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Certified ScrumMaster Workshop (CSM)

2 Days
Classroom Session


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11.00 T-PDUs
1.00 T-PDU
1.50 T-PDUs
11.00 T-PDUs
2.00 L-PDUs
2.00 S-PDUs

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
Jul 24, 2017 – Jul 25, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Charlotte, North Carolina

SolutionsIQ (Formerly Davisbase)
10800 Sikes Pl Ste 200

Charlotte, NC 28277
United States

Jul 24, 2017 – Jul 25, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Kansas City, Kansas

Centriq Training
8700 State Line Road
Suite 200
Leawood, KS 66206
United States

Jul 25, 2017 – Jul 26, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Nashville, Tennessee

Homewood Suites Brentwood
5107 Peter Taylor Park

Nashville, TN 37207
United States

Jul 25, 2017 – Jul 26, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Omaha, Nebraska

Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village
1625 S. 67th St.

Omaha, NE 68106
United States

Jul 27, 2017 – Jul 28, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Columbia, Maryland

Homewood Suites by Hilton
8320 Benson Drive

Columbia, MD 21045
United States

Jul 27, 2017 – Jul 28, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Saint Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis University - Workforce Ctr
3545 Lindell Blvd.
2nd Floor Wool Center
Saint Louis, MO 63103
United States

Jul 31, 2017 – Aug 1, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Atlanta, Georgia

Holiday Inn Express Atlanta NW - Galleria Area
2855 Spring Hill Pkwy

Smyrna, GA 30080
United States

Jul 31, 2017 – Aug 1, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Jacksonville, Florida

Holiday Inn Baymeadows
11083 Nurseryfields Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32256
United States

Aug 1, 2017 – Aug 2, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Omaha, Nebraska

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown Old Market
1005 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68102
United States

Aug 8, 2017 – Aug 9, 2017    9:00am – 5:00pm Boston, Massachusetts

Hyatt Regency Boston
One Avenue de Lafayette

Boston, MA 02111
United States

Aug 8, 2017 – Aug 9, 2017    9:00am – 5:00pm Seattle, Washington

Spring Hill Suites
1800 Yale Ave.

Seattle, WA 98101
United States

Aug 10, 2017 – Aug 11, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Baltimore, Maryland

The Conference Center at Maritime Institute
692 Maritime Boulevard

Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
United States

Aug 14, 2017 – Aug 15, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Augusta, Georgia

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

Augusta, GA 30805
United States

Aug 14, 2017 – Aug 15, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Charlotte, North Carolina

Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlotte
6025 Tyvola Glen Circle

Charlotte, NC 28217
United States

Aug 15, 2017 – Aug 16, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Madison, Wisconsin

Hyatt Place Madison Downtown
333 West Washington Ave

Madison, WI 53703
United States

Aug 15, 2017 – Aug 16, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Chicago, Illinois

Microtek Chicago
230 W. Monroe
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

Aug 15, 2017 – Aug 16, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Denver, Colorado

Hyatt House Denver Tech Center
9280 East Costilla Avenue

Englewood, CO 80112
United States

Aug 16, 2017 – Aug 17, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Charlotte, North Carolina

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

Charlotte, NC 28201
United States

Aug 17, 2017 – Aug 18, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Embassy Suites Pittsburgh Airport
550 Cherrington Parkway

Coraopolis, PA 15108
United States

Aug 21, 2017 – Aug 22, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Sunnyvale, California

1296 Kifer Road
Suite 601
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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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