Date: 23-24 April, 2009
Location: San Francisco, CA, United States
Regular Price: 1800
About the Course
This two-day Certified Scrum Master course sponsored by the Scrum Training Institute provides a look into the what, how and especially the whys of Scrum. It'll cover the theory and history of Scrum and also the practical side, mostly by stories by the trainer and discussions in the group. The course is useful for anyone who would like to know Scrum in depth, including team members, product owners, scrum masters and other stakeholders, although the course will be given mostly from the ScrumMasters perspective. Bas started the first "Nokia Test" and Jeff started the first Scrum at Easel Corp. in 1993. This is a good opportunity to work with two of the most experienced Scrum trainers. See bios below.
The course length is 2 days. The first day will cover the conceptual backgrounds of Scrum and how the roles in Scrum differ from what is often seen in organizations and how this will impact the organization. The second day will cover the how-to-do things and look in detail in the different parts of the Scrum framework. The course will be hosted by Scrum Training Insitute partner, Marakana, at their facility at the San Francisco State University campus in downtown San Francisco.
Basic knowledge of Scrum is expected and some experience preferred. A great introduction to Scrum is the Scrum Primer by Pete Deemer, a Scrum Training Institute publication.
The topics covered:
- Scrum Master role
- Technical practices
- Obstacles for Scrum
- Product Owner and Product Backlog
- Initial product backlog creation
- Sprint Planning and Sprint Backlog
- Daily Scrum
- The team
- Scaling Scrum
- Organizational changes
All attendees who complete the course will become Certified ScrumMasters (CSMs), and will be listed on the Scrum Alliance website's CSM registry.
Cost and Location
The course will be in San Francisco at the Marakana Westfield Mall Training Site in the San Francisco State University downtown campus. This is a great location on Market Street in the middle of the city near most San Francisco hotels
The course will run from 9am-6pm each day.
About the Instructor
Bas Vodde is originally from Holland, however has lived in China, Finland and is currently living in Singapore. In the 90s he worked as a developer in Holland and felt a mismatch between what he experienced as working and between "what the official literature said you should do". That was solved with the introduction of Extreme Programming and evenmore so, with Agile Development in general.
In the beginning of 2001, he had enough of the "normal life" and moved to China where he started working for Nokia. Here, he gained experience on very large projects and the traditional ways they are run. After this he became even more convinced that Agile Development is the way forward, for all size projects.
In 2005 he moved to Helsinki, Finland to introduce Agile Development and in particular Scrum, in Nokia Networks. For two years he watched dozens of teams adopt scrum and other agile practices. After which he decided to focus on one very large product and help it go "all the way". Currently he is running his own small coaching and training company called Odd-e.
His main interests are in Scrum and especially how to use it within large companies and large projects. He also focuses much on the technical practices, especially test-driven development (including refactoring) and continuous integration because he strongly believes you need a well-factored code base if you want to be fast and flexible. His hobby interests have been lean production and quality management and, of course, programming.
Bas is also the author of the upcoming book "Scaling Agile and Lean Development" together with Craig Larman.
Jeff Sutherland started the first Scrum at Easel Corporation in 1993. He worked with Ken Schwaber to emerge Scrum as a formal process at OOPSLA ’95. Together, they extended and enhanced Scrum at many software companies and IT organizations and helped write the Agile Manifesto. He has been CTO/VP of Engineering of 10 software companies and introduced Scrum to the last six of them. Jeff is the CEO of Scrum, Inc. powered by OpenView Venture Partners and is Agile coach to 20 portfolio companies and to the OpenView venture group which runs all its operations with Scrum. As Senior Advisor to OpenView and CTO of PatientKeeper he focuses on using Scrum to transform companies as well as empower software developers. PatientKeeper quadrupled revenue in 2007 and the OpenView venture capital group is using it to create similar high performance portfolio companies.
Jeff will share the secret sauce that helps development teams radically improve productivity and quality while providing a more rewarding and fun working environment for developers. They are the key concepts that his venture group uses to outperform the industry in the companies they fund.
