Succeeding with Scrum and Jira Software Workshop


In today's fast-moving and ever-changing agile job market, it's imperative to learn how to apply industry-leading agile tools and frameworks. Two of the most popular pairings for agile teams are Scrum and Jira Software. They are connected by the way teams use Jira Software to apply the Scrum framework. In this session, you will learn the basics of Scrum and Jira and how to apply it to your projects. You will also have hands-on experience in a lab environment to test out how Jira works and what reports are relevant for Scrum teams and project managers.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct 19, 2019  (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
WHERE:  800 Park Office Drive, Suite 3307, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
SUGGESTED AUDIENCE: Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Program Managers, Project Managers, Product Managers and Agile Team members
PREREQUISITE: Awareness of Scrum / Bring a laptop for hands-on experience
DURATION: 5 hours

SPECIAL PRICING: As an NCPMI partner, we are offering this class for the deeply discounted price of just $99, with the full amount going to NCPMI. You DO NOT need to be a member of NCPMI to take advantage of this special price. Everyone Welcome!






In this workshop you'll learn:


  • Understand the difference between Scrum and Waterfall

  • Create Agile boards – Scrum, Kanban and other hybrid configurations 

  • Configure the board and onboard your team members

  • Create, refine and prioritize your backlog 

  • Organize your backlog into releases and features (Epics)

  • Create and manage Sprints 

  • Facilitate daily Scrum

  • Close out the Sprint and facilitate retrospectives

  • Understand Scrum reports and charts 


With 20+ years of success client-facing product development in Operations, Cloud, SaaS, Software, BPO and ITO, as well as in transforming teams and administering Jira and Confluence to enable product planning and execution, Michael’s experience is both broad and deep.

Holding a Bachelor’s in Business Management and an MBA in International Business, Michael is a also a Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster (CSM®) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM®), as well as a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA®) and SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM).

He’s worked across the globe in locations such as Costa Rica, Philippines, Macau, Vietnam, Germany, and Cambodia and with clients including DoD, BlueCross BlueShield, MetLife, Northrop Grumman, HP, Ford and Honda.

Michael not only enjoys being a coach, mentor, and teacher, but due to his years of global experience he is able to relate to people and cultures in a seamless and comfortable manner, breaking down even the most complex topics into easily understood bits of knowledge.

He and his wife enjoy spending time with their rescued Yorkies and supporting dog rescue activities.


Michael Simmons

Principal Atlassian and

Agile Engineer

Meet our Jira Instructors

Jackie has 20+ years working in IT primarily in Software Engineering and Release Management. She has extensive experience leading and coaching organizations in their adoption of Agile frameworks and supporting ALM collaboration tools. 

Her extensive knowledge and hands-on experience with Atlassian’s suite of products enables her to effectively tailor savvy solutions to the needs of her clients.

Jackie is an Atlassian Certified JIRA Administrator (ACP-100), Atlassian Certified Agile Development with JIRA Software (ACP-300) Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA®), Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master (CSM®).

Jackie is extremely passionate about driving the advancement of DevOps practices across multiple industries and is active in user groups and forums in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Jackie is an avid reader and enjoys traveling to new places with her family.

Jacqueline Owino

Chief Atlassian Officer
DevOps Architect