Differentiated CSM Training
In 2014, I will be offering two variations of the highly-popular Certified ScrumMaster training to accomodate the varied situations that my attendees are coming from. From next year, people will be able to choose whether to attend a more entry-level CSM course or a more practioner-level CSM course. Both courses will prepare attendees for the Scrum Alliance CSM exam but they will be more targetted to the existing experience levels of the attendees.
The introductory CSM course will introduce people to the values and principles of agile and Scrum, leading them through the simulation of planning and executing a multi-team, multi-sprint project (with Lego) and explore the roles and responsibilities within a Scrum team. Attendees will not require any pre-existing knowledge or experience, nor will they necessarily need to be ScrumMasters. This course, while naturally focussing more on the ScrumMaster role, will be equally valuable to anyone interested in how Scrum works.
The practitioner CSM course is for those who already have a working knowledge of Scrum but perhaps haven't acquired certification and would like to go deeper into the nuances of the framework and the ScrumMaster role. We will cover extra topics such as creating an environment to encourage self-organisation, keeping the Scrum meetings interesting and engaging, handling difficult situations as a ScrumMaster and more.
Of course, I will still be continuing to run the successful Advanced ScrumMaster class which focusses on the skills required to become a truly great servant-leader of an agile team and I am currently exploring different options for this (perhaps multiple one-day modules and e-learning options) so watch this space.
If you would like more information about which course would be most suitable for you then please get in touch
Why Inspect and Adapt?
Inspect & Adapt was established in 2006 by Geoff Watts.
Geoff was the first UK Certified Scrum Trainer and is one of the most experienced Scrum practitioners and coaches in the UK. Being the first Certified Scrum Coach in the UK, he has proven his ability to guide organisations in their journey of adopting agile.
With a portfolio of clients across industries including telecoms, financial services, publishing and education in 3 continents, regularly writing articles and speaking at conferences, user groups and universities, Geoff is a thought leader in the world of Scrum.
As well as public offerings, Geoff offers a wide range of in-house services to help teams and organisations who are looking to become more agile. His upcoming courses are listed on the left of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to take an exam to become "certified"?
In order to become a Certified ScrumMaster, you are required to both attend a CSM class and then take, and pass, an exam provided by the Scrum Alliance. To become a Certified Scrum Product Owner you must attend a class being run by a Certified Scrum Trainer and, in the opinion of the trainer, understand your role well enough to be able to play that role effectively on a Scrum project. There is no exam element to the CSPO certification
Can I become a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner?
Yes but not in the same course. Scrum Alliance rules state that you must attend a separate course to achieve each credential.
Can I become "certified" without attending a class?
At the moment the answer is no although there might be the possibility for alternative paths to certification in the future. Keep an eye on the Scrum Alliance website for more information on this.
What makes a Certified Scrum Trainer different to another Scrum trainer?
Certified Scrum Trainers have been approved by the Scrum Alliance. Their courses have been verified and their quality and integrity have been checked.
What is the Certified Scrum Coach designation and what does it mean?
Certified Scrum Coaches are highly experienced at helping Scrum teams and organisations make the transition to Scrum outside of the classroom. The process to become a Certified Scrum Coach is tough and this is reflected by the relatively low number of people who hold this certification. For example, they must have at least 1,500 hours of direct coaching experience in the last 5 years. If you engage with a Certified Scrum Coach you are engaging someone who has been there, done it and has been proven to have helped many others apply Scrum. Certified Scrum Coaches are still in touch with the practice of Scrum outside of the classroom. Geoff was the first person to obtain the CSC qualification in the UK.
Do you run one-off sessions or workshops as well as formal training courses?
Yes. I offer facilitation for planning sessions, retrospectives, organisational rollout planning as well as more general introduction courses. I also offer agile assessment workshops that can provide a health-check as well as help establish metrics for progress tracking.
How many people do you accept on a course?
I recommend somewhere between 8 and 20, with the sweetspot being 16. Larger classes can be accommodated although I prefer to keep class sizes relatively small in order to allow for more focussed discussion and attendee participation.
Could you do a presentation to our management on the benefits of Scrum?
I often do short presentations or workshops focussed at a particular part of an organisation - product management, project office, operations, management etc. Please contact me and we can discuss options.
Do you offer bespoke on-site training?
Yes. I can offer any of my publicly-available courses for internal training. I am also happy to work with you to develop a tailored syllabus for your specific needs