Certified Scrum Professional - Product Owner (CSP-PO) Workshop
Monday Nov 29 and Tuesday Nov 30 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Certified Scrum Professional - Product Owner



Date: Monday Nov 29 to Tuesday Nov 30
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) each day
Trainer: Arlen Bankston
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Ready to take your PO skill-set to the next level? Want a 100% live course with nothing pre-recorded? Elevate your career by earning the CSP®-PO with Grow-Lean. Pick up where the A-CSPO left off and solidify approaches for validating product assumptions, grow engagement, forecast effectively, and coordinate across teams.

Learn how avoid common myths including the universal use of “As a, I want to, So that” story format and leave ready to move from adhering to specification to discovering and building to value.

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Agile Trainer: Arlen Bankston

Lean/Agile Consulting/Training Partner
CST | CSP-SM | CSP-PO | CAL | A-CSM | CSM | A-CSPO | CSPO | LSS MB | SAFe Program Consultant (SPC5) |

Arlen Bankston was at the vanguard of the agile movement, beginning to practice within two years of the Agile Manifesto’s writing. He was among the first to explicitly blend lean systems thinking and user experience practices with agile software development practices. Arlen was one of the earliest Certified Scrum Trainers, exploring Lean, Six Sigma, BPM and other process management and systems thinking approaches to ensure that organizations took a holistic perspective beyond just the software. He became a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt while leading a Lean-Agile practice for six years, and was a successful entrepreneur helping to build and lead an Agile Consultancy. He is now working in concert with Grow-Lean LLC.

Arlen has worked across virtually every industry and enjoys a reputation as a thought leader and a dynamic, entertaining and practical trainer and presenter. He has trained and mentored thousands of ScrumMasters, Product Owners, team members and executives.

He has consulted and trained for hundreds of clients across every industry such as RBC, Monster, Marriott, NBC Universal, CNBC, NGA, Capital One, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Armed Forces Benefits Association. Arlen wrote the book “HR and the Agile Organization” to describe how human resources departments can adapt to better support organizations that are trying to become more adaptive while improving employee engagement and retention along the way.

Recent Testimonials

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Live Online Session

Really liked the engaging, no nonsense teaching style. David effectively conveyed the scrum mindset and essential concepts. Through his course, guidance, and supporting materials, I was able to develop a much better understanding of scrum and the Scrum Master role and easily pass the CSM test.

9/9/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Nathanael Forsberg
Live Online Session

Prior to attending the session I had few limited, nearly zero knowledge amout Agile and Scrum. However, by the end of my session I had a thorough understanding on the subject. Not only did David Bulkin manage to cover all important aspects of Scrum within a short timespan of 13 hours, but the training itself was tailormade to allow me to grasp the entire concept of Scrum and Agile in a very practical sense. Since I was attending the session from outside U.S. I had to sit through until 3.00A.M. in the morning and not once was I finding it difficult or dull because he conducted the training in an extremely fun manner so I was energized throughout. It was a fun and insightful session! Davind Bulkin is an hilariously awesome trainer! & I will definitely attend more sessions conducted by him and Grow-Lean LLC!!!

8/26/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Ashani Rodrigo
Live Online Session

Prior to attending the session I had few limited, nearly zero knowledge amout Agile and Scrum. However, by the end of my session I had a thorough understanding on the subject. Not only did David Bulkin manage to cover all important aspects of Scrum within a short timespan of 13 hours, but the training itself was tailormade to allow me to grasp the entire concept of Scrum and Agile in a very practical sense. Since I was attending the session from outside U.S. I had to sit through until 3.00A.M. in the morning and not once was I finding it difficult or dull because he conducted the training in an extremely fun manner so I was energized throughout. It was a fun and insightful session! Davind Bulkin is an hilariously awesome trainer! & I will definitely attend more sessions conducted by him and Grow-Lean LLC!!!

8/26/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Ashani Rodrigo
Live Online Session

This teacher is amazing and very very knowledgeable and funny too. Throughout the training he was patient with us newbies and helped us along the way. Thank you to Don of GrowLean. I really appreciate you

8/14/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Cameron Duke
Live Online Session

Don was really good at presenting all the topics in SAFe. Liked Kahoot! Quizes and his patience in explaining all the topics in detail.

