Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Workshop
Thursday Sep 19 and Friday Sep 20 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North in Sterling, VA
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Certified ScrumMaster



Date: Thursday Sep 19 to Friday Sep 20
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: Chris Doss
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
+1.609.975.9294
Location:
Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North
45520 Dulles Plaza
Sterling, VA 20166
703.435.9002

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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Agile Trainer: Chris Doss

Agile Coach and Trainer, Grow-Lean LLC
Scrum Alliance: CST, CSP, CSM and CSPO; Six-Sigma: Green Belt; Harvard University: Design Thinking

Chris Doss

Chris is an Agile coach, trainer, consultant, and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with over a decade of agile training experience. He also has twenty years as a program manager, and he has coached or supported over 250 different Agile teams and led the implementation of Agile for large organizations, including extensive organizational change management experience.

Having built and led an Agile organization, Chris understands the support system and infrastructure that needs to exist in order for Agile to thrive within a company.

Chris is a Six Sigma Green Belt and applies Lean principles to software development, business process and product development. In addition to his experience as a senior manager, coach and trainer, Chris has strong leadership skills honed over 20+ years as an officer in the Army National Guard; he has applied these skills to build high-performing teams. Chris received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Lynchburg College and his bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute.

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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

6/6/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Brian Thomas
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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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/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

[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] What do you do when sheltered in place? Attend a virtual class and get certified, of course. Special thanks to David Bulkin and Grow-Lean LLC for an outstanding experience.

3/28/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Al Meadows Jr.
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn] While the entire world is reeling from the pandemic outbreak, the best possible thing one can do is to remain calm and stay focused on his/her goals and build for future as "this too shall pass". Attended an amazing 2-days of Live Virtual CSPO training with David Bulkin last weekend which I planned couple of months ago. It was highly interactive, very well organized, full of group activities and discussions within the participants and overall the presence of highly energetic and knowledgeable trainer like David made this entire virtual class experience a lively one. The energy level and enthusiasm was so high in the class that I often felt I'm sitting in an In-Person session. I would highly recommend David Bulkin and grow-lean for any Scrum/Agile certification training. Thank You David for the great experience, would look forward for Advanced CSPO with grow-lean as well in near future..

3/28/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Soudipta Kundu
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
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

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

Originally I had scheduled for in-class session but due to COVID-19 we ended up doing a virtual class. At first I was very nervous but David made sure that everyone was comfortable and that they understand what was being offered. The class was so much fun, focused and very engaging. David is AMAZING...very knowledgeable, very helpful..... register for the classes he offers.

3/21/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Gaurang Raval
Live Online Session

Instructor interaction with students and students interacting with each other and doing group activities makes it a great learning session

3/21/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Sailaja Uppalapati
Live Online Session

Very interactive session. A lot discussion among participants, with real life examples discussed, which helped in learning this framework faster.

3/21/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Sudhir Bedi
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn] I didn't realize when I signed up to attend this class how much I would be learning and getting out of my comfort zone. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity and sharing time with a group of individuals that challenged my thinking. This was a great class and time well spent (and virtual too)! Thank you David Bulkin

3/18/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Julie Ho
Live Online Session

Liked the mixed of review and activities, and the team activity was interesting, fun, and informative.

3/18/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Laura Richardson
Live Online Session

Depth of material and instructor taught it well

3/18/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Eric Thompson
Live Online Session

The material was presented in an easy to consume manner, and the group breakouts were very productive even remotely. The most valuable part was the real world experience applied to the concepts in the course.

3/18/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
James Withrow
Live Online Session

The thoroughness of the content. The instructor’s energy level. The amount of content in two days seemed perfect for preparation to take the exam. The information provided before and after the class. The practice exams were extremely helpful, particularly the one on Kahoot - fun and memorable.

3/16/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Caryn Nelson
Live Online Session

The comfort of attending at home was great. I was able to address things at home without disturbing anyone and the entire class had plenty of opportunities to collaborate. If anyone missed a part, David made sure to set up time after class to catch them up.

