The e-book exercise was the big highlight for me. I enjoyed the fast pace and that there’s so many opportunities for failure (and by extension of that, opportunities for learning). Chris and Season were very detailed in their explanations, and always had a thorough answer for any question that was asked of them.
Senior Software Engineer, Clari
The examples were simple, easy to work with, and definitely helped drive home the principle, idea, or technique while keeping it as whimsical/humorous as possible. I enjoyed the group work because it enabled (much like a good math class) the teams to have the opportunity to actually apply the idea that Chris had just introduced or explained. Chris did an excellent job. Virtual workshops are challenging, especially due to the fact that you’re not in a room able to engage with participants.
Project Manager, Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
The estimation game and story-splitting exercises were especially helpful. The workshop highlight was really the atmosphere of engagement and entertainment that Chris facilitated. This helped the team to stay on task and learn from each other. The pop culture references were also fun and the content of the exercises helped. It was all the little things-like spinning around when we got things done, and playing bicycle songs, and just generally keeping the mood upbeat-that really made this fun.
PLM Analyst, Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
Chris’ attitude and obvious amazing aptitude for training were infectious, they have an incredible way of bringing together strangers in easy, small ways that I really appreciated. Chris has mastered the art of zoom training! Having Season join during the actual sprint simulation was a great extra piece of energy and way to tackle the materials.
SEO Manager, Splunk
Great Socratic method, encouraging involvement for all participants and I feel well equipped for the test!
Web QA Engineer, Gearbox Publishing
Chris is engaging and makes training not just informative but fun!
Softgoods Business Analyst, Specialized Bicycle Components
I really enjoyed working in groups. You get to really see the different thought process of each participant and also the support they give you in understanding the concepts of the course.
Sr. Digital Transformation Analyst, Golden State Water Company
The course is a great overview of scrum and a product owner’s responsibility within the framework. The value estimation activity was a lightbulb moment and something that I can take back to my stakeholders and immediately get results. Chris is great and continues to be a legend within our team at Kenna/Cisco.
Leader, Software Engineering, Cisco
It was a great learning experience. The structure of the class clearly demonstrated the spirit of scrum and Chris taught the heart of collaboration by collaborating with fellow product owners.
Product Manager, Wider Circle
Applying what we’ve learned in the first two days within the product development portion where we would alternate between SM, PO, developers was great stuff and the hands on training made it click for me.
5 thumbs up from me!
Global – Salesforce Application Architect, Magnit
My organization has sent colleagues through this course before and they have all rated it as highly as I have. The number of short breaks and the diversity of games, breakouts and tasks kept things fresh and interesting.
HR Operations Senior Program Manager, Equinix
If you’re new to scrum or need certification for whatever reason, I would definitely recommend this course. I really liked the practical sessions since learning the theory is quite easy but actually getting experience is quite hard. It was both practical and fun.
C++ Software Engineer, Dolby Laboratories
It’s hard to run a course online and to keep everyone engaged but Chris has mastered this well. There’s a great balance between talking, general interactions and break out rooms. Considering we are x-geo, Chris planned for time zones well and understood how people might feel given the certain time of the day. He gave us plenty of breaks which is a perfect way of breaking up the sessions. I really enjoyed it and the time went quickly.
Senior Manager, Dolby Laboratories
Clever format, content and engagement. Impressive for Zoom!
Senior Staff Interaction Designer, Illumina
One of the best parts of the training was the interactive games that maximized the chances to check my understanding of the content.
Communications and Operations Consultant, Shumbashaba Community Trust
Chris is knowledgeable, charismatic, and a great narrator. 16 hours passed in a blink of an eye. Chris’ professional enthusiasm is very inspirational!
Project Specialist, J.D. Power
The simulation project was one of the most enjoyable parts of the training since it allowed us to practice our learnings.
Content Analyst/Program Manager, Yahoo! Inc.
Excellent! The instructor, Chris Sims is key and made the whole thing enjoyable.
Senior, Business IT Consultant, County of Santa Clara
The training format was scrum, so the learning was like “on the job training.” It was well organized and well rounded. Chris answered all the questions in an easy to understand way, and made the experience very interactive.
Ramesh Naapa Sekhar
Software Development Manager, SquareTrade/Allstate
I’m just starting out with scrum and this CSM was an excellent introduction. The simulated sprints were super helpful in learning how to do scrum through practice, practice, practice!
Software Engineer, Soon To Be Scrum Master
Five stars! The training is fun and informative. I especially enjoyed the simulation, Once Upon A Scrum.
Data Warehouse Architect, San Francisco International Airport
Our team really enjoyed your online Certified Scrum Master workshop. I gained a lot of great knowledge and really had fun! It was a great team bonding experience as well.
Software Developer, San Francisco International Airport
I highly recommend the CSPO course led by Chris Sims. He’s an amazing instructor. The hands-on activities help you understand the various techniques, and improve your collaboration with engineers and stakeholders. You will become a better product leader.
Prebh Dev Singh
Principal Product Manager, Synack
Completed my online CSPO training with Agile Learning Labs today. I highly recommend them. The training was very interactive, formatted like a sprint rather than a class, and the instructor did a great job of keeping everyone engaged.
Director Customer and Product Success, Corrections Software Solutions
Discussing examples and receiving guidance on real life situations made the concepts easy to digest. After getting my CSM and CSPO with Chris, I’m a fan of his instructional and agile coaching prowess. Keep up the great work!
Customer Service Owner, PG&E
Excellent ratings across the board for the online CSPO. The interactive sessions and breakout groups kept us engaged.