8/7/2021
Leading SAFe 5
Mohan Velpuri
Live Online Session

The integration of the SAFe framework website with the instructors course material.

8/7/2021
Leading SAFe 5
chris spears
Live Online Session

I didn't know what to expect because I had never before taken an online class. At no point did I feel disengaged or feel that I was in a virtual class. David Bulkin is a fantastic instructor, offering guidance and helpful hints, while agilely managing the chats. The course content was clear, concise, and comprehensible. The class was set up so that I was able to learn a lot in a short period of time. It provided information that was useful in the context as to how I will be using it. After taking this class, I now have a better understanding of Agile and Scrum methodologies. This class more than met my expectations and is the reason why, I believe, I scored a 98% on the exam on my first attempt. I look forward to taking additional courses offered by Grow-Lean and hopefully with this instructor.

7/27/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Robert Perdue
Live Online Session

The instructor's enthusiasm and mixture of anecdotal and theory based teaching.

7/17/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

I enjoyed David's examples from his real-world experience and that he referred to class members to talk about specific applications of Agile that they've seen. The group was able to learn about applications of Scrum through each other's experience and see shades of different practices for unique needs at different companies. We also could learn about what others disliked, giving us something to think about as aspiring facilitators or eventual Scrum Masters.

7/6/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Jessica McClure
Live Online Session

The session was perfect, not boring, at a good pace, with good content, good discussion, and the application of and chance to share and evaluate real world experiences. This is the second course that I have taken with David Bulkin. He is a terrific instructor and the reason that I have and will continue to choose GL over the competition. Please continue to develop your process and offerings.

6/12/2021
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
George Baker
Live Online Session

David's real world experience and the ability to discuss and share on attendee experience and help them understand how it applies to their workplace. Unlike other trainers who will focus on the theory, David provides real world examples and examples affecting himself and shares it with the class. Class engagement is top-tier, and people leave with a brightened sense of knowledge for Scrum.

5/13/2021
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Amogh Patkar
Live Online Session

David Bulkin is an effective Scrum Trainer. He understands that new material is not immediately registered in the brain and so he repeats and asks questions in different ways just to get us thinking. I appreciate his methods. He is also energetic. The course materials were useful and I am of the impression that he gauges his sessions based on the experience of his audience which is good. I plan to do the A-CSM with him. Also, leading up to the session, attendees received loads of pre-class material such as test quizzes and other material to help understand Scrum. These were very valuable to me.

4/24/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Najma Gordon
Live Online Session

David knowledge and way of explaining and involving people. All practice exercises were very thoughtful and informative. I was able to fill lots of gaps in my understanding.

4/10/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Pankaj Goel
Live Online Session

David's training went beyond simply teaching us how to pass the certification exam. Using practical examples, breakout sessions, and a highly engaging teaching style, he helped us understand the "why" behind using Scrum. Many people get lost in the "how" and end up with a gutted implementation of the Agile methodology. Having completing this training, I'm much better positioned to encourage a lasting, effective implementation of Scrum in our organization.

3/16/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Jarrett Cross
Live Online Session

I found that having a trainer with tons of experience very valuable. He has trained over 425 times and you can tell he has perfected the way he trains in order to impact us as trainees giving us a better opportunity to retain the knowledge. He was very inclusive and had everyone involved. He was intentional in how he spoke and delivered the knowledge in class in order to keep us all engaged.

3/16/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Lanadja Dunson
Live Online Session

Talking about real world examples that match the topic, and the simulated PI.

2/27/2021
Leading SAFe 5
Albert Bongiovi
Live Online Session

I really enjoyed the interactive, fun, hands-on virtual learning session with instructor, Donald Patti. Don has a wealth of knowledge and provided real world examples and activities to help solidify the course content. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting this certification. Don, thank you for being an excellent trainer!

2/6/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Ria Joseph
Live Online Session

I learnt so much from this course. Very interesting, fun, educational and hands on. The instructor definitely has a passion for teaching this course and it shows through his teaching style. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

2/2/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Roselyne Marete
Live Online Session

I liked how the instructor gave real world examples to help connect the information. I think he was thoughtful and well versed and felt confident in his ability to teach.

