Certified ScrumMaster

This Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) course is an intensive deep dive into creating and continuously improving your Agile capabilty using the world's most popular Agile method: Scrum. You will debunk misunderstandings, gain insights as well as practical techniques that will enable you to make a big difference to your team and your organisation's success with Agile.

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Description

This course is organised and run using Scrum as a management framework. This allows for feedback and flexibility as well as experiencing Scrum in action throughout the course.

This course is not just for ScrumMasters. It is for every player in an Agile environment who wants to understand the mindset, structural and behavioural changes necessary for you and your organisation to be more effective.

A large proportion of enrolments on this course come through word-of-mouth recommendation from previous participants who were delighted by the experience.

Unlike Scrum courses with other trainers, this course offers a Trial Scrum Test on day 1 with answers discussed at the start of day 2. This provides you with clear feedback on your Scrum knowledge in preparation for the post-course Certification Test.

Outline

This course is organised and run using Scrum as a management framework. This allows for feedback and flexibility as well as experiencing Scrum in action throughout the course.

This course is not just for ScrumMasters. It is for every player in an Agile environment who wants to understand the mindset, structural and behavioural changes necessary for you and your organisation to be more effective.

The trainer's 15 years of experience with Agile adoption in Australiasia and Europe mean that you will hear first-hand accounts of what really good Scrum is like as well as real world stories of pitfalls to avoid.

The trainer's 8 years of Scrum training experience with over 3,500 people mean that you will learn using some of the most immersive adult learning techniques available such as visual modelling, simulations, role-plays, teach-backs and 'Training from the Back of the Room' activities. This promotes self-directed learning and enhanced retention.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn;

  • Common misconceptions about Scrum and what the truth is.
  • What is core to the Scrum framework vs the limitless choices of what you should customise to your context.
  • The philosophy, values and principles that guide your ongoing choices in Agile adoption and continuous improvement.
  • Scrum as an elegant implementation of empirical process control, batching and queue management, time-boxing and self-organisation that together provide an effective model for working in a complex environment.
  • The Scrum roles in depth plus how they address project management concerns.
  • The characteristics of an impactful ScrumMaster and tools for being effective in this role.
  • The characteristics of exceptionally high-performing teams and what it takes to achieve this.
  • How to facilitate key Scrum events such as Sprint Planning and Daily Scrums.
  • Key considerations when scaling Scrum beyond a single team.
  • Key Agile adoption traps and how to avoid them.

Audience

The course is suitable for all participants in Scrum projects including analysts, programmers, testers, architects, project managers and business representatives.

Accreditation & Certification

All CSM courses are taught by Trainers approved by the Scrum Alliance. Taking a CSM course, passing the CSM test, and accepting the license agreement designates you as a Certified ScrumMaster, which indicates that you have been introduced to and understand the basic concepts you need to perform as a ScrumMaster or team member on a Scrum team. This course also satisfies two elements of the CSD track: Scrum Introduction and Elective.

Attendees will be notified about this test by the Scrum Alliance. The official material for preparing for the test is available from The Scrum Alliance resources page. Test results will be communicated to each participant by the Scrum Alliance.

Upon successful completion of the test, participants will be enrolled as Certified ScrumMasters. This includes a 24 month membership with the Scrum Alliance where additional CSM only material is available.

Prerequisites

Required Pre-reading

1. The Agile Manifesto including the 12 principles  
2. The Scrum Guide - A concise and insightful definition of Scrum written by the people who invented it.

Optional Pre-reading

We would also encourage you to read further on Scrum. This will enable you to get even more out of the CSM course. Further recommended material is as follows.

3. The New New Product Development Game - by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka - Harvard Business Review, Jan-Feb 1986 (10 pages of content)

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