3/16/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Lynne Mack
Live Online Session

In depth knowledge of the trainer and his method of providing a relatable experience.

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Siddhi Patel
Live Online Session

Time Management was tremendous being it a virtual session really appreciate all your efforts and focus to cover the agenda proposed.

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Varun Prakash Jeya Prakash
Live Online Session

Personal attention, break out sessions, after hour question and answer sessions.

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Sreeram Chandrasekaran
Live Online Session

Having attended the first virtual CSM certification training session last weekend, I feel David and Alex did an excellent job and not only presented the material in an easy and fun way to learn but exemplified the Scrum values by continually adapting to any technical challenges. All of the material covered during the training, plus David's advice to read the Scrum Guide several times and take the practice exam, totally prepared me for the exam, which I passed with flying colors this week! One of the things I also got a lot of value from was how David engaged all students to share real world experiences. This helped to solidify the concepts and get us beginners to think more along the lines of the Scrum framework, i.e. Scrum teams, their roles, events, rules and artifacts. The training was excellent and worth every penny!

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Ralph Ingerto
Live Online Session

Well organized, interactive, reality based (Down-to-earth), useful content provided towards exam prep. David actually embodies the Agile/Scrum framework and truly believes in its fundamental values/principles - and this comes across in his delivery of the material.

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Femi B
Live Online Session

I really appreciated David's teaching method/format for the virtual classroom and it worked for me. I'm a full time teleworker so while I was looking forward to the in-person training, the virtual classroom was not much of a stretch. I still got to meet different people and our breakout sessions into smaller groups let me get to know them a little bit better too. I must admit that it felt like there was definitely a lot more that we could have covered but then preparing for a virtual classroom on the eleventh hour was not something that David expected. He made it work though. In my opinion, he covered what was really important and that is, what the Scrum framework is all about, how to apply it to your own work and give you the foundations to be prepared for the exam. I didn't expect to know everything after leaving his class and that's okay. It gave me enough to be able to apply some things at work with what I learned in class. Oh, one more thing, the fact that the CEO of the Scrum Alliance checked-in to see how class was going shows the care and commitment of this company.

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
AnnMay Wentzel
Live Online Session

David Bulkin has a wealth of knowledge. The session, being that it was the first online session, was fantastic. Personally, I though it was a seamless transition to a format that had never existed previously. The education I recieved from the session empowered me and even though it was online, the session was invaluable.

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Michael Sorg Jr
Live Online Session

Initially, I was a bit nervous about a virtual course. However, I loved how informative and interactive the session was. I am completely new to the tech industry, but I felt SUPER comfortable during the session. David, Alex, and other participants really made the session run smoothly! I also loved that we were able to take breaks every hour.

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Tiffany Jenkins-Schaub
Live Online Session

The breakout rooms and encouragement from David for everyone in the class to participate made it seem like we were actually in a physical room, I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to get their CSM Certification!

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
CJ LeConey
Live Online Session

It was highly interactive and David stretched to answer individual case specific questions. David was very dynamic, open for any questions, and made sure each and every individual was participating. He had good documentation and flash cards for Q/A which facilitated in better understanding.

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Pratibha Singh
Live Online Session

Sometime I forgot that it’s virtual and I got really involved with the training.

3/14/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Durga Kiran Jagarlapudi
In-Person Session

David keeps the class interesting. He always has good input to real life situations, relative to the situations and he really does an excellent job of keeping the conversation focused on Agile and Scrum.

3/7/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
In-Person Session

I like the class material and the way information was presented.

3/7/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Anthony Clemons
In-Person Session

Training content and trainer's knowledge is valuable. Relating the topics with good examples!

3/7/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Sunil Chandrasekhar
In-Person Session

David is very knowledgeable about Scrum and Agile methodologies. He has a wealth of industry experience and the ability to quickly adapt to change.

3/7/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Donald Schier
In-Person Session

I like the emphasis on practical application. Looking forward to putting everything into practice at work. The weekend schedule and location were convenient for me.

3/7/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Rob Myers
In-Person Session

What I liked the most was examples that the trainer shared which relates back to real-life and work life/culture.

3/7/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Ambika Verma
In-Person Session

Time taken to go over different scenarios and how they relate to the respective members' work place. This provided a window into different approaches that can be applied to resolve a problem.

3/7/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Srinivas Yenigalla
In-Person Session

Interaction and addressing real world scenarios.

2/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
In-Person Session

We went into our own real world topics and talked through them.

2/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
In-Person Session

Many practical applications of ideas and concepts were explained thoroughly and in an easily understandable manner.

2/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
David Levetter
In-Person Session

It provided me many real-world methods I can incorporate into my scrum team immediately.

2/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
George Heinrich
In-Person Session

I like the very practical application of multiple frameworks. The realistic approach the trainer applied was fantastic! Keep doing exactly as you are!

2/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Caroline Emery
In-Person Session

David's strong knowledge helped me understand the material in a clear and concise way.

2/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Sumanth Kaza
In-Person Session

I like that we had open discussions and talked about real life scenarios.

2/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Dale Plass
In-Person Session

David is real, funny, and actionable. His teaching has helped me decide and drive agile strategy at my company.

2/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Richard Rinaldi
In-Person Session

Different , effective methods to keep everyone included.

2/12/2020
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Thomas Cort
In-Person Session

I like the pace, hands-on exercises, seating strategy

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Mamta Vashista
In-Person Session

Group exercises were very helpful!

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Mitchel Tarter
In-Person Session

I like the interaction and presentation.

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Ronald Zjawin
In-Person Session

Good breath of topics across product ownership

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
In-Person Session

I like the inter weaving of book work and example

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Mary Ann Jackson
In-Person Session

David has a fantastic ability to present the information in a consumable manner. This a level of info that I can bring back to my job tomorrow and use.

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
In-Person Session

Focussed and Hands-on!

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Amit Vashista
In-Person Session

Covered principles that I ca apply as best in my org/situation.

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
In-Person Session

Ability to ask questions and get a better understanding of the subject.

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Lana Gropen
In-Person Session

Lots of hands on exercise to reinforce the concepts.

2/3/2020
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Devraj Singha
In-Person Session

I like the humour in the session.

1/30/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
In-Person Session

Knowledgeable trainer, engaging and energetic exercises and stories. Actual examples from real world. Engaging and humorous presentation.

1/30/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
In-Person Session

Interactive learning

1/30/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Kashyap Amin
In-Person Session

Very interactive. Engaging and informative.

1/30/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
In-Person Session

The facilitator went beyond the course material to ensure we understood the concepts better!

1/30/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Kris O'Brien
In-Person Session

The class was expertly designed to set you up for success in real life, not just merely to pass the exam.

1/30/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Maha Balasubramanian
In-Person Session

Lots of real life scenarios we used, which made the class more fun and interesting. David used various methods to covey the material to the class. If you want to learn about implementation in real work space and not just theoretical concepts.

1/30/2020
Certified ScrumMaster
Halak Patel

Refund Policies

Grow-Lean commits to canceling classes as a last resort and we expect a similar 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 try to avoid cancellations. 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 refund, minus a 5% credit card processing fee, will apply for all refunds irrespective of when a request is made.

An additional $75 charge will apply for a cancellation or class change that Grow-Lean receives seven (7) to fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled event.

No refunds will be issued for a cancellation or class change 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 (reducing the cost for the future event) in the next six months. Attending a future event will incur a $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 5:00 PM EST).

Grow-Lean reserves the right to cancel an event. 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. In the unlikely event we cancel due to low registration, and if we cancel less than sixteen (16) days prior to the scheduled event start date, we will refund your money or provide you a $150 discount towards a transfer into another one of our upcoming events.

Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North

45520 Dulles Plaza
Sterling, VA 20166
703.435.9002



Directions

Getting to the venue

When searching for Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North on your GPS device, you may want to try referencing Hotel Sierra Sterling/Dulles Airport-North to obtain accurate directions.

