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Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

The Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) Certification is first, most trusted, and respected certification in the Agile Community


The Certified ScrumMaster Certification® is the go to course for those looking to grow agility. It is your starting point on a journey towards agility or your reflection point if you are an experienced agile practitioner.

For experienced practitioners, the CSM provides you with validation of your experience and exposes you to cutting edge techniques that will make you better.

For the beginners, the CSM provides validation that you have been exposed to the mindset and principles and you gain an edge that will expedite your agile journey.

After the session you will be registered with the Scrum Alliance to take the certifying exam. We pay for the exam and you take it from any computer / smartphone with Internet access. After passing the exam you are a Certified ScrumMaster®. More importantly you will better position to grow agile in your organization and advance your career.

Learning Objectives

Go beyond the mechanics of Scrum and learn how to instill an agile philosophy

You will learn how the Scrum Framework, which is conceptually simple, can dramatically improve time to market, quality, employee satisfaction, customer value and company ROI. You will also learn that every organization, team and individual has different needs and thus they will take different paths on the road to agility.

You will gain a practical understanding of the roles, artifacts and ceremonies of Scrum, via hands on exercises, discussion, fun games, and immersion.

  • Roles: ScrumMaster, Product Owner, Team Member
  • Ceremonies: Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review & Sprint Retrospective
  • Artifacts: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Burndown Chart

You will learn how Scrum exists in a larger organizational context, and how it is similar to and different from, traditional waterfall projects. In addition to Scrum, we will review other influential Agile Frameworks and how they align.

  • Extreme Programming: Scrum superset for engineering excellence, including Test Driven Development, refactoring (keeping a code base clean) and pair working.
  • SAFe™: Scaling framework that provides additional roles, ceremonies and artifacts.
  • Kanban: Visualize, limit WIP, create flow, make policies explicit, change slowly
  • Lean: The mother of agile, focus on value, create flow, optimize
  • Lean Startup™: An approach to mitigating business risks by getting to market quickly with a release that is also an experiment, learning from it, and adapting based on leanings.

Exercises, discussions, simulations, games, yes we really mean games, case studies, examples and fun, yes even jokes, are interwoven throughout the course to illustrate the principles being taught in an immersive, engaging manner so that you learn, while enjoying yourself.

Certification Exam, Guaranteed to Help You Pass

Pass the exam with confidence

Practice ExamThere is a certifying exam that you must pass to obtain your Certified ScrumMaster designation. Grow-Lean pays for this exam so there is no charge to you.

After the class you will receive an email from the Scrum Alliance giving you instructions on taking the exam.  You can take it from any Internet connected computer. If you want, you can take the exam immediately after class. If you want to wait you have 90 days.

We don't have you take the exam during class because we believe your time is better spent learning what will help you perform on the job and what will get you the job. The workshop will provide the knowledge you need to pass. You can use our free practice exam, and reading resources, to further prepare for the exam.

The exam consists of 35 multiple choice questions. You need to get 24 of 35 questions correct. If you don't, Grow-Lean will work with you to create a study plan, and review with you. There will be no charge.

Course Benefits

Takeaways that will help you post class

  • Free access to taking the exam
  • Certification as a CSM with the Scrum Alliance, after passing exam
  • Practice exam
  • Two year membership in the Scrum Alliance
  • High quality, color, printed manual
  • Scrum Cheat Sheet, key concepts on one page
  • Fill in Workbook
  • Free follow up discussion with instructor if you need assistance
  • 16 PDUs towards PMI continuing certification requirements
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages


Learn about Agile and Scrum Topics and Participate in Immersive Exercises

Understanding Scrum

  • A Case for Change
  • Scrum Overview
  • Agile Overview
    • Lean
    • Kanban
    • XP
    • Lean Startup
    • Scaling (ES, Less, SAFe)

Agile Requirements and Specifications

Scrum Framework

  • Discovery, Refinement & Product Backlog
  • Release Planning & Release Backlog
  • Sprint
    • Sprint Planning & Sprint Backlog
    • Daily Scrum, Boards & Burndowns
    • Work
    • Sprint Review
    • Sprint Retrospective

Ready and Done

Agile Estimating and Forecasting

Agile Teaming

  • Team versus Group
  • Scrum Roles
  • ScrumMaster
  • Resource Allocation
  • Team Workspaces
  • Distributed Teams
  • Scaling Scrum Teams

Building the Agile Enterprise



Pre Reads

Prepare in advance to maximize course value

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