Date: 27-28 October, 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA, United States of America
Regular Price: $1,500
Get certified by Jeff Sutherland, Co-Creator of Scrum,
and Joe Little, CST and MBA. This course is filling up quickly and may be sold
out soon. Sign up now if you want to attend.
This course will be led by Jeff Sutherland, Co-Creator of Scrum, and Joe Little, who is Agile Coach and has a CST and an MBA.
Location: Marriott Suites Atlanta Midtown, Atlanta, GA.
The course will start promptly at 9am each day and run until 5pm.
Please arrive at 8:30 the first day for a continental breakfast. Participants
should read Ken Schwaber's book, Agile Project Management with Scrum, or Jeff Sutherland's draft
of The Scrum Papers before the class as we will assume you know
the basics of Scrum.
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
Jeff is the CEO of Scrum, Inc. powered by
OpenView Venture Partners and is Agile coach to over 20 portfolio companies and
to the OpenView venture group staff 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.
You can learn from Jeff Sutherland's and Joe Little'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, and many other
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.
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.
will run from 9am-5pm each day.
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
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 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.