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Certified ScrumMaster®
1/19/2013 12:00:00 AM Tom Mellor Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center 1801 West 86th Street Indianapolis IN 46260 United States of America 39.9114344 -86.1923188 1100


Tom Mellor


  • Course

    Date: 19-20 January, 2013
    Location: Indianapolis, IN, United States of America

    Regular Price: $1,100

    The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course introduces attendees to Scrum values, principles, and practices and this agile-based empirical product development framework.  Successful completers become Certified ScrumMasters, a first step in the journey of learning Scrum and becoming proficient in its use. 

    Students will assume responsibility for their learning in the course and will work in small teams.  The course includes a detailed Scrum project simulation and other exercises that will reinforce course concepts. Participants will have opportunity to explore and apply self-organization and self-direct concepts that contribute most effectively to building a high performing team environment where quality can be built into a product through the empirical process of inspecting and adapting processes and products.

    Participants learn about the 3 Scrum roles (Team Member, Product Owner, and ScrumMaster), the 4 Scrum meetings (Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective) and process of building product in a time-boxed iteration called a Sprint.  Attendees learn about the paradigm shifts that occur when organizations move from traditional linear / defined development environments to the empirical agile environment and strategies and tactics used to support and manage the change that occurs.  Learning occurs in a highly interactive, exercise-based and discussion-based learning environment. Attendees learn by exploring and doing, not through lecture.


    At the end of the CSM course, the student should understand:

    • The cultural and philosophical basis of agile and its values and principles
    • Why agile and Scrum are not the same thing, but are synergistic
    • The essence and application of the Scrum practices, principles, and values
    • How empirical or defined the approach to project work should be based upon analysis of the work and problem domain (i.e. when to use Scrum)
    • The desired skills needed for the Devleopment Team, Product Owner and ScrumMaster and identify their responsbilities
    • The rationale behind the absence of a project manager in Scrum
    • Apply estimating and planning techniques and practices nuanced to Scrum
    • The use and presentation of certain data used for inspection and adaption to improve team process performance and the product quality
    • The criticality of building trust within and between Scrum teams and others in the organization
    • How self-organization and self-direction are at the center of high perfroming teams and how leadership is applied in that environment 
    • And identify the "smells" (pitfalls) that the organization and teams may encounter that may impede the use of Scrum
    • How kanban-style work flow is applied in Scrum



    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: 19-20 January, 2013
    Location: Indianapolis, IN, United States of America

    Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center
    1801 West 86th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46260 United States of America

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    Regular Price: $1,100


    Tom Mellor is a seasoned Certified Scrum Trainier and past member and chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance.  He has been involved in business and IT for 35 years. He enjoys working with the broader Scrum community and helping others learn and use Scrum.  Tom introduced Scrum and agile to one of the world's largest companies in 2004 and has spent the last several years training and coaching IT employees and others in the use of Scrum.  He is a speaker at conferences and consults to organizations about the interplay of agile and company culture. 

    Matt Block is currently Software Engineering Manager at Aprimo and a Certified Product Owner and Certified ScrumMaster with a strong development background.  Matt has worked with various companies and people helping them adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques. He also helps Product Owners more fully engage with an Agile Development Team to achieve satisfying business results. Matt helped start and grow the Indianapolis area agile user group with the goal of raising awareness and acceptance of agile practices, and providing a leading local forum to support a community of practitioners.  This group has grown steadily since its inception.  Matt is also owner of Development Block, LLC and is a 6 Sigma Green Belt.  He has been instrumental in organizing the inaugural AgileIndy Conference 2013, which is scheduled for March 8, 2013, at The Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center on the north side of Indianapolis.

  • Agenda

    The class is structured in a learner acceptance testing structure using a "user story" concept

    1. CSM Story  1:  Scrum Simulation Project (used throughout the 2 days)
    2. CSM Story  2:  Agile and Scrum Foundational Concepts 
    3. CSM Story  3:  Change and Discipline Often Required in Organizations that Adopt Scrum
    4. CSM Story  4:  Managing Complexity and Uncertainty with Scrum's Empirical-based Framework
    5. CSM Story  5:  The Product Backlog
    6. CSM Story  6:  The Product Owner
    7. CSM Story  7:  The ScrumMaster
    8. CSM Story  8:  The Scrum Development Team 
    9. CSM Story  9:  Management and Leadership When Using Scrum
    10. CSM Story 10:  The Sprint and Definition of Done
    11. CSM Story 11:  The Sprint Backlog and Flow of Work
    12. CSM Story 12:  The 4 Scrum Meetings
    13. CSM Story 13:  Velocity and Release Planning
    14. CSM Story 14:  Information Radiators
    15. CSM Story 15:  Scrum Café - Ask the Trainer
    16. CSM Story 16:  Graduation
  • Who Should Attend

    This course is intended for those who wish to explore the benefits that agile and Scrum and who desire a foundational education in agile and in Scrum, including its values, principles and practices, and those who enjoy a learning format that is hands-on, experiential and Socratic.  Attendees will utilize a variety of exercises, activities, discussions and resources to help them learn and apply Scrum in both software and non-software product development situations. 


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