From Washington Dulles International Airport:

Exit airport on Dulles Airport Access Road. Exit north on Route 28 and turn right on Old Ox Road (Route 606). Take the first right onto Shaw Road. Turn right on Dulles Plaza. Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North is on the right.

Inside the Beltway (I-495):

All lanes of I-66 are restricted to vehicles with two or more people (HOV-2) on weekdays, eastbound (toward D.C.) in the morning and westbound in the evening.

Outside the Beltway:

One lane in each direction marked with diamonds; these lanes are also restricted to HOV-2 eastbound in the morning and westbound in the evening.



Chris Doss, Agile Trainer

Agile Coach and Trainer, Grow-Lean LLC
Scrum Alliance: CST, CSP, CSM and CSPO; Six-Sigma: Green Belt; Harvard University: Design Thinking

Chris Doss

Chris Doss is an agile coach, consultant, and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has been a CST for over a decade, and has over twenty years experience as a program manager. He has coached and supported over 250 different agile teams and led the implementation of agile for large organizations.

Chris has real-world, repeated success, in driving improvements by applying Lean and Agile approaches to solve complex business problems, and create a competitive advantage in the marketplace. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six-Sigma Green Belt. Chris is certified in Design Thinking from Harvard University and has a Management of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering.

Chris is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 22 years in the Virginia Army National Guard.

Chris has over a decade of experience delivering certified agile training and has conducted Scrum training throughout the United States, as well as internationally (France and Brazil). Chris’s leadership skills, honed in both the military and in industry, combine with his practical experience, and allow him to conduct real-world, hands on training that resonates.


Video About Chris


Sample Recommendations

“The class was very interactive which helped me apply the materials covered in each segment. It helped me understand how it is used practically.” - CSM Student

“The instructor [Chris] was excellent. I’ve taken several Scrum workshops and this was by far the best. Chris made Agile/Scrum concrete and practical.” - CSM Student

What did you like the best about the training? - “Very engaging & knowledgeable. Allowed open dialogue that facilitated collaboration and learning.” - Matt Hylton, CSM

“Great instructor. Very informative and enthusiastic.” - Tanisha Perry, CSM

“Chris was so engaging throughout the entire two day course. It was a great learning experience. Don’t change a thing!” - Crystal Makle, CSM

“Appreciated Chris’ knowledge of the material. Also appreciated his attention to time and answering my question in a very simple way - very helpful! Really enjoyed the Scrum simulation to learn and reinforce principles taught.” - Kimberly Perry, CSM

“The best training experience I have ever had. I am so excited and much more informed about how to make Scrum work on my projects and in my organization.” - Jerry McKinney, CSM

Scrum Alliance: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

Take the most respected agile certification course from a Registered Education Provider with experienced Certified Scrum Trainers (CST)

Take the most respected agile certification course from a Registered Education Provider

The Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master® (CSM) Certification is the first, most trusted, and most respected certification in the agile community.

  • For experienced practitioners, our CSM will validate your experience and help you hone techniques that will improve your skill set.
  • For beginners, our CSM will provide you exposure to the mindset and principles of agility and 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, which you can take from any computer or smart-phone with Internet access. After passing, you become a Certified Scrum Master®. More importantly, you will be better positioned to grow agile in your organization and advance your career.


Don't waste your money or get scammed, choose a reputable, approved, training provider

Scrum Alliance® CSM Sessions can only be delivered by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), a designation which takes years to achieve. As such there are < 300 CST's world-wide, so companies often rent trainers. We have in-house CST capability, meaning our trainers have been further vetted and are motivated to deliver excellence.

Grow-Lean is an approved Scrum Alliance Path to Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Provider. This means that in addition to the CSM we are authorized to deliver the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM), which is the course you will likely want after taking the CSM you are reviewing now.

Grow-Lean is an approved Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider (REPs), meaning that we can list and deliver continuing education classes that earn you Scrum Education Units® (SEUs).

