Certified ScrumMaster®

Including Trial Exam with Answers

Organization

Scrum WithStyle

Trainer

  • Course

    Date: 3-4 March, 2014
    Location: Auckland, New Zealand

    Regular Price: NZD $1,900 excl GST

    About the course

    This Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) course is an intensive deep dive into the world’s most popular Agile method: Scrum. It is an immersive learning experience emphasising hands-on participation through a mix of interactive seminars, group discussions, team activities, games and role-plays.

    We use highly immersive adult learning techniques such as visual modelling, simulations, role-plays and 'Training from the Back of the Room' activities to enable self-directed learning and enhanced retention.

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

    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.

    You will learn:

    • The philosophy, values and principles that guide you in becoming more Agile.
    • The nature of principles such as Empirical Process Control, Iteration, Timeboxing and Self-organisation that provide an effective model for working in a complex environment.
    • The Scrum roles in-depth and how they fit together to address Project Management.
    • How to establish an environment to foster high-performance agile delivery including creating a Definition of Done and keeping a Product Backlog in a well-groomed state.
    • Techniques for facilitating and participating in highly effective agile meetings each iteration and each day.
    • How to leverage review and retrospective activities to produce better fit solutions and continuously improve our Scrum delivery capability.

     

    About certification

    Established in 2003, the CSM certification with its globally recognised accreditation from the Scrum Alliance is by far the most popular Agile training offering worldwide. After completing the require pre-reading, the CSM training course is the second of three setups in gaining the CSM accreditation from the Scrum Alliance. The final step is successfully completing the CSM certification exam. For further information, see the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) information page.

    This course may qualify Project Management Professionals (PMPs) for 14 PDUs as approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

     

    Meet your trainer - Rowan Bunning

    Rowan has trained more than 2,000 people on Certified Scrum courses in Australia and New Zealand since 2008 making him one of the most experienced Scrum trainers in the Australasian region.

    Rowan worked as an Agile Coach at the top Scrum consultancy and web design agency in Europe* - an organisation that offered Agile training by Ken Schwaber and Mike Cohn (two of the most widely recognised names in the global Agile community).

    Unlike many Agile Coaches and Trainers, Rowan not only has years of experience in Business/IT Project, but also in ongoing Product Development environments that have proven highly effective without using a project model. This allows Rowan to guide clients in combining the best of both worlds to achieve superior results.

    Rowan draws from an extensive Agile toolset with a technical background using eXtreme Programming as well as expertise in Product Management, Lean, Lean Startup, Kanban and Cynefin. He is Cognitive Edge accredited and holds qualifications as a PRINCE2® Practitioner and a trained Innovation Games® facilitator.

    A high proportion of Rowan's work is initiated via word-of-mouth recommendation from highly satisfied course participants.

    * The Forrester Wave™: European Web Design Agencies, Q2 2006.

     

    Five reasons to do your Scrum training with Rowan Bunning

    1. Practical guidance from first-hand experience. Over a decade implementing Scrum in dozens of organisations means that Rowan's guidance is grounded in real world challenges and is highly practical. He speaks from first-hand experience, having worked for years in each of the Scrum roles including ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Development Team Member as well as in a wide variety of other technical, leadership and coaching roles.
    2. Insightful and inspiring. As past course participants testify, you can expect to take away many deep insights into the nature of Scrum and its potential to transform your organisation and your work life for the better. Stories of what others have achieved with Scrum are likely to inspire you to be a game changer yourself.
    3. Authoritative, non-proprietary material. Unlike many other training providers who teach proprietary, non peer-reviewed method formulations marketed using the generic umbrella term 'Agile', Rowan's teaching is fully aligned with the authoritative definitions of the most widely used and peer-reviewed Agile frameworks (e.g. Scrum as per the definition endorsed by the Scrum Alliance®) and techniques (e.g. User Stories and Story Point Estimation as per Mike Cohn).
    4. Take away a comprehensive workbook. As a course participant you will receive a comprehensive course workbook including worksheets on key topics, detailed information on the Scrum Roles not found elsewhere, recommended reading and further resources to assist you post-course.
    5. Post-course follow-up. As well as keeping in touch to help you find the resources you need, Rowan provides post-course Scrum coaching. He has done so with a wide range of organisations in industries including banking, federal and state governments, health insurance, superannuation, salary packing, retail, manufacturing, building security, information security and media.

     

    Testimonials from course participants

    “A great course. Excellent facilitation & presentation.”    - Project Manager, Workcover NSW

    “Very insightful and enjoyable.”    - Analyst/Programmer, Agile Development Team, University of Sydney

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the course and thanks for facilitating it in such an agile and participative way."    - Portfolio Manager at a large local council

    "Thank you again for the trainings. I am now more confident running the Scrum projects at work."    - Project Manager, RedHat Asia Pacific

    More testimonials...

     

    Pricing

    NZD $1,900 excl GST per person. This includes the following.

    • Two full days training with a highly experienced agile practitioner.
    • A printed course workbook.
    • Full catering during the course including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
    • Certification as a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) for participants who pass the post-course Certification Exam taken online with the Scrum Alliance.
    • 2 years of membership with the Scrum Alliance.
    • A letter of course completion that may be submitted to your employer and/or a professional body (PMI/ACS) for PDUs (available upon request).

     

    Registration

    Simply select the "REGISTER NOW!" button below to begin online registration through the Equinox IT website.
    Alternatively, you can call Equinox on +64 9 307 9450
    or email us at training@equinox.co.nz.

    All CSM courses are taught by Certified Scrum Trainers. 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.

