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Certified Scrum Master


Certified Scrum Master© Certification

What is Scrum Master©
An agile project manager emphasizes facilitation, leadership and communication over traditional command-and-control activities. In the Scrum framework, this role is called "Scrum Master" as a constant reminder of the differences between agile and traditional project management. The Scrum Master's role is to maximize the team's efforts toward its goals while removing the impediments that stand in its way.

In this two-day course, you will apply the Scrum framework to build a new product. You will learn what it feels like to be on a Scrum team-experiencing many of the challenges you're likely to face–while being coached by someone involved with the application of Scrum at many organizations. This "learning by doing" style of instruction demands your open mind and active participation.

We will apply the experiential activities to discussion of advanced topics such as how to use Scrum in multiple-team organizations, how to measure progress empirically at a macro level, release planning to maximize ROI, and why such a simple framework disrupts organizations to be the best they can be.

The CSM course will cover the following topics (among others) through two days of interactive exercises, lecture, and discussion:

  • Introduction to Scrum
  • Scrum Roles and Responsibilities
  • Agile Requirements Analysis
  • Estimating and Prioritizing Product Backlogs
  • Sprint Planning, Execution, Review, and Retrospectives
  • What does "Done" mean?
  • Technical Debt and other pitfalls
  • Release planning based on empirical measurement
  • Scrum in multiple-team organizations
  • Q & A

Participants who complete the course successfully will be designated Certified Scrum Master (CSM), the first step on the road to Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP). This certification includes a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, where additional Certified Scrum Master-only material and information are available.

Course content
The Certified Scrum Master course is a two-day interactive session designed to effectively teach Scrum principles and practices. Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will receive official designation as Certified Scrum Masters by the Scrum Alliance along with a two-year membership to the Scrum Alliance. You can expect the following topics to be covered during the course.

  • Agile Principles and the Agile Manifesto
  • The Case for Scrum The Scrum Process
  • Mastering Scrum Roles
    o    Scrum Master
    o    Product Owner
    o    Team
  • Mastering Scrum Ceremonies
    o    Sprint Planning
    o    Sprint Review
    o    Daily Scrum Meetings
  • Mastering Scrum Artefacts
    o    Product Backlog
    o    Sprint Backlog
    o    Burn down Chart
  • Advanced Scrum
    o    Scaling Scrum
    o    Scrum and Distributed Development
  • Agile Development and Testing practices within Scrum
  • Transitioning to Scrum - Transition strategies and organizational/people issues

Application issues:

  • No single view of application portfolio
  • Highly aged and complex development and deployment environments
  • Inefficient, ineffective and non-value added business processes
  • Lot of legacy systems and silos of legacy applications
  • Inflexible systems to accommodate new business requirements
  • Difficulty in managing legacy and non-fully aligned systems
  • Inconsistent and incomplete documentation

Project issues:

  • Lesser number of strategic projects
  • Too many risky projects
  • Unbalanced Project Portfolio
  • Not effective utilization of resources across projects

Impact of the above issues:

  • Larger IT Spending towards maintenance and support costs of application portfolio resulting in decreasing Return On Investments (ROI)
  • Increasing Total Cost of Ownership(TCO)

Who Should Attend

  • Project Managers, Developers
  • Product Owners
  • Who is to be involved in a Scrum Project or Roles
  • Product Managers
  • Managers-Software Development
  • Architects-Software Development
  • Designers-Software
  • Software Developers
  • Coders ,Testers – Software

Certification Process
Participants who complete the two-day course will be required, within 90 days of the course date, to take an on-line, 36 questions, multiple choice exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive official designation as a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) by the Scrum Alliance, along with a two-year membership of the Scrum Alliance.

Faculty Profile
These courses are conducted by Scrum Alliance-Authorized Certified Scrum Trainers.

Peter Borsella
Peter Borsella is the founder of Winnow Management Corporation, based in Parkland, Florida. Peter is an IT professional with over 25 years of experience in application development and IT leadership. He is also a Project Management Professional (certified by the PMI) and a Certified Scrum Master Trainer (certified by the Scrum Alliance). His ability to contribute across a wide range of environments has taken him to companies such as First Data Corporation and eFunds Corporation and outside the United States to India, Israel, and Hungary.

Peter Measey
Peter Measey is a Director and co-Founder of RADTAC. He has managed and contributed to the implementation of some of the largest Agile Project and Delivery Management transformations in the UK and worldwide. He also works worldwide providing agile coaching and training and has solid experience of enabling agile within different cultures having worked in the United States, China, India and across Europe.

Peter has over 27 years experience in Information Technology and Process / Business Change across all traditional and contemporary project delivery and management methods, and is an expert in their successful introduction, implementation and integration. Peter has been specialising in Agile since 1994, and is a Certified Scrum Trainer, Certified DSDM Trainer, APLN Practitioner and Prince2 Practitioner.

David Hicks
David Hicks is a Founding Director of RADTAC. As an independent consultant in 1997 he was hired by British Airways to manage the implementation of DSDM as the standard method across their 5,000-strong IT organisation.

He joined the Agile Alliance as a Founder member in 2002 and have been doing Agile consulting, training and coaching in a whole range of different contexts ever since, using the full range of Agile approaches including Scrum, XP, Lean, DSDM and the Open/Agile Unified Process. He is a regular speaker on the Agile conference circuit and holds the following Agile qualifications: Certified Scrum Trainer, Certified DSDM Agile Trainer, Certified Scrum Practitioner, Certified DSDM Agile Practitioner, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Agile Leadership Practitioner.

Kiran Thakkar
Kiran Thakkar has over 20 years of IT experience in a wide variety of global industries. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and PMP, with a MBA (Master of Business Administration) and MS - Master of Science in Computer Science. Kiran initially was trained by Ken Schwaber.

He is currently working at Siemens Medical Solutions as Release/Program Manager role involving a very large-scale agile initiative (40+ teams, over 500 employees). He spent last six years as a release manager, scrum master, scrum team mentor, and overall program release manager. He also pioneered implementation of the agile practices and mentored scrum masters within Siemens. He is a true champion and laid the groundwork for agile practices still in use and highly effective in Siemens today.

He demonstrates deep passion and enhanced knowledge of agile principles and practices. Finally, he is very instrumental in shepherding the organization, executives, and engineers alike, to a successful scrum implementation. He is also an adjunct faculty at Penn State Great Valley, DeVry/Keller University, and University of Phoenix teaching in online and traditional 'on-ground' environment.


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