Certified Scrum Master Training

Start date: TBC

Location: Virtual delivery

Certificate: Preparation for scrum.org’s PSM™ Certification Exam

Cost: Cost: Subsidised member fee €600

Programme overview

This online instructor-led training will include practical instruction, demos and tips in working remotely with Scrum teams which is likely a new reality going forward. The classroom-style presentation will be delivered via zoom (or other platforms as required e.g. Teams, Hangouts). A selection of online tools will be used to deliver interactive exercises.

The use of agile development methods such as Scrum continues to grow apace. This is based on extraordinary benefits in productivity, quality, predictability and flexibility being experienced across diverse companies and industries. Scrum has now entered the mainstream, with the majority of software development organisations worldwide using it in at least some projects. ScrumMasters are in big demand and a rigorous certification is increasingly important in accessing these new and exciting opportunities. The creators of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, have defined the key concepts and practices of Scrum and introduced a certification scheme called ‘Professional ScrumMaster’. This ensures that this mainstream agile approach is understood by those wishing to lead or work with/in Scrum teams. This course provides a deep-dive into these topics, and includes classroom type training, interactive exercises and simulations, sample exam questions and in-depth discussions with experienced Scrum practitioners/trainers. Covering all material required for PSM and much more, this course will give you the knowledge needed to pass the online exam and begin applying Scrum in your work environment

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Define the key agile values and principles
  2. Understand the benefits of Scrum and Agile methods
  3. Explain the theory behind Scrum and why it works
  4. Describe the Scrum framework including:

    Roles: Product Owner, ScrumMaster, Developer

     Events: Sprint Planning, Review, Retrospective, Scrum

     Artifacts: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Definition of Done

  5. Define and use user stories and acceptance criteria
  6. Perform planning and estimation in an agile environment
  7. Avoid the common pitfalls with Agile/Scrum

Who should attend


This course is intended for prospective ScrumMasters, Project Managers, Team Leads and cross-functional team members such as Developers, Architects, Testers, DBAs, Business Analysts and project support personnel who will benefit from an understanding of Scrum. For details on the Professional ScrumMaster Exams, see www.scrum.org

Topics covered

Introduction to Agile

  1. Agile values, principles and practices – managing complexity with empiricism
  2. Plan driven versus Agile – how Scrum is different from traditional project management
  3. The Agile Manifesto
  4. Exercise: The Name Game
  5. Business benefits of Agile
  6. Exercise: Value Flow Game
  7. Common Agile Practices

The Scrum Framework – with Sample Exam Questions throughout

  1.  Timeboxes, Sprints, Product Increments, Late Elaboration
  2.  Roles – Characteristics & Demands of the Scrum Roles and self-organising teams: ScrumMaster, Product Owner, Developer
  3.  The ScrumMaster role in-depth
  4.  Ceremonies – Purpose, Format, Facilitation  ▪ Sprint Planning, Stand-Up, Review and Retrospective
  5.  Sprint Goal and Backlog Refinement
  6.  Artifacts – How backlogs, information radiators and explicit policies such as Definition of Done help a team be effective

Requirements Management in Agile

  1.  Epics, User stories, Acceptance Criteria and Spikes
  2.  The Lifecycle of a User Story
  3.  Minimum Viable Features & Products

Estimation and Planning in Scrum

  1.  Principles of Relative and Absolute Estimation
  2.  Estimation with Story Points and Planning Poker
  3.  Exercise: Using Planning Poker
  4.  Planning using Velocity and Story Points

Exercise: Scrum Simulation

Here we simulate a scrum project, taking on the roles, using the artifacts and experiencing the ceremonies defined in the Scrum Framework

PSM Level 1 Exam Preparation

Exam Tips and Techniques

Recap of the Scrum Framework and the Scrum Guide

Answer, Assess and Discuss Sample Exam Questions

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