Agile and Scrum

There is a way to focus on the right things, in the right order, and at the right level of detail without sacrificing speed, quality, cost and people. The solution lies in becoming Agile. Agility results from proper focus. It's a lot like driving: you need to keep your eyes on the road, but not on every stone within it. You need to watch the turns ahead, but not the ones two states away.

Learn Why Scrum Works

Certified ScrumMaster (WIOA Approved)
62743 Monday and Tuesday, 9/30 & 10/1  from 8:30am - 4:30pm, RM: P1840, $980

62364 Tuesday and Wednesday,11/19 & 11/20 from 8:30am - 4:30pm, RM: A2566, $980

Course Description and Outlines

Certified Scrum Product Owner (WIOA Approved)
62365 Thursday and Friday, 11/21 & 11/22 from 8:30am - 4:30pm, RM: A2566, $980

Program Information

What is a Certified ScrumMaster? Why are they important in business?

A ScrumMaster is an agile project manager emphasizing facilitation, leadership and communication over traditional command-and-control activities. The ScrumMaster's role is to maximize the team's efforts toward its goals while removing the impediments that stand in its way.

Official Scrum Alliance Course Definition of a Certified Scrum Master

Learn Scrum Basics from the Experts.

Becoming a member of a Scrum team or building a product with a new process can be a daunting prospect and being asked to serve as the team's ScrumMaster can be downright intimidating. You've got an idea of what Scrum is and have read a few articles or books on the topic, but you really don't know how to go about putting that theory into action. Gain the knowledge of how Scrum works, how to fill the role of ScrumMaster as well as focus on funtioning as the product owner, or customer, for a Scrum team.

Agile Development

You will gain an understanding of agile thinking, artifacts, roles and how to enhance an effective Agile process. We will show you why it is becoming the accepted approach to new product development and reveal places to start the transition.

Certified ScrumMaster Training Schedule

Certified ScrumMaster TrainingThis course focuses on the basics of the Scrum framework, including team roles, activities, and artifacts, so that you can be an effective member of a Scrum team. If you have experience being on Scrum or Agile Development Teams or are faced with complex product/project development efforts, this class might be right for you. Included in your course fee, you will receive the Scrum Study Guide (a $50 value) and a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance. Upon course completion and passing the online test, you will be listed on the Scrum Alliance website as a Certified ScrumMaster.

Candidates for this course: Managers, testers, project managers, analysts, developers, or directors who sponsor development teams.

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Certified Scrum Product Owner

Certified Scrum Product OwnerProduct Owners must have the skills to navigate market pressures, solve product design issues, and channel the energy of well-formed teams to deliver results. This course is for those who have some background in Agile project work and is intended to help experienced Agile practitioners focus on the challenges faced by product design teams. This two-day course will enhance your team leadership abilities in new ways and help you to steer your energy toward successful completion of products. Upon completion, participants are registered as Certified Scrum Product Owners, including a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance. 

Candidates for this course: Sales reps, engineers, researchers. managers, testers, project managers, analysts, developers (familiarity with Agile Methods would be helpful).

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About The Trainer: Douglas Shimp

Douglas Shimp is founder and managing partner of 3Back Scrum Management Consulting and Training, which co-markets classes in Agile methods with Normandale. Doug is an established leader in services that focus on making teams better at applied Agile product development. Doug is a Certified ScrumMaster Trainer, Use Case, and Agile Process expert with 17 years experience in the technology field. One of his distinctions is his focus on the interaction of technology and corporate culture as it relates to team success within organizations. He is certified as a ScrumMaster Trainer and Coach by the Scrum Alliance.


Which should I pursue: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) or Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)? Why?

Both certifications will lead to a full understanding of Scrum. The CSPO is targeted for Product Owners who need skills and techniques for managing features and determining the correct product to build. The CSM is a deep dive introduction to Scrum. CSM is focused on the Scrum framework and its application for building well-formed teams that are directed by a Product Owner. The CSM is recommended for all Scrum team members.

Should I do both Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner if I don't know where I will be working?

Both designations address different concerns for developing products. Employers are looking for people with a background in Agile (Scrum). These designations will help identify you as having been trained in Scrum. Experience still counts so time spent doing Scrum is equally valuable. Would it be better to spend time renewing a PMP credential or becoming a Certified ScrumMaster or Product Owner? Becoming a CSM and/or CSPO is recommended. We are seeing an increase in companies who are looking for people with CSM / CSPO experience.

Would it be better to spend time renewing a PMP credential or becoming a Certified ScrumMaster or Product Owner?

 Becoming a CSM and/or CSPO is recommended. We are seeing an increase in companies who are looking for people with CSM/CSPO experience.

In Scrum, which person is the Project Manager? Is it the ScrumMaster or the Scrum Product Owner?

The short answer is neither. The term Project Manager is not defined in Scrum. The term Project Manager is defined broadly in the market and is used differently by many organizations. If you compare the terms side by side you will find that sometimes it is the CSPO, sometimes the CSM and sometimes it is both. Again, the term is not defined in Scrum, but you can compare them.

I understand Scrum is used widely for software development projects. Can it be used for other fields?

Scrum has seen an application into every major vertical industry. The number of domains outside software that it has been applied to is increasing rapidly. Scrum is a general purpose framework that is used to set an empirical pattern of behavior at a small team level. Scaling Scrum is thought of as multiple Scrum teams working together in an empirical process controlled manner.

Can Scrum be appropriated for new product development?

Scrum is ideally suited for any product development efforts that have a large amount of complexity and uncertainty. It enables a directed level of creativity without overly constraining the solution outcome or the path for getting there. The more complexity or "newness" you have, the more suited the Scrum framework. Because Scrum is a framework for empirical process control, the amount of structure can be varied to improve chances of success and delivery

What are some great ways for people new to Agile to practice or use their new-found Agile skills?

Suggestion: Join a volunteer group and use a Scrum like approach for challenging activities. Be prepared to learn continuously. The Scrum framework is simple to use. Mastery of Scrum can take years, look for any opportunity you can to apply the Scrum framework. Only through use will you really gain mastery.