CSM Certified ScrumMaster

Taught by Jeff Sutherland
February 16-17, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA, United States

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.

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The Olympic Collection Banquest & Conference Center
11301 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 575-4585


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This course is sponsored by the Scrum Training Institute and will be taught by Jeff Sutherland, Co-Creator of Scrum, and Agile coach Scott Downey, owner of While the Scrum Alliance provides a list of core concepts that must be covered in the class, each instructor creates his or her own material, allowing courses to differ based on the strengths, interests and experiences of the instructor.


This hands-on, interactive two-day course will teach you:

A new section covering eight key Scrum metrics that tune and track your team’s process improvement and maturity will be added for this course. These metrics, presented by Jeff and Scott at the Agile 2010 Conference, help teams gauge performance, highlight areas for improvement and provide a fully portable language for comparing your team’s performance against other teams — inside or outside of your organization. The material describes how to speed up the process of estimating without sacrificing accuracy, identify unhealthy trends, and answers questions such as:

Upon successful completion of this course and ScrumMaster certification exam, each participant will be enrolled as a Certified ScrumMaster, which includes a one-year Scrum Alliance membership, where additional ScrumMaster-only material and information is available. PMIs can receive 16 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for this course.

The course will run 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday.

Course Material

Participants will receive course materials for review at the start of the course. A course syllabus is available at

Before the class participants should read The Scrum Handbook by Jeff Sutherland (downloadable for free at or Ken Schwaber’s book, Agile Project Management with Scrum before the class as we require you know the basic definitions of Scrum. Of course, there will be updated material and training exercises in the course which you cannot get from books.


This course will focus on the ScrumMaster, the Product Owner, and the Team in a software development organization. However, the course is useful to everyone in a company using Scrum. While it will focus on software development, Jeff coaches Scrum teams in sales, marketing, finance, client services, senior management teams, investment groups, and non-profit organizations. You will often find a CEO, CFO, or CEO in this classes, as well as others interested in expanding Scrum throughout their companies. There is a company in Denmark that sends every single employee to the CSM including the receptionists, so everyone knows a common language and can use Scrum to improve operations throughout the company.