Attendance

If you want to start or checkpoint your agile journey, come to our session

Agile has it roots in the software development / information technology (IT) community, but the concepts are spreading. The attendee mix has been broadening out to those involved in any form of knowledge work.

Typical Attendees (IT)

  • Business Analyst and Product Owners
  • Quality Assurance
  • Software Developers and Tech Leads
  • Project Managers and PMO Staff
  • Scrum Masters and Product Owners

Attendees in Knowledge Work

  • Training Development
  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Business Process
  • Management

Learning Objectives

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

Gain a practical understanding of the mindset, roles, artifacts and ceremonies of Scrum, via exercises, discussion, fun games, and via simulation where you use agile to create a game, skit, or exercise that your team delivers to the class so we learn from each other. After class, leave ready to advance your company and your career.

  • Roles: Scrum Team, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Development Team Member
  • Ceremonies: Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review & Sprint Retrospective
  • Artifacts: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Product Increment

You learn how Scrum exists in a larger organizational context, and how it varies from a waterfall project. We also review other influential agile Frameworks and how they align.

  • XP and DevOps: XP (Extreme Programming®) is a Scrum superset for engineering excellence, including Test Driven Development (TDD), refactoring (keeping a code base clean), pair working and continuous integration (CI). DevOps builds on XP and adds in continuous delivery (CD) to get to market frequently.
  • SAFe®, LeSS® Scrum@Scale®: Scaling frameworks that provides additional roles, ceremonies and artifacts to help multiple teams work together on a common product.
  • Kanban: Visualize, limit WIP, create flow, make policies explicit, change slowly.
  • Lean: The mother of agile, focus on value, create flow, optimize.
  • Lean Startup®: Agile applied to the business. Get to market quickly with a release that is also an experiment, learn from it, and adapt based on leanings.

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

Pre-reads

Prepare in advance to maximize course value

If you have time prior to the session, you can benefit by by clicking here to check our free reading material and videos.

What You Get

From workbooks to a great training experience

  • Attendee workbook and preparation to take the exam
  • Light breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee, tea and beverages
  • Free access to exam (two attempts), assuming you attend both full days
  • Two-year membership to Scrum Alliance
  • Designation as a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) upon passing of exam
  • An experienced agile your trainer
  • 16 PDUs and 14 SEUs

Agenda

Learn about Agile and Scrum Topics and Participate in Immersive Exercises

Understanding Scrum

  • The Agile Mindset
  • Scrum Overview
  • Agile Overview
    • Lean
    • Kanban
    • XP
    • Lean Startup
    • Scaling (ES, Less, SAFe)

Scrum Framework

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

Ready and Done

Agile Estimating and Forecasting

Agile Teaming

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

Agile Requirements and Specifications

Building the Agile Enterprise

Summary

Closing

Certification Exam, Guaranteed to Help You Pass

Pass the exam with confidence

We register you within 10 minutes of class end. You receive an email from the Scrum Alliance with an exam link. You can take it from any Internet connected computer from anywhere you want; you don't need to go to a test center.

The exam is available within minutes of class end. If you want to wait you have up to 90 days from the start of the class.

The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and you have 60 minutes. You need to get 37 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 for this extra assistance.

The workshop will provide the knowledge required to pass the exam. You can also review the pre-reads which provide additional content to help you prepare. But, this is course is more than exam prep as getting a certification in itself doesn't get you a job, or help you do your job. This sessions provides you need deep understanding of what agile methods are and how to apply them in the workplace.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Attend a Grow-Lean Training

Before, during and after the class, choose Grow-Lean so...



