Weekend Certified ScrumMaster Training By Alan Atlas in Bentonville , AR(March 22-23 , 2014) – 14 PDUs

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When: March 22-23, 2014 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas
3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway Rogers, AR 72758

Alan Atlas


The course is designed with these goals:

Provide a deep knowledge of Scrum

Detail the role of the Scrum Master

Discuss problems in leadership of Scrum teams

Throughout the course, participants will examine Scrum from both the process and Scrum Master perspectives. The emphasis is on establishing a detailed understanding of Scrum as described in the major references, and also on the practical application of Scrum principles in a real world environment by a trained Scrum Master. Situations provided by participants will be used as training exercises.

Participants should read at least one source on Scrum before the course. Sources would include:


http://www.infoq.com/minibooks/scrum-xp-from-the-trenches http://agileatlas.org/atlas/scrum (by the Scrum Alliance and not by the instructor)

The course starts by establishing the foundations of Scrum within the thought framework called “Agile” and follows by examining the major foundations of the Scrum Process Framework itself.

The class then experiences a simulation of many of the major features of Scrum via a classroom exercise. The exercise serves to make the nature and purpose of many of the details of scrum more alive and understandable to the class.

From this point on, we will conduct a detailed examination of Scrum from top to bottom, starting with the Product Backlog. The class will create a Product Backlog and in the process discover the nature and use of User Stories and also the techniques of Product Backlog Refinement. Agile Release Planning is also used as an example of Agile problem-solving and planning techniques that revolve around the Product Backlog.

Scrum practices such as…

Story Splitting

Estimation and Planning Techniques

Sprint Planning

Definition of Done

Facilitating the Daily Scrum

Facilitating Retrospectives

… will all be explored via classroom exercises.

At the end of the course, students will have a thoroughly integrated view of Scrum and the role of the Scrum Master, and they will be prepared to lead a Scrum team in most commercial software development environments.


Our CSM training is focused on Scrum basics and the ScrumMaster role. Besides the basic concepts the training includes discussions and group dynamics about the necessary soft skills for a ScrumMaster, aspects of technical excellence for the Scrum Team, and company-oriented Scrum implementation aspects.

This training brings our CST experience as public and private university lecturer, Informatics course coordinator, and hands-on professional in the industry for more than 15 years from which 7 years in Agile/Scrum only either as ScrumMaster, Product Owner or developer

Total work hours: 16h.


Course content:

  • Definition of Scrum: Basic Scrum background and framework, principles and values which ensure the correct understanding of Scrum.
  • Scrum theory: The three legs of Scrum theory (transparency, inspection and adaptation) are explanied. Resultant and fundamental values are examined in details: responsibility, self-organization and self-management, sense of urgency, commitment, technical excellence, rhythm, discipline, respect and courage.
  • Scrum framework: The meetings, artifacts and roles that make up the Scrum process.
  • Scrum practices:Estimation, planning, user stories, planning poker, prioritization techniques and other practices which are commonly used in Scrum.
  • Agile Leadership: What is it and why is it important for a ScrumMaster? Common models of Leadership.
  • Coaching and facilitation: Coaching definition, coaching scenarios, and facilitation techniques used by ScrumMasters.
  • ScrumMaster’s Soft Skills: Helpful hints and techniques for building high performing teams, conflict management, practical techniques for the daily work of a ScrumMaster.
  • Scrum Evolution: Applying Scrum in more than one project, Scrum with geographically distributed teams (real cases), Scrum of Scrums, Product Owner configuration, Scrum beyond software, Scrum and pre-defined techniques like PMBOK, CMMI.
  • Other topics as required by the attendees.

Who Should Attend

Any person who is interested in learning more about Scrum or wants to make Scrum work better for their Team or organization, is encouraged to attend. While the focus of the class is for people who want to learn how to leverage the Scrum framework to bring about change, any member of Team or the organization who is interested in how to use Scrum would find this class useful. Typical attendees in the past have been functional managers, Team leads, analysts, architects, engineers, software developers, directors, testers and other roles that support product development.

About your Instructor:

Alan Atlas has been in high tech since 1980, first as a hardware engineer at Bell Laboratories, then as a UNIX kernel hacker at MASSCOMP, and finally as a technical manager at various levels at a number of different software companies. Over the years, he has twice managed development teams whose products have won industry awards.

As a Development Manager at Amazon.com, Alan managed the development and release of Amazon S3, a web service that offers Internet-connected storage for web applications of all kinds. The S3 team adopted Scrum for their project, and this became a career-changing experience for Alan, who followed his CSM with CSP, CSC, and CST certifications. Alan became the first Amazon Scrum Trainer/Coach.He left Amazon to pursue Agile Training and Coaching fulltime with Rally Software and after a few years, returned to product development at Scanbuy, Inc. to use his Agile knowledge and experience to create a winning engineering organization.
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What is your Enrollment Policy?

Enroll early and avail our Early Bird discounts. Due to the interactive nature of the class, we need a minimum of 8 people to run a training.
Registration may be open until an hour before the class, but please register early to reduce the chances of the class getting canceled.

Full refund will be given if you cancel within 48hrs of registration, else the funds can be used for a future training with us. If we cancel a training due to some reason, we will give you a full refund.

Will I be a Certified ScrumMaster at the end of the course?

Not yet. After completing the course, we will send you a link within 2 days for taking the online test given by ScrumAlliance. You will need to pass the test to get your ScrumMaster certification.

Is the certification or test fee included in the course price?

Yes, they are included. You do not need to pay anything else to become certified.

Is ScrumAlliance membership included in the course fee?

Yes, a 2 year membership is included with the course fee.

Do I receive PDU credits for a CSM course and how do I claim it?

You claim 14 PDUs from the Certified ScrumMaster class. You will be reporting Scrum trainings conducted by Conscires as Category B. There is no limit to the number of hours you can report in this category.

According to the PMP handbook: ‘Contact hours of project and/or program management education may be earned by attending relevant educational courses offered by organizations not registered with PMI. To calculate the number of PDUs earned, use the following formula: one contact hour of learning relevant to project and/or program management within a structured activity or course equals one PDU. Documentation required upon PMI audit/request: registration form, certificate or letter of attendance, and a brochure or course materials outlining the subject matter covered and the qualifications of the instructor/lecturer.’ Most CSTs can tell you how many PDUs their course offers.

How soon after my course do I have to complete the CSM Evaluation?

After receiving your membership email, you have 90 days to take and complete the online evaluation.