You can learn from Jeff Sutherland's and Bas's experiences as consultants to the world's leading companies. Their experience can help make your Scrum implementation world class. For Jeff these include: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, MySpace, Adobe, GE, Siemens, BellSouth, GSI Commerce, Ulticom, Palm, St. Jude Medical, DigiChart, RosettaStone, Healthwise, Sony/Ericson, Accenture, Trifork, Systematic Software Engineering, Exigen Services, SirsiDynix, Softhouse, Philips Medical, Barclays Global Investors, Constant Contact, Wellogic, Inova Solutions, Medco, Saxo Bank, Xebia, Insight.com, SolutionsIQ, Crisp, Johns Hopkins Applie Physics Laboratory, Motley Fool, Planon, OpenView Venture Partners, Juske Bank, BEC, Camp Scrum, DotWay AB, Ultimate Software, Danube, Rally Development, Version One, Intronis, AtTask, Evinda, Open-E, e-Eye, Central Desktop, DST, and many other companies.
Jeff is an expert on distributed/outsourced Scrum (see Agile 2008) and on implementing Scrum in a CMMI Level 5 company. He has has scaled and distributed Scrum using his last five companies as laboratories. His entire current company at PatientKeeper is run by a MetaScrum, and is one of the most advance implementations of Scrum worldwide. Mary Poppendieck, in her latest book on Lean Software Development, comments:
"Five years ago a killer application emerged in the health care industry: Give doctors access to patient information on a PDA. Today there is no question which company won the race to dominate this exploding market; PatientKeeper has overwhelmed its competition with its capability to bring new products and features to market just about every week. The sixty or so technical people produce more software than many organizations several times larger, and they do not show any sign that the size of their code base is slowing them down.
"A key strategy that has kept PatientKeeper at the front of the pack is an emphasis on unprecedented speed in delivering new features. It will not surprise anyone who understands Lean that PatientKeeper has to maintain superb quality in order to support its rapid delivery. CTO Jeff Sutherland explains it this way:
“Rapid cycle time:
- Increases learning tremendously
- Eliminates buggy software because you die if you don't fix this.
- Fixes the install process because you die if you have to install 45 releases this year and install is not easy.
- Improves the upgrade process because there is a constant flow of upgrades that are mandatory. Makes upgrades easy.
- Forces quick standardization of software via new features rather than customization and one off.
- Forces implementation of sustainable pace. You die a death of attrition without it.
- Allows waiting to build new functionality until there are 4-5 customers who pay for it. This is counterintuitive, and caused by the fact everything is ready within 90 days.”
"I find that the vast majority of organizations are still trying to do too much stuff, and thus find themselves thrashing. The only organization I know of which has really solved this is PatientKeeper." Mary Poppendieck
In this course, participants will learn how to stop thrashing and start executing along with everything necessary for getting started with Scrum. There are very few rules to Scrum so it is important to learn its fundamental principles by experiencing them directly from those who have implemented the best Scrums in the software industry. Participants gain hands-on practice with the release backlog, sprint backlog, the daily Scrum meeting, tracking progress with a burndown chart, and more. Participants experience the Scrum process through a “59-minute Scrum” and the "XP Game” which simulate Scrum projects through non-technical group exercises.
Following the course, each participant is enrolled as a Certified ScrumMaster, which includes a one-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, where additional Certified ScrumMaster-only material and information are available.
You can receive 16 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for this course.
Participants will receive course materials for review upon registration.
The CSM course was formulated to train and certify ScrumMasters and is used worldwide for ScrumMaster training. The book, Agile Project Management with Scrum, by Ken Schwaber is required reading for the course and the course is based on the primary Scrum book, Agile Development with Scrum.
Of course, there will be updated material and training exercises in the course which you cannot get from books. The entire syllabus will be made available upon registering for the course so you can look it over and bring it with you to the sessions.
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.