  1. Go with a safe choice as Grow-Lean is a Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider and Path to CSP Educator with Certified Scrum Trainers on staff (no rent a trainer).
  2. You won't get canceled on at the last minute (choose your training company wisely). Over 99% of our attendees for Certified ScrumMaster Sessions (CSM, A-CSM, CSPO) get to attend the class they register for (i.e. except for extreme situations, like snowstorms, cancellations are rare and when they happen we give lots of notice).
  3. Get trained by a Scrum Alliance® approved, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).
  4. Gain an understanding of the agile philosophy with principles you can apply immediately.
  5. Gain practical skills you can apply in your workplace.
  6. Have fun while learning. Yes, serious fun, don't go to a boring training!
  7. You get high quality, hot food, and all day beverages.
  8. You are trained in a clean, quality, venue.
  9. You have a trainer with significant real world experience, as well as significant experience delivering training.
  10. Get increased retention via hands-on simulations, frequent quizzing, discussions and multiple mechanisms.

Exam Information

Basic facts about the exam

  • Free practice exam.
  • Free access to the certification exam.
  • Exam available within 15 minutes of class end so you can be certified on the same day the class ends.
  • The vast majority of Grow-Lean students pass on their first attempt with a high score.
  • If you fail we will help you prepare for your retake, the first of which is free.
  • The exam, and one retake is free, if taken within 90 days of class start.
  • Exam name: Certified ScrumMaster Exam
  • Exam format: Multiple choice
  • Exam delivery: Web-based, open book, no outside assistance, untimed
  • Exam access: Grow-Lean registers you immediately after class on Day Two, you get an email with a link
  • Exam duration: 60 minutes
  • Number of questions: 50 for English Version
  • Passing score: 37 out of 50 for English Version
  • Exam period: You have 90 days to complete the exam
  • Language: English, and multiple other languages
  • Exam cost: Your first attempt, and first retake is included as part of your course registration fee if the exam is taken within 90 days of course. After 90 days you pay a $25 fee.
  • Retake policy: Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a $25 payment.

Training Style - A Mix of Methods

We mix a variety of methods to ensure that you have fun and grow your knowledge.

We keep the training session fun and energetic to you help you retain what you learn. Depending on the session, we use diverse techniques, combining exercises, games, skits, videos, simulations, immersions, discussion, and yes, even traditional slides, resulting in a multi-sensory learning experience.

You learn more about agile by doing agile.

In some sessions, you will create skits, games and other learning aids, then use them in the classroom to teach others, applying an agile process to create these learning aids, thus learning agile by doing agile.

In all sessions you will also learn from your peers, not just the trainer. Learning from your peers, and from your trainer's real world experience is critical as every journey towards agile growth is different, but there are common patterns that repeat themselves. Hearing these common patterns will help you convert abstract concepts into practical reality.

Through feedback from thousands of participants we have found this immersive, multi-pronged approach results in the best post class outcomes for the majority of participants.

Discounts

Early-Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

There are number of discounts set aside for each session for Grow-Lean Training alumni, those registering early, groups of three or more, for the unemployed, and in a limited number of cases, for those paying on their own.

Act now as there are specific 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.

  • The Alumni Discount can be combined with the Early-Bird Discount. Other discounts are not combinable, only one can be used at a time.
  • If you want to register for two sessions, register for the first and request the Alumni Discount for the second.
  • Each class has a limited number of discounts.
  • You must provide 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 as we often need to lock in the room setup approximately six or more weeks prior to the training.
  • 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.

There are no Early-Bird Discounts available for this session, as the expiration date has been met, or the maximum number of discounts have been claimed.

Click here to find another session.

We appreciate our alumni and provide discounts for prior attendees of Grow-Lean Training. If you are not an alumni but are signing up for two sessions, sign up for the first and request the discount for the second. Please note that you must attend both sessions for the Alumni Discount to be applied.

Click here to request an Alumni Discount

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 regular price. There are no Self-Pay Discounts available for this session and the Early-Bird Discount has also expired.

Click here to find another session. Remember that Early-Bird pricing can be better than, or equal to, the Self-Pay Discount, and does not need to be requested.

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 unemployment benefit claim. We will review, and potentially approve a Hardship Discount if any are still available (request as early as possible). If you are not currently collecting state unemployment benefits please consider the Self-Pay or Early-Bird Discounts for sessions where they are available.

There are no hardship discounts available for this session.

Click here to find another session.