Certified ScrumMaster with Ken Schwaber

Flash: Ken is Keynote speaker at the Lean-Agile-Scrum Conference in Zürich and will lead a 'Scrum-But' Workshop on getting the most out of Scrum. Conference Participants receive a 10% discount on the course fee until May 21. Places are still available: Register Now!


Scrum is a framework for effectively managing complex projects, programs, and enterprises. Using iterative, incremental techniques, Scrum harnesses self-managing, cross-functional teams to improve productivity and quality, and provide actionable information and techniques for managing risk and return on investment every iteration. This course teaches people in leadership and management roles how to use Scrum to achieve these benefits.


Agile management is as radically different from traditional management as agile processes are different from traditional methodologies. Rather than plan, instruct and direct, the agile project manager facilitates, coaches and leads. This person is called a ScrumMaster in the Scrum agile process to denote the difference and remind the person filling this role of the new responsibilities. Accepted participants learn how to be a ScrumMaster and how to make a development team, a project, or an organization agile.

The ScrumMaster is the person responsible for the proper execution of Scrum and all change within the engineering and overall organization. Exercises, case studies, and examples used to bring home the realization of how to be a ScrumMaster. All participants are expected to understand Scrum basics prior to attending this course through reading material on the web or perusing the book, “Agile Project Management with Scrum” by Ken Schwaber. This course is "how to" not "what."


Each individual is trained to be able to assume the following responsibilities:
  1. Remove the barriers between development and the customer so the customer directly drives development;
  2. Teach the customer how to maximize ROI and meet their objectives through Scrum;
  3. Improve the lives of the development team by facilitating creativity and empowerment;
  4. Improve the productivity of the development team in any way possible; and,
  5. Improve the engineering practices and tools so each increment of functionality is potentially shippable

Fundamentals of agile and Scrum, running Scrum projects, planning and scaling Scrum projects, offshore development using Scrum, bidding on fixed price/date contracts, and ensuing the adequacy of engineering practices. The agenda for the class is:
  1. Introduction
  2. What is Scrum and Why does it work?
  3. Nuances on Using Scrum
  4. Done
  5. Planning Releases and Sprints
  6. The Sprint
  7. More Nuances
  8. The ScrumMaster – Fact and Myth
  9. Teams – Source of Joy and Frustration
  10. Scaling Scrum to Large Projects and Enterprises
Course Material

Approximately one week prior to the course, all materials, methodology and training materials will be made available to confirmed attendees. An individual license to use these materials will be issued to those attendees who successfully complete the certification program.


The Certification program was started in April, 2003. There are already over 22,000 Certified ScrumMasters. As a result of their successful completion of the program, each participant received an individual license and copy of the Scrum methodology, Scrum training materials, and Scrum software. In addition, Certified ScrumMasters are authorized to participate in "open" development of the Scrum methodology and software, ensuring a growing body of knowledge from a qualified, competent group of certified professionals.

Your Trainer

Ken Schwaber is one of the co-developers of the Scrum process and an Agile and Scrum evangelist. He is a signatory to the Agile Manifesto and founded the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance. He has been a software and product developer for most of his long life. Microsoft Press recently released his newest book, "The Enterprise and Scrum".

Using anecdotes and experiences, Ken teaches the class the Scrum methodology and how to use it to be effective as an agile manager - the ScrumMaster.


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