1/25/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Rachelle Peay
Live Online Session

The open communication and learning. Real world scenarios and exercises. Loved our break out sessions that we were able to work together with our fellow team members.

1/16/2021
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Daina Caldwell
Live Online Session

I found the sessions to be very interesting and interactive. The instructor gave "real life" examples that I could understand contextually. The class material also provided helpful context which the instructor was able to build upon.

1/16/2021
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Kathleen Phillips
Live Online Session

The content David provided is both valuable and applicable in a multitude of scenarios and settings. Each day, principles are taught that can be immediately applied in many different business cases.

1/11/2021
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Robert Midiri
Live Online Session

Real world examples were incredibly helpful, and to actually build something was very useful as well. I appreciate the presenter's ability to adapt to his audience.

1/11/2021
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Michael Manchester
Live Online Session

Excellent Company and Excellent Trainer. The class is very enjoyable because of David who has an excellent way of presenting and engaging the participants.

1/7/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Anum Saiyed
Live Online Session

I have been doing Scrum/XP/etc for 10+ years and although I am proficient at it and my team is doing well, I still found dozen different things that we can do and improve in our mindset and processes.

1/7/2021
Certified ScrumMaster
Zemira Lalic
Live Online Session

This class was perhaps the best delivered course I have taken in my career. Mr. Bulkin was a master at presenting the material, including and engaging all of the class participants to ensure that learning was taking place, not merely knowing how to answer test questions. It was fun and interesting. Another notable observation - David Bulkin was available from the beginning of the class start all the way to the ending and beyond. I don't think he ever left his teaching post. We were able to ask questions and clarifications during all of the breaks and even after the close of the day. I am HAPPY to recommend Grow-Lean and specifically Mr. David Bulkin for any class course they offer!

12/17/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Stanley Melling
Live Online Session

David was dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable and funny. He certainly knew the material and provided exercises and real-world examples to drive home the key points. The pre-readings and quizzes were a great way to get an introduction to the course and to get the basics down. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting this certification.

12/17/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Rachel Resnick
Live Online Session

David is an exceptional teacher: knowledgeable, prepared, thorough; skilled at explaining abstract concepts articulately and challenging his students to think differently. The class was a great balance of engaging lectures and hands-on group work. I don't care who you are, if you take this class you are going to walk away having learned something new that can be applied to your work and life.

12/14/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Tabitha Frahm
Live Online Session

Our instructor did a great job building rapport on both days. The real life applications of being show the tools and driving growth by stumbling on how to best use the tools for our given circumstance.

12/14/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
David Hernandez
Live Online Session

Trained resources like me who actually had zero background in Scrum. David knows how to engage resources and his trainings are extremely good and thorough. I completed my certification successfully with 96% due to his awesome training.

12/5/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Sayanti Pal
Live Online Session

The level of engagement provided in the sessions.

11/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Aya Heshmat
Live Online Session

David’s industry knowledge blended with his Agile acumen and teaching style made it a phenomenal learning experience.

11/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Bishop Curry
Live Online Session

Real life examples were mentioned during the course relevant to the topic which helped to relate to the Agile topic.

11/12/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Aparna Kuttuva
Live Online Session

Went far beyond just the leaning objectives of the Scrum Master role by demonstrating principles and philosophies that every good employee should consider in our business world today. Being able to relate and apply to so many people's own experiences in their roles/teams and giving suggestions.

11/12/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Steve Oldakowski
Live Online Session

The general discussions and some of the real-life examples of the topics.

11/12/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Gregory Klein
Live Online Session

I really enjoyed the interactive activities throughout the session - these were helpful for learning and helped us apply concepts immediately. Also, I passed my exam tonight!

10/24/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Kathleen Curry
Live Online Session

I found the real life scenarios discussed in the class to be extremely helpful and will definitely put them to use in my day to day.

10/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Daniel Dennis
Live Online Session

Real life examples, repetition of important subjects, open discussion rather than lecture all the way through.

9/26/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Jason Koelle
Live Online Session

It was the right pace and the training materials provided ahead were for instrumental.