Advisory Associate, Grant Thornton LLP
If you’re thinking about getting your scrum certification, I can’t recommend Chris Sims enough. I had two great days (read: FUN!).
Sarah (Clevinger) Ley
WW Head of Marketing, Fitstation HP
It was valuable learning, good fun, and good networking. I highly recommend it!
Amy Dexter, PhD
Coach, Defend & Publish
The team felt the training was extremely beneficial; you got a lot of kudos in our retrospective. We’ve switched to doing backlog refinement every week, following your techniques. The results have been really good.
Senior Engineer, Dolby Laboratories
We asked Chris the tricky questions that we have been struggling with for some time. He took them head-on, giving directly applicable advice and relevant follow-up content for every curve ball we threw at him. Chris focused on the value of the scrum rituals, rather than “do this because the book says so.” The scrum simulation, Once Upon A Scrum, was a fun, frantic exercise that required us to constantly evolve.
Software Engineering Manager, Kenna Security
The hands on exercises were great. The way you used the video conferencing technology made it as effective as in person. Thank you again for the great two days!
Director Software Engineering, Kenna Security
The Agile Learning Labs CSM training is hands down one of the best professional development events I’ve attended. Having experienced your in-person classes and the virtual ones, I was impressed with how you transformed activities such as the Scrum Roles Game Show to fit the online environment. The new simulations in the online class were fun and I learned new ways to approach my work as a non-technical scrum master.
Paula Espinoza MEd.
Improvement Advisor, Marshall Street Initiatives
Your training has been invaluable; my team and I have learned a lot. The techniques and alignment we’ve gained have enabled us to move forward very quickly with process changes and everyone is much more engaged, and much happier.
David La France
Vice President of Engineering, Synack, Inc.
I have to say thanks for your excellent scrum training. Our company is energized and feels far more effective after just one week.
Director of Production and Operations, Treasure8
Your workshop was the catalyst for a lot of changes here at Motoshop. Everyone is bought into the new process and we’re getting better collaboration, transparency, and teamwork. We’re just a couple of sprints in and still working out the kinks, but it already has been a big improvement!
Director of Product Management and Engineering, Motoshop
Our team valued the training quite a bit. We still refer to it and we’ve made real improvements in our scrum process.
Director of Engineering, Microsoft
I am impressed with how you transform people and their thinking in the course of 2 days training. I have been practicing what you taught us for the past one month and I am a smiling certified scrum master now! See you again soon for my CSPO training.
Program Manager, Cohere Technologies inc.
The training was everything I had hoped for! Engaging, fun, and informative!
Program Manager, Spirent
I don’t think I’ve ever gained this much insight in this little time before. Your teaching style is outstanding and your personal approach fosters a great learning environment. I left your class greatly encouraged and highly motivated. Thank you.
Owner, 1299 design
One of the best professional training courses I’ve attended, period. Thanks, Chris!
Director Engineering, Sybase – SAP
Agile Learning Labs stands apart from many agile/scrum houses. They use immersion to teach. Much like the best way to learn a language is to live with native speakers, Agile Learning Labs teaches scrum, using scrum. Their approach goes beyond seeing the theory; it engages the ‘muscle memory’ of doing. Even the executive workshop was interactive. The workshops & coaching I’ve had with Agile Learning Labs always leave me not only with new perspectives, but also practical new ways to advance agile in my teams.
Director of Product & Program Management, Tivo
I want to thank you for your awesome class delivery. You and David hit all the marks in terms of the environment you set up, the level of student participation, the relevance of the material, the practicality, and the sheer enjoyment of learning. I hope we meet again in a training or workshop soon.
Directory Product Development, TSYS
The CSM workshop was very helpful! We worked through many advanced topics beyond just the basics of scrum. It was incredibly applicable to our real work.
Software Engineer, Vertafore
I came into the CSM training as an experienced agile practitioner who had very recently adopted scrum as the official process framework being used at my company. I was very pleasantly surprised with a wealth of information to confirm the things we already did well and offer many new ideas or tweaks to bring our team closer to the coveted efficiency of a “High Performing Team.” Whether you are new to the world of agile and scrum or looking for ways to revitalize and improve your team, I highly recommend any of the courses put on by Agile Learning Labs.
Software Developer, Vertafore
The training today delivered way more value than expected–thanks for an excellent learning experience! I honestly feel 5x more confident about grooming my backlog, writing/organizing/prioritizing stories and dealing with stakeholders than I did yesterday. You answered all questions very well, and kept a very friendly, open feel to the session, which encouraged conversation and debate. Nice work!
Senior Product Planning Manager, EFI
This was a true experience of learning by doing…. Agile Learning Labs did a terrific job of instilling the concept and practice of scrum to a class of scrum newbies in a relatively compressed two-day workshop. I came away not only as a Certified ScrumMaster, but with a lot of useful insights and the goal of elevating my organizations to the level of being true Scrum practitioners.
Newsletter Editor, SF Bay PMI
Unmitigatedly positive responses from the training. A couple of folks told me it was the best training they’ve ever had at Autodesk. My proof was how yesterday’s sprint planning meeting went. It was a 3x improvement. Truly incredible to watch. They took their training directly from the classroom to the scrum room.
Senior Director Enterprise Architecture and Applications, Autodesk
Chris is a remarkably good teacher, coach and advocate for scrum and other agile approaches to software development. I love how he translates principles into hands-on exercises and games that drill lessons home more deeply than any sets of words, oral or written. Even with my 10 years experience with agile, I look to Chris as my agile mentor and guide.
Author of Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams