Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Workshop
Saturday Jun 23 and Sunday Jun 24 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport-South in Atlanta, GA
Support@Grow-Lean.com  or +1.609.975.9294


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Date:Saturday Jun 23 to Sunday Jun 24
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM each day
Trainer: Chris Doss
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport-South
1899 Sullivan Road
College Park, GA 30337
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The Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) Certification was the first, and is still the most respected certification in the Agile Community. It is the starting point on a journey to agility or a reflection point for experienced practitioners. Grow-Lean’s CSM is a reality based, fun, interactive, hands-on, workshop.

After the session we pay for, and register you, with the Scrum Alliance. You can take the exam immediately after the class or you can wait. You take it from any computer/smartphone with Internet access.

After passing the exam you are a Certified ScrumMaster. More importantly you will better position to grow Agile in your organization and advance your career.

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Reserve Your Seat Early

Save your seat now while they are still available. We accept major credit cards and PayPal. Registration will take place on RegOnline, a secure, third party, registration system. Please contact us if you require assistance.

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Early Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

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

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Refund Policies

Understand What Happens if You Can't Attend

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

Agile Trainer: 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.


Refund Policies

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

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

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

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

Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport-South

1899 Sullivan Road
College Park, GA 30337


Getting to the venue

Directions from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Take Airport Boulevard to Sullivan Road, turn right. Hotel is on Sullivan Road.

Directions from I-85 South

Take Riverdale Road Exit, turn left. Turn right on Airport Boulevard. Turn right on Sullivan Road.

Directions from Downtown

Take I-85 South to Riverdale Road Exit. Turn left and proceed to second traffic light. Make a right. Hotel is down the hill on the right.

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.

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 worlds first, and most respected agile certification course, from an approved rep with a authorized Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)

Take the worlds first, and most respected agile certification course, from an approved organization

The Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master® (CSM) Certification is the first, most trusted, and most respected certification in the agile community. If you are looking to become a CSM, our course is a starting point of your journey. For experienced practioners, it is a reflection point.

For experienced practitioners, validate your experience and hone techniques that will improve your skill set. For beginners, get exposure to the mindset and principles of agility to 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 smartphone with Internet access. After passing the test, you will be 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). Becoming a CST is hard and there are less than 300 CSTs world-wide, so many companies rent CSTs to deliver. We have inhouse CST capability so our trainers have been vetted further 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).


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 hands on exercises, discussion, fun games, and immersion. Leave in a better position to advance your company and your career.
  • Roles: Scrum Master, Product Owner, Team Member
  • Ceremonies: Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review & Sprint Retrospective
  • Artifacts: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Burndown Chart

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

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

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

Pre Reads

Prepare in advance to maximize course value

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

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 expert as your trainer
  • Great learning in a friendly environment condusive to learning


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 & Burndowns
    • 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



Certification Exam, Guaranteed to Help You Pass

Pass the exam with confidence

We register you within 10 minutes of class end. You recieve an email from the Scrum Alliance giving you instructions on taking the exam. You can take the exam from any Internet connected computer, or even a cell phone, from anywhere you want (you don't go to a test center).

You can take the exam within minutes of class end. If you want to wait you have 90 days. You can start and stop the exam during this period.

The workshop will provide the knowledge you need to pass. You can use our free practice exam, and reading resources, to further prepare for the exam.

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

Ten Reasons Why You Should Attend a Grow-Lean CSM

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

  1. Grow-Lean is a Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider and Path to CSP Educator with Certified Scrum Trainers on staff (no rent a trainer), meaning we are a safe choice.
  2. You won't get cancelled on at the last minute (choose your training company wisely). Over 99% of our CSM attendees get to attend the class they register for (i.e. except for extreme weather, cancellations are rare and when they happen we give lots of notice).
  3. Gain free access to the certification exam within 15 minutes of class end. If you fail we will help you study.
  4. Get trained by a Scrum Alliance® approved, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).
  5. Gain an understanding of the agile philosophy with principles you can apply immediately.
  6. Gain practical skills you can apply in your workplace.
  7. Have fun while learning. Yes, serious fun, don't go to a bording training!
  8. You get high quality food in a high quality venue.
  9. Get a trainer with significant real world experience, who also has a decade plus of training experience.
  10. We will help you study for the exam if you fail your first attemp


What our clients say about us

Grow-Lean takes pride in delivering the highest quality training experience. We have included a small set of feedback comments from private and public clients.

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Exam Information

Basic facts about the exam

  • 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: You have 90 days to complete the exam, you can start and stop along the way
  • Number of questions: 35
  • Passing score: 24 out of 35
  • 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.


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.

Make your request early 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.

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

The early bird 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.

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

There are no hardship discounts available for this session.

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We appreciate our alumni and often provide discount for prior attendees of Grow-Lean Training.

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