9/19/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Lisa Roy
Live Online Session

Very knowledgeable Instructor, was able to make the class comfortable and provided tons of scenario to help better understand. Great class and I look forward to training with him again.

9/19/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Michael Diaz
Live Online Session

How interactive and organized it was. I enjoyed a lot the "workshop" feeling even when being an online course.

9/17/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Viviana Murillo Cordoba
Live Online Session

I found that the information regarding Scrum and the instructor's use of real life experiences / examples were extremely valuable.

9/10/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Sarah A. Boone
Live Online Session

I really enjoyed David's energy and subject knowledge throughout the two day session. He was always willing to work through lunch or after class in order to go over anything that was unclear. I also found that the practice tests that were provided truly helped me to pass the CSM Exam. Lastly, even though the class was virtual, it still felt that we were all together in once class room. The breakout rooms gave the students an opportunity to meet one another and collaborate on the answers to the questions.

9/10/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Ryan Sonsini
Live Online Session

The instructor has the ability to show contents in different ways and make the class fun. Also, the content represents in the way that are useful in real world and more practical than theories. The interactions between students are great.

9/10/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

One of the best video share sessions I've been in post-virus. David did a great job of keeping the class engaged, and clearly values teaching methodology as much as he values Scrum and Agile. Information and discussion provided the opportunity to discuss real world examples and experiences. Interaction and learning tools covered a surprisingly wide range of technologies, several of which I hadn't seen before or been aware of, I got some bonus inspiration for how to engage with stakeholders during online sessions!

8/6/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Sara Peters
Live Online Session

Even though we were in a virtual environment the small class size allowed us to be interactive, ask questions and participate in activities we would have done in an in-person class setting.

8/6/2020
SAFe 5 ScrumMaster
Live Online Session

The class definitely went well beyond the Scrum Guide which was a good thing. I was very much prepared for the exam. I learned quite a bit that will be useful to take back to my organization.

8/6/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Kathleen Mullen
Live Online Session

The exercises where good ... Loved the MIRO board and the ability to collaborate with others on that.

8/1/2020
Leading SAFe 5
Live Online Session

With right tools in place ( Zoom, Miro, kahoot) I didn't feel that its virtual session. Team members as well as Donald made it interactive and informative.

8/1/2020
Leading SAFe 5
Raja Kathirvel
Live Online Session

Don was a great instructor and kept things lively and engaging. The course content and presentation were also top notch.

7/29/2020
Leading SAFe 5
Andrew Carlson
Live Online Session

David made the entire virtual session entertaining. In addition to achieving a solid understanding of the Scrum framework we participated in many thought provoking exercises skirting the fringe of the framework. It makes sense to follow the framework in an attempt to achieve the common goal while continually improving the process and simultaneously providing flexibility to adapt to change and uncertainty. The strong emphasis on collaboration and transparency within a team promote self-examination and a realization that we can all do better.

7/23/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Kerry Shuey
Live Online Session

I liked relearning skills I've forgotton over the last four years. The information has helped me to apply to my current position.

7/16/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Deborah Busch
Live Online Session

David was great! He is friendly, came prepared, and was very comfortable with the material which allowed him to make the class much more conversational than just a subject matter expert at the front while we all watch quietly. David encouraged us to ask questions at any time along the way and this opened up to allow us to bring our experience into the training. I am sure that makes it more interesting for him but it also lets us all bond with each other along the way and hear varying points of view while learning the material. Thank you for a great class experience!

7/13/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Chris Duffy
Live Online Session

I highly recommend David's Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training. It was immediately evident David knew his stuff and was bringing his real-world experience to the class. If you have concerns about dull virtual courses, you won't find that here. It was very engaging with lots of hands-on activities, leaving me sure that I could immediately apply what I had learned. I would, without a doubt, take other courses from David.

7/9/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Tracie Johnson
Live Online Session

Excellent real world examples of how to apply learning. Great brainstorming sessions and overview of good practices

7/9/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Susan Marangos
Live Online Session

The course coalesced years of experience in working with agile projects in one form or another and the best experiences of my career into a role that fits me like second nature, a CSM. The instructor was the most valuable part of the course. Educators with hands on experience are the ones I seek out. David Bulkin is a great asset for Grow Lean. Get more like him.

