Learn the fundamentals of the Scrum framework, achieve your Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I certification, and start applying Scrum to your next Dynamics 365, Power Apps, Power BI or Power Automate project
Are you implementing Microsoft Business Apps? Do you want to have the best project ever?
The Scrum for Microsoft Business Apps course is ideal if you are implementing Microsoft Business Applications in your organisation. Or you work for a Microsoft partner implementing Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI or Dynamics 365 for your customers.
After this course, you'll enjoy a faster project that costs less. Reduced risk and less wasted effort. Better software and happier stakeholders. And a project that's more fun for you and your team.
Learn Scrum for Microsoft Business Apps quickly
with Neil Benson
So you’d like to use the Scrum framework to implement Microsoft Business Applications? Fantastic. Scrum is the most popular agile software framework, and a great way to implement Power Platform applications like Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power Apps, Power BI or Power Automate.
What are the essential events of Scrum? What roles do we need? What deliverables should we produce during Scrum projects? How should we adapt Scrum for a Microsoft Business Applications project?
I’m going to help you cut through the confusion — to not only learn about the Scrum framework but how I’ve applied it to my Microsoft projects for the last twelve years.
In Scrum for Microsoft Business Apps, I’ll walk you through the entire Scrum framework from end to end. With high-quality videos (that aren’t too long) and lots of fun LEGO illustrations along the way, you’ll be ready to start using Scrum in a few hours.
I've taken the basics of Scrum and combined them with hands-on Power Platform project experience. The result is a course that is much more specific and targeted than generic Scrum courses. You'll learn from real-life, successful Microsoft Business Applications projects using Scrum.
Hundreds of Microsoft Business Apps professionals, just like you, have completed the course. You can read some of their testimonials below. Do you want to join them?
Is this course for you?
Scrum for Microsoft Business Applications was built with Dynamics 365, Power Apps, Power BI and Power Automate project team members in mind. If you are about to implement Microsoft Power Platform apps and you’re looking for help with an agile approach, this is the course for you.
The course is ideal if you are implementing Microsoft Business Applications in your organisation. Or you work for a Microsoft partner implementing Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement, Finance & Operations or Business Central, Power Apps, Power Automate or Power BI for your customers.
If you're a project sponsor, project manager, or business analyst. Or if you're a practice leader, architect, developer, configurator or tester. This course is the perfect introduction to Scrum.
Do any of these challenges sound familiar to you? ✔ You want to try Scrum but don't know where to start? ✔ You're familiar with Scrum but don't know how to apply it to Microsoft Business Apps? ✔ You once tried Scrum but it felt like some essential part was missing? ✔ You've been using Scrum and want to prepare for your certification exam? ✔ You are curious about how Microsoft Power Platform teams have succeeded in with Scrum?
I've been there too. I've used Scrum to deliver business applications projects for over 10,000 users in the past ten years. I know what it's like to start a new project, with a new team, new requirements with fresh challenges.
Will Scrum work for your team on your next project? Yes, it can. You can get started today.
The course is jam-packed with content that will teach you Scrum. And how to apply it to your next Business Apps project.
Here's what you can do:
✔ Work at your own pace. There are six sections and over 40 high-definition videos with closed captions. ✔ Gain experience. Learn the lessons from my own successful business apps projects. ✔ Review the presentations. Each video includes a hand-out with the lesson slides and a transcript. ✔ Test your knowledge. Take the quiz at the end of each module to reinforce your learning. ✔ Listen during your commute. Listen to the audio course that's included with the video course.
✔ Prepare for certification. Use my annotated Scrum Guide and take the practice exam for the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I assessment. ✔ Get your questions answered. Join our course community to ask questions and become part of our community of agile Power Platform practitioners. ✔ Private coaching. One-on-one or team coaching to get your questions answered and help you apply Scrum to your Dynamics 365 or Power Platform projects.
