potential on an enterprise-wide scale, the demand for hiring SAFe certified professionals has increased tremendously.   Benefits Of SSM Perform the responsibilities of a servant leader Successfully carry out Program Increment planning Facilitate Iteration execution Manage the Program Increment Coach a successful Agile team that is highly motivated and high performing Get the Certified SAFe Scrum Master Certificate (PDF format)  Get the Certified SAFe Scrum Master Digital Badge  One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform Access to SAFe events and MeetUp Groups   Get access to various SAFe learning resources Open yourself to lucrative opportunities and high salaries—as high as $80,000 to $1,10,000 annually Top companies hiring SSM professionals Finance IT Service Industry FMCG Retail Insurance Banks  Some of the top companies hiring SSMs Cisco LEGO digital solutions Barclays Panera Bread Ericsson FitBit Where to take training for certification: Aspirants must attend a training facilitated by an authorized training partner of Scaled Agile.  KnowledgeHut is a Silver Training Partner of Scaled Agile.  Eligibility for SSM exam:  Experience working in a Lean-Agile environment and attending a two-day training delivered by a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC).  Who should take the training for certification Program or Project Manager Scrum Master Team Lead Release Train Engineer Business Analyst Agile Coach Portfolio Manager Consultant Architect Engineer Developer Director Quality Manager Product Manager Product Owner Delivery Manager Program Manager  Duration to get certified:  2-day training followed by study time. On passing the 90 minute SSM exam you will be a Certified SAFe 5 Scrum Master. You will receive your SAFe 5 Scrum Master PDF Certificate and Digital Badge within 5-7 working days.  Course fee for certification: Rs 55999, Cost in the U.S.: USD 1099  Exam format:  Exam type – Multiple choice; Multiple select Exam delivery – Web-based (single-browser), closed book Exam duration – 1.5 hours Number of questions – 45 Passing score – SSM 4 = 33 out of 45 (73%); SSM 5.0 =33 out of 45 (73%) Exam score for SSM 5.0 has been updated effective Feb 28 8pm MST. SSM 5.0 passing score prior to February 28 was 34 out of 45 (75%). Language – English Application fee for certification: NA Exam fee for certification: First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Retake fee for certification: $50 for each retake attempt 7. PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®The PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner, as the name suggests, is an offering of the world-renowned Project Management Institute.  This certification places rigorous standards on participants which is why it is highly acknowledged world over. Holders get a holistic view of carrying out project management practices in Agile environments.  PMI-ACP Demand:  According to a survey in SwarmOS, Agile adoption has helped 98% of organizations in reducing costs, enhancing bottom line margins and deliver successful products. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption rate of Agile and what these Agile organizations need are project managers who understand Agile in a variety of situations and are able to effectively steer projects by applying project management best practices. PMI-ACP professionals are therefore highly sought after by recruiters and organizations.  Benefits Of PMI-ACP Leverage the demand for Agile project managers by getting PMI-ACP certified Show your expertise in a variety of Agile methods like Scrum, FDD, Kanban, and more Make yourself more marketable  Earn lucrative salaries :  $108,000 on an average  Top companies hiring PMI-ACP professionals Aerospace Engineering Manufacturing Construction Pharma Banking Some top companies hiring PMI-ACPs Boeing Booz Allen Hamilton Visa American Express AT&T Wipro Where to take training for certification:  Aspirants must train from an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of PMI. KnowledgeHut is a Premier Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of PMI.  Eligibility for PMI-ACP exam: General Project Experience 2000 hours of working on project teams within the last 5 years or having an active PMP®/PgMP® credential Agile Project Experience 1500 hours of working on Agile Project Teams or with Agile Methodologies, in addition to “General Project Experience” above; Training in Agile Practices 21 contact hours earned in Agile Practices Who should take the training for PMI-ACP certification Project Managers Project Planners Quality Assurance Staff Developers/Programmers Designers, Testers Project Controllers Product Owners Scrum Masters Scrum Team MembersDuration to get certified: Attending a training workshop of 3 days followed by intense exam preparation that can be from 100-150 hrs in duration is a conservative time to prepare for the PMI-ACP credential. Once you successfully pass the exam, you will be PM-ACP certified.  Course fee for certification: INR 10999, USD 1099 Exam Format:  120 MCQs, each question will have four choices Duration: 3 hours Application fee for certification : For PMI membership: USD $ 129 plus USD $10 for application fee. Exam fee for certification: $435 for PMI members, $495 for non-members Retake fee for certification: $335 for PMI members and $395 for non-members. 8. Scrum Master by Scrum Inc.™ CertificationThis highly regarded and recognised credential is offered by Scrum.Inc. This is the Scrum training developed and promoted by Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum, and helps participants implement Scrum practices to bring about innovation, value and project success. Scrum Master by Scrum Inc.™ Certification Demand: Considering that this certification has an agenda backed by the co-founder of Scrum, its demand in the industry is significant. The ability of certified professionals to create self-organized, high value and motivated teams is much appreciated by organizations. This has created a huge surplus of demand for Scrum professionals and this credential will put you in the market for these top roles.  Benefits of Scrum Master by Scrum Inc.™ CertificationDeliver high quality products and reduce costs Scale Scrum and enjoy enterprise-wide advantages Lead high performing teams Deliver products fast Earn high salaries: USD $97319  Scrum Master Certification – Getting Started & Comparison Guide 2021 (knowledgehut.com) Top companies hiring Scrum Master by Scrum Inc.