Minecraft Education is being used to create a complex environment of work in a way that replicates the real business environment as much as possible. It consist of a simple build challenge combined with a small learning curve (for a most students). Students are then asked to use (and learn) Scrum while building their products and address their challenges during play time. The lessons learned throughout the Minecraft Experiments (Sprints) are directly applicable to the daily life at work. Students have a memorable experience of this class, fortifying the lessons for a longer period of time compared to other similar classes. There are no special skills needed for this class. Most students have never played this game before registering.

Solidify Your Knowledge Through Practice

Applying Professional ScrumTM (APS) is a hands-on course that provides the foundational knowledge needed to work with Scrum in a highly practical way. The course is a combination of instruction and team-based exercises. During the exercises, students work in Scrum Teams over a series of Sprints to learn Scrum while using Scrum. They experience first-hand how the Scrum framework improves their ability to deliver value compared to traditional methods. The course also includes a free attempt at the globally recognized Professional Scrum Master I certification exam (PSM I).  This course was previously known as Professional Scrum Foundations.

What You Will Learn

During the class, students experience Professional Scrum. They experience new, agile ways of working that enable teams to deliver more value, satisfy stakeholders and work better together. Students work together as a team in a series of Sprints to build a product, facing the same problems they face outside of class and learn how to use Scrum to address them. The events, roles, artifacts and principles of Scrum are leveraged during the exercises. By emphasizing the practical application of Scrum, the course also exposes common missteps and misunderstandings allowing students to develop an awareness of the associated symptoms and how to correct them. Students not only learn Scrum; they learn how to use Scrum well.

This class is taught both publicly and privately. In a public setting individual students, or multiple colleagues from the same company, will join other students and benefit from diverse experiences. Organizations can also contract trainers to hold a private class just for their staff. APS is designed to be industry and domain agnostic; our Professional Scrum Trainers will select one of several case studies to best meet the specific learning needs of the class. Students and teams building software products may want to consider our domain-specific course: Applying Professional Scrum for Software Development.

Applying Professional Scrum is excellent training for organizations, teams, and anyone wanting to experience using Scrum. The course also provides the foundational Scrum knowledge needed for those wishing to continue their education with role-focused (Scrum Master, Product Owner, Developer, Leader) training classes. Whether you are getting started on your first Scrum effort or refreshing your knowledge, this course gives students the ability and direction to start using Scrum immediately after the class.

View the different Focus Areas covered within this class and others.

Course Objectives

  • Learn about Agility and how Scrum differs from traditional plan-driven work models
  • Learn (or relearn) the fundamentals of Scrum and how to apply them correctly
  • Develop an understanding of what it is like to use Scrum and if it is right for your team
  • Learn how to be a great Scrum Team member
  • Leave the class with ways to identify common pitfalls and how to avoid them

Course Topics

  • Agility as a new way of working
  • Exploring the Scrum Framework
  • Planning and forecasting with Scrum
  • Getting started with Scrum

Who Should Attend

The Applying Professional Scrum course is the perfect introduction, reboot or refresher to Scrum. This course is for teams or anyone wanting to experience the Scrum way of working. APS provides the knowledge needed for anyone interested in taking role-focused training.  We also suggest that you read through the APS Focus Areas.

Professional Scrum Certification

All participants completing the Applying Professional Scrum course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) assessment. The industry-recognized PSM I certification requires a minimum passing score of 85%. APS class participants who attempt the PSM I assessment within 14 days of receiving their free password and do not score at least 85% will be granted a 2nd attempt at no additional cost.

You are also entitled to a 40% discount on the PSM II assessment once passing PSM I. The industry-recognized PSM certifications require a minimum passing score.

PMI PDU Credits

Students of Scrum.org courses are able to claim Project Management Institute (PMI) PDU credit: 14 PDUs after attending a two-day Applying Professional Scrum (APS) course. Please note that PMI PDUs are earned for course attendance and not for passing a Scrum.org assessment. Students can claim PDUs under PMI’s “Education courses provided by other third party providers” category. You can claim your PDUs online at https://ccrs.pmi.org.  Find instructions here.


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Martin Hinshelwood

This was a fantastic class with a fantastic trainer and the use of Minecraft for Education to simulate the complex environment of work was genius. This was one of the most engaging class I have been on in years.



Charles Schneider Pereira

"The trainer's approach was incredible. By using Minecraft, he was able to show how to apply Scrum to improve interaction among team members, improve processes and deliveries."



Tom Bandini

"Simon is an awesome instructor who really cares that his students learn. He uses a unique method of teaching which was really cool, this unique method was Minecraft! Each sprint has a lesson and its really cool to see where you start and where you end. You do not need any skills in Minecraft to take this class and I plan on recommending this class to my colleagues. I will definitely take another class with Simon in the future!"



Lou Barrios

"Simon is the best! And I love how he incorporated Minecraft and Scrum. It was a brilliant idea and a great way to practice Scrum principles. I literally found myself feeling like I was in the real work environment. Great way to simulate the stress that arises when working together. I also thought that the Miro boards were a great way to keep the group engaged in a two day Zoom intensive. Do yourself a favor, choose Simon Bourk!"



Mario Sanchez

I really enjoyed Simon's Applying Professional Scrum virtual classroom. The way he applied the Minecraft Education into the course made the class even more fun and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this class to a colleague or friend. Keep up the good work Simon!



Varun Chaudhary

"I really enjoyed Simon's Applying Professional Scrum virtual course. After initial technological hiccups, the course went smooth and was very practical and informative. Having never played Minecraft before, it came as a surprise how amazingly fun and appropriate learning of Scrum it would turn out to be. Highly recommend the course for its content and the innovative ways it was put forward. Keep up the good work Simon!"



Fabien Ninoles

"The class was a big boost for the company. Even with many of the attendants being already certified or having a long experience with Scrum, the content was a big refresher, and the practical exercises a big eye openers for many. The practice of scrum in the Minecraft world have also help people to get to know each other better and was actually one of the best team building exercise I had the chance to participate in my career. Thanks Simon for this great experience."



JF Lavoie

I loved the practical exercises and the reflection on it afterward.



Cyrille Gauclin

Simon is a great trainer with an impressive focus on hands-on experimentation which leads to rapid knowledge acquisition. From step to step we were able to inspect and adapt while learning. Thanks Simon for adapting so well to the students needs and pace!


Next Session(s)

Course Instructor Location Date
Applying Professional Scrum™ Simon Bourk Virtual Class, May 22 - 23, 2024
Applying Professional Scrum™ Simon Bourk Virtual Class, June 26 - 27, 2024
Applying Professional Scrum™ Simon Bourk Virtual Class, July 25 - 26, 2024