SAFe 5 ScrumMaster (SSM) Workshop
Thursday Aug 6 and Friday Aug 7 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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SAFe 5 ScrumMaster



Date: Thursday Aug 6 to Friday Aug 7
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) each day
Trainer: Don Patti
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In this two-day course, attendees will gain an understanding of the role of a Scrum Master in a SAFe enterprise. Unlike traditional Scrum Master training that focuses on the fundamentals of team-level Scrum, the SAFe Scrum Master course explores the role of the Scrum Master in the context of the entire enterprise, and prepares attendees to successfully plan and execute the Program Increment (PI), the primary enabler of alignment throughout all levels of a SAFe organization. This includes learning the key components of Agile at scale development, how Scrum is facilitated throughout the enterprise, and how to execute Iteration Planning.

Attendees will also discover how to build high performing Agile teams by becoming a servant leader and coach, and how to coach those teams to deliver the maximum business value at scale. SAFe 4 Scrum Master (SSM) certification signifies that people are prepared to perform the role of Scrum Master in a SAFe environment, increasing their value to teams and organizations that are implementing SAFe.

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Agile Trainer: Don Patti

Agile Coach and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) | SAFe Agilist (SA) | CSP | CSM | CSPO | BSP | PMI-PMP | LSSBB

Donald Patti is an experienced agile trainer, coach and consultant, known for his strong business and software development acumen. He has significant experience with lean so he understands the core of agility. Don also has been an educator for a many years, as an adjunct professor and agile trainer. Don has hands on experience with leading SAFe and other agile implementations and he delivers a professional, real world, workshop.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 thought it was a seamless transition to a format that had never existed previously. The education I received 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

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.

Live Online Training


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After you register we will provide instruction to prepare you for the session, including information on how to work with our team to ensure that your technology is configured for the event. If you have problems, no worries, unlike most training companies our team has over a decade of experience delivering online, and we are ready, willing and able to help you setup prior to the event.

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.


Don Patti, Agile Trainer

Agile Coach and Trainer
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) | SAFe Agilist (SA) | CSP | CSM | CSPO | BSP | PMI-PMP | LSSBB

Donald Patti is an experienced agile trainer, coach and consultant. He is known for his strong business and software development acumen. Don has implemented agile across a variety of industries, teams and organizations. He has deep experience with lean (on which agile is based) so he understand the intrinsic meaning of agile methods. Don also has a long career in education, based on being an adjunct professor, as well as an agile trainer, allowing him to convey information in an understandable manner. Don has successfully founded and grown two entrepreneurial businesses during his career and consulted to well-respected organizations.

Don is spending much of his time coaching a large Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) initiative, while also providing targeted coaching to several clients. Don brings his vast, real world, experience with him, to the class room, where he delivers practical, reality based, agile training.

Companies that Don has consulted to include HP, Daimler Benz, JPMorgan Chase, CheckFree and the US Federal Government.  Don was the Director of Applications at the Association of American Medical Colleges for three years. Don's strengths lay in his ability to tailor Agile and Lean techniques to the unique needs of each client and situation, along with his ability to explain this tailoring.  

Certifications and Education:

In addition to Don's significant real world experienced, Don also has a strong educational background and he has many certifications, across a range of areas.

  • Scrum Alliance: Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
  • Scaled Agile Academy: SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4), SAFe Agilist (SA)
  • RH Smith School of Business: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Information Systems and Entrepreneurship
  • Balanced Scorecard Institute: Balanced Scorecard Professional (BSP)
  • Moresteam University: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSBB)
  • American Society for Quality: Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)
  • EXIN: ITIL v3/IT Service Management
  • Project Management Institute: Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Microsoft: Microsoft Certified Professional –Architecture and Requirements Gathering (MCP)
  • IBM: Certified Solutions Expert/WebSphere
  • IBM: Certified Solutions Advisor 

Sample Recommendations

  • "Great training. Very easy to follow." Joe Badalamenti
  • "Very good overview, details and explanation." Hemlata Rawal
  • "He [Don Patti] was very enthusiastic and answered all of our questions. He was helpful for understanding the nuances between the levels.", Anonymous
  • "He [Don Patti[ made the class interesting and tried to inspire us. I very much appreciated the PI session enactment.", Anonymous
  • "Don Patti was able to explain concepts clearly, answer questions in a way that was easy to understand.",Anonymous
  • "The course was a great learning experience. Not only did Don offer points of focus for important topics, but the immersion exercises helped me to really understand how to apply SAFe in real-world context.", Anonymous
  • "Great knowledge from both work and coaching experience", Anonymous
  • "Good execution of course. proper time allocation of areas that mattered; found time to answer questions and cater to the needs of the attendees", Anonymous
  • "Engaging Instructor!", Anonymous
  • "I especially enjoyed the class and the PI exercise, which was helpful". John Summers
  • "The training was delivered in a very meaningful way with good examples. 5 stars to Don and Grow-Lean." Gireesh Babu
  • "Expertise of trainer was very high and appreciated." Anonymous
  • "Don made the class engaging. I learned a lot and felt prepared for the exam." Tristan
  • "The practical examples, videos, trainer and his life experience [are what I liked best]". Brahbakhar
  • "Don is very knowledgeable and patient answering all types of questions. I highly recommend him and his classes." Ram Sekar
  • "Trainer [Don Patti] provided a great opportunity to learn how other workplaces are adopting and implementing SAFe 4.5", Seema Jha
  • "The PI Planning group activity was great!", Anonymous
  • "We were able to draw upon the trainer’s [Don Patti] real-world experience," Marlene Tripplin

SAFe Scrum Master (SSM)

Take Scrum Master from an authorized Scaled Agile Partner

Take this two-day course to become a SAFe® 5 Scrum Master (SSM), advance your career, and position yourself to lead an agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). Grow-Lean is a Scaled Agile Partner and our trainers are approved to deliver this session.

Avoid a bad experience, attend a Grow-Lean Scrum Master so you...

  • Won't get canceled on at the last minute except for extreme circumstances. Beware of training companies that cancel late and hold your money.
  • Gain the skills necessary to pass the certification exam. The exam is hard, so get the right training once, and pass the exam on the first try.
  • Get trainers with experience delivering virtual events, instead of someone trying to deliver an in person class online.
  • Get a Scaled Agile Inc. approved trainer, with significant experience instead of a slide reader.
  • Get training based on the latest SAFe 5.0 Framework.
  • Apply principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, agile development, product development flow, and DevOps, in the classroom.
  • Have fun while learning.
  • Gain free access to the certification exam.

Learning Goals

What you will learn

  • Facilitate Scrum events
  • Facilitate effective Iteration execution
  • Support effective Program Increment execution
  • Support relentless improvement
  • Coach Agile teams for maximum business results
  • Support DevOps implementation

Topics

SAFe Concepts so You Can Lead a Scaled Initiative

  • Introducing Scrum in SAFe
  • Characterizing the role of the Scrum Master
  • Experiencing Program Increment planning
  • Facilitating Iteration execution
  • Finishing the Program Increment
  • Coaching the Agile team

What You Get

From workbooks to a great training experience

  • Attendee workbook and preparation to take the exam
  • Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe® 5 Scrum Master (SSM) exam
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion

Who Should Attend

This class is meant for anyone who is participating in an agile at scale implementation, involving 50+ people across multiple teams

  • Executives, Leaders, Managers, Directors
  • CIOs, SVPs, VPs, AVPs
  • Development, QA, Infrastructure Management
  • Enterprise, System, Solution Architects
  • Product and Product Line Management
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, Process Leads

SAFe Certification Kit

What you will receive when you pass the certification exam

  • SAFe Scrum Master certificate
  • A SAFe 5.0 Scrum Master digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Scrum Master, which includes access to the SSM Community of Practice
  • A SAFe Scrum Master certification usage guide with SSM certification marks
  • Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe journey
  • Annual Renewal: Certifications expire one year from the date the certification is earned. Renewal fee is $100

Exam Information

Basic facts about the exam

  • No additional charge to take the exam.
  • Must attend the course prior to taking the exam.
  • Exam is taken off site, from any Internet connected location, but is closed book.
  • You will likely require additional study to prior to taking exam.
  • Exam name: SAFe® 4 Scrum Master Exam
  • Exam format: Multiple choice
  • Exam delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Exam access: You access the exam in the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the SAFe 5.0 Scrum Master course
  • Exam duration: Once the exam begins, you have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions: 45
  • Passing score: 33 out of 45 (73% passing score)
  • Language: English
  • Exam cost: Your first attempt is included as part of your course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.
  • Retake policy: Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait.

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.

If you are an alumni you get an automatic discount, at checkout. Register now as there are specific number of discounted seats per each session.

We will respond to your request in no more than one business day, usually much faster than that.

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.

The Early-Bird Discount is no longer available for this session. You can find another session by clicking here, or, if you are paying on your own (i.e. not sponsored by your employer), you may want to consider a Self-Pay Discount for this, or 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.

A limited number of Self-Pay Discounts, worth up to $200 off of the regular price are available on a first-come, first-serve, basis to individuals who are not reimbursed by their employer. Currently, there is a Self-Pay Discount available for this session. Please request this discount only if your employer will not reimburse you.

Click here to request a Self-Pay Discount (if your employer will not reimburse you).

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.