What Microsoft customers and partners are saying
Hear from some of the Customery Academy students — Microsoft Business Applications customers and partners — who have taken the Scrum for Microsoft Business Apps course.
Louise Astorgano Head of Technology, Evolv Super Audits (Microsoft customer in Australia)
"We have increased significantly increased the size of our development team. One of the reasons that we've been able to do that is because the business has had confidence in the framework that we've got to deliver, and that has seen us been given an increase in budget. The work aspect of my life is different after during the course because I definitely have a better framework in order to run the project that has been led to decrease in stress around overruns and risk management."
Alexio Chandiwana Solution Designer, D365 Consulting (Microsoft consultant in UK)
"What I've seen is there's more efficiency from the teams because things are more organised. There's a process in place. There's a structure that people look and say, 'Okay, yeah, this is how things are being done and this is better as compared to what we're doing before'. In terms of saving time, after going through the Scrum course, what I now have is a process to filter through the backlog, put those things into sprints on the backlog itself. So basically it saving us time in terms of where work items which are related."
Andrew Rogers Functional Consultant, Capgemini (Microsoft partner in Australia)
"We've got a lot of really good feedback from our very first customer that we applied the framework to, to the point where we got a case study out of it with Empired, like it's on our website and public. For me, the mental health thing has dramatically improved in terms of like what I think we've agreed upon versus what they've agreed they think that they've agreed upon. Being confident, using the framework, being on time and on budget gives us confidence. Every time that we know that we're going to use the framework, it'll actually happen. Just having the baseline, which is the Scrum for Business Applications course really helps us all stay aligned and true to that."
Graeme Donnell Senior Pre-Sales Consultant, Incremental Group (Microsoft partner in UK)
"The main difference that adopting Scrum has made to our business apps projects within Incremental Group is it adds structure to our teams. It allows our guys to work in iterative sprints, and it enables our project managers to keep a track of the work that's going on. Ultimately, then we're able to work together as a team towards a goal and deliver the best application, the best solution, to our customers. If I were to recommend Scrum for Business Apps to anyone in particular, it would be anyone who is working with Dynamics 365. Whether you be an implementer, a maker, a developer, a project manager, or just someone who's finding their feet within Microsoft Business Applications."
Joel Lindstom Principal Architect, Hitachi Solutions 11x Microsoft MVP United States
"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."
Daniel Hesketh Director, MiiiA Australia
"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'."
Joe Gill Dynamics 365 Consultant Microsoft MVP Ireland
"I found the Customery Scrum course was a great help in providing a clear and concise approach in using Scrum on Dynamics 365 projects."
Brian Illand Microsoft Practice Lead, Codec United Kingdom
"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 these overlap with personal leave'. All organisations using Dynamics should consider a Scrum methodology and this is a great place to start."
Greg Owens Director, Vitalogy IT Solutions United Kingdom
"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."
Nick Doelman Microsoft MVP Canada
"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."
Ethan Weatherby-Fell Project Delivery Manager, Factor Australia
"Timeboxing has been the biggest difference in my project as well as the proper ways of adopting the Scrum principles and ceremonies. I have already recommended this some project managers I know and work with as this is ideal for them to learn especially as some jump from a project manager to scrum master, like I did. This is a great course to learn apply to work in Microsoft Business Apps."
Fiona Whiteing Associate Director, KPMG Australia
"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."
Julain Sharp Dynamics 365 Consultant/Trainer, Vigence United Kingdom
"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."
What you'll learn in this course
To help you get the most out of the course, I'll give you a quick tour of the course components and explain the two different ways that successful students usually complete the course. Your success starts here.
Section 1: Scrum theory
The course kicks off by explaining the theory that underpins Scrum, and its pillars core values. Understanding and embracing these principles is key difference between 'doing agile' and 'being agile'.
Section 2: Scrum team
In this section, we look at the three essential roles in the Scrum team and we examine the responsibilities and essential qualities of the product owner, scrum master and developers in a Microsoft Business Apps project.
