The standard, basic CSM is two days; this CSM PLUS is a three-day in-depth seminar on the art of serving as an effective ScrumMaster, on the Scrum framework, and the organizational changes involved in adopting Scrum. In addition to all standard CSM content, you will learn -- through exercises and discussion – more key concepts and skills in Scrum and agile methods, including Large-Scale Scrum, enterprise-level adoption and transition, Scrum in the context of offshore and/or multisite development, how to do agile estimation, splitting large requirements into smaller customer-centric requirements, Product Backlog prioritization, how to facilitate a Scrum Retrospective, how to coach a Sprint Review, and more.
Surveys show that Scrum is by far the most popular agile method worldwide -- and with good reason.
There are three roles in Scrum: Team(s), Product Owner, and ScrumMaster. This latter role is NOT a project manager in any traditional sense. The ScrumMaster is a process coach -- someone who is a master of the Scrum method and helps the teams and product owner apply it and maximize value with it.
Agile management is as radically different from traditional project management as agile processes are different from traditional methodologies. Rather than plan, instruct and direct, the agile coach facilitates, coaches and leads. This person is called a ScrumMaster in the Scrum agile process to denote the difference and remind the person filling this role of the new responsibilities. Accepted participants learn how to be a ScrumMaster and how to make a development team, a product group, or an organization agile. Exercises, case studies, and examples used to bring home the realization of how to be a ScrumMaster instead of a project manager.
Discussion, presentation, Q&A, workshop exercises
Anyone interested in adopting Scrum should take CSM PLUS as a foundation -- including potential Product Owners, and the leadership team. And certainly, anyone wishing to serve as a ScrumMaster.
Introductory: This course assumes no prerequisite skills, other than the readings listed in the Prerequisites section. Students will learn and apply skills (both "hard" and "soft") during the session.
Participants must read (available online), before the course:
Unless otherwise arranged, every participant is also required to have read the following chapters from Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Scrum (Larman & Vodde), before the course:
NOTE! Your company may have an online Safari account that you can use to read the book chapters online free. Please ask your colleagues if you have a Safari account.
Through education and practice, a ScrumMaster should be able to:
In addition to the above, PLUS objectives include ability to coach or advise more in-depth agile and Scrum practices, including retrospectives, agile engineering practices, and estimation sessions.
Not everyone who attends may achieve certification; it depends on demonstration of values and knowledge consistent with Scrum, and at least fulfilling the course prerequisites. Certified ScrumMasters will be recorded at www.scrumalliance.org.
There is an online exam to take, at the ScrumAlliance, to complete the certification process. For more, see here.
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