Certified Scrum Master Training

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Participants at a CSM courseThis two-day course provides the fundamental principles and practices of Scrum. It gives participants hands-on experience using Scrum and puts theory into action through a variety of interactive and intensive exercises. We have structured this course to ensure that participants leave with practical skills which can be immediately applied to improve their work.

Through this course, participants will gain practical experience working with Scrum tools such as the Product Backlog, the Sprint Backlog, Taskboards and Burndown graphs. Participant will also work thought the full Scrum cycle and learn about Scrum activities including the Sprint Planning meeting, the Daily Scrum meetings, the Sprint Review meeting and finally the Retrospective.

Following successful completion of the course, you will be qualified and ready to pass the Scrum Alliance assessment exam. This multiple-choice, online test is required to become a Certified ScrumMaster, which includes a one-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, where additional ScrumMaster-only material and information are available.

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What’s included

  • The online Certified ScrumMaster assessment fee is included with this course
  • 2 full days training with a Certified Scrum Trainer & highly experienced practitioner
  • A bound workbook, and an electronic copy of the course materials
  • 15 PDU’s with the PMI. These PDUs can also apply towards your 21 contact hour requirement for your Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) status.
  • Lunch and light refreshments (morning tea, afternoon tea, and coffee)


  • An introduction to Scrum, including the topics: What is Agile software development, Where does Scrum come from, What is Scrum, and the Scrum meetings.
  • The product backlog, including the topics: What is the Product Backlog, Size of Backlog items, Writing User Stories and Prioritization.
  • Measuring progress, including the topics: Agile Estimating, Planning Poker, Sprint burndown graphs and task boards.
  • Software quality, including the topics: Definition of “Done” and Technical debt.
  • Roles and responsibilities, including the topics: Scrum Master, Product Owner and The Team.
  • Releasing including the topics: Sprints, Release burndown graphs.
  • Scaling Scrum, including two different models for Scaling.
  • Programmes offered by the Scrum Alliance, and closing activities

About the Trainer

Photo of Kane MarKane Mar has been developing, coaching and leading software projects for the last 20 years. He has been an active member of the Agile software development community since 2001, when he first had the opportunity of working with Ken Schwaber. Mar became one of the first 30 Certified Scrum Trainers in 2006, and one of the first three Certified Scrum Coaches in 2007.

Mar has worked with some of the largest companies in the world including Microsoft, Oracle, Capital One, MetLife, Nationwide Insurance, and JPM. And, he has training and coached software teams throughout North America, Northern Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to his training and coaching activities, Mar actively supports community events with regular speaking engagements at local conventions, user groups, and online groups and forums. Recently, he has spoken at Agile Australia (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Agile New Zealand (2011), and the Shanghai Scrum Gathering (2010).

Mar mantains a widely read blog at Scrumology.com and offers a free email newsletter on some more advanced Scrum topics, called the Scrum Addendum. In June of 2012 Mar released Scrum101.com, a short video course providing an overview of Scrum, the roles and responsibilities and some of the important Scrum artifacts.

Mar’s profile at the Scrum Alliance can be found here: http://www.scrumalliance.org/profiles/11-kane-mar


FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this course guaranteed to run? What is the likelihood of the course being cancelled?

All my courses are guaranteed to run, and I don’t cancel courses as a rule because I believe it’s bad business practices. The only reason I would consider canceling a course would be for natural disasters such as flooding, fire and earthquakes. It’s technical possible that I might cancel a course, but it’s very, very unlikely.

2.  How do I request and invoice?

You can sign up for the course and request and invoice at the same time by clicking the “Other Payment Options” link under the “Order Now” button. I’ve attached a screenshot below which shows the link I’m referring to …

Other payment options

Clicking on this link will allow you to register of the course and will prompt me to manually create an invoice which I’ll send through in a few days.

3. Is the Certification exam included as part of the course fee?

Yes, the examination fee is included as part of the course fee. Also included is a workbook, a working lunch and refreshments for morning tea and afternoon tea.

4. What is involved in the online exam?

The certification exam is an hour long exam that consists of 35 multiple choice questions of which you need to get 24 correct in order to pass (so the pass mark is 24/35). It is done online, which means that you can do it from home or from the office.

5. When can I do the exam?

I will submit all participant details to the Scrum Alliance on the afternoon of day two, while they are doing an exercise. It usually takes me about 20 minutes to clear the administration and paper work, and shortly after this you should have the ability to sit the online exam.

You should have and email from the Scrum Alliance that will allow you to sit the online exam before the end of the course.

6. Do you have sample questions for the exam?

I would encourage you to do the exam as soon as you can after the course, and not waste your time with sample questions.

My course is designed to prepare you for Scrum in the real world … which is often more difficult and challenging then the online exam. There is a high correlation of sitting the exam immediately after the course and successfully passing the exam.

7. What are the course start and end times? What is the course agenda?

The course starts at 9am and finishes at 5:30pm on both days. I aim to finish before 5:30pm, but it depends upon the questions that are asked throughout the day. If you wish to make plans based on the end time, then I’d recommend you plan on a 5:30pm finish … although we should finish before that.

Finally, here is the agenda (as a pdf file) of the topics that will be covered in the two day CSM course.