December 18 & 19, 2023
Instructor: Chris Sims
January 17 & 18, 2024
Instructor: Chris Sims
February 13 & 14, 2024
Instructor: Chris Sims
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Learn Scrum By Doing Scrum
Agile Learning Labs’ Certified Scrum Master (CSM) workshop is organized as a series of sprints. Your guide will be Chris Sims, co-author of the best-selling book The Elements Of Scrum. You will be immersed in the principles and practices of scrum. By the end, you will have created your own agile action plan for creating a healthier, more productive work environment.
Industry Leading Certification
This workshop leads to CSM certification from the Scrum Alliance, the most widely recognized certification in the industry. There is no additional cost for the certification exam and two years of membership in the Scrum Alliance is included. Participants will also earn 16 Scrum Educational Units from the Scrum Alliance and 14 Professional Development Units from the Project Management Institute.
No Death By PowerPoint!
Not all CSM courses are created equal. Agile Learning Labs is famous for its unique style of teaching through innovative agile games and simulations. Our workshops are effective, engaging, and fun!
What To Expect
When do we start and end each day? The virtual classroom opens at 8:45 AM each day and class will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. We will end at 5:00 PM each day. We will be taking a lunch break from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM each day.
What should I bring? Yourself.
Is there something I should read before the workshop? When you take any Agile Learning Labs scrum certification class, you will receive a copy of our book, The Elements of Scrum . This book is a field guide to the real-world application of scrum, and reading it after the training will help cement your knowledge. You can also buy a copy of the book without registering for a course, right here. In the meantime, you can read an excerpt here that chronicles a week in the life of a scrum team.
Season was able to facilitate and also use the chat box. It encourages being able to use both ways of communicating which feels so important when you’re an introverted person in a quiet group! Chris differentiated without being patronizing, recognizing people in the group had different knowledge levels. I felt supported. The knowledge and understanding (penny drop moment) during the scrum simulation put into context all the theories I’ve learned in the past & was incredible. Both facilitators did great at getting a small quiet group to come together – allowing space/pause when needed but knowing when to step in so the group didn’t feel like they were flailing.
Consultant and Mentor
Season did a wonderful job of breaking the material down into small consumable pieces. Chris did a great job making the course engaging and entertaining. The entire course was excellent. The training materials were valuable during learning and will be excellent references for the future. I enjoyed that the learning was engaging and modeled situations you encounter in your typical project lifecycle. Chris was magnificent. Thank you for making the course content relatable, patience, and guidance.
Besides the class being extremely engaging, informative and filled with very great information, Season has a great personality and is extremely knowledgeable. The way she explains things is easy to understand and makes sense. Chris is excellent and their delivery and knowledge of Scrum is impeccable. I can’t speak highly enough about their teaching skills and the class was absolutely wonderful. Interactive breakout sessions and the building a product exercise was excellent. Keep on doing this as you are making learning about scrum fun and interactive!
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.
Great Socratic method, encouraging involvement for all participants and I feel well equipped for the test!
Web QA Engineer, Gearbox Publishing
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.
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.
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 timezones 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.
One of the best parts of the training was the interactive games that maximized the chances to check my understanding of content.
Chris is knowledgeable, charismatic, and a great narrator. 16 hours passed in a blink of an eye. Chris’ professional enthusiasm is very inspirational!
The simulation project was one of the most enjoyable parts of the training since it allowed us to practice our learnings.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have to say thanks for your excellent scrum training. Our company is energized and feels far more effective after just one week.
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.
One of the best professional training courses I’ve attended, period. Thanks, Chris!
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.
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
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