Scrum Teams succeed best with a solid foundation and this two-day course prepares individuals or teams to begin effectively using Scrum immediately. The Scrum framework, mechanics, and roles of Scrum are emphasized with a focus on practical application.

Common missteps in the adoption of Scrum have been seen over and over again across industries, companies, and teams. Rather than coaching teams back from a poorly functioning Scrum implementation, PSF exposes these common missteps, increases the awareness of the associated symptoms, and provides prescriptive guidance to avoid going off track.

Professional Scrum Foundations (PSF) is the perfect introduction to Scrum for anyone new to the framework. Whether your team needs a flawless Scrum launch or needs to reboot a struggling Scrum implementation, this class lays the foundation for an effective Scrum team. This course also provides the foundation of knowledge needed for role-focused training for Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Developers.


The Professional Scrum Foundations course is appropriate for anyone working on or with a Scrum Team. The course is especially well suited to companies or teams investigating Scrum, those who are currently struggling with Scrum, or those beginning to utilize Scrum in their development environment.

But the PSF course isn’t for everyone. Well-functioning Scrum teams looking for assistance with advanced topics like Scaling Scrum or implementing a rigorous ROI framework will not receive as much benefit from this course. Teams looking to explore more advanced Scrum topics such as Scaling Scrum or Release Planning should consider the Professional Scrum Master program.

PSF is most effective as a training event for a dedicated team.


This two-day course covers the following:


  • Scrum Framework - Students dive into the Scrum software development framework including, roles and responsibilities, principles, artifacts, events and time boxes, and rules and customs.

  • Introducing Scrum & Agile - This module discusses the current state of the software industry and Scrum’s role within it. Topics include the origins of Scrum, misconceptions of the framework, the value that Scrum provides, and an exploration of self-organization as a power tool for increasing productivity.

  • Scrum Planning - Learn practical techniques of planning releases, managing Product Backlogs, keeping Sprints on track, and maintaining healthy team behaviors. Although many effective techniques exist for expressing requirements, this module equips teams to discover, express, and decompose requirements as Backlog Items using proven techniques.

  • Keeping Scrum Healthy - This module focuses on common missteps teams make when adopting Scrum and strategies to avoid them. In addition to discussing typical patterns/anti-patterns in this module, class attendees practice some of the more courageous conversations that commonly occur.

  • Getting Started - Following an excellent training event, Teams often struggle implementing what seemed so reasonable just a few days ago. This discussion helps attendees plan and prepare to actually be effective with Scrum immediately, marking the PSF as the true catalyst for change and increasing agility within your organization.

  • Scrum Teams - Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional; this is different from traditional development groups. How do we start with Scrum teams and how do we ensure their success?


Unlike other Scrum certifications that require only class attendance, Scrum.org 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 the Scrum.org website.


The Professional Scrum Foundations course is primarily targeted at anyone interested in getting more from Scrum. Students should:


  • Have studied the Scrum Guide (required).

  • Have been on or closely involved with a project that builds or enhances a product.

  • Want to know more about how Scrum works, how to use it, and how it could help their team.