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Certified ScrumMaster Training By Simon Bennett in Dallas, TX(August 23-24, 14 PDUs)

CSM Dallas TexasWhen:August 23-24, 2012 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (CT)
Where: Hilton Garden Inn,
2325 North Stemmons Hwy, Dallas, TX
Instructor: Simon Bennett

This 2-day Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course is an immersive learning experience involving a highly interactive mix of seminars, group discussions, team activities, games and role-plays introducing the concepts and application principles of the Scrum framework.

You will learn:

* The philosophy, science, values and principles that guide you in becoming more agile using Scrum
* The Scrum roles and how they fit together in depth
* How Project Management is addressed by Scrum
* Techniques for getting the most out of the Scrum rituals
* How to establish a Definition of Done and keep an appropriately refined Product Backlog
* How to lead an agile team effectively without micro-managing or interfering with its self-organisation

You will learn the essential concepts, roles and the tools of Scrum, providing you with a roadmap for adopting Agile. Learn how to lead development teams towards agile operations by managing product backlogs, planning releases and sprints, tracking and reporting progress, and holding retrospectives.

Upon completion of the course, you are eligible to take an exam, the successful completion of which gains you the designation of Certified ScrumMasters (CSM), a first step in the journey towards this more adaptive form of projectwork and leadership. Included in the course is membership in the Scrum Alliance, where valuable ScrumMaster material and information is available exclusively to CSMs.

Please note that in our course we use Scrum to teach Scrum!

This two-day course will begin to clear away that murkiness through short, focused lectures by a qualified Certified Scrum Trainer teaching the basics of Scrum as well as practical tools gathered while mentoring and consulting with organizations learning to apply Scrum. An important aim of this course is to leverage the wide-ranging knowledge and experience of the participants, so expect a significant amount of this course will be spent in peer-to-peer interactions, hands-on activities and drawing connections between the classroom material and your day-to-day experience. This course will equip the participants with the knowledge on how to facilitate Scrum in their teams and begin the process of change in their organization.

The learning objectives for this course are:

  • List the five values of Scrum and the eight essential Scrum principles.
  • Draw a diagram describing the Scrum framework, highlighting all meetings, roles and artifacts.
  • Describe the rights and responsibilities of each role in Scrum – Team member, Product Owner, ScrumMaster and stakeholder.
  • Discuss with other participants what Scrum means to you and what it will mean to be a ScrumMaster in your organization.
  • Watch Scrum in action as the framework of Scrum will be used to deliver the course material.
  • Identify the main obstacles to using Scrum in your organization.
  • Practice applying ScrumMaster skills to solve real life problems.
  • Pass the Certified Scrum Master assessment.

In addition to the objectives listed above, your instructor will incorporate your learning objectives into the class curriculum, provide regular opportunities to reflect-and-adapt on the class direction and make adjustments to achieve your learning objective. By the close of the training, you will have gained the confidence and understanding to begin socializing Scrum within their your organizations and support teams with improving their processes.

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:


This course is taught by Simon Bennett, a Certified Scrum Trainer with over 20 years real-world experience in software and hardware development, the last 12 of which have been focussed on using Agile frameworks and methods including Scrum, XP, Crystal & Kanban.
From 2008 through 2010 Simon was also the Product Owner for the Scrum for Team System TFS process template.

Simon has considerable experience in organizational agile adoption, large scale Scrum and using Scrum in an offshore environment, as well as successfully blending Scrum with other methods including UCD.His wealth of experience brings a unique depth and flavor to the course, as students will learn from real world case studies rather than only theory and simulations.

With regard to delivery, Simon is also a seasoned trainer with over two decades of experience, and a regular speaker at major international conferences.

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