Weekend CSM in Thames Valley
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.
The ScrumMaster Certification is a 2-day course introducing the concepts and application principles of the Scrum framework.
You will learn the essential concepts, roles and the tools of Scrum, providing you with a roadmap for adopting Agile. Learn how to lead development teams towards agile operations by managing product backlogs, planning releases and sprints, tracking and reporting progress, and holding retrospectives.
Upon completion of the course, you are eligible to take an exam, the successful completion of which gains you the designation of Certified ScrumMasters (CSM), a first step in the journey towards this more adaptive form of projectwork and leadership. Included in the course is membership in the Scrum Alliance, where valuable ScrumMaster material and information is available exclusively to CSMs.
About the Trainer
This course is taught by Simon Bennett a Certified Scrum Trainer with over 20 years real-world experience in software and hardware development, the last 12 of which have been focussed on using Agile frameworks and methods including Scrum, XP, Crystal & Kanban.
From 2008 through 2010 Simon was also the Product Owner for the Scrum for Team System TFS process template.
Simon has considerable experience in organisational agile adoption, large scale Scrum and using Scrum in an offshore environment, as well as successfully blending Scrum with other methods including UCD.
His wealth of experience brings a unique depth and flavour to the course, as students will learn from real world case studies rather than only theory and simulations.
With regard to delivery, Simon is also a seasoned trainer with over two decades of experience, and a regular speaker at major international conferences. Recent engagements include:
Scrum Gathering South Africa coming September 2011
"Beyond Keno: Using the Cynefin Framework for Backlog Management"
"Agile vs Lean - Stop Fighting, Start Delivering: Reloaded"
Agile 2011 Salt Lake City coming August 2011
“Scrum as a Thinking Toolkit” (3 hour invited tutorial)
Agile Australia, June 2011
“Agile vs Lean - Stop Fighting, Start Delivering: Reloaded”
"Project Management in the Age of Complexity"
Open Space facilitator
Scrum Gathering South Africa, September 2010
“Contracts & Pay Packets” (5 hour Deep Dive)
Agile 2010, Orlando August 2010
“The Incentive Trap” (3 hour invited tutorial)
Scrum Gathering Orlando March 2010
“The Incentive Trap”
PDC 2009, Los Angeles
“Scrum in the Enterprise with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010”
Scrum Gathering Munich 2009
“The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Applying Game Theory to Agile Contracting”
“Best Practice in Agile Product Ownership” – Panel Chair
Conference Selection Committee Member
Agile 2009, Chicago
“The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Applying Game Theory to Agile Contracting”
“Why do (so many) testers (still) hate Agile?”
PDC 2008, Los Angeles
“Agile development on the Microsoft Platform”
Scrum Gathering Stockholm 2008
“Lean vs. Agile: Stop fighting, start delivering”
About the Co-Trainer
Karen currently works for Fundamo helping their Product Development team do Scrum well and deliver mobile financial services to the world. She has hands on experience in roles of both ScrumMaster and Product Owner, and is well versed in the common challenges encountered by software teams adopting Scrum. She has worked in a number of large corporations including Microsoft, IBM and JP Morgan as well as smaller companies mostly in the financial services and telecoms domains.
Her background includes many years as a project and program manager using more traditional approaches like RUP and V-Model. In her career Karen has been certified as a PMP and Prince2 Practitioner. She can offer insights about the benefits of moving from these more traditional approaches to Scrum, and can help relate the benefits of Scrum in terms well understood by experienced project managers.
Karen is also an experienced speaker and has given the following talks to the agile community:
"Taming the Customer Support Queue" at Agile2011 Salt Lake City coming August 2011
"Agile Management: Creating a culture to help your team succeed" at Agile2011 Salt Lake City coming August 2011
"Lessons learned in a Scrum Implementation" at SPIN meeting April 2009
"Scrum Smells" at Scrum Day September 2009 "Agile Testing" at Scrum User Group meeting May 2010
"Deep Dive on Retrospectives" at South Africa Scrum Gathering September 2010 (with Josef Scherer)
About the Venue
Sunningdale Park is located on the Waterloo-Reading line and is approximately mid way between the two. There is plenty of free parking available.
A hearty lunch is provided both days with tea & espresso machines available to sustain the class throughout the weekend.
Fully catered accommodation on the magnificent grounds is also available and is a popular option, please contact DeVere directly for details.
Praise for the Course
"I wanted to say thank you for organising the Scrum Master course last week. Everyone has come in this morning buzzing about the potentials of how productive it could make us, and with a real enthusiasm to try and change our practices for the better. Definitely a good course!!"
"Thanks for organising an enjoyable course and I have passed the exam as well. The course was very useful and we had a great time.Overall the whole experience completely exceeded our expectations, specially the penny game :-)"
"Just a quick note to thank you again for the CSM course. It was a very enjoyable two days, I found the mix of Simon’s teaching and the practical exercises really helpful in learning more about Scrum. Having such a knowledgeable and experienced tutor was great as it meant that we were able to cover learning points as they came up rather than having to rigidly follow a set agenda. I’m looking forward to evangelising Scrum back at work and encouraging my colleagues to learn more and attend courses like this. Thanks, also for setting me up on the Scrum Alliance website. I’m pleased to say that I logged in this morning and passed the assessment with a 100% score. I definitely want to gain the experience needed to enable me to apply for the CSP certification."
"The course was absolutely brilliant. I'm always trying to promote being Agile and think loads of people would benefit from your Scrum course. I'll definitely promote you guys when I'm in the sorts of positions where I believe we can all have a positive effect."
20-21 Aug 2011
DeVere Sunningdale Park
£795 + VAT
Group discounts available.
A hearty lunch is provided both days along with food and beverage to sustain the class throughout the course.
The course will run from 9.30am to 6.00pm but we can inspect and adapt as the course progresses.
This course provides a strong foundation to Scrum and Agile values, principles and practices and is suitable for anyone who wants to Transform their World of Work.
Specifically, those people wishing to work as ScrumMasters, Product Owners, Developers, Testers, Architects, Product Managers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, as well as anyone who interacts with teams.