The Certified ScrumMaster course is a two day class that will prepare the attendees to take the CSM test with the Scrum Alliance. And a lot more! Based on 25 years of experience in the software development arena I am offering my experience in the Scrum world to the attendees. The attendees largely determine the agenda for the two day class. This is an intense two days for all people, probably more so for the attendees then for me.
Scrum is now part of mainstream Project Management, and this class takes experienced project managers and experienced software developers into the world of Scrum. Scrum is used worldwide, to deliver software products in small to large and sometimes very large organizations. In the two days of class you will learn Scrum-by-the-book (the Agile Atlas and the Scrum Guide), and then explore how the Scrum concepts fit in real world projects: In your projects, with the challenges and limitations that your organization and your customers put around a software development project.
This class is based on the recently published Agile Atlas (Scrum Alliance), which describes the concepts of Core Scrum forms the basis for the CSM test. With this class under your belt you will pass the final CSM test, many have done this before you. From the Core Scrum concepts we move on to more complex situations: we explore technically challenging projects, we discuss distributed teams and global organizations. Larger project structures, where dozens or hundreds of people are active will be discussed, and the roles of management in these projects are evaluated. We look into the world of requirements management and visit the concepts of Stories and Epics. We also cast an eye on modern estimating techniques; probably play a game of planning poker.
Your trainer has been in these situations and will talk and show examples from his experience. He will share background materials and articles with the attendees, like the “Five Levels of Planning” paper, and the experience report “Complexity at Cisco”.
The agenda is only providing us a little bit of structure during the two days: it will help us not to forget to work with all the Core Scrum concepts. But right from the start the attendees will be posting their questions, and we will work with the questions, answering and discussing them. Also slides will be in little use during the two days, they make for a nice book you will take home, but it serves only as a support in the class.
Topics for the two-day class:
Agile & Scrum at 10,000 feet:
- Agile Principles and the values on the Manifesto
- Scrum Framework overview and values discussion
Roles in Scrum, roles in your organization
- Delivery team
- Product Owner
- Scrum Team concept
- Other roles, stakeholders, managers
- Principles of Just in Time Detail
- Refinement of the backlog, when and how
- User Stories, format and use
- Estimating the work on the backlog
- Prioritizing work on the backlog
- Ordering work for small, medium and large projects
- Sprint Planning – who, what & how
- Engineering Practices – programming, testing, documentation
- Daily Meetings, the Scrum and the Scrum of Scrums
- Done and Accepted
- Progress –burn-down charts, quality, burn-up charts, task boards
- Abnormal terminations
- Feedback through Reviews and Retrospectives
Who should attend:
The class works from the basics of Scrum all the way to program management with Scrum, making it a class that is suitable for project managers, program managers and people who manage either teams or product cycles in an organization. The class receives great feedback from PMP certified project managers, and is a good basis for the ACP certification (and you will earn 14 PDUs).
Some feedback from recent attendees:
“Hubert is very knowledgeable in Agile & Scrum. He is a very engaging trainer and I got everything I needed from the class.”
“Training was great & well lead. Instructor did an amazing job of being agile & nimble to walk through the concepts while balancing the group’s inquiries.”
“Great learning experience with great instructor.”
“Great course overall – well organized, energetic instructor, maintained appropriate pace and made course content interesting.”