7/7/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Mark Hudak
Live Online Session

David was terrific! He kept everyone engaged and involved the entire time! We covered everything multiple times in such a way that it reinforced the learning early and often.

7/7/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Elizabeth Pimper
Live Online Session

Given the fact that the sessions were in a virtual mode, the content was easy to follow as the instructor did a fabulous job in setting the learning framework and provided some fun along the way. The repetition in presenting the learning content was very good.

7/7/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Martin Toye
Live Online Session

What I found most valuable about this session was the ability to freely discuss and ask questions without being held to a strict timeline or Q/A time-box. Learning from the other students and the instructor about real-life Scrum practices, is what helped me be able to connect the dots around how Scrum can be applied in any organization to any problem. David was amazing at fostering an open and collaborative environment which made the class super enjoyable.

7/7/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Ericka Fisher
Live Online Session

Both sessions were excellent! They were casual, interactive and kept the entire class engaged. I appreciated the literature provided to be read in preparation for the class. The post-training test prep was fun and helpful. David is an excellent instructor, and created an environment that was comfortable and encouraged questions and discussions.

6/27/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Sheryl Porter
Live Online Session

David has an extreme mastery of all of the covered topics and also an impressive lineage within the world of agile. With that said he remains humble and relatable. David is also able to present the material in a way that is both entertaining and helps with retention.

6/24/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Adam Berr
Live Online Session

The A-CSM session helped me refresh the mechanics of CSM that I took one year ago, and go much more in depth. It added more to it: the agile framework, that was only introduced at the CSM, here was one of the key sections we went through. I also found Active listening and facilitating, Agile coaching, Problems solving and Grow beyond conflict extremely helpful. We had plenty of sessions where the team shared experiences and worked together on areas of personal improvements. Truly recommended to all those who really want to build up on CSM and really go beyond it

6/24/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Francesco Lamberti
Live Online Session

David Bulkin took what could have seemed like a very long 2-day virtual course and made it engaging and interesting and fun. Technology was well deployed to aide in the remote learning. David is an enthusiastic instructor who managed to elicit active participation from everyone in the class, even those like myself who are generally more comfortable observing in the background. I would definitely take another class with David Bulkin and would highly recommend his Advanced CSM course to others.

6/24/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Steven Lewis
Live Online Session

It has been eight years since I took the CSM course and this was a great way to not only refresh my Scrum skills but to dive deeper into the mechanics. David is very knowledgeable and even though we were virtual (due to covid19) we had many break out sessions where we could collaborate and share real world Scrum scenarios. I will be implementing the Powerful Questions and using what I learned in the Growing Beyond Conflict sections.

6/24/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Jami Dolezal
Live Online Session

I really liked the virtual CSM training training because David and Don have tremendous "real world" experience they impart as part of the curriculum, their ability to strike the appropriate balance between teaching and incorporating interactive learning sessions, and their ability to facilitate discussion with the session attendees with some humor.

6/22/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Molly Janiczek
Live Online Session

Energetic, Interactive, and material is explained really well. David engages with students, listens and answers questions and is available in, and after, class. Very well taught course.

6/22/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Donika Elezaj
Live Online Session

The CSPO certification online session was precise and concise, and delivered exactly what needed to be delivered in time. David was receptive and responsive to everyone's questions and ideas, and kept the session very interesting. David kept the team motivated and engrossing throughout the whole online session.

6/20/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Live Online Session

David is full of energy and there is no real dull moments during the class. I appreciate the real world examples and working in teams to better understand the methodology.

6/20/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Mark Schaffer
Live Online Session

I loved the approach to describing PO roles and responsibilities. The class was extremely interactive, David was extremely knowledgeable, and I feel great about my introduction to the PO space.

6/20/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Alex Henry
Live Online Session

Going into two full day classes, I was a little concerned about my attention span but David kept the class very engaging and interactive. We covered a lot of ground in two days discussing various topics. It was a good mix of lecture and hands on exercises, which were fun and thought provoking. David has a good sense of humor that makes the class more interesting.

