Class

CSM Certified ScrumMaster

Taught by Jeff Sutherland and Catherine Louis
March 29-30, 2010 in Raleigh, NC, United States

This course is led by Jeff Sutherland, Co-Creator of Scrum, and Catherine Louis. Jeff invented Scrum at Easel Corporation in 1993 and worked with Scrum Co-Creator Ken Schwaber, to formalize the Scrum development process at OOPSLA’95. In 2001, Jeff and Ken were signatories of the Agile Manifesto. You will hear directly from one of the founders of Agile software development on how to implement best practices in your organization.

In response to interest of course participants Jeff will discuss some of his many experience reports published in the IEEE digital library. These will provide real world experience on how new ScrumMasters can implement world class teams. All can be downloaded at http://jeffsutherland.com by clicking on "Jeff Sutherland’s papers. Of particular interest may be non-IT Scrums:

Take No Prisoners: How a Venture Capital Group Does Scrum
Scrum In Church: How Six Churches Have Used Scrum to Improve Performance

Jeff has a number of papers on high performing distributed Scrums. The latest paper is:

Distributed Scrum: The Secret Sauce for Hyperproductive Distributed Outsource Teams

Most importance are papers that systematically describe how every team can achieve a hyperproductive state:

Going from Good to Great: How a CMMI 5 Company Quadruples Productivity with Scrum
Shock Therapy: A Strategy for Consistently Generating Hyperproductive Teams

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Venue

Four Points by Sheraton Durham at Southpoint
7807 Leonardo Drive
Durham, North Carolina 27713
(919) 806-8200


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Description

The course will start promptly at 9am each day and run until 5pm. Please arrive at 8:30 the first day for a continental breakfast. Participants should read Ken Schwaber’s book, Agile Project Management with Scrum, or Jeff Sutherland’s draft of The Scrum Papers before the class as we will assume you know the basics of Scrum.

Jeff is the Chairman of the Scrum Training Institute and CEO of Scrum, Inc. powered by OpenView Venture Partners. He is Agile coach to OpenView portfolio companies and to the OpenView venture group staff which runs all its operations with Scrum. As Senior Advisor to OpenView he focuses on using Scrum to transform companies as well as empower software developers. His former company PatientKeeper quadrupled revenue in 2007 and the OpenView venture capital group wants to create similar high performance portfolio companies. Jeff will share the secret sauce that helps development teams radically improve productivity and quality while providing a more rewarding and fun working environment for developers.

You can learn from Jeff Sutherland’s experience as consultant to the world’s leading companies. Their experience can help make your Scrum implementation world class. For Jeff these include: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, MySpace, Adobe, GE, Siemens, BellSouth, GSI Commerce, Ulticom, Palm, St. Jude Medical, DigiChart, RosettaStone, Healthwise, Sony/Ericson, Accenture, Trifork, Systematic Software Engineering, Exigen Services, SirsiDynix, Softhouse, Philips Medical, Barclays Global Investors, Constant Contact, Wellogic, Inova Solutions, Medco, Saxo Bank, Xebia, Insight.com, SolutionsIQ, Crisp, Johns Hopkins Applie Physics Laboratory, Motley Fool, Planon, OpenView Venture Partners, Juske Bank, BEC, Camp Scrum, DotWay AB, Ultimate Software, Danube, Rally Development, Version One, and many other companies. Bas has spent many years training hundreds of teams at Nokia Siemens Networks in Finland and China.

Jeff is an expert on distributed/outsourced Scrum (see Agile 2008) and on implementing Scrum in a CMMI Level 5 company. He has has scaled and distributed Scrum using his last five companies as laboratories. While CTO at PatientKeeper he introduced the concept of a MetaScrum to drive all product strategy with Scrum and this drove the 400% revenue increase in 2007. It created one of the most advance implementations of Scrum worldwide. Mary Poppendieck, in her latest book on Lean Software Development, comments:

“Five years ago a killer application emerged in the health care industry: Give doctors access to patient information on a PDA. Today there is no question which company won the race to dominate this exploding market; PatientKeeper has overwhelmed its competition with its capability to bring new products and features to market just about every week. The sixty or so technical people produce more software than many organizations several times larger, and they do not show any sign that the size of their code base is slowing them down.

“A key strategy that has kept PatientKeeper at the front of the pack is an emphasis on unprecedented speed in delivering new features. It will not surprise anyone who understands Lean that PatientKeeper has to maintain superb quality in order to support its rapid delivery. CTO Jeff Sutherland explains it this way:

“Rapid cycle time:

“I find that the vast majority of organizations are still trying to do too much stuff, and thus find themselves thrashing. The only organization I know of which has really solved this is PatientKeeper.” Mary Poppendieck

In this course, participants will learn how to stop thrashing and start executing along with everything necessary for getting started with Scrum. There are very few rules to Scrum so it is important to learn its fundamental principles by experiencing them directly from those who have implemented the best Scrums in the software industry. Participants gain hands-on practice with the release backlog, sprint backlog, the daily Scrum meeting, tracking progress with a burndown chart, and more. Participants experience the Scrum process through a “59-minute Scrum” and the "XP Game” which simulate Scrum projects through non-technical group exercises.

Following the course, each participant is enrolled as a Certified ScrumMaster, which includes a one-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, where additional Certified ScrumMaster-only material and information are available.

PMPs:
You can receive 16 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for this course.

Course Material:
Participants will receive course materials for review upon registration. A course syllabus is available at http://jeffsutherland.com/csmsyllabus.pdf

The CSM course was formulated to train and certify ScrumMasters and is used worldwide for ScrumMaster training. The book, Agile Project Management with Scrum, by Ken Schwaber is required reading for the course and the course is based on the primary Scrum book, Agile Development with Scrum.

Of course, there will be updated material and training exercises in the course which you cannot get from books.