Certified ScrumMaster Training

Scrum is the fastest growing Agile project management approach and this course provides the Scrum framework, how to apply Scrum to your projects, and how to navigate the cultural change necessary to implement Scrum. By the end of the 2-day course, you’ll be eligible for membership in the Scrum Alliance™ with the designation of Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and will have a good foundation to begin or continue your journey towards increased productivity, faster ROI, and improved value to your end customers through Scrum.

The Certificate

Certification requires that you be present and participating for the entire class and that you take a short on-line exam within 60 days of completing the course. We do not use computers in this class and we request that you use your electronic devices only at break times. More information about the certification and test is available here.

The Course

This class runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Course attendees are encouraged to have basic knowledge of the Scrum framework from books, journal articles, and online content. Prior experience with Scrum is a plus. We highly recommend that you read this article.

The class a highly interactive and immersive, leveraging many techniques of accelerated learning. Come prepared to participate in many hands-on exercises and a practice Scrum project to help get both the concepts and the feel of Scrum. We start with the values and principles of Agile development, learn the handful of roles, meetings and artifacts of Scrum and then look at the practices of a typical Scrum Team. We will also see how Teams mature, how the ScrumMaster role is key Scrum success and what kinds of speed bumps you may encounter in your organization as it changes the way work is done. Click here to see a more complete class agenda.

Who Should Attend?

This class is a basic introduction to Scrum, so it is appropriate for anyone who wants to understand how Scrum works. We put special emphasis on the ScrumMaster role, but the content is appropriate for anyone who

  • is a working ScrumMaster
  • is curious to see about becoming a ScrumMaster
  • wants to see what is missing in their Scrum implementation
  • wants to introduce Scrum into their organization
  • will be on a Scrum team or managing people who are

We commonly see people from many industry job categories in our classes including

  • Developers
  • Testers
  • Project Managers
  • People Managers
  • Executives
  • PMO Staff
  • IT Staff
  • Architects
  • Business Analysts
  • Tech Writers

And, Scrum is not just for software. Scrum is a framework for managing any type of product development where teams can get the work done sooner. We have had people come to learn about Scrum for application in other domain including

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • IT Operations
  • Hardware Design
  • Factory Design
  • Process Definition
  • Non-Profit Fund Raising
  • Media Campaigns
  • Content Development

The Venues

Our public classes are held at business-class venues with the amenities you would expect. We try to have plenty of elbow room and wall space for the class work. We provide morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and beverages throughout the day. All of this is included in the course price. Parking is also included. Ask us about hotel discounts if you have to stay overnight.

For private classes, we will use whatever space your company has available or arrange for a public space when needed.

The Instructor

Roger Brown has been coaching and training in Agile and Scrum since 2004. He was a software developer for more years than he cares to admit, working in many domains and systems. His development experience includes Dartmouth College, Microsoft and TeleAtlas. He was active in internet programming before the “world-wide web” existed.

Roger has done Agile and Scrum training in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Belgium, Sweden, Australia and India. He prefers to stay close to home in California these days, though, so you will see most of our classes happening on the West Coast, USA.

Roger spends at least half of his time coaching Scrum Teams and the organizations around them. His clients include many small, unknown companies and many big, well-known companies, most of them in California. He is a founding member of the Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Coach program.You can see a list of our training and coaching clients here.

Why Choose This Class?

There are many choices for Scrum Alliance Scrum Certification™. In California, particularly in the North, there are dozens of trainers who fly in to do a CSM every once in a while. We are located in San Diego and have been doing classes in San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles since 2008. So what? It means that you Californians can get personalized follow-up coaching and private training in Scrum, Lean and Agile Development from a local one-stop shop instead of trying to figure out where your instructor came from.

In addition, this class is a lot of fun. Many people have remarked that it is the best technical course they have ever attended. Accelerated Learning techniques are not only engaging, they greatly increase your learning and retention. Take a look here at some comments from our clients.

We don’t give away any prizes or do any raffles, but you will leave the class with these new possessions:

  • A solid understanding of the Agile values and principles
  • A good feel for how and why Scrum works
  • A stress ball to help you deal with organizational impediments
  • A printed copy of the class slides full of whatever notes you take
  • A 2-year membership in the Scrum Alliance
  • An invitation to take the exam for certification (it’s easy!)
  • Membership in a few Scrum-related discussion groups
  • 14 PDUs if you are a PMP

Private Training and Coaching

If you have 8 or more people looking for certification, want Agile training for many people with no concern for the certificate or have a team or two to get started, contact us for targeted training.