6/20/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Harsha Konreddy
Live Online Session

The class was interactive, there was something to learn from each section. David is a great facilitator

6/20/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Abimbola Oyekanmi
Live Online Session

I appreciate the candor and real world practical realities of the project space as shared by the instructor rather than sticking to closely to boilerplate material. The instructor prepares you for the CSM exam, but goes above and beyond to ensure you take a way useful skills and knowledge to further develop your acumen and maturity in dealing with complex people/process situations. Likewise, the humor and atmosphere created by the instructor opened up the rest of the class to encourage participation, comfort and a friendly environment.

6/13/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Spirangelos Antipas
Live Online Session

The instructor was well versed in Scrum and provided opportunities for clarifying questions and went beyond theories to tie instruction to real world scenarios. He was able to probe the team to think outside the box. As a first time Scrum class attendee, I am glad I took this class from this instructor. He was engaging, accommodating, did not use empty fillers to kill time. Every minutes of the class was very productive. The Online experience was no different than the class room experience.

6/13/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Dr. Dickson Jesuorobo
Live Online Session

David did a great job of keeping the content interesting and helping a fully remote class feel connected and engaged. The course provided the content review required to comfortably pass the exam but also extended the course value well beyond just "exam prep" by relating content to real-world experiences. I plan to come back to Grow-Lean LLC for additional certifications in the ScrumMaster line in the future.

6/13/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Elizabeth Morin-Kensicki
Live Online Session

As someone coming in with limited Agile process background, David did a great job providing a strong framework and foundation for "what" the Agile process is and "what" the role of the product owner is, while also provide the "why". He blended real world experience, story telling with the fundamentals to provide an easy to consume 2 days of training. I definitely feel like it was two days well spent.

6/11/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Joseph Sullivan
Live Online Session

I like Davids's training style, very energetic. His high energy kept me engaged. I always felt like school wasn't for me and there was no way I could sit in a class or virtual class, and be fully captivated. That changed one I took this training, so much that I'm looking to get more. I think it was overall great and well rounded, with the jokes, teaching style, and everything. David is a very personable guy and I believe comfortability is key. Furthermore, I will be looking for more certification training to take with him.

6/9/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Kahlil Smith
Live Online Session

Real world application and scenarios, fun dialogue, and an expert trainer who has been there, done that. Dave Bulkin clearly cares about the learning experience, ensuring the students learn the material, and is very passionate about Agile.

6/9/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Cameron Nokes
Live Online Session

Great content and flow. I really enjoyed the breakout rooms and the ability to learn from others and their experience of scrum in their organizations and apply that experience to practical exercises we completed together. I was hesitant to join a virtual session but the interactivity exceeded my expectations! It was nice getting to interact in a small (less than 10 people), open session that allowed for great collaboration.

6/6/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Victoria Ziegler
Live Online Session

Learning from shared experiences in cohorts respective workplaces. Knowledgeable Instructor.

6/6/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Brian Thomas
Live Online Session

The coach was really nice an open to questions. Very friendly. Made the session go smoothly.

6/6/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Syeda Ali
Live Online Session

The instructor kept us engaged. MIRO board setup by the instructor was very useful. The hands on exercises and breakout session were very useful

6/5/2020
SAFe 5 Lean Portfolio Management
maria hassan
Live Online Session

Great discussion and insights from Don. Also, helped to have a coach in our group!!

6/5/2020
SAFe 5 Lean Portfolio Management
Shelah Mabeus
Live Online Session

I thoroughly enjoyed this class! I wasn't sure how a virtual class would be but David was able to keep the class engaged. The format was also great - the class was broken up into a mixture of reviewing materials along with real-world scenarios. Very effective and interesting class - would highly recommend!

6/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Emily Mann
Live Online Session

David's vast experience alone was worth the cost of the class. Being able to learn from David as well as all the other attendees proved invaluable. The session went flawlessly, and I loved being remote as well.

5/26/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Chuck Rickwald
Live Online Session

The class had a TON of real world examples and really puts a lot of your current mindset into perspective. It gave me a handful off new tools and ideas I could apply to my job the very next day, in fact I actually did apply a few. David was really willing to go over something that I either had questions on or I was confused about. I could write a 5 paragraph essay about the parts I enjoyed but that is probably overkill. It was overall a really solid experience.