Section 3: Scrum events
There are five events in Scrum and we learn about them in this section. They are the sprint, the daily scrum, sprint planning, sprint review and sprint retrospective. There's one more important activity, backlog refinement, that isn't an event in Scrum, but it's a recommended practice followed by almost every Scrum team.
Section 4: Scrum artefacts
There are three artefacts that Scrum teams have to deliver. In this section, we learn about the product backlog, the sprint backlog and the increment. Once you know the required deliverables of Scrum, your team can choose what other artefacts it will produce during your project.
Section 5: Scrum stories
To help you apply what you've learned about Scrum to your next Microsoft Business Apps project, I share three case study videos from some of my projects and the best practices and hard lessons I learned along the way.
Section 6: Scrum certification
The Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I certification demonstrates you understand the Scrum's theory, roles, events and artefacts and you're ready to join a scrum team. If you join the Professional or Team plans you'll get access to my annotated Scrum Guide with study notes and a practice exam that you can take until you're ready to take the official exam at Scrum.org.
Welcome to Customery. My mission is to help everyone use the Scrum framework to successfully implement Microsoft Business Applications. That’s why I created the Scrum for Microsoft Business Apps course, as well as my blog and podcast.
I started using the Scrum framework to implement Microsoft Dynamics CRM in 2008. In fact, the case study of my first project is one of the lessons in the course. I’ve been working with CRM systems for over 20 years and implementing them for the past 16 years.
I took my Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster training with Mike Cohn and I’m a Scrum.org certified Professional Scrum Master and Professional Product Owner too.
I love pitching, envisioning and delivering agile Microsoft Business Applications projects that provide amazing results for my customers. And amazing experiences for their users and their customers.
As well as running consulting practices for a national firm in the US and a global professional services firm, I’ve started and sold a Microsoft hosting and consulting company. I’ve also spent over ten years as an independent consultant leading Scrum teams delivering successful CRM outcomes.
Microsoft has given me a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award each year since 2010 for my thought-leadership in the Microsoft Business Applications community. I’ve organised and spoken at numerous Microsoft conferences and user groups in person and online.
I grew up in Belfast and I've lived in Edinburgh, London and Los Angeles. So now you know where my messed-up accent comes from. Today, I live in Brisbane, Australia, with my family who help me build LEGO models for Customery. And if I wasn't delivering Business Applications with Scrum, I'd love to be a pizzaiolo with my own pizzeria.
Meet the Business Apps Scrum Superheroes
Congratulations to all the Customery Academy students who have achieved their Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master certification
When are you going to join them?
80+ PSM1 graduates
Over 80 students have achieved their Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I certification after completing our training.
We've sent a personalised welcome video to each of the 3,000 students have joined our courses since we launched in 2017.
Over 20 partners and customers have enrolled their teams in our Scrum for Microsoft Business Apps - Team plan.
When does the course start and finish? The course starts now! It is a completely self-paced online course. You decide when you start and when you finish.
Can I share my login? No. Sharing your login is a breach of the terms and conditions. Please don't share your username or password. Special offers are available for project teams.
What if I am unhappy with the course? I want you to be 100% satisfied. If you're not, let me know within 30 days and I'll give you a full refund.
Do you offer discounts for teams? Absolutely. There's an automatic 20% discount when you register five or more students.
You can register people from different organisations such as your Microsoft customer or partner's team members if you'd like.
How long do I have access to the course? You can access the course for 12 months.
Is previous experience of Scrum required? This course is designed for Microsoft Business Applications practitioners who have had little or no previous experience of Scrum. By the end of the course, you should have sufficient understanding to achieve Scrum.org's Professional Scrum Master I certification.
Is the course suitable only for CRM projects? You'll find almost all of the course content applies to any Microsoft Business Applications project: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations, Retail, Human Resources, Commerce, Business Central, Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Customer Engagement as well as Power Apps, Power BI or Power Automate. Most of the examples are based on CRM projects.
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