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Applying Professional Scrum

Applying Professional Scrum (APS)

APS is for those new to Scrum or who need to learn more about Scrum roles, artifacts, and events. This is one of the most underused classes, and that’s a shame. This class allows you to practice what it feels like to be on a Scrum team. It offers a unique experience that the others don’t: participation in a simulated Scrum team.
Think of it as Scrum 101 and beyond. This class is not about reading from a book or memorizing terms. You’ll learn by doing, using Scrum in a controlled environment. True learning comes from experience. APS is an ideal class for your team to take together.

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This class is the place to start if you have not had any Scrum training or if your organization is kicking off an Agile transformation. The APS class is the most overlooked class in the portfolio of classes. Yet, in many ways, it’s the most informative. When should you take APS?

  • When organizations first transition to Scrum

  • When a new Scrum team kicks off

  • When teams need to level set and get on the same page

APS is the perfect class for teams to take together. Taking this class together ensures that everyone has a shared language and shared experience to fall back on when they start using the Scrum framework together to deliver value to the organization.

More about APS

  • The class's purpose is to teach participants to collaborate to deliver value. I’ve been an Agile consultant and coach for many years. Team dysfunction and stress often result from a lack of role clarity. Teams don’t understand who is supposed to do what. 


  • The APS class really is Scrum 101. In APS, participants will:

  • Level-set team expectations

  • Learn the purpose of the events within the Scrum framework

  • Discover how to get started 

  • Learn to continuously work together to improve how they approach value delivery in the long term

Class Purpose

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The class starts by building a shared understanding of the core concepts and values of Agile ways of working. Next, class participants build a solid understanding of the Scrum framework, not with lectures but with participation. Activities help participants understand the key concepts and the accountabilities that individuals can fill on a Scrum team. The class concludes with helping teams understand how to plan and forecast work within the Scrum framework. 

Class Agenda Overview

Did you know?

Because Agile adoption has been so rapid in the past few years, the majority of Scrum Masters have less than five years of experience. That’s why the Applying Professional Scrum class is so valuable. It reinforces the basics behind the Scrum framework. Participants build an understanding of why certain things are done the way that they are in Scrum. Understanding the why behind the Scrum framework can help you embrace it more fully and improve value delivery.

Mary has a great attitude and way to teach.

“I came into this class like a “deer in the headlights” however Mary has a great attitude and way to teach. The day’s flew by and I learned everything I could in the class thanks to Mary.” - Brandon.

Frequently asked questions

  • Do you need to know Scrum to take this class?
    Not at all. This class is valuable for those who are completely new to Scrum as well as those who have been using Scrum but have had no formal training.
  • Will I get a certification?
    After participating in the Applying Professional Scrum course, you will receive a free chance to earn the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certification. This is a globally recognized certification backed by
  • What does the APS certification exam look like?
    The certification exam has 80 questions. Participants have 60 minutes to complete it. There will be a mix of easier and more difficult questions; many will go fast, while some will require additional thought. A passing score of 85% is required to achieve the PSM certification. The exam is online only, so there is no need to go to a testing center. The format for the PSM certification exam is multiple-choice questions and a few True / False questions.
  • What are the prerequisites for taking the Applying Professional Scrum class?
    None. It can be helpful to review the Scrum Guide before taking the class. The Scrum Guide is available at
  • How long is the APS course?
    The APS course from is usually scheduled for two days, each including about eight hours of instruction. Rebel Scrum offers more flexible options, including an opportunity to take the class in four half-days instead of two full days. You may schedule a private course for your organization, or you can sign up for any of our public classes.
  • Can I attend the APS class remotely, or is it only available in person?
    The APS class is available in person and online, allowing participants to choose the format that best suits their needs. Organizations may contact Rebel Scrum to schedule a private course.
  • What is your largest class size capability?
    Need to train a large number of people? No problem! From 5 to 5,000 participants, we can work with you to get you the training you need.


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