certified scrum master (CSM)

Why is this course important?

In fast moving and complex times, organisations are looking for every advantage they can find to increase their competitive edge. The simple Scrum framework has proven itself in the software world and moved into many non-software spaces.

The Certified Scrum Master course provides an excellent introduction to this Agile framework and how to adopt or improve its adoption in your teams and organisations.

Scrum is a deceptively simple framework and you will quickly learn about its roles, artefacts and process. However, its adaptive nature and impact on traditional organisational models and ways of working requires a fundamental grasp of the underlying principles for a truly successful implementation.

We put theory into practice in a number of exercises and simulations which are both enjoyable and instructive.

This class is hosted by our partners at Agile Affinity


  • Understand the Agile principles and ethos at the heart of Scrum.
  • Scrum: accountabilities, artefacts, process & values.
  • Anatomy of self-organising teams and how they work.
  • Backlog construction, care and ongoing maintenance.
  • Supporting practices.
  • Potentially shippable code and delivering in vertical increments.
  • Empirical feedback and metrics to aid continuous improvement and forecasting. 

Despite its name, this course is not just for ScrumMasters but is an effective primer for anyone who will be closely involved with teams adopting Scrum.


Following successful completion of the course through full attendance and participation in the group exercises, each participant will be registered with the Scrum Alliance.

There is an exam for this accreditation and you will receive an email from the Scrum Alliance with details after the course.

This certification includes two-year membership of the Scrum Alliance, where additional member-only material and information is available.


There will be a total of 16 hours class time (Including breaks).


We recommend you have a read through the Scrum Guide, written by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland the co-creators of Scrum. It’s a short document and it will give you a good introduction to the fundamentals of Scrum. The Scrum Alliance also has a nice introduction to Scrum.

The Scrum Guide is also the basis for the 50 multi-choice exam questions, for which you will need to correctly answer a minimum of 37 to achieve the Scrum Master certification. There is a time limit of 60 minutes for the online exam (taken in your own time after the course).

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Our trainers

Colin bird

Although best known for my long association with Scrum, I love everything Lean, Agile and Kanban. I get a buzz out of catalysing new ideas, collaboration, creativity and innovation to engage the full potential of teams and leadership.​

​I am a ‘Fearless Organisation Certified Practitioner’, a member of the TAC (Trainer Approval Community) for the Scrum Alliance and a collaborator on ScaleAgility, a Principles Led approach to applying Agile at scale.​

Away from work, I try and squeeze in way too many sports and hobbies: road cycling up mountains, trail running with my dog, sailing, skiing, diving and lots of DIY projects!

John barratt

John loves seeing individuals, teams and organisations become the best they can be. He does this using a mixture of coaching approaches embedded with the agile mindset. John spends most of his time supporting organisation to descale and self-organise relying heavily on the Systemic Modelling skills he learnt through his ongoing training from Caitlin Walker.

rickard jones

Rickard Jones has over 20 years of professional services experience in Agile coach, trainer and program lead. With an Agile mindset, values, principles, and practices, he has collaborated with many organisations, teams, and individuals to support them on their complex journey to become Agile.

He goes where the value need is, having previously been an XP developer, programme manager, change manager, development manager, scrum master and transformation lead. Despite an unhealthy obsession with learning, he believes nothing beats a coaching journey of in-the-field practical experience.

Not only is Rickard one of the authors of the AgileHR Manifesto, but he is also an international conference speaker, Enterprise Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)Certified Team Coach, Program Lead, Online Remote Facilitator, LeSS Trainer and ICAgile Trainer.

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