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Certified ScrumMaster®

5/20/2010 12:00:00 AM Thoughtworks - US ThoughtWorks Chicago 200 E Randolph st Chicago IL 60601 United States of America 41.8850791 -87.6217435 1195


Thoughtworks - US


  • Course

    Date: 20-21 May, 2010
    Location: Chicago, IL, United States of America

    Regular Price: $1195

    Scrum is simple, consisting of a small set of practices you can implement yourself right?  Wrong!  That’s why as many as 75% of internally driven Scrum adoptions struggle to realize the full spectrum of benefits promised by Scrum.  Gregory Smith, Senior Consultant with ThoughtWorks, shapes his 15 years of technical and project leadership expertise into a Certified ScrumMaster course crisply focused on enabling you to lead or participate in a successful Scrum adoption.


    This course offers the pragmatic guidance needed to understand and realize the holistic organization shaping power hidden within the simple Scrum framework.  Like every other ScrumMaster course this one will teach you the Scrum basics.  You will also gain a broad understanding of the Agile movement, the transformational values it expresses, and learn tips on driving their adoption through even the most challenging and resistant organizations.  No amount of Agile values and Scrum practices will allow your teams to embrace change however if you do not also focus on lowering the cost of technical change.  This Course also highlights the key software engineering practices you will need to understand in order to truly realize all of Scrum’s promised benefits.


    Greg will teach you how the 3 key aspects of a Scrum adoption program; Scrum project/product management practices, XP software engineering practices and fundamental Agile software development values, must be combined to allow you, your teams and organization to truly realize the transformational power of Scrum.


    Every participant will receive the following:

    ScrumAlliance ScrumMaster Certification
    1 year membership in ScrumAlliance (a $50 value)
    Includes access to additional ScrumAlliance resources and articles
    Printed version of all course materials.
    PMPs: You can receive 14 Project Management Institute PDUs for this course.

    All registered participants will receive detailed instructions for accessing the AON center 1 week prior to the course.  Email Greg for questions in advance of that date.

    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.

  • Details

    Date: 20-21 May, 2010
    Location: Chicago, IL, United States of America

    ThoughtWorks Chicago
    200 E Randolph st
    Chicago, IL 60601 United States of America
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    Regular Price: $1195

  • Agenda

    Agile Scrum Foundations
     The ideological relationship between Agile, Scrum and XP
     Putting fundamental Agile, Scrum and XP values into practice

    Scrum, an Aerial View
     Iterative and Incremental development
     Scrum adoption success and failure indicators
     Empirical and predictive process controls
     Scrum’s origin, direction, cycles and cadence

    Talking the Talk
     Scrum and agile terminology demystified
     Scrum roles, responsibilities and commitment levels

    Continuous Improvement exercise

    Walking the Walk
     Self organizing, self directing teams
     Before-during-after sprint activity cycle
     Focus and purpose of each Scrum meeting
     Net present value and the definition of “done”

    Metrics that Matter
     Delivery vs. activity based tracking
     Applicability of metrics vs. diagnostics
     Burn-ups and Burn-downs
     Commitment based planning vs. capacity based planning

    Daily Scrum dynamics (exercise)
    User Stories
     User story basics and format
     Thin slicing stories
     Acceptance criteria and format
     Stories, requirements and use cases

    Agile estimation techniques
     Estimation variance
     Estimation units and scales
     Coping with uncertainty

    Release planning in Scrum
     Plan a release (exercise)
     Discovery, inception and Sprint-0

    Distributed Scrum Simulation exercise

    Selling Scrum, adoption models
     Bottom up and top down models, Adoption barriers and overcoming themAgile Scrum Foundations

    Agile Retrospectives


  • Who Should Attend

    While this course provides a necessary foundation for anyone aspiring to personally become a Certified ScrumMaster and build successful Scrum teams the applicability is much wider than ScrumMasters alone.  A successful Scrum adoption program is “change” writ large, so everyone with an interest or stake in adopting, tuning or running a Scrum practice in their organization should attend.


    This course is highly recommended for everyone in an organization who might be asked to perform any part of their responsibilities differently in support of a Scrum team or program.  A successful Scrum adoption program should include some changes for a wide variety of roles and all are highly encouraged to participate in this course, some examples including

    • software developers
    • quality analysts
    • business analysts
    • line managers
    • project managers
    • program managers
    • application and enterprise architects
    • IT budget managers
    • IT budget approvers
    • CTOs, CIOs or other executive managers with a stake in a smoothly running software production effort


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