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Pete Deemer is an honors graduate of Harvard University, and has spent the last 19 years building software and web products at global companies. Pete has served for a number of years as adjunct faculty at University of California Berkeley, where he received the Club 6 teaching award.

Pete is a Certified Scrum Trainer, and was trained and sponsored for the CST certification by Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum. Pete co-led Yahoo!’s large-scale corporate adoption of Scrum, which now encompasses more than 2,000 employees in the US, India, and Europe. Pete is co-author of The Scrum Primer, an introduction to the principals and practices of Scrum (more information is available at http://www.scrumprimer.com).

GoodAgile provides Certified ScrumMaster training to the emlpoyees of many of the top companies in India and Asia, including: Nokia, Microsoft, Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Satyam, HP, Philips, IBM, and others. These organizations use the CSM course to provide employees with a comprehensive training in the methodology, and how to respond to the challenges that teams using it may encounter. They also invest in ScrumMaster certification because it provides confidence to clients, especially in a marketplace where more and more companies are claiming to have Scrum expertise, but many do not.

The course consists of a combination of lecture, discussion, case studies, hands-on exercises, and a simulated project. The course content is 85% standard materials and 15% which is tailored to the interests of the attendees. A typical course agenda is the following:

DAY 1 – Morning
  • The Core Principles of Scrum
  • Data from Teams Using Scrum -- Impact on Productivity, Morale, Quality, etc.
  • Difficulties Teams Encounter, and Key Strategies for Success
  • The Basic Mechanics of Scrum -- Start to Finish
  • The Role of the Scrum Product Owner
  • The Role of the Scrum Team
  • The Role of the ScrumMaster
  • The Role of Managers and others in Scrum
  • The Shift from Micromanagement to Macromanagement
  • Exercise: Self-Management and the Team's Commitment and Focus
DAY 1 – Afternoon
  • Creating and Managing the Product Backlog
  • The Sprint Planning Meeting
  • Estimating Available Hours
  • Backlog Item Analysis and Decomposition
  • Planning the Sprint
  • Potentially Shippable Product and the Team's Definition of "Done"
  • Sequential versus Overlapping Development
  • Sprint Planning Meeting Simulation
  • The Daily Scrum
  • Exercise: Dysfunctional Daily Scrum
  • Scrum Artifacts
  • Sprint Backlog
  • Burndown Chart
  • Task Boards
DAY 2 – Morning
  • Intensive Hands-On Scrum Simulation, including:
  • Sprint Planning Meeting
  • Setup of Artifacts (Sprint Backlog, Burndown Chart, Task Board)
  • Daily Scrum Cycle x 4
  • Sprint Review
  • Sprint Retrospective
DAY 2 – Afternoon
  • Release Planning Using Scrum
  • Project Estimation and Meeting Release Date Commitments in Scrum, including Date-Driven Releases, Functionality-Driven Releases, and Date- and Functionality-Driven Releases
  • Hands-on Estimating Exercise
  • Using Scrum for Multi-location (Distributed) Development
  • Scaling Scrum to Large Projects, including Scrum of Scrums
  • Using Scrum for Fixed-Price / Fixed-Date Projects
  • Graduation and Distribution of Certificates
All attendees who complete the training course and pass the Scrum Alliance CSM online exam (more details here) will become Certified ScrumMasters (CSMs), and will be listed on the Scrum Alliance website's CSM registry. Certification is based on full attendance and active participation in the course, and successfully passing the exam. There is not an option to take the exam without first having completed the CSM course. There are no pre-requisites for attending (other than about 60 minutes of assigned reading prior to the class, which will be provided upon registration.) Attendees who are Project Management Institute PMP's are eligible for 15 Professional Development Units.

Some typical feedback from students who completed our CSM course:

"I am hugely happy with the way this course was carried. It's highly relevant to my career."
-- Anjana, Infosys, Bangalore, INDIA

"A very good teacher with rich knowledge"
-- WD, Nokia, Beijing, CHINA

"Very practical, very useful! Instructor kept the program pace and it was very engaging."
-- Swati, Wipro, Bangalore, INDIA

"Very useful training. Would certainly recommend everyone on my team to undergo this training."
-- Balaji, Microsoft, Hyderabad, INDIA

"Excellent experience. Totally worth it!"
-- Ajit, TCS, Mumbai, INDIA

The aggregate ratings for all CSM courses that GoodAgile has conducted are as follows: