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Certified ScrumMaster Workshop (CSM)

2 Days
Classroom Session


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2.00 L-PDUs
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Expertise Level: Novice
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Beginning with the history of agile development and moving through the disciplines promoted by Scrum, this Scrum Master (CSM) training course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the Scrum methodology while specifically reviewing the behaviors expected of a Scrum Master. This 2–day Certified Scrum Master training course is suitable for those practicing or looking to practice the art of the Scrum Master, but is highly valuable for anyone involved in Scrum (Managers, Team Members, Product Managers, etc.).

Even projects that have solid, well–defined project plans encounter some degree of change and waste. Shifting market conditions, budget cuts, staff restructuring, or any number of influences will disrupt the best plan while contributing to customer dissatisfaction and staff discouragement. Moreover, projects that begin with changing or unclear requirements make it difficult to even establish project expectations. Scrum is the agile development process that allows teams to deliver usable software periodically throughout the life of the project, evolving with new requirements as the project proceeds.

This certification course is backed by ASPE's Exam Pass Guarantee. Upon completion of our Certified Scrum Master training course, if after two attempts within the 60-day evaluation period and you have not passed the exam and obtained certification, ASPE will allow you to attend another session of our Scrum Master Certification Course free of charge and pay for you to retake your certification exam.

The details on Scrum roles: Team Member, Product Owner, Scrum Master
How to gain an understanding of the foundational/critical concepts of Scrum with our Certified Scrum Trainer® instructional program
How to apply empirical thinking to your project work
How a team's productivity can be adjusted to account for its composition
How to appreciate the importance of organizational agreement on software readiness
Why the Scrum Master role can be the most satisfying as well as the most difficult job on a project
How conflict resolution plays a critical role in Scrum
How to work on a real-world Scrum project live in the classroom
How to practice and utilize the Scrum Framework
How to know when software is "Done" under Scrum
Upcoming Dates and Locations
Guaranteed To Run
Aug 21, 2017 – Aug 22, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Raleigh, North Carolina

Instructor: Jason Tanner

Hilton Garden Inn RDU Airport
1500 RDU Center Drive

Morrisville, NC 27560
United States

Aug 21, 2017 – Aug 22, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Tampa, Florida

Instructor: Judy Neher

Holiday Inn Express - Tampa North
11310 North 30th Street

Tampa, FL 33612
United States

Aug 23, 2017 – Aug 24, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Instructor: Peter Borsella

Embassy Suites Ft. Lauderdale
1100 SE 17th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
United States

Aug 24, 2017 – Aug 25, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Charleston, South Carolina

Instructor: Peter Saddington

Please Call ASPE for Location Details

Charleston, SC
United States

Aug 24, 2017 – Aug 25, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Fremont, California

Instructor: Jeff McKenna

Doubletree Hotel Newark-Freemont
39900 Balentine Dr.

Newark, CA 94560
United States

Aug 28, 2017 – Aug 29, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Washington, District of Columbia

Instructor: Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

Microtek-Washington, DC
1110 Vermont Avenue NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Aug 28, 2017 – Aug 29, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Salt Lake City, Utah

Instructor: Anu Smalley

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - South Towne
10680 Auto Mall Drive

Sandy, UT 84070
United States

Aug 28, 2017 – Aug 29, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Reston, Virginia

Instructor: Mike Stuedemann

Homewood Suites Dulles Airport
13460 Sunrise Valley Drive

Herndon, VA 20171
United States

Aug 29, 2017 – Aug 30, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Memphis, Tennessee

Instructor: Tom Mellor

Hampton Inn & Suites-Shady Grove Road
962 S Shady Grove Rd

Memphis, TN 38120
United States

Aug 29, 2017 – Aug 30, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm San Diego, California

Instructor: Peter Green

Courtyard San Diego Mission Valley/Hotel Circle
595 Hotel Circle South

San Diego, CA 92108
United States

Aug 31, 2017 – Sep 1, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Dallas, Texas

Instructor: Steve Spearman

Courtyard DFW Airport North
4949 Regent Boulevard

Irving, TX 75063
United States

Sep 5, 2017 – Sep 6, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Redmond, Washington

Instructor: Bryan Stallings

6801 185th Ave NE
Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052
United States

Sep 5, 2017 – Sep 6, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Des Moines, Iowa

Instructor: Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

Staybridge Suites West Des Moines
6905 Lake Dr

West Des Moines, IA 50266
United States

Sep 6, 2017 – Sep 7, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Omaha, Nebraska

Instructor: Mike Stuedemann

Microtek Omaha Training
10846 Emmet Street

Omaha, NE 68164
United States

Sep 7, 2017 – Sep 8, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Atlanta, Georgia

Instructor: Peter Saddington

Hyatt Place Atlanta/Buckhead
3242 Peachtree Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30305
United States

Sep 11, 2017 – Sep 12, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Cincinnati, Ohio

Instructor: Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

Indiana Wesleyan University
9286 Schulze Dr.

West Chester, OH 45069
United States

Sep 11, 2017 – Sep 12, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Phoenix, Arizona

Instructor: Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

Dynamic Worldwide
4500 S. Lakeshore Dr
Suite 600
Tempe, AZ 85282
United States

Sep 12, 2017 – Sep 13, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Cincinnati, Ohio

Instructor: Tom Mellor

Please call ASPE for location details
at 1-877-800-5221

Cincinnati, OH 45201
United States

Sep 12, 2017 – Sep 13, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Phoenix, Arizona

Instructor: Peter Green

Please call ASPE for location details
at 1-877-800-5221

Phoenix, AZ 85003
United States

Sep 14, 2017 – Sep 15, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm West Palm Beach, Florida

Instructor: Jim Smith

Hilton Palm Beach Airport
150 Australian Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33406
United States

Course Outline
  1. Agile Thinking: In order for us to understand the benefits of Scrum and the nuances behind its framework, we begin with the history of agile methods and how relatively new thoughts in software development have brought us to Scrum.
    1. How manufacturing has influenced software development
    2. The origins of agile thinking
    3. The Agile Manifesto
    4. The complexity of projects
    5. Theoretical Vs. Empirical processes overview
    6. The “Iron Triangle” of Project Management

Exercise:  The “Art of the Possible.”  This is an opportunity to understand how small changes in behavior can have a large impact on productivity.  This also turns our thinking towards new ideas and a willingness to change for the better.

  1. The Scrum Framework Here we’ll ensure that we’re all working from the same foundational concepts that make up the Scrum Framework.
    1. The different Scrum roles
    2. Chickens and Pigs
    3. Iterative Development vs. Waterfall
    4. Self-Management concepts
    5. Full disclosure and visibility
    6. The Scrum Framework Overview

Exercise:  The 59-minute Scrum Simulation.  This popular exposure to Scrum asks us to work on a short project that lasts for just 59 minutes!  We’ll walk through all of the key steps under the Scrum framework as we work in project teams to deliver a new product

  1. Implementation Considerations.  Moving beyond Scrum’s foundational concepts, we’ll use this time to dig deeper into the basics of implementing Scrum.  We’ll also use this time to begin a discussion of integrity in the marketplace and how this relates to software quality.
    1. Traditional vs. Agile methods overview
    2. Scrum:  The Silver Bullet?
    3. The Agile Skeleton
    4. A Scrum launch checklist
  2. Scrum Roles.  Who are the different players in the Scrum game?  We’ll review checklists of role expectations in preparation for further detail later in our session.
    1. The Team Member
    2. The Product Owner
    3. The Scrum Master

Exercise:  understanding customer expectations.  This exercise is the beginning of an extended exercise involving agile estimating and planning.  During this first portion of the exercise, we’ll work with a fictional customer who has a very demanding schedule and understand how our assessment of project work plays a significant role in customer satisfaction.

  1. The Scrum Team Explored.  Since the ScrumMaster is looking to protect the productivity of the team, we must investigate team behaviors so we can be prepared for the various behaviors exhibited by teams of different compositions.  We’ll also take a look at some Scrum Team variants.
    1. The Agile Heart
    2. Bruce Tuckman’s team life cycle
    3. Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team
    4. Team ground rules
    5. Getting Human Resources involved
    6. The impact of project switching
    7. The Scrum of Scrums
    8. Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)
    9. The importance of knowing when software is “done”
    10. Dispersed team consideration
  2. Agile Estimating and Planning.  Although Agile Estimating and Planning is an art unto itself, the concepts behind this method fit very well with the Scrum methodology an agile alternative to traditional estimating and planning.  We’ll break into project teams that will work through decomposition and estimation of project work, and then plan out the project through delivery.
  1. Product Backlog Features
  2. Relative Weighted Prioritization
  3. User Stories
  4. Relative Effort
  5. Velocity
  6. Planning Poker and Story Points
  7. Projecting a Schedule
  8. Why Plan in an Agile Environment?
  1. The Product Owner:  Extracting Value.  The driving force behind implementing Scrum is to obtain results, usually measured in terms of return on investment or value.  How can we help ensure that we allow for project work to provide the best value for our customers and our organization?  We’ll take a look at different factors that impact our ability to maximize returns.
  1. The Priority Guide
  2. Product Backlog Refactoring
  3. Release Management
  1. The ScrumMaster Explored.  It’s easy to read about the role of the ScrumMaster and gain a better understanding of their responsibilities.  The difficulty comes in the actual implementation.  Being a ScrumMaster is a hard job, and we’ll talk about the characteristics of a good ScrumMaster that go beyond a simple job description.
    1. The ScrumMaster Aura
    2. Characteristics of a ScrumMaster Candidate
    3. The Difficulties of Being a ScrumMaster
    4. A Day in the Life of a ScrumMaster
    5. The Importance of Listening
    6. Common Sense
  2. Closing Topics.  We’ll wrap up with direction on where to go next with your Scrum experience, some recommended reading, Scrum reference sites, and our graduation ceremony.
  3. Meetings and Artifacts Reference Material.  While most of this material was discussed in previous portions of class, more detailed documentation is included here for future reference.
    1. A Chart of Scrum Meetings
    2. The Product Backlog
    3. Sprint Planning
    4. The Sprint Backlog
    5. The Sprint
    6. The Daily Scrum
    7. The Sprint Review
    8. Why Plan?
    9. The Ideal Team Day
    10. Scrum Tools
Who should attend

This Scrum Master (CSM) certification program was developed for any professional who is currently involved in or will become involved in the running of Scrum projects.

Current Scrum Team Members not certified, including:

  • Business customer, user or partner
  • Product Owners
  • Team Members
  • Acting ScrumMasters who currently are not scrum certified

Positions within organizations that are interested in moving to Scrum, including:

  • Project Manager
  • Project lead
  • Project sponsors
  • IT Manager/Directors
  • Business Analyst
  • Developers/Programmers

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