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Certified ScrumMaster®
3/1/2014 12:00:00 AM Northern Star Consulting Courtyard by Marriott 1311 American Lane Chicago / Schaumburg IL 60173 United States of America 42.0333607 -88.0834059 1295


Northern Star Consulting


  • Course

    Date: 1-2 March, 2014
    Location: Chicago / Schaumburg, IL, United States of America

    Regular Price: $1295

    Discounted prices may be available for this class. Please check the discount page for details.

    This two-day Certified ScrumMaster course provides the foundations of Scrum practices and Agile thinking for your team including the ScrumMasters, Product Owners, Developers, Testers, Business Analysts, andManagement (Project Managers and other Management members). On completion of the course and a successful completion of a post-course online evaluation at Scrum Alliance, you will be registered as Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) with a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance.


    No death by Powerpoint in this class!


    Unlike other training programs, this is an experiential learning workshop where your will experience what you are learning thru carefully designed activities, well-facilitated discussions, some lecture, and some practice exams. This is not your typical training where the instructor tells you everything from the podium using a power point presentation. Attendees will receive a rich workbook, reading materials that they can use personally or for educating their organization.



    About the Instructor


    Manoj Vadakkan is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and an Agile software development consultant. Manoj has experience in helping companies adopting an Agile way of working. He conducts Scrum trainings all over the world. Manoj has 20 years of experience in Software Development and Project Management.  He shares his experiences by presenting at national and international conferences and by his active participation in the Washington DC Metro area Agile community as a leadership team member of Agile Leadership Network DC chapter ( and a co-founder and organizer of the premier DC-area Agile conference, Agile DC ( More about Manoj on the about page

     What are they saying about Manoj's training?

    The Instructor was very knowledgable and incorporated very useful and engaging activities to help learn the Scrum framework. "Excellent Training" - Ms. Yvette G.

    The way the [CSM] workshop was held was very interactive and kept everyone involved. - Mr. Abhijeet B.

    Over the course of 30 years I have attended many classes taught by instructors of varying expertise. Manoj is one of the finest instructors I have encountered, his teaching style is engaging and his understanding of the subject is excellent. He keeps the class involved and we in turn learn. His examples are relevant and serve to drive home the specific topic he is teaching.  - Mr. Jim F.

    Manoj was the Scrum/Agile Framework and Principles instructor for a class I took under him in May 2011. I found him and his class most instructive... we covered a lot of territory; he was very hands on, thorough, knowledgeable and followed up afterwards above and beyond what was expected. I highly recommend Manoj. - Mr. Matt K.

    [Manoj] was a very engaging trainer and used tools outside of a technology to help us learn and interact with one another. I have been practicing agile within my organization for some time now, but Manoj helped educate me further on the various frameworks within agile that I was more unfamiliar with.  - Ms. Mallory M.

    Come prepared to actively participate in exercises and discussions. Attendees will go back with knowledge and skills that you can start using with your teams and organizations on the next day. Come with a beginners mind : In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few. This training will help you see new possibilities and learn techniques to come up with your own solutions for your challenges.

    Manoj Vadakkan is a practitioner who enjoys helping individuals, teams, and organizations practice Agile well. He will help you learn Scrum practices from his wide array of experience within small & large, private & government, software & non-software, co-located & distributed organizations. Join this workshop to learn from a practitioner!

    Manoj will be available to answer questions even after the workshop to help you with taking the test and more importantly to answer questions you may have when practicing what you learned. Based on availability, attendees may schedule a limited number of short calls to get answers for their follow up questions after the training. We want you to be successful in adopting Scrum in your organization.

    You want to bring this training or customized training to your organization? Contact Manoj about private classes.

    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: 1-2 March, 2014
    Location: Chicago / Schaumburg, IL, United States of America

    Courtyard by Marriott
    1311 American Lane
    Chicago / Schaumburg, IL 60173 United States of America

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    Regular Price: $1295


    Discounted prices may be available for this class. Please check the discount page for details. 

    What do you get?

    1.     Two days of world-class workshop by a Scrum Practitioner.

    2.     A rich scrum workbook that the attendees can create their own learning logs.

    3.     Various reading materials and supporting materials for further learning and research.

    4.     Opportunity to follow up with the instructor for future questions.

    5.     2 years of membership with Scrum Alliance.

    6.     Fee paid for CSM test at Scrum Alliance.

    7.     Up to 14 hours of Professional Development Units (PDUs) for PMI members / credentials.

    8.     Up to 14 hours of contact hours towards the eligibility for PMI-ACP® examination.


    9.     Up to 14 hours of Continuing Development Units (CDUs) for IIBA members / credentials.

  • Agenda

    Agenda / Topics covered.

    At this workshop, we will start with learning Agile Principles. The class will get hands on experience with Scrum as they produce a few increments of a product. As we work through that exercise, we will create User Stories, Estimate them, and Plan Releases & Sprints.

    •   Agile Principles and Values

    •   Scrum - the Framework and Scrum Values.

    •   What is it to be like working within the Scrum framework.

    •   Scrum Master

    •   Product Owner

    •   The Team

    •   What would a Project Manager do? (and other roles in the organization).

    •   Product Backlog

    •   Meetings: Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective.

    •   Continually improving with retrospectives.

    •   User Stories and other requirement techniques.

    •   Agile Estimation Techniques.

    •   Planning and Monitoring.

    •   Burn-down/Burn-up charts.

    •   Possible additional Topics covered based on the need of the class:

    •   Co-Located and Geographically Distributed Teams.

    •   Scaling with Scrum.

    •   Adopting Scrum in your organization.

    •   Risk Management

    •   Metrics

    •   Value Stream Analysis

    •   Building Empowered teams

    •   Practice Examination.




    •   and more.

  • Who Should Attend

    Any person who is interested in learning more about Scrum or wants to make Scrum work better for their Team or organization, is encouraged to attend. While the focus of the class is for people who want to learn how to leverage the Scrum framework to bring about change, any member of Team or the organization who is interested in how to use Scrum would find this class useful. Typical attendees in the past have been functional managers, Team leads, analysts, architects, engineers, software developers, directors, testers and other roles that support product development.


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