  • Details

    Date: 3-4 March, 2014
    Location: Auckland, New Zealand

    Venue:
    Cliftons
    Tower Centre, Level 2
    45 Queen St
    Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
    http://www.cliftons.com/nz/auckland

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    Regular Price: NZD $1,900 excl GST

  • Agenda

    Initial course backlog

    The following backlog provides an initial course agenda. The Scrum framework will be used to manage this course as a two day Scrum project. Just like any good Agile project, this can change as we inspect feedback from participants during the course. Please note that the following backlog does not detail the many group discussions and exercises that can be expected throughout the course.

     

    Sprint 1 Goal: I can describe all components of the Scrum framework and how they fit together.

    Agile: As someone interested in Agile, I want to understand what Agile really is, so that I can help my organisation be more Agile. Topics:

    • Agile Values
    • Agile Principles

    Scrum Framework: As a Scrum practitioner, I want to understand the Scrum framework holistically, so that I can identify opportunities to improve our Agile implementation. Topics:

    • Scrum Framework Overview
    • Draw Scrum using Scrum
    • Incrementing and Iteration

    Scrum and Lean Principles: As a Scrum practitioner, I want to understand the most relevant principles underlying Scrum and Lean so that I can leverage these to get the most out of Scrum. Topics:

    • Lean Batch Size Simulation
    • Picking the Right Process for the Job
    • Empirical Process Control

     

    Sprint 2 Goal: I can describe the key attributes of each of the Scrum roles and the personal characteristics that are helpful in playing them well.

    Roles: As a Scrum practitioner, I want to understand each of the Scrum roles and how they fit together, so that I can play my role well and understand how to interact with others in their roles. Topics:

    • Self-organisation
    • Scrum Roles in Depth

    Project Management: As a Scrum practitioner, I want to understand how Scrum covers the activities of Project Management so that I can explain this to my colleagues. Topics:

    • Project Management with Scrum

    Feedback: As a workshop participant, I want clarity on where my understanding of Scrum is at, so that I can identify what gap to start filling during the second day of training. Topics:

    • End of Day 1 Trial Exam
    • Workshop Retrospective

     

    Sprint 3 Goal: I can describe how to manage value and plan work effectively in an Agile environment.

    Managing Value: As a Scrum practitioner, I want techniques to help create and maintain Product Backlog and Definition of Done in a collaborative manner, so as to establish an environment that fosters effective value delivery. Topics:

    • Case Study
    • Product Backlog Grooming
    • Definition of Done

    Planning: As a Scrum practitioner, I want to be able to help my Team plan effectively, so as to have productive and successful Sprints. Topics:

    • Sprint Planning
    • Plan a Sprint

     

    Sprint 4 Goal: I have can describe how to facilitate a team to high performance in an Agile environment.

    Sprinting: As a member of a Team, I want techniques for co-ordinating and tracking progress, so that we can keep well organised as a Team. Topics:

    • Daily Scrum
    • Daily Scrum Role Play
    • Tracking Progress

    Continuous Improvement: As a facilitator, I want to some techniques for conducting effective Sprint Review and Retrospective meetings, so that we continuously improve both our product and our process. Topics:

    • Sprint Review
    • Continuous Improvement exercise
    • Sprint Retrospective

    ScrumMastering: As a ScrumMaster, I want to understand how a good ScrumMaster operates, so that I can play the role well. Topics:

    • ScrumMaster in Action
    • ScrumMaster Checklist
    • Living the Scrum Values

    Next Steps: As a participant, I want some actionable next steps, so that I can start making use of what I have learned immediately back at work. Topics:

    • My Next Steps
    • Change Exercise
  • Who Should Attend

    Audience

    This workshop is particularly suitable for those taking some level of leadership in respect to people and agile change. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • ScrumMasters,
    • Iteration Managers,
    • Project Managers,
    • Team Leads, and
    • Development Managers.

    This workshop is also relevant to those involved hands-on in agile delivery who wish to have an in-depth understanding of the Scrum process and how to get the most out of it. This includes:

    • Programmers / Developers,
    • Testers,
    • Business Analysts,
    • User Experience Designers,
    • Solution Architects, and
    • Technical Writers.

     

    Pre-requisites

    As the Scrum Alliance website says: “The first step toward your CSM is familiarising yourself with Scrum." The following outlines the pre-reading necessary to attain the minimum level of Scrum familiarity required for this course. Further to that, additional recommended pre-reading is also listed.

     

    Essential pre-reading

    At minimum, it is expected that you have read and are familiar with both of the following prior to attending the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course. This is step 1 of 3 in attaining the CSM accreditation. (See: tinyurl.com/csm-sainfo for more on the certification process.)

    The Agile Manifesto: agilemanifesto.org
    including the 12 principles: agilemanifesto.org/principles.html

    Agile Atlas - Core Scrum: agileatlas.org/atlas/scrum
    This is the definition of Scrum that the CSM Exam is based on. There is a PDF copy of this available via the “Download PDF in English” link at the top right of the above page.

     

    Further recommended pre-reading

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

    The Scrum Guide: tinyurl.com/scrumg13 (PDF)
    A concise and insightful definition of Scrum written by the people who invented it.

    The Scrum Primer: tinyurl.com/scrump2 (PDF)
    This contains specific guidance about the Scrum Activities, example backlogs and burndown charts and Scrum Terminology in Appendix B.

    Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process: tinyurl.com/essentialscrume (eBook. Hardcopy book also available.)
    A clearly articulated and richly illustrated in-depth reference on Scrum. Includes a high quality set of Scrum and Lean thinking tools as well as practical implementation guidance.