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The Why of Scrum + CSM

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"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." ― Friedrich Nietzsche

The Why of Scrum is a two-day workshop to explore the principles and values of Scrum. It is aimed at those who already have Scrum experience and are looking to deepen their understanding. Optionally, the participants can sit for the Scrum Alliance test to receive the Certified ScrumMaster designation. However, this is a side-benefit, and not the focus of the workshop.


This workshop is centered on the belief that Scrum is a radically different way of working, and not some kind of superficial reframe of work-as-usual. Focusing on the principles beneath the framework and process, reaching into your own personal value system to draw out meaning, this workshop will have you challenge how you show up for work, and what you believe it means to "do Agile". The learning emerges from the shared experience of all in the room. This is not expert-led—indeed the idea of expertise in Agile is itself challenged. Participants are invited to bring their own experience to bear on the learning, and to express their expectations, desires and frustrations. Ultimately, what you learn here will emerge from your heart, and take form in the practice you apply back in the workplace.

"I have had 2 days immersed in effortless choreography of the mind and body by stellar Tobias Mayer during the Why of Scrum this week. I have come away feeling different. Ready to live scrum out loud, but with a powerful silence I wasn't sure how to tap into, before." —Manjit Chana, ScrumMaster and coach


The Scrum framework will be revisited, not as a What but as a Why. Relationships between the Scrum roles will be revealed, showing the vitality of "individuals and interactions over processes and tools". The guiding principles of purpose, alignment, focus, release and rhythm will be explored to understand how these concepts must underpin any effective Scrum implementation.

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The Why of Scrum does not rely on powerpoint or lecture, rather it utilises pedagogical techniques widely known to create a deeper, and longer-lasting learning, one that each participant can take ownership of and develop in his or her own way. These techniques include team interaction, socratic dialog, improvisation, theatre games, and exploration through metaphor. You will not sit still for long, and you’ll not be fed information. You are expected to show up with an open mind and an open heart, and to bring your own experiences to share with others.

About the Facilitator

Tobias Mayer is a veteran Scrum practitioner, guide and teacher. He draws on thirty years experience in the fields of group facilitation, social service, software development, technical theatre, graphic design, organisational restructuring and individual counseling to inform his work today. Discovering XP in 1997, and coming to Scrum in 2003, Tobias trained with Ken Schwaber, Mike Cohn and other Scrum luminaries. In 2005 he became one of the first twenty-five people, worldwide, to offer certified Scrum workshops. Tobias is the author of the highly-rated book, The People’s Scrum: Agile Ideas for Revolutionary Transformation, and writes regularly on his LinkedIn and Medium blogs. You can learn more about Tobias on his website, tobiasmayer.uk.


"Tobias...beautifully reframed and challenged concepts I thought I knew and understood." — Philiy Lander, Agile Coach.

"Of all the people I know I think that Tobias best embodies Agile thinking and Agile spirit." —David Chilcott, Co-active Coach, Agile Coaching Institute

"Enlightening and amusing. Tobias's Scrum training was one of the best seminars I've ever taken—and I do Executive Training frequently with the brightest minds on the planet." — Raul Cristian Aguirre, CEO, Tango/04

You can read another fifty or so testimonies on LinkedIn recommendations.


The cost of this workshop is £555. However, certification is not mandatory and if you prefer to stay boldly uncertified the cost will be £500.


The maximum size of the workshop will be 12 people. The learning is more intense and more meaningful in smaller groups. The workshop is uncatered—by design. Just as you will not be fed information, you will not be fed lunch, which will be a self-organized experience ;) Thoughtbot is surrounded by excellent restaurants, pubs and cafes.


It is essential that you familiarize yourselves with The Agile Manifesto and The Scrum Guide before attending. Additonally it is recommended that you read The Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims and Hillary Johnson, and watch the short video, The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink.

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