Advanced Certified ScrumMaster

Washington DC, Columbus, Dallas - Build your toolkit of coaching games, exercises and tools

This course is offered both in person and live, online. 
See registration types to the right.

With exercises and assignments built for a great online or offline experience, you will stay engaged and grow your ScrumMaster toolkit while preparing to earn your ACSM certification.

This course requires active participation and attention.  Whether you join in person or live online, two 8-hour days are broken up with breaks and breakout discussion sessions.

Advanced ScrumMaster (Scrum Alliance A-CSM Certified) gives you a practical set of tools, feedback on your communication and facilitation skills and techniques for guiding and evolving your Agile teams. You will be practicing a host of advanced personal and group facilitation skills and exercises that will reinvigorate your leadership approach and take your team’s performance to the next level.

  • Deal with common agile problems
  • Dive into team and relationship dynamics
  • Learn how to keep things fresh for your teams
  • Help your teams understand how to deal with different people & motivations
  • Walk away with a ready-to-use toolkit of coaching games, exercises and tools

To earn an Advanced CSM, you first must have an active CSM® certification with Scrum Alliance®, as well as at least one-year work experience specific to the role of ScrumMaster. For more details on Scrum Alliance requirements, visit the Scrum Alliance website.

Professional Benefits  

  • Earn 16 PMI PDUs & 16 Scrum Alliance SEUs
  • Merit recognition as a A-CSM on the Scrum Alliance Website
  • Extension of ScrumMaster certification for 2 years

Who Should Attend

  • Scrum Masters
  • Team Leads
  • Development Managers
  • Delivery Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Agile Coaches

What You'll Learn

In the A-CSM training, we address real-world scenarios in a highly interactive format. Going beyond theory, we share personal stories and provide practical, useful tools.

This course applies a unique blend of proven agile coaching techniques, applied improvisation and other experiential techniques to improve your skills in mentoring, teaching and facilitating in a coach’s many stances while remaining flexible, and confident.  We’ll cover:

  • Process Improvement
  • Driving Change
  • Active Listening
  • Self-Awareness
  • Building Agreement
  • Giving Feedback
  • Effective External communication with stakeholders
  • Facilitating Meetings and Ceremonies that stick

You will learn to:

  • Facilitate dialogue between the Product Owner, team members, customers, stakeholders, and executives.
  • Respond confidently when encountering resistance to change, lack of engagement, low motivation, and unavailability of key people.
  • Help your company adopt Scrum and support executives committed to Agile values.
  • Remove impediments that prevent long-term, deep adoption of Scrum and Agile practices by all parts of the business.
  • Explain the value of Scrum and Agile processes to skeptics.
  • Increase developer engagement to encourage greater accountability, commitment, and buy-in.
  • Extend the impact of Scrum throughout the organization.
  • Scale Scrum and Agile beyond a single team.

Sample Agenda

  • State of Lean & Agile
  • Facilitation: Done Well and with Agility
  • Coaching Individuals: Nurturing Personal Agility
  • Coaching Teams: Nurturing Group Agility
  • Assessing the Team
  • Coaching the Agile Organization: Beyond the Team
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Scaling Scrum
  • Developing Yourself: Honing your ScrumMastering Skills
  • Exercises and Games for Local & Remote teams
  • Interactive Facilitation Techniques