Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Workshop
Saturday Mar 24 and Sunday Mar 25 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Crowne Plaza Edison in Edison, NJ
Support@Grow-Lean.com  or +1.609.975.9294

Overview

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Date:Saturday Mar 24 to Sunday Mar 25
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: David Bulkin
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
+1.609.975.9294
Location:
Crowne Plaza Edison
2055 Lincoln Highway
Edison, NJ 08817
732.287.3500
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The Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) Certification was the first, and is still the most respected certification in the Agile Community. It is the starting point on a journey to agility or a reflection point for experienced practitioners. Grow-Lean’s CSM is a reality based, fun, interactive, hands-on, workshop.

After the session we pay for, and register you, with the Scrum Alliance. You can take the exam immediately after the class or you can wait. 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.

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Discounts

Early Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

There are discounts for for those registering early, groups of three or more and the unemployed. For the unemployment discount, a current state unemployment statement is required. Discounts cannot be combined and there are a limited number per session.

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Refund Policies

Understand What Happens if You Can't Attend

There may be situations where you as an attendee has to cancel. All cancellations where payment was via Amex incur a minimum fee of 4.5%. Cancellations made less than one week prior to the event can be credited towards a future event minus a $150 transfer fee. We almost never cancel, but, if we cancel late (excluding uncontrollable events like a snow storm), and you are gracious enough to move to another of our events, we provide you a $150 credit.

Agile Trainer: David Bulkin

Managing Director, Grow-Lean LLC
CST, CSP, CSM, CSPO, SAFe SPC, PMI-ACP

David Bulkin is a managing director and head of training services at Grow-Lean. He delivers agile/lean training and consulting to individuals, teams and organizations. David has 32+ years experience delivering software and systems and has been applying agile methods for 16 years across the entire value stream from strategy and product ideation to development and support. As a hands-on practitioner David has had many roles including Project Manager, Developer, Tester, Business Analyst, Product Manager and ScrumMaster. This experience allows him to deliver hands-on, reality based, training, that can impact your career.
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Refund Policies

Grow-Lean commits to cancelling classes as a last resort and we expect a similiar commitment from attendees

There may be situations where you as an attendee, or Grow-Lean as a host, has to cancel. We realize that you made a commitment when you registered so we rarely cancel. If we cancel less than sixteen (16) days prior to the scheduled event start date, due to low enrollment, and you wish to come to another of our events, we provide you a $150 discount.

Please review the information below to familiarize yourself with the policies.

  • A full refund will be issued for cancelation requests received sixteen (16) or more days prior to the scheduled event, with the exception that when an American Express credit card is being used for payment, a cancellation will incur an additional 5% transaction fee. The additional fee for American Express credit cards applies irrespective of when the cancelation is requested.
  • A $75 charge will apply for cancelation requests that Grow-Lean receives seven (7) to fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled event start date.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancelation requests that Grow-Lean receives less than seven (7) days prior to the scheduled event start date. However, we will credit the amount paid toward a future event. Attending a future event will be incur an additional $150 transfer fee.
  • To cancel, email us at support@grow-lean.com. After sending the email call 609. 975.9294 during normal business hours (9:00 AM EST to 5:30 PM EST).
  • Grow-Lean reserves the right to cancel an event at any time based on insufficient enrollment or unforeseen events such as illness or inclement weather. Class cancellation notice will be provided via email and/or phone call, and a full refund will be issued promptly.
  • We try to avoid cancellations. If we cancel less than sixteen (16) days prior to the scheduled event start date, due to low enrollment, we will refund your money or provide you a $150 discount towards a transfer into another one of our upcoming events.

Crowne Plaza Edison

2055 Lincoln Highway
Edison, NJ 08817
732.287.3500



Directions

Getting to the venue

Getting to the Crowne Plaza via Train

For those taking public transportation, the Edison Train Station is just 1.5 miles from the Crowne Plaza. There is often a hotel shuttle is available for pickup, and drop off. If not, taxis are always waiting and Uber/Lyft are also options.

The Edison stop is on the Northeast Corridor line, and you can get there from Trenton, New York or Newark (airport or Penn Station). Go to the New Jersey Transit site for more information: http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainTo

Driving Directions to the Crowne Plaza

The Crowne Plaza in Edison has a large parking lot with free parking for training attendees.

Traveling on Interstate 287 North
  • Take exit #2B for Route 27 south (New Brunswick).
  • The Crowne Plaza hotel is located 1 mile on right.
Traveling on Interstate 287 South
  • Take exit #3 (New Durham/Metuchen).
  • Make a right off exit (Durham Road).
  • Travel approximately 0.2 mile to first light.
  • Make a left onto Talmadge Road.
  • Travel approximately 1 mile.
  • Hotel on Right.
Traveling on Route 1 North from the Princeton area
  • Take Route 1 north to Route 18 north.
  • Exit for Route 27 north (Highland Park).
  • Travel approximately 5 miles.
  • Make a left onto Municipal Boulevard.
  • Make first right into hotel complex.
Traveling on Route 1 South from Woodbridge Area
  • Take Route 1 south to Interstate 287 north (Morristown/Mahwah).
  • Take exit #2B for Route 27 south (New Brunswick).
  • The Crowne Plaza hotel is Located 1 mile on right.
Traveling on New Jersey State Turnpike
  • Take exit #10 (Edison) to Interstate 287 north.
  • Take exit #2B to Route 27 south (New Brunswick).
  • The Crowne Plaza hotel is located 1 mile on right.


