Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) Workshop
Monday Aug 27 and Tuesday Aug 28 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North in Sterling, VA
Support@Grow-Lean.com  or +1.609.975.9294

Overview

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Date:Monday Aug 27 to Tuesday Aug 28
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: David Bulkin
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
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The Scrum Alliance Advanced Certified ScrumMaster® (A-CSM) is for individuals with agile experience, who have their Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) certification, that want to expedite their journey to greater agility on the Scrum Alliance Path to CSP.

Via the CSM you were introduced to Scrum values, roles, ceremonies and artifacts. Through your life and work experience you have learned that implementing agile can be challenging. We go deeper into agile at scale, empiricism, coaching, soft-skills, XP Engineering, and Kanban.

After the session you will be registered with the Scrum Alliance. If you have more than a year of agile work experience, have the CSM Certification, and complete this session, you will achieve the A-CSM designation, and be one step away from CSP-SM.

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Discounts

Early Bird, Group, and Unemployment Discounts

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

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Refund Policies

Understand What Happens if You Can't Attend

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

Agile Trainer: David Bulkin

Managing Director, Grow-Lean LLC
Scrum Alliance: CST, CSP SM, CSP PO, CAL 1; SAFe SPC, PMI: PMI-ACP

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

Grow-Lean commits to 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 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 cancellation 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 cancellation is requested.
  • A $75 charge will apply for cancellation requests that Grow-Lean receives seven (7) to fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled event start date.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellation 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 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.



David Bulkin, Agile Trainer

Managing Director, Grow-Lean LLC
Scrum Alliance: CST, CSP SM, CSP PO, CAL 1; SAFe SPC, PMI: PMI-ACP

David Bulkin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Learn more about David Bulkin.

David's Agile Certifications

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

David's Public Speaking on Agile

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

Scrum Alliance: Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM)

Grow agility and get one step closer to your Certified Scrum Professional CSM (CSP-CSM) with this advanced session

Grow agility and get closer to your Certified Scrum Professional CSM (CSP-CSM) with this advanced session

You are a Certified Scrum Master® (CSM), from the Scrum Alliance, and you have real world experience applying agile.You want to take it to the next step, take the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster.

Via the CSM you were introduced to Scrum values, roles, ceremonies and artifacts. Through your life and work experience you have learned that making agile work effectively is not easy. This session will expedite your journey to true agility.

We briefly review the basics, then go deeper into agile at scale, empiricism, coaching (active listening, facilitating, powerful questions, handling impediments, root cause analysis, open space, introspection), Extreme Programming (XP) Engineering while also exploring the Product Owner role in detail so you can better support them.

After the session you will be registered with the Scrum Alliance. You will need to enter information about your work experience. If you have more than one year of agile work experience, have the CSM Certification, and complete this session, you will achieve the A-CSM designation, and be one step away from CSP-SM.

If you are coming up on your two year renewal from your CSM, you will also save yourself a $100 renewal fee and accrue 14 to 16 of the SEUs you need to keep your certifications active.


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

  • Grow-Lean is an approved Scrum Alliance Path to Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Provider, meaning we can help you on the path to CSP-SM.
  • 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).
  • We receive near perfect feedback forms when we deliver the A-CSM. This is especially important for this new session, as many trainers either don't have enough experience with the content, or delivering it, and the quality varies widely.

Learning Objectives

Go deeper into the agile philosophy and acquire skills you will need to grow a team towards true agility

Our course is compliant with the Scrum Alliance learning objectives and per the Scrum Alliance you will gain knowledge and skills in the following areas.

  • Facilitate dialog between the Product Owner, team members, customers, stakeholders, and executives.
  • Respond confidently when encountering resistance to change, lack of engagement, low motivation, and unavailability of key people.
  • Help your company adopt Scrum and support executives committed to Agile values.
  • Remove impediments that prevent long-term, deep adoption of Scrum and Agile practices by all parts of the business.
  • Explain the value of Scrum and Agile processes to skeptics.
  • Increase developer engagement to encourage greater accountability, commitment, and buy-in.
  • Extend the impact of Scrum throughout the organization.
  • Scale Scrum and Agile beyond a single team.
  • Leverage your learning to gain recognition and status as the local Agile expert in your company.

Exercises, real-world discussions, simulations, games, case studies, examples and fun, are interwoven throughout the course to illustrate the principles in an immersive, engaging manner so that you learn, while enjoying yourself.

A-CSM Certification

Get recognized as an A-CSM and advance towards CSP-SM

The A-CSM is a step on the path to great agility and towards the Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM). There is no test for this class, but you do have to have a year of agile work experience and you must hold the Certified Scrum Master (CSM)® certification.

If you meet the criteria above and participate actively in the session, missing no more than 30 minutes of class time, you will become a A-CSM after the session.

Course Benefits

Takeaways that will help you post class

  • Certification as a A-CSM with the Scrum Alliance, after meeting requirements
  • Two year membership in the Scrum Alliance
  • High quality, color, printed manual
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages
  • Scrum Cheat Sheet, key concepts on one page
  • Free follow up discussion with instructor if you need assistance
  • 16 PDUs towards PMI® continuing certification requirements
  • 16 SEUs towards Scrum Alliance® continuing certification requirements

Agenda

Advance Your Team

Day One

  • Review the Basics
  • Be Lean, Be Agile
  • Listen Actively & Facilitate Wisely
  • Be Empirical
  • Create a Cross-functional Agile Team
  • Coach towards Agility
  • Define Done
  • Gain Engineering Excellence with XP

Day Two

  • Flow Continuously with Kanban
  • Get to the Root of Impediments
  • Help your Product Owner be Great
  • Apply Agile@Scale
  • Grow Yourself
  • Go Deeper with Open Space
  • Make Real Change
  • Closing

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions

  • What are the prerequisites for attending?
    Anyone with agile experience can attend, but in order to progress towards the Certified Scrum Professional-Scrum Master (CSP-SM) you must have the CSM Certification and have one year of agile experience.
  • Is there pre-work for the session?
    This is an advanced session, so there is pre-work. We recognize that not everyone will have time for the pre-work but we also recognize that if you do, it will improve your learning outcome.
  • How do I get the Certified Scrum Professional-Scrum Master (CSP-SM) Certification?
    To achieve the CSP-SM you need the CSM, one year of agile work experience, the A-CSM, and then you can take a CSP-SM session.
  • How does the progression from CSM, to A-CSM, to CSP-SM correlate to work competencies?
    The CSM is the start of your journey and allows you to execute Scrum effectively. The A-CSM will help you better facilitate and grow team based Scrum, and the CSP-SM will help you as you assist your organization in the use of Scrum and agile.
  • Is there a test?
    No, there is no test! But, you do have to participate in the session, stay engaged, and you can't miss more than 45 minutes of class time.
  • Why would I take Grow-Lean Training
    Our training is based on real world, actionable, experience. We keep the class fun and engaging, and our trainers have many years of hands on experience as a practitioner as well as a trainer.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Attend a Grow-Lean Training

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



  1. Don't 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 food and all day beverages.
  8. You are trained in a high quality venue.
  9. You have a trainer with significant real world experience, who also has a decade plus of training experience.
  10. Get increased retention via hands-on simulations, frequent quizzing, discussions and multiple mechanisms.

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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.

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

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

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

Click here to request an alumni discount