5/26/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Jeffrey Romanowski
Live Online Session

The balance of theory and mechanics of Scrum -- Much more than just an explanation of Scrum also how it applies to real-world environments.

5/20/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Mira Hamilton
Live Online Session

David was incredibly passionate about the material he was teaching. Every time I attend a training somewhere, a part of me is always worried that the course and/or trainer will be rigid, leading to boredom, less retention, and not an overall great experience. With David, he took the time to show why what he was teaching was important, and always kept the dialogue light-hearted and entertaining. He's a great asset to Grow-Lean!

5/18/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Drew Edwards
Live Online Session

The training was great. David is a great instructor; at no point did I feel like I was in training, but rather at a mentoring session, sharing stories and experiences. He was able to tie back all of the agile principles and scrum framework to past experiences and relate to our current situations, and in a way that made everything click. I registered for an in-person class, but with Covid-19, it was moved to virtual. I was hesitant... I dreaded sitting in front of my computer with the possibility of distractions, but that was not the case. David made it very interesting and kept everyone engaged.

5/18/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Lynnann Shilling
Live Online Session

I like the style of David and Aleksander's teaching. They really value input of the team throughout the training which results in more engagement of each student. I do really enjoy the Breakout Sessions as well :)

5/16/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Mohammad Karim
Live Online Session

Tutor's expertise on the subject matter, real-world examples, small work groups, and lots of breaks in between to keep the focus. Allowing participants to share their real work experiences, approaches across varied industries was interesting and useful. This training provides complete knowledge and ideas to become a good Scrum Master and prepares sufficiently for the test. I thoroughly enjoyed the participation and passed the test within three days after the training! Thank you Grow-Lean!

5/11/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Kavitha Rajamani
Live Online Session

Learning theory is important; however, hearing the framework applied in real-life applications is invaluable.

5/11/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Mary Wheeler
Live Online Session

A-CSM training focuses more on the practical application of the framework than the overview (CSM). Performing mini "case-studies" as we go through the material is extremely helpful in learning how to apply and see real world examples of Scrum implementation. The Powerful Questions and Conflict sections are something we can all benefit from learning.

5/4/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Billy Callahan
Live Online Session

David was very knowledgeable and answered any question the class had, without hesitation. The class was very interactive and fun, and because of that, I was able to easily learn and retain the information he provided. I will be continuing my education in the near future, hopefully with him as my instructor.

4/18/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Aaron Simington
Live Online Session

This is my second training with David Bulkin, David is a very active, energetic and a great trainer. He has in depth knowledge but has a down to earth personality when comes to his class. He teaches the subject extensively but in a interesting manner. I am very glad to have connected with him who's training made a big change in my way of thinking and career. Hope to get associated with David in near future. Would like to comment about Online training session - Though I read the reviews by other students about the online training, was still skeptical when I was choosing mine. But now after attending Grow Lean's ACSM training, I am convinced and have full confidence that It was really a best choice i made to attend Online session.

4/11/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Srinivas Diddi
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6657718752165019648/] Huge thank you to David Bulkin for leading an informative, fun and challenging Certified ScrumMaster course! You kept us engaged and promoted interaction, participation, collaboration and communication. It was a privilege to take the virtual class and was a blessing to have such an amazing group of classmates. I would recommend anyone to take a course with him, virtual or in person.

4/4/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Jonathan Lam
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethanneberry/] David was a great instructor for the Certified ScrumMaster course via Grow-Lean. I really enjoyed the 2 day virtual CSM course because we had real life examples of the material. We were taught how to apply scrum which is something that stood out in this course versus other trainings I’ve taken. There were many value adds beyond the learning objectives that help me feel more confident in using the framework to better my department. I like that David and Alex were open to questions and gave advice on using in scrum in non-tech environments. I also enjoyed the virtual setting because everyone seemed more open. It allows for more flexibility with break times and is less daunting to ask questions if you are not experienced. I’m used to working from home and found the weekend course to be convenient so I wouldn’t have to take time off from work as I’m in a non-exempt role. This was the perfect course for me to gain more understanding and I highly recommend!

