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Advanced-Certified ScrumMaster℠

Advance beyond the basics

Increase your influence to impact real change in your organization. You get to experience best practices for collaboration. Our course is designed for group interactions and supports different adult learning styles.

We will explore how to have challenging conversations, uncover and resolve the root causes of organizational challenges, and engage at the organizational level to scale beyond a single team. You will increase your confidence to influence your team and leadership constructively.

This course builds upon entry-level CSM knowledge. The focus is on the next-level skills that agile professionals need. Through A-CSM, you will stand out in your industry and show advanced value to your employer (or potential employer) as a highly skilled Agile professional.

The A-CSM is an advanced course on the path to becoming a Certified Scrum Professional.

Dhaval Panchal

Dhaval Panchal

Course Instructor

Experienced executive, Organization Design consultant, and Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Coach and Trainer (CEC, CTC, and CST), since 2008. He has been practicing agile since 2003 and helped build multiple agile organizations from the ground up.

He has led large-scale transformations at Fortune 500 companies, and mid-size Product Companies. Dhaval has first-hand experience with transformation challenges in Oil & Gas, Banking, Insurance, Gaming, and Medical domains.

Own don’t rent

Scrum Master plays a crucial role in the growth of the team and organizational agility. Scrum is easy to understand but hard to do.

Learning to apply practical Scrum Master skills takes more than theoretical knowledge.

This course builds upon your fundamental understanding of Scrum and, through practical skills development exercises, sets you on the path to becoming the best Scrum Master you can be.

Through hands-on exercises, real-world case studies, and systems thinking puzzles, you will own your insights to transform your world of work.

Influence defeats power

Scrum Masters, through their service, enable higher performance for teams.

This course will help you sharpen your skills to expand your influence, overcome organizational resistance, improve teaminess, and improve at coaching.

We strongly believe that influential Scrum Masters are persuasive and bring people together.

Learn together, grow together

We recommend a group of Scrum Masters to join this course together, so your community of practice can develop shared strategies to tip the balance to becoming a product-led organization.

Dhaval is an excellent coach, teacher, mentor, and guide for teams and organizations seeking to learn more about Agile methodologies, organizational change, and how to chart a path forward to transform how they’re working together.

Dhaval’s artistry, good humor, and deep knowledge of what truly matters when people attempt to design and develop software products sets him apart from most Agile practitioners.

Taylor Hess

Technical Manager

Dhaval clearly presented the key disciplines and then masterfully applied them to student’s questions and professional work environments. He demonstrated a vast knowledge of various SDLC practices along with techniques for successfully infusing SCRUM into those methodologies. He facilitated numerous activities with just the right touch of intervention while letting our groups learn through practice.

Pete Ingenloff

Project Manager

Our curriculum will enable you to

  • Identify opportunities and gaps in your agile organization
  • Developing a deeper understanding of systemic challenges with the adoption of Scrum
  • Coaching teams to higher-performance
  • Conflict resolution techniques
  • Facilitation techniques to improve decision making
  • Effective product management techniques to coach your Product Owner
  • Scaling beyond single-team Scrum
  • Influencing executives to cause the removal of impediments
  • Develop a personal plan for improvement to be effective in your role

Upcoming A-CSM Courses

A-CSM Course Curriculum

Who Should Attend?

This course is open to anyone who wants to go beyond Scrum basics and develop advanced-level Scrum Master skills.

However, to receive your Advanced-Certified ScrumMaster℠ certification, you need to:

 

  1. Hold an active Certified Scrum Master® (CSM) certification with ScrumAlliance.
  2. Complete full Advanced-Certified ScrumMaster℠ (A-CSM)
  3. Validate at least 12 months of work experience within the past five years that you demonstrate by updating your experience on your Scrum Alliance profile.

Does it matter where you learn from?

Absolutely does.

ScrumAlliance accredited courses are uniquely designed by each Guide level educator against a common framework of course learning objectives. This means that no two A-CSM courses offered by Guide level instructors are the same.

Designed for accelerated adult learning, our course makes challenging topics easy to grasp. Our instructors are active practitioners with the practical know-how you need to lead in the real world.

Team Self-Managing Canvas

This is a great resource for accelerating agile team performance. The Self-Managing Team Canvas is a proven tool for leaders to create empowered self-organized product teams.

Scrum Master Core Competencies

Refresh on the fundamentals of Scrum, and how it relates to your real-world experience.

  • Essence of agile
  • Scrum Refresh
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Improving the effectiveness of Scrum events
  • Self-evaluation and personal growth plan

Leading Collaboration

Improving team performance towards self-management

  • Scrum Master stances
  • Conflict management techniques
  • Facilitate effective decision making
  • Coaching breakthrough excellence
  • Self-Managing team canvas

Advancing Product Owner skills

Serving Product Owners to manage product development in scaled settings

  • Concept to cash cycle and organization design implications
  • Agile strategies for product development
  • Story maps and product development roadmap
  • Product/Portfolio Kanban

Growing Organizational Agility

Increasing the organization’s capability to adopt and grow agile

  • Recognizing and causing the removal of impediments
  • System of tightening feedback loops
  • Systems thinking techniques, root cause analysis
  • Improving organizational productivity and responsiveness
  • Scaling Scrum (patterns & anti-patterns)

Bring this course in-house.

Customize focused learning sessions designed for your organization’s specific needs. References are provided upon request.

The Online Experience FAQ

Answers to some of the commonly asked questions from our students

  • We host our virtual training on Zoom. Please install the Zoom client on your computer.
  • For online collaboration, we use Mural. Participants are provided with a free guest account for the course days. Please confirm that you can access the website from your network.
  • We take breaks almost hourly, with a more extended lunch break
  • Certification fees are included
  • A color pdf of the workbook will be provided
  • Invitation to private Slack group where past and current participants network
  • Complimentary 1:1 personal coaching session with your instructor

Public Course Registration Policies

Transfers

You can transfer to a different date for the same course at no extra charge.

Refunds

  • Cancellations more than two weeks before the course date receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations within two weeks of the course date receive a 70% refund.

No show policy

Your fees will be forfeited in case of a no-show.