Scrum Repair Guide

The Essential Video Course for Solving Scrum Problems

There are many online Scrum courses out there, but only one helps you navigate the frustrating, real-life problems that threaten a team's success. 

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“This course goes much further than just treating basics. It really deals with well-known problems probably every Scrum Master and/ or Scrum Coach experiences. Mike always offers several solutions considering different circumstances introducing appropriate examples as well. With his extensive knowledge of all parts of agility he convinces and encourages me to try out his hints without hesitation. I really like the length of the videos, all necessary is said and all unnecessary is omitted. The content is really absolutely substantial, interesting and helpful. I recommend this course to every practising SM and agile Coach.”

- Eva Gysling

About Mike Cohn

Mike Cohn is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. He is a co-founder and former board member of the Scrum Alliance, and a co-founder of the non-profit Agile Alliance, home of the Agile Manifesto.

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"This is by far the best Scrum course I've taken. Mike really provided concrete activities / responses to address the issues he's identified in this course. It is not fluff that leaves you wanting, but real world recommendations that will work." - Richard De Francesco

Solving Scrum Problems is Easy When You Take This Course

The Scrum Repair Guide is the first online video course to go beyond basics and deal with the most difficult challenges you’ll inevitably experience when implementing Scrum.

That means when you do face a challenge, you’ll know how to fix it.

Whether you’re a new or seasoned Scrum practitioner, this course helps you: 

  • Pinpoint problems quickly and find solutions before productivity is at risk.
  • Manage stakeholder requests while protecting the team.
  • Energize and focus team members so they collaborate more effectively.

Why The Scrum Repair Guide Works

Real-world recommendations

The content is based on what Mike has seen work for hundreds of Scrum teams.

Adaptable guidance

You often get several solutions to try depending on different circumstances.

Multiple recipes

For handling complex and delicate situations.

A long-term repair guide

You can refer to this resource time and time again.

Practical advice

Right down to specific actions, exercises and even the words you should use to solve problems.

Help with cultural change

Sometimes it’s not the rules that are the problem, it’s getting people to stick to them.

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“Mike has this rare ability of examining complex situations with a lot of gray areas and presenting them with sound recommendations and without any nonsense in simple black and white. Thank you Mike.”

Hector Rovira

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Meet Mike Cohn

One of the industry's most well respected Certified Scrum Trainers (CST)

well respected Certified Scrum Trainers (CST). Mike Cohn is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. He is a co-founder and former board member of the Scrum Alliance, and a co-founder of the non-profit Agile Alliance, home of the Agile Manifesto.

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7 modules and 35+ lessons

36 professionally recorded videos

Professional Development Units 

(5 Category B Scrum Alliance SEUs 5PMI PDUs)

Over 3 hours of content

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Most teams hit a few bumps in the road after using Scrum: demanding stakeholders, chaotic product backlogs, or team members that focus on 'individual progress' to the detriment of the team. 

You may recognize these problems, or you might have different challenges. Every Scrum team and organization is unique and will have unique problems. 

So how can you make Scrum work for you and your team? 

Successful teams adapt Scrum

Unsuccessful teams try to change Scrum 

Teams that struggle with Scrum might try to change the framework bit-by-bit, for example: 

  • Team members complain they're burnt out - so they introduce a gap week to catch-up.
  • A testing backlog builds up, so the team decides to separate testing and development sprints.

But changing the framework of Scrum only makes things more difficult.  Instead you need to solve these problems  in a way that works best for the unique needs of your organization, without compromising what makes Scrum so effective. 

Having read most of Mike's books and attended his excellent Scrummaster training course I wasn't sure how much this video course was going to add - but I was intrigued enough by the title and the content to purchase it. I wasn't disappointed. There are many books and courses on how Scrum SHOULD work but this is the first course I've seen that tackles head-on the real world issues you will encounter when using Scrum.

- Andy Prior

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What You'll Learn

Module 1: The Product Backlog

A well-organized product backlog lets a team start strong at the beginning of each sprint. But it can become messy and chaotic, costing valuable time. In this module, you’ll see how to:

  • Keep the product backlog up-to-date so the team doesn’t waste time looking for key information.
  • Remove resistance from a PO who is reluctant to allow technical work within a sprint .
  • Consistently deliver potentially shippable products by choosing the right number of product backlog items for the size of your team. 

Module 2: Estimating and Planning

Stakeholders need estimates to make long term projections and product owners need them to prioritize backlog items. Even if your team hates the idea of estimating, this module shows you how to:

  • Make developers feel safe about estimating (so they don’t try and sabotage results).
  • Build the credibility and respect for a team through a series of accurate estimates. (This helps stakeholders listen In the future, if the team says something can’t be done.)
  • Master communicating estimates so that stakeholders are happy and the team doesn’t feel pressured.
  • Use the ‘no partial credit rule’ to encourage the team to perform better (even if they try to fight it). 

Module 3: Sprinting

Many frustrating challenges can derail even an experienced team during a sprint. Fortunately, you’ll have the Scrum Repair Guide, so you can: 

  • Identify the tell-tale symptoms of a sprint that is too short (or too long) and how to fix it.
  • Understand the top 5 reasons teams under-deliver and how to avoid this.
  • Make sure your team doesn’t misinterpret ‘potentially shippable’ and think a sprint will fail when it can actually be saved.
  • Stop sprints being meaningless milestones when work is left unfinished.

Module 4: Problems During Meetings

Meetings are a common source of wasted time and team frustration. This module tackles this head on and shows you: 

  • Why the “2 hours per week of the sprint” advice isn’t always the right length for the sprint planning meeting.
  • Why a team shouldn’t think of every task in the sprint planning meeting and how many tasks they should actually identify.
  • How to use the sprint planning meeting to stop the worst habit of all: failing to deliver.
  • 3 ways to have a successful sprint review if you have functionality that you can’t demonstrate.

Keeping stakeholders and the team happy can be difficult but there are ways to handle requests diplomatically without sacrificing the flexibility and morale of the team. In this module we’ll dive into: 

  • How to use project success sliders to get a meaningful discussion about (true) stakeholder priorities.
  • 3 great questions for stakeholders that give you flexibility on scope schedule and cost.
  • Why a one-handed clock is a powerful illustration to make stakeholders clear about what is flexible, and what is non-negotiable.
  • How to really move from documentation to discussion by proving which documents are truly necessary.

Module 5: Stakeholders

Ideally everyone should be working not just in the team but for the team. As you know, this doesn’t always happen. This module shows you how to: 

  • Get team members to focus on group throughput rather than individual productivity.
  • Encourage team members to work outside their role (and understand when this won’t work).
  • Have team members do smaller handoffs earlier so that testing isn’t left until the last few days.
  • Support an overly busy product owner so you can get their input when you need it.

Module 6: Teamwork

Scrum should create a positive working environment, but a misunderstanding of Scrum rules can put pressure on the team and create resistance. See how to prevent this and learn how to: 

  • Use 3 ways to work at a sustainable pace and eliminate burnout.
  • Understand exactly why separating sprints for testing and programming is a bad idea.
  • Quantify risk so that you can estimate it more accurately.
  • Choose 4 different ways to reward a team (and understand which incentive is the most damaging to motivation).

Module 7: Culture

If you’ve never watched the Scrum Repair series, do so now. If you’ve viewed it once, do it again every 6 months. You’ll find something valuable and new each time… Mike provides a wealth of information, useful for Scrum teams at any level of their maturity…

- Andy Cleff


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