Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Workshop
Monday Dec 17 and Tuesday Dec 18 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


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Date:Monday Dec 17 to Tuesday Dec 18
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
Trainer: Chris Doss
Support: Support@Grow-Lean.com
Hyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North
45520 Dulles Plaza
Sterling, VA 20166
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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 House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North

45520 Dulles Plaza
Sterling, VA 20166


Getting to the venue

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

From Washington Dulles International Airport:

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

Inside the Beltway (I-495):

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

Outside the Beltway:

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

Chris Doss, Agile Trainer

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

Chris Doss

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

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

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

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

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

Learning Objectives

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

You will learn how the Scrum Framework, which is conceptually simple, can dramatically improve time to market, quality, employee satisfaction, customer value and company ROI. You will also learn that every organization, team and individual has different needs and thus they will take different paths on the road to agility.

You will gain a practical understanding of the roles, artifacts and ceremonies of Scrum, via hands on exercises, discussion, fun games, and immersion.

  • 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 will 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.

Certification Exam, Guaranteed to Help You Pass

Pass the exam with confidence

Practice ExamThere is a certifying exam that you must pass to obtain your Certified Scrum Master designation. Grow-Lean pays for this exam so there is no charge to you.

After the class you will receive an email from the Scrum Alliance giving you instructions on taking the exam.  You can take it from any Internet connected computer. If you want, you can take the exam immediately after class. If you want to wait you have 90 days.

We don't have you take the exam during class because we believe your time is better spent learning what will help you perform on the job and what will get you the job. 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.

Course Benefits

Takeaways that will help you post class

  • Free access to taking the exam
  • Certification as a CSM with the Scrum Alliance, after passing exam
  • Practice exam
  • Two year membership in the Scrum Alliance
  • High quality, color, printed manual
  • Scrum Cheat Sheet, key concepts on one page
  • Fill in Workbook
  • Free follow up discussion with instructor if you need assistance
  • 16 PDUs towards PMI continuing certification requirements
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages


Learn about Agile and Scrum Topics and Participate in Immersive Exercises

Understanding Scrum

  • A Case for Change
  • Scrum Overview
  • Agile Overview
    • Lean
    • Kanban
    • XP
    • Lean Startup
    • Scaling (ES, Less, SAFe)

Agile Requirements and Specifications

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

Building the Agile Enterprise



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 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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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.

An early bird discount us available for this session until the expiration date, or until the maxinum number of discounts are claimed, whichever comes first, so register now.

Click here to register with an early bird discount. Make sure to select registrant type of "Early Bird".

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.

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Self-pay discounts are worth up to $200 off of the regular price, but, for this class, the early bird discount is even better and you don't need to request it . Make sure to select registrant type of "Early Bird" when registering and remember that the early bird is available until the expiration date, or until the maxinum number of discounts are claimed, whichever comes first, so register now.

Click here to register with an early bird discount (you don't need to request it).

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.

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