™ professionals Financial Services Construction Engineering Pharma Data Analytics Education Tourism Government Agencies Some top companies hiring Scrum Master by Scrum Inc. Certified professionals Lockheed Martin PepsiCo Anthem Cisco Standard Chartered CapitalOne Thales FitBit Where to take training for certification: Aspirants must take the course from an authorized training provider of Scrum Inc.™. Eligibility for Scrum Master by Scrum Inc.™ exam: Attending a 16-hour Scrum Master course from an ATP of Scrum Inc™ is mandatory for taking the exam. Who should take the training (roles) for certificationProject Managers Scrum Masters Scrum Team Developers Product Owners Software Managers Software Architects Product Managers Testers Team Leads SAFe® practitioners interested in Scrum@Scale PMPs, PMI-ACP Team Leaders Professionals interested in Agile and Scrum methodologies Professionals who wish to explore how Scrum delivers twice the value at half the cost Duration to get certified: You need to attend a 16-hour course and spend some time for exam preparation. Once you take the exam and clear it, you will be Scrum Master certified.  Course fee for certification: $1995  Exam fee for certification: Included in training cost SummaryLinkedIn’s “Most promising jobs of 2017,” states that job openings for Scrum Masters grew 104 percent year-over-year from 2016, with a career advancement score of 8 out of 10; while Scrum Master was listed in the top 10 emerging Product Development jobs list by the World Economic Forum. Not just the number of jobs, but there is also steady increase in the base salary earned by Scrum certified professionals, and this increase based on the number of certifications that one holds.  So, more the number of certifications you add to your resume, the higher your salary goes. At the outset of 2021, there are still thousands of job openings for Scrum professionals. Equip yourself with one or more of these highest paying Scrum certifications and bring value to yourself and your organization.
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Writing Effective User Stories in JIRA

User stories are one of the main methods of communicating requirements to developers/development team in an Agile project. It is important for the individual tasked with documenting the requirements to be able to write effective and detailed enough user stories. The user stories are required to be comprehensive enough to enable the developer/development team to start analyzing, designing and developing the required functionality, feature or requirement stated in the user story.     This article while intending to guide individuals on how to write effective user stories is also intended to advise on the best practices of creating user stories using JIRA as a requirements management tool for creating stories and tasks. What is a User Story?   User stories are short, simple descriptions of a feature in the system under development told from the perspective of the person who desires this new capability. This person is normally a user of the system or even a customer who pays for the solution.  User stories typically follow a simple template as below. As a , I must be able to so that I can .  User stories are often written on index cards or sticky notes and pasted on an information radiator or in other words a scrum board. This article is however on maintaining user stories using JIRA and on how the tool can be used to ensure regular conversation.  Writing user stories on an index card is actually the ‘Card’ part of the 3 C’s in user stories. It is said that a user story should be long enough to fit into an index card and be detailed enough to arouse discussion. Writing user stories in JIRA A new user story in JIRA can be created by selecting the option to create a new issue of type ‘Story’ as shown below.  The user story in the format listed above can be written in the summary field of the new issue creation screen.  User story definition should satisfy the INVEST criteria which implies that the user stories should be: Independent (of all other user stories and be able to exist on its own) Negotiable (not a specific contract for features but be able to be used to facilitate discussion among relevant stakeholders) Valuable (create some business value) Estimable (to a good approximation) Small (so as to fit within an iteration) Testable (in principle, even if there isn’t a test for it yet)   Trace your Customer Requirements to user stories in Agile through the integration with JIRA. https://t.co/esXyAJykZy pic.twitter.com/DZoa1tJrjL — Visure Solutions (@VisureSolutions) 21 November 2017   JIRA also provides the option to set priority of user stories which might have been done based on the MoSCoW criteria, due dates, assign the story to a team member of the project, allocate a story point/hour based effort estimation for the story, tag the user story to a component level feature or in other words ‘Epic’ and be able to assign the story to a sprint during which the story is required to be implemented. Adding description to user stories The 2nd C of the 3 C’s in user stories that is ‘Confirmation’ is used to specify the acceptance criteria of the user story. An acceptance criterion is used to ascertain when a particular user story can be marked as done and is normally used by the product owner to validate the same. The acceptance criteria also help the development team implement the business rules, functionality and will be the single point of reference for the Quality Assurance Team. The description field in JIRA issue creation provides space for the user to specify the acceptance criteria.   Gearset’s Jira Self-hosted (on-prem) and Jira Cloud integration lets you automatically post deployment updates to your tickets & keep up-to-date with the progress of your user stories. https://t.co/qvDlNK5LLr pic.twitter.com/yh8RmUL1Gm — Gearset (@GearsetHQ) 29 January 2018 Enabling discussion Another main aspect of writing requirements as user stories is to enable conversation about the feature among relevant stakeholders. This is known as the ‘Conversation’ component of user stories which is the 3rd C in the 3C’s.  Often user stories are accompanied with a process diagram, UI wireframe or a mockup, data dictionary etc. which can be added as attachments in JIRA or even be associated with the story as comments, wiki page links maintained in confluence. Conclusion Writing user stories is an easy method of maintaining requirements in a dynamic environment of an Agile project. JIRA, as explained above, provides a powerful and rich set of features which helps manage requirements in an efficient and convenient manner.    
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