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David Bulkin, Agile Trainer

Managing Director, Grow-Lean LLC
CST, CSP, CSM, CSPO, SAFe SPC, PMI-ACP

David Bulkin

David Bulkin is a managing director and head of training services at Grow-Lean. He delivers agile/lean training and consulting to individuals, teams and organizations.

David serves a catalyst to expedite the journey from plan driven to adaptive methods. David is known for practicality and achieving results. He helps individuals grow their careers while leading organizations on the path to higher ROI.

David has 32+ years experience delivering software and systems and has been applying agile methods for 16 years across the entire value stream from strategy and product ideation to development and support. As a hands-on practitioner David has had many roles including Project Manager, Developer, Tester, Business Analyst, Product Manager and ScrumMaster.

Through training, coaching and speaking, David has impacted over 9,000 individuals, helping them grow their use of agile methods.

As a coach and consultant David helps organizations adopt and expand their use of agile by working with change agents, teams, PMOs, managers and executives. As a speaker David regularly presents at the two major agile conferences, the Scrum Gathering and Agile 20xx, as well as at regional events. David is active in the agile communities including Scrum, Extreme Programming, Lean, Kanban, and SAFe.

David has provided thought leadership in areas such as applying progressive elaboration to agile requirements, integrating engineering principles into development teams, and applying agile to marketing, sales, finance, and other areas outside of IT. He was an independent reviewer of the PMI-ACP body of knowledge that fed the creation of the PMI-ACP Exam and has worked on the exam questions for the Certified ScrumMaster Exam.

As a Certified Scrum Trainer David delivers Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Product Owner Training, PMI-ACP Prep, as well as non-certified sessions on topics including agile engineering (Extreme Programming / XP), requirements, teaming, and the executive side of agile.


Learn more about David Bulkin.

David's Agile Certifications

  • Scrum Alliance: Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
  • Scaled Agile Academy:  SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)
  • Project Management Institute: PMI Agile Certified Professional (ACP)

