CSM® Training in Houston, TX

Become an exceptional Scrum Master with real-time scrum activities and simulations

  • Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance
  • Get trained by globally renowned Certified Scrum Trainers (CSTs)
  • Earn 16 PDUs and 16 SEUs in just 2 days
  • Experiential learning with Case studies, Scrum Activities, Role plays, & Simulations
  • Progressive learning and support to further your Scrum knowledge
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Why should you go for a CSM certification?

Scrum, an Agile framework has been picking up momentum in creating innovation and improving productivity across organizations. A high-performing Scrum team always contributes to the success of an Agile project and the Scrum Master is the main person responsible for steering the project in the right direction. The Certified ScrumMaster course boosts your confidence in implementing the Scrum framework effectively in organizations.

Organizational benefits

Today, most of the IT as well as non-IT industry majors are hiring candidates who are familiar with the Scrum framework. The Certified ScrumMaster® can upscale an organization in the following ways:  

  • Guide the team members throughout the product development
  • Help the team deliver quality products
  • Participate in the team activities with ease and also learn how to own a task
  • Resolve the impediments and enhance the team’s collaboration
  • Act as a change agent and enable a culture in which teams can flourish
  • Become a servant leader for Scrum teams that are involved in developing high-end products

Individual benefits

Scrum framework believes in ‘self-organization’. Making a career in Scrum as a Scrum Master will help an individual to-

  • Gain a high degree of proficiency in executing Scrum
  • Contribute in creating a healthy work environment
  • Earn the skills that make an individual immune to internal and external distractions
  • Become self-motivated to escalate the performance of the team
  • Get more job opportunities in IT as well as non-IT organizations with a good pay

CSM® certification- Adding value to your career

As a Certified ScrumMaster, you will be known as a part of an elite group engaged with Scrum Alliance. The members of Scrum Alliance are meant to be Scrum specialists, guiding the project teams to success. Here is why CSM® certification should be a part of your skill set:

  • Based on the recent salary survey by Ziprecruiter, the average annual salary for the Certified ScrumMaster is $116,659 a year.
  • CSM® certification enables you to work across major companies like IBM, Tata Consultancy Services, CapGemini, Honeywell, BOSCH, Accenture, Deloitte and many more in several job roles, such as:
    • Scrum Master
    • Delivery Lead
    • Agile Scrum Master
    • Program Manager
    • Project Manager
    • Agile Coach
    • Automation Engineer
    • Project Lead

Process to become a Certified Scrum Master

Steps to become a CSM

  • Step 1: It takes only 2 min to register on KnowledgeHut, a Global REP of Scrum Alliance (SA).

  • Step 2: Take the 2-day CSM course and get instructed by Certified Scrum Trainers® (CSTs).

  • Step 3: SA will send you a link to create login credentials on successful completion of course.

  • Step 4: Click on the link received from Scrum Alliance and create your own login credentials.

  • Step 5: Take the 1hr online CSM® test which comprises of 50 MCQs by using those credentials.

  • Step 6: Score a minimum of  74% to pass the CSM® test, after completing the course.

  • Step 7: Once the test is cleared, you will be requested to accept a license agreement.

  • Step 8: After accepting it, you will receive CSM designation & a 2-year membership from SA.
  • Step 9: You have to renew the certification once every two years.

What You Will Learn in this CSM Workshop

Prerequisites

There is no set of eligibility requirements to attend this ScrumMaster Certification course and it can be taken by any professional who wants to deepen their understanding of Scrum.

Who Usually Attend CSM Training

  • Software Engineers
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Business Analysts
  • Development team members
  • Testers
  • New/Existing Scrum Masters
  • Planning for Scrum Master career

KnowledgeHut Experience

EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOPS

Learn from the real-world experience of accredited industry experts and advance your knowledge with in-class activities and simulations.

ELITE PANEL OF CSTs

Interact with accredited CSTs who also have years of experience as active Scrum practitioners.

LEARN FROM PRACