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Certified Scrum Professional – ScrumMaster (CSP-SM) Training

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NextUp Solutions’ Certified Scrum Professional – ScrumMaster (CSP-SM) course is an advanced program composed of independent assignments as well as a one-day live instructed class. Students will expand their ScrumMaster and Agile coaching skillsets and confirm their deep understanding and experience with Agile methods and Lean thinking. The CSP-SM is the capstone credential in the Scrum Alliance ScrumMaster track and opens the door to joining the Scrum Alliance Guide Community as a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Certified Team Coach (CTC), or Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC).

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Upon completion of the course, students will have an active CSP-SM certification as long as the student:

  • Holds an active Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) certification with the Scrum Alliance.
  • Validates at least 24 months of work experience specific to the role of ScrumMaster (within the past five years).
  • Successfully completes our CSP-SM course*.

Additionally, this course allows students to claim PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs)* that can be applied to Project Management Professional (PMP®) and PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) certifications.

Who Should Attend

This course is great for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches seeking to expand and ground their understanding of Scrum within the universe of Agile and Lean thinking.  Participants should have significant experience working in the role of Scrum Master and exercising the core skills of that role such as facilitation, coaching, mentoring, and training.

Course Outline

The one-day live training session includes exercises, demonstrations, facilitated discussions, games, and videos covering topics such as:

  • Agile coaching modes and assumptions
  • Theories of motivation
  • Advanced facilitation, non-open discussion, and inclusion
  • Strategies for moving from product vision to product backlog

Students will be required to complete asynchronous assignments which are completed independently with consultation and review of the trainer. While the preference is for these to be finished prior to attending the live class session, students have up to six months post-class to finish them if needed.

In their independent assignments, students will compile and demonstrate their knowledge in four areas critical to leading and supporting Scrum teams and the advancement of a culture of Agility:

  • Agile scaling
  • Lean thinking
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Starting new Scrum teams

Students will also develop a Personal Development Plan that illustrates their intended path beyond the CSP-SM credential.

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