Taught by Agile Alliance Founder Member
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.
This Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course covers everything you need to understand in order to perform as a ScrumMaster or Scrum Team member.
In order to receive your ScrumMaster Certification (CSM), you will need to attend the 2 day course (your attendance will be registered each day). Following attendance on the course, your name will be registered with the Scrum Alliance (usually within 1 day of the course end date). You will be then be sent an automated confirmation from the Scrum Alliance which provides a link to the new on-line, 50 question, multiple choice exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be designated Certified Scrum Trainer. The exam and two years' membership to the Scrum Alliance are included in the course cost.
About your Trainer:
Your course instructor is David Hicks. As a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer, you can read about David in more detail here. David has been doing Agile consulting, training and coaching in a whole range of different contexts for nearly 20 years, using the full range of Agile approaches including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP, DSDM, Agile Project Management and the Open/Agile Unified Process. He became a Founder Member of the Agile Alliance in 2002 and is a regular speaker on the Agile conference circuit. David holds a wide range of Agile qualifications including the following:
- Certified Scrum Trainer
- Certified Lean IT Trainer
- Certified PMI Agile Certified Practitioner
- Certified APMG Agile Project Management Trainer
- Certified DSDM Agile Trainer
- Certified Agile Leadership Practitioner
Today, in addition to having trained in excess of 1,000 Certified ScrumMasters (both via public and in-house training courses), a large part of his role is to provide Agile consulting and coaching services to clients large and small across a range of industry segments. This means that the training he delivers is based on extensive experience of Agile in the real world.
Comments by attendees of David's previous courses:
- "Altogether, a very informative, educational and enjoyable course. Thanks!"
- "Very useful and enjoyable course backed up with Dave Hicks' extensive practical experience in Scrum"
- "Very enjoyable and informative"
- "I found the style refreshingly honest and devoid of "religious fervour" - as always, the practical war stories were the most informative and helpful part. Also appreciated the reference to other methods (DSDM etc) and parts of their thinking which may be useful"
- "Excellent trainer! Our interest in the course was maintained throughout the course. Practical views from the trainer. Excellent overall!"
- "Dave presented the course material in an extremely interesting and motivating manner"
- "I was happily surprised that the majority of the course covered a generic agile approach coupled with a substantial amount of dealing with change management, in addtion to core Scrum!"
- "Very enjoyable course and Dave was an excellent trainer"
- "Excellent course, really understood Scrum well and in the context of the overall Agile approaches and processes"
- "Extremely good presentation of ideas and concepts"
- "Excellent all round understanding of Scrum and the ScrumMaster role gained from attendance on this course"
- "A very well presented course, much of the content from which I will utilise with my company"
- "Very useful, met my objectives of how to personalise Scrum elements for my organisation"
- "Excellent course, a real eye opener. The trainer opened my eyes to a better way of doing things. Great real world examples"
- "Excllent course for me, spot on!"
- "Really enjoyed the course and have taken a lot from it, especially with regards to estimating, planning and the concept of velocity. I would highly recommend Dave as a trainer"
- "Enjoyable and practical. Suitable for wide range of audiences"
- "Trainer was brilliant - very knowledgeable and I learned lots from him"
- "I thought this course was outstanding. I had 2 years’ experience but learned a lot"
- "Course was great; lecture inspiring; charismatic"
- "Very thorough and advantaged hugely by trainer's hands-on experience"
- "The instructor's knowledge of real world scenarios and applying Scrum was excellent. I'd recommend him for further courses of study"
- "Very good course content; right balance between learning 'core' Scrum theory vs. comparison of Scrum with broader/other Agile methods and 'traditional' project/programme management"
- "Excellent course, which helped to provide knowledge of Scrum, but also specific challenges. Good pace, committed and enthusiastic trainer with ability to tailor/manage course as required"
- "David was an excellent course trainer, was very approachable and delivered the content in an easy to understand format. I would recommend this course to those who wish to embrace Agile and Scrum"
- "A well-presented course with a successful combination of presentations and interactive work"
- "Dave is an excellent trainer. I really appreciated covering scaling Agile to an enterprise level"
- "Dave's real life experiences helps to temper peurile versus pragmatic implementation"
30 Sep - 1 Oct 2012
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The course is a two-day, interactive session which will effectively teach Scrum principles and practices. You can expect the following topics to be covered during the course:
- General Knowledge
- Agile Manifesto
- Empirical and Defined Processes
- Scrum Process and Sprints
- The Significance of "Done"
- The Five Scrum Values
- Applicability of Scrum
- Scrum Roles
- Overview of Scrum Roles
- Product Owner
- The Team
- Team Characteristics
- Impact on Traditional Roles
- Scrum Meetings
- Sprint Planning Meeting
- Daily Scrum Meeting
- Sprint Review Meeting
- Sprint Retrospective Meeting
- Release Planning Meeting
- Scrum Artifacts
- Product Backlog
- Product Increment and the Definition of Done
- Sprint Backlog
- Burndown Chart
- Scaling Scrum
- Working with Multiple Scrum Teams
- Working with Distributed Scrum Teams
In addition, given the instructor's substantial experience and knowledge about the full range of Agile methods available, you will also benefit from the opportunity to gain a high level understanding of alternative and complementary Agile methods including Kanban, Lean, XP, DSDM and Agile Project Management and how they fit with Scrum. David Hicks will use his consulting experience, built over the last 17 years, to illustrate the topics covered.
This course is useful for anyone who wants to be successful using Scrum. As such, it will benefit anyone who is involved in a Scrum Project across the full range of Scrum roles. It has been found to be helpful both to those newly setting out on their Agile journey, as well as those who have gained previous experience but now want to consolidate their knowledge or address questions that have arisen based on their experience. In terms of roles, the course is suitable for Product and Project Managers, Product Owners, Functional / Departmental Managers, other Development Team Members (Architects, Designers, Coders, Testers, etc), and others involved in transitioning to Scrum within their organisation.