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Certified ScrumMaster®

2/16/2011 12:00:00 AM Scrum Inc. The Olympic Collection Banquest & Conference Center 11301 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90064 United States of America 34.0381633 -118.4419236 1800


Scrum Inc.

  • Course

    Date: 16-17 February, 2011
    Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States of America

    Regular Price: $1,800

    This course is sponsored by the Scrum Training Institute and will be taught by Jeff Sutherland, Co-Creator of Scrum, and Agile Coach Scott Downey, owner of While the Scrum Alliance provides a list of core concepts that must be covered in the class, each instructor creates his or her own material, allowing courses to differ based on the strengths, interests and experiences of the instructor.


    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 experience the Scrum process through a “59-minute Scrum” and the "XP Game” which simulate Scrum projects through non-technical group exercises.

    A new section covering eight key Scrum metrics that tune and track your team's process improvement and maturity will be added for this course.  These metrics, presented by Jeff and Scott at the Agile 2010 Conference, help teams gauge performance, highlight areas for improvement and provide a fully portable language for comparing your team's performance against other teams -- inside or outside of your organization.  The material describes how to speed up the process of estimating without sacrificing accuracy, identify unhealthy trends, and answers questions such as:

    • How is Team A doing compared to Team B?
    • Are you Hyper-Productive yet?
    • How much aggression should we build into the next Sprint?
    • Is this card too big, or should it be broken down?
    • What impact will planned absences have on our next Sprint?


    The CSM course was formulated to train and certify ScrumMasters and is used worldwide for ScrumMaster training. Upon successful completion of the course and online certification exam, 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.

    Course Material

    Participants will receive course materials for review at the start of the course. A course syllabus is available at

    Participants should read The Scrum Handbook by Jeff Sutherland (downloadable for free at or Ken Schwaber’s book, Agile Project Management with Scrum before the class as we require you know the basic definitions of Scrum. Of course, there will be updated material and training exercises in the course which you cannot get from books.

    All CSM courses are taught by Trainers approved by the Scrum Alliance. 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: 16-17 February, 2011
    Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States of America

    The Olympic Collection Banquest & Conference Center
    11301 West Olympic Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90064 United States of America

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    Regular Price: $1,800


    The course will run 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

  • Agenda
    • Overview of Scrum
      • History of Scrum from the inventor
      • How and why Scrum works
      • What Scrum is
    • Sprints
      • Potentially shippable software
      • Architecture on a Scrum project
      • Sequential vs. overlapping work
      • Sprint length
      • Release sprints
      • Abnormal terminations
    • The ScrumMaster
      • Responsibilities
      • ScrumMaster mindset
      • Situational ScrumMastering
      • ScrumMaster as team member
    • The 59-minute Scrum project
    • The product owner
      • Description
      • Responsibilities
      • Sharing the vision
    • Product backlog
      • Size of the items
      • User stories on the product backlog
      • Backlog-writing workshops
      • INVEST in your backlog
    • Meetings
      • The daily scrum
      • Sprint review
      • Sprint retrospective
    • Sprint planning
      • Sprint prioritization
      • Sprint goal
      • Sprint planning meeting
      • Sprint backlog items
    • Release planning
      • Velocity
      • Estimating the product backlog
      • Release planning meeting
      • XP game Sprint execution exercise
    • Tracking progress
      • Sprint burndown charts
      • Release burndown charts
      • Task boards
    • The team
      • Composition
      • Teams are cross-functional
      • Organizing
    • Scalability
      • The scrum of scrums
      • Focus of initial sprints
      • Shared vs. specific product backlogs
      • Distributed, outsourced, and CMMI Scrum
      • Getting started
  • Who Should Attend

    This course is equally suited for managers, programmers, testers, analysts, product managers, and others who are interested in working on or with a Scrum team. If you want to be as Agile as the best Scrum companies, anyone in your company can benefit from this training. It helps to have everyone understand and use the Scrum process for any project whether in sales, marketing, development, or support. You will leave with solid knowledge of how and why Scrum works. Through practical, hands-on exercises and small-group discussion you will be prepared to plan your first sprint immediately after this class.


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