Certified ScrumMaster Training in Los Angeles, CA (December 5 -6, 2013 – 14 PDUs)

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When: December 5-6, 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Embassy Suites - LA international Airport South
1440 E. Imperial Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245


Manoj Vadakkan


Certified ScrumMaster Training - 2 days :

This two-day Certified ScrumMaster certification course provides the foundations of Scrum practices and Agile thinking for your team including the Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and development team members including testers, Project Managers, and other Management members. On completion of the course and a post-course online evaluation at Scrum Alliance, you are registered as Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) with a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance where valuable materials and information are available exclusively to CSMs.

Unlike other training programs, this is an experiential learning workshop where your will experience what you are learning thru carefully designed activities, well facilitated discussions, some lecture, and some practice exams. This is not your typical training where the instructor tell you everything from the podium using a power point presentation. Attendees will still receive a rich workbook, further reading materials that they can use personally or for educating their organization.

Come prepared to actively participate in exercises and discussions. Attendees will go back with knowledge and skills that you can start using with your teams and organizations on the next day. Come with a beginners mind : In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few. This training will help you see new possibilities and learn techniques to come up with solutions for your own problems.

Manoj Vadakkan is a practitioner who enjoys helping individuals, teams, and organizations practice Agile well. He will help you learn Scrum practices from his wide array of experience within small & large, private & government, software & non-software, co-located & distributed with offshore. Come learn from a practitioner!

He will be available to answer questions even after the workshop to help you with taking the test and more importantly to answer questions you may have when practicing what you learned. Based on availability, attendees may schedule a limited number of short calls to get answers for follow up questions after the training. We want you to be successful in adopting Scrum in your organization.


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.


At this workshop, we will start with learning Agile Principles. The class will get hands on experience with Scrum as they produce a few increments of a product. As we work through that exercise, we will create User Stories, Estimate them, and Plan Releases & Sprints.

  • Agile Principles and Values
  • Scrum - the Framework and Scrum Values.
  • What is it to be like working within the Scrum framework.
    • Scrum Master
    • Product Owner
    • The Team
  • What would a Project Manager do? ( and other roles in the organization).
  • Product Backlog
  • Meetings: Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective.
  • Continually improving with retrospectives.
  • User Stories and other requirement techniques.
  • Agile Estimation Techniques.
  • Planning and Monitoring.
  • Burn-down/Burn-up charts.
  • Additional Topics covered based on the need of the class:
    • Co-Located and Geographically Distributed Teams.
    • Scaling with Scrum.
    • Managing Quality
    • Adopting Scrum in your organization.
    • Value-based prioritization
    • Risk Management
    • Metrics
    • Value Stream Analysis
    • Building Empowered teams
    • Practice Examination.
    • and more.

Who Should Attend

Target audience:

Project Managers, Software Developers, Functional Managers, Operations, Sales, Marketing, Engineers and Architects, executives.

Prerequisites: Experience with project management.

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:

Manoj Vadakkan is Certified Scrum Trainer, and Agile Consultant. In his coaching practice, Manoj uses innovative approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, and Lean to help individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve their potential. He facilitates workshops all over the world including Certified ScrumMaster, Introduction to Agile, Kanban, and PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner®. He is very active as a Leadership Team Member in the Agile Leadership Network DC Chapter and as a Co-founder and Organizer of the premier DC-area Agile conference: Agile DC. He teaches classes on Agile and Scrum in the United States and other parts of the world. He frequently presents at national and international conferences.

Manoj is passionate about transitioning the world of work using Agile/Scrum principles and practices. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer & Certified Scrum Professional (CSM, CSP) and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Manoj's profile can be viewed at http://manoj.vadakkan.org/



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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.