4/4/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Elizabeth Berry
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pagelane/] David is an excellent trainer. I attended his online CSM training course and was able to pass the exam on the first attempt with a 92%. David is knowledgeable and engaging and made 8 hour days fly by. I was impressed by how he was able to get so much participant interaction from an online course. David presented the content in a way that made it easy to understand and retain. I signed up to take the Advanced CSM training. Great course!

4/4/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Page Lane
Live Online Session

I liked the overall format and the presentation pace. Hands on learning experience. Multiple ways to learn things.

3/28/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Sukanya Somasundaram
Live Online Session

Very effective real life work application of training. David takes extra time to help students understand how each process is applied in real life and how you can adapt it to your work and company culture.

3/28/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Sy Lormier
Live Online Session

Great presentation style with lots of opportunities to ask questions and talk about real life examples which all made for a really enjoyable and informative training. The virtual classroom was great! The breakout rooms were fantastic ! It could not have been any different from having a classroom with physical presence of everyone. The course helped me understand how important a PO’s role is to create an environment where creativity and innovation will thrive; that will empower the team to build a world class product! A wonderfully practical course- both personally and professionally.

3/28/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Yasmin Zafar

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Preparation Checklist

Follow the checklist below to ensure you have what you need. Have problems; no worries, we will assist you with the technical setup and we will get with you, prior to the training, to make sure you are ready.

  • Computer with a webcam: The vast majority of laptop have integrated webcams. If you don't have that, we will help you setup your phone as a webcam.
  • A working headset or speaker plus microphone: Many people use their smartphone ear-buds.
  • Zoom Client: Download the Zoom client at, https://zoom.us/download. After the download, install it.
  • Access to Google Docs. Test your access at https://drive.google.com/. If you don't have Google Docs access we will work with you to ensure your training quality.
  • A location from which to participate: Ideally this location will have good lighting and be relatively quiet.
  • Training Material: After registration you will get a link download course material. You can print this material, or view it online.
  • Getting into the Session: After registration you will provided information on getting into the session.

What is the Class Like

Worried that an online training won't be engaging? Think again, our training events have numerous interactive elements including games, exercises and group breakouts. In a breakout, you are in a virtual room with a small number (usually three to six) of other class participants. When you are breakout room, you and the other members are separated from the rest of the class.

  • Breakout Discussions: Each session varies a bit, but you will generally be in a breakout discussion, with a small group of participants, 10 times a day or more. The breakout provide an opportunity for intense, small group discussion. Ideas are then shared with the entire class.
  • Exercises: We have numerous exercises tuned for virtual delivery. These are delivered across the class as a whole and in breakout groups.
  • Games: Yes, actual games, where people laugh and have fun; serious fun, that increase retention and learning.


Arlen Bankston, Agile Trainer

Lean/Agile Consulting/Training Partner
CST | CSP-SM | CSP-PO | CAL | A-CSM | CSM | A-CSPO | CSPO | LSS MB | SAFe Program Consultant (SPC5) |

Arlen Bankston was at the vanguard of the agile movement, beginning to practice within two years of the Agile Manifesto’s writing. He was among the first to explicitly blend lean systems thinking and user experience practices with agile software development practices. Arlen was one of the earliest Certified Scrum Trainers, exploring Lean, Six Sigma, BPM and other process management and systems thinking approaches to ensure that organizations took a holistic perspective beyond just the software. He became a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt while leading a Lean-Agile practice for six years, and was a successful entrepreneur helping to build and lead an Agile Consultancy. He is now working in concert with Grow-Lean LLC.

Arlen has worked across virtually every industry and enjoys a reputation as a thought leader and a dynamic, entertaining and practical trainer and presenter. He has trained and mentored thousands of ScrumMasters, Product Owners, team members and executives.

He has consulted and trained for hundreds of clients across every industry such as RBC, Monster, Marriott, NBC Universal, CNBC, NGA, Capital One, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Armed Forces Benefits Association. Arlen wrote the book “HR and the Agile Organization” to describe how human resources departments can adapt to better support organizations that are trying to become more adaptive while improving employee engagement and retention along the way.

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