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Weekend Certified ScrumMaster Class on Jan 19 / 20 in Indianapolis, IN with Tom Mellor and Matt Block

Tom Mellor and Matt Block

Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM (EST)

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Details on the Scrum Alliance site: http://www.scrumalliance.org/courses/20123893-certified-scrummaster

The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course introduces attendees to Scrum values, principles, and practices and this agile-based empirical product development framework.  Successful completers become Certified ScrumMasters, a first step in the journey of learning Scrum and becoming proficient in its use. 


Students will assume responsibility for their learning in the course and will work in small teams.  The course includes a detailed Scrum project simulation and other exercises that will reinforce course concepts. Participants will have opportunity to explore and apply self-organization and self-direct concepts that contribute most effectively to building a high performing team environment where quality can be built into a product through the empirical process of inspecting and adapting processes and products.

Participants learn about the 3 Scrum roles (Team Member, Product Owner, and ScrumMaster), the 4 Scrum meetings (Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective) and process of building product in a time-boxed iteration called a Sprint.  Attendees learn about the paradigm shifts that occur when organizations move from traditional linear / defined development environments to the empirical agile environment and strategies and tactics used to support and manage the change that occurs.  Learning occurs in a highly interactive, exercise-based and discussion-based learning environment. Attendees learn by exploring and doing, not through lecture.


At the end of the CSM course, the student should understand:

  • The cultural and philosophical basis of agile and its values and principles
  • Why agile and Scrum are not the same thing, but are synergistic
  • The essence and application of the Scrum practices, principles, and values
  • How empirical or defined the approach to project work should be based upon analysis of the work and problem domain (i.e. when to use Scrum)
  • The desired skills needed for the Devleopment Team, Product Owner and ScrumMaster and identify their responsbilities
  • The rationale behind the absence of a project manager in Scrum
  • Apply estimating and planning techniques and practices nuanced to Scrum
  • The use and presentation of certain data used for inspection and adaption to improve team process performance and the product quality
  • The criticality of building trust within and between Scrum teams and others in the organization
  • How self-organization and self-direction are at the center of high perfroming teams and how leadership is applied in that environment 
  • And identify the "smells" (pitfalls) that the organization and teams may encounter that may impede the use of Scrum
  • How kanban-style work flow is applied in Scrum
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When & Where

Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center
1801 W 86th St, Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM (EST)

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Tom Mellor and Matt Block

Tom Mellor is a seasoned Certified Scrum Trainier and past member and chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance.  He has been involved in business and IT for 35 years. He enjoys working with the broader Scrum community and helping others learn and use Scrum.  Tom introduced Scrum and agile to one of the world's largest companies in 2004 and has spent the last several years training and coaching IT employees and others in the use of Scrum.  He is a speaker at conferences and consults to organizations about the interplay of agile and company culture. 

Matt Block is currently Software Engineering Manager at Aprimo and a Certified Product Owner and Certified ScrumMaster with a strong development background.  Matt has worked with various companies and people helping them adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques. He also helps Product Owners more fully engage with an Agile Development Team to achieve satisfying business results. Matt helped start and grow the Indianapolis area agile user group with the goal of raising awareness and acceptance of agile practices, and providing a leading local forum to support a community of practitioners.  This group has grown steadily since its inception.  Matt is also owner of Development Block, LLC and is a 6 Sigma Green Belt.  He has been instrumental in organizing the inaugural AgileIndy Conference 2013, which is scheduled for March 8, 2013, at The Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center on the north side of Indianapolis.

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