Want to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 quickly,
with lower costs, and have more fun? I’ll show you how.
My mission is to help every Microsoft customer and partner use the Scrum framework to successfully implement Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Scrum is a simple framework. But the jargon can be a little confusing at first.
I want to help you out so I compiled a handy cheat sheet of Scrum terms and how they apply to Dynamics 365 projects. I’ll help you demystify the Scrum framework from A to Z.
Did you ever try to write the perfect requirements specification or project plan for your Microsoft Dynamics 365 project?
I did. For nearly ten years. Then I started using Scrum.
6 August 2018. Brisbane, Australia.
In 2009, I was working for Debbie, my project sponsor, on a Dynamics CRM project.
We had just finished the Analysis phase of a traditional SureStep project by publishing a 600 pages requirements specification. But it was too vague, contained too much jargon, requirements were missing, and it was too long.
Debbie wanted to regularly review prototypes and didn't want to wait 18 months for the first release into production.
So we switched to Scrum. The project was even more successful than expected and we had a blast working on it.
I love the results that Scrum has delivered for my clients and my teams.
My Introduction to Scrum for Dynamics 365 online course is designed to familiarise you with the Scrum framework so that you can apply Scrum to your next Dynamics 365 project and pass the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I certification assessment.
The course includes over three hours of videos including case studies from my Dynamics projects. It costs a fraction of generic two-day, classroom-based Scrum courses. And it has been successfully taken by hundreds of Dynamics 365 project managers, consultants and team members worldwide. Dynamics practitioners just like you.
"An excellent course - one to give your customers if they still have a waterfall-style fixed-price / fixed-scope mentality that isn't working. What makes this course superb are the simple but practical real world tips that make it easy for everyone to understand. For example 'avoid sprints on a Monday or Friday as this overlaps with personal leave'. All organisations using Dynamics should consider a Scrum methodology and this is a great place to start."
"We’d been cherry picking aspects of agile frameworks in our projects for a while, but I was keen to learn more. Seeing one of Neil’s Dynamics 365 Saturday presentations (featuring the Lego!) really got me hooked. The Introduction to Scrum for Dynamics 365 course was a great way to help refresh and refocus my team to go all in."
"Neil’s expertise in using Scrum for Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement implementations is second to none – having the opportunity to tap into his knowledge and experience has helped me in addressing gaps in my knowledge so that I can ensure an optimal outcome for my clients in their agile Dynamics 365 implementations."
"The course is proving to be fun, easy to consume and most of all: relevant. It does exactly as it promises – interprets Scrum in the context of delivering Dynamics 365 projects. It’s all very 'Neil' - light-hearted yet engaging and authoritative. Neil rightly speaks from a place of authority yet makes no assumptions about your level of knowledge of Scrum. Plus, your progress is all but guaranteed as each increment is short (rarely over 10 minutes) making it easy to fit a least one lecture in every day. Every Dynamics 365 project you ever work on should follow the Scrum 365 approach – we’d all have happier clients, less stressful projects and be happier in our work."
"Scrum 365 gave me excellent step-by-step guidance on how to apply Scrum techniques to my Dynamics 365 projects. It was awesome to get lots of real world advice from Neil like ‘One product owner is better than two or three’ which I felt gave me confidence in my decision making. In my view this course really should be mandatory for anyone starting a Dynamics 365 project."
Thank you so much for an excellent course. We use Scrum in our Dynamics 365 business on a daily basis, but there is always more to learn and I certainly had a great learning outcome from your course. I look forward to the next one. An example of a small change we started yesterday during our daily scrum was focusing on "what did we complete and what do we want to complete" (with emphasis on complete) instead of just talking about what we did. Small change, big difference.
"When faced with a massive Dynamics 365 project with hundreds of pages of requirements, we knew that we needed to think different to be able to build the system in an efficient and manageable way. Applying the Scrum principles covered in Neil’s course, the massive requirements document was broken down into a set of manageable sprints. Our dev team feel both excited and empowered to be able to participate in establishing the effort and allocation of tasks. Our daily scrums were key in collaborating effectively to delivering value to the customer successfully. We are continuing to evolve our use of Scrum and I can’t image taking on any future Dynamics 365 project using any other implementation methodology."
"I’ve been using agile approaches to Dynamics 365 projects for a while now, but Neil’s course has helped me crystallise how I to do better in future, with the added advantage of preparing me for another certification! All organisations adopting Dynamics 365 should take this course."
"Neil knows Dynamics, and I can't think of anyone better suited to teach you how to apply the principles of agile Scrum to Dynamics 365 deployments."