David's Public Speaking on Agile

  • From Extreme Waterfall, to Agile
    October 10, 2016 : Agile Tour 2016, Philadelphia, PA
  • Agile Coach & Trainer, to CEO, Should I Follow My Own $%*! Advice?
    July 27, 2016 : Agile 2016, Atlanta, GA
  • PredictAgility with Adaptive Release Planning
    May 12, 2016 : Nashville PMI Symposium, Nashville, TN
  • Agile Coach to CEO: Leadership in Action!
    May 12, 2016 : Nashville PMI Symposium, Nashville, TN
  • Surviving Extreme Waterfall, Making Agile Work
    April 19, 2016 : Scrum Gathering, Orlando, FL
  • The Agile PMO
    April 15, 2016 : Virtual, United States
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Making Agile Work in the DoD
    October 26, 2015 : Agile DC, Washington, DC
  • Authentic Agile Adoption, Avoid Agile Anti-Patterns
    October 5, 2015 : Agile Tour, Philadelphia, PA
  • Building Righter Stuff with Agile & HDD
    August 13, 2015 : Nashville Tech Council, Nashville, TN
  • Cracking the Agile Culture Code
    August 6, 2015 : Agile 2015, Washington, DC
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Making Agile Work in the DoD
    August 5, 2015 : Agile 2015, Washington, DC
  • Agile versus Fragile
    June 18, 2015 : Virtual, North America
  • Agile for the Waterfall Guy and Gal
    May, 2015 : Scrum Gathering, Phoenix, AZ
  • Build Righter Stuff with Hypothesis Driven Development
    October 21, 2014 : Agile DC, Washington, DC
  • Agile for the PMI Guy and Gal
    October 6, 2014 : Agile Tour, Philadelphia, PA
  • Build Righter Stuff with Hypothesis Driven Development
    October 6, 2014 : Agile Tour, Philadelphia, PA
  • Team Based Business Process Re-engineering with Scrum
    September 22, 2014 : Scrum Gathering, Berlin, Germany
  • Long Term Adaptive Release Planning
    July 29, 2014 : Agile 2014, Orlando, FL
  • Build Want You Need, Not What You Wanted
    July 29, 2014 : Agile 2014, Orlando, FL
  • Using Agile Testing to Improve Business Outcomes
    June 10, 2014 : PMI Conference & Expo, Houston, TX
  • Agile Release Planning for the PMI Guy
    June 9, 2014 : PMI Conference & Expo, Houston, TX
  • Long Term Adaptive Release Planning with Scrum
    May 6, 2014 : Scrum Gathering, New Orleans, LA
  • Build Want You Need, Not What You Wanted
    May 5, 2014 : Scrum Gathering, New Orleans, LA
  • Don’t Build Want You Want, Build What You Need
    October 8, 2013 : Agile DC, Washington, DC
  • Hypothesis Driven Development, Aligning to Outcomes
    October 7, 2013 : Agile Tour, King of Prussia, PA
  • Continual Backlog Refinement, Get Stories to Ready
    August 7, 2013 : Agile 2013, Nashville, TN
  • Beyond Stories, an Intro to ATDD, BDD & HDD
    August 6, 2013 : Agile 2013, Nashville, TN
  • ATDD/BDD and Then Beyond with HDD
    July 9, 2013 : Agile Philly, Wayne, PA
  • Don’t gamble on user stories alone, specify by example!
    May 7, 2013 : Scrum Gathering, Las Vegas, NV
  • Keynote: Agile Teams, from Good to Great
    October 12, 2012 : AgilePalooza, New York, NY
  • Specification by Example
    April 16, 2012 : Agile Leadership Network, Jersey City, NJ
  • Moving Towards Agile Greatness
    November 14, 2011 : Agile Leadership Network, Jersey City, NJ
  • Keynote: Agile Teams, Good to Great
    November 4, 2011 : Agile Palooza, Boston, MA
  • Three Plus Amigos & the Readiness Team
    November 4, 2011 : Agile Palooza, Boston, MA
  • Individuals to Teams, from Good to Great
    October 26, 2011 : Agile DC, Washington DC
  • Agile Teams, Good to Great
    Sep 10, 2011 : Philly Day of Agile, Philadelphia, PA
  • 10 Minutes to a Better Standup
    August 9, 2011 : Agile 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 10 Minutes to Testable Specifications
    August 9, 2011 : Agile 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Keynote: Agile Teams, Good to Great
    June 10, 2011 : Agile Palooza, King of Prussia, PA
  • Three Plus Amigos & Readiness Team
    June 10, 2011 : Agile Palooza, Philadelphia, PA
  • Agile Risk Management
    Apr 5, 2011 : NDIA, Baltimore MD
  • Decoupled Requirements Pipeline, “Get to Ready”
    August 11, 2010 : Agile 2010, Orlando FL
  • Keynote: Agile, A Case for Change
    May 19, 2010 : Agile in Action, King of Prussia PA
  • Decoupled Request Pipeline
    May 9, 2010 : Orlando Scrum Gathering, Orlando FL

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 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 and must complete it within 90 days of receiving your welcome email.

During the workshop, you will gain the knowledge you need to pass. After the class you will use our free practice exam, and reading resources, to reinforce this knowledge.

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

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

Agenda

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

Summary

Closing

Pre Reads

Prepare in advance to maximize course value

If you have time prior to the session, you can benefit by reviewing pre-reading material. Check out free material by clicking here.

Testimonials

What our clients say about us

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Discounts

Early Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

There are number of discounts set aside for each session for those registering early, registering groups of three or more, for the unemployed, and in a limited number of cases, for those paying on their own. Discounts cannot be combined.

Make your request early as there are a limited number of discounted seats per each session. We will respond to your request in 24 hours.

There are a number of rules governing discount codes, please review them.

  • Discounts are not combinable, only one can be used at a time.
  • Each class has a limited number of discounts.
  • You must supporting information for hardship and self-pay discount requests.
  • Grow-Lean reserves the right to audit, and/or deny a discount request.
  • Honesty is expected when requesting a discount so that they can be provided to those most in need.
  • The supply of discounts is limited.
  • If you receive a discount code it will remain valid until the time limit or total count threshold is reached, whichever is first.
  • Request discount codes early and use them quickly.

An early bird discount us available for this session until the expiration date, or until the maxinum number of discounts are claimed, whichever comes first, so register now.

Click here to register with an early bird discount. Make sure to select registrant type of "Early Bird".

A group discount is available for three or more people registering together for the session. Please make your request now. Grow-Lean will evaluate the request based on the number of attendees you are sending.

Click here to request a group discount.

Self-pay discounts are worth up to $200 off of the regular price, but, for this class, the early bird discount is even better and you don't need to request it . Make sure to select registrant type of "Early Bird" when registering and remember that the early bird is available until the expiration date, or until the maxinum number of discounts are claimed, whichever comes first, so register now.

Click here to register with an early bird discount (you don't need to request it).

A limited number of hardship discounts are available if you are collecting unemployment from your state of residence and can provide a copy of your most recent unemployement benefit claim. We will review, and potentially approve a hardship discount of up to 40% if any are available. If you are not currently collecting state unemployment benefits please consider the self-pay or early-bird discounts for sessions where they are available.

Click here to request a hardship discount (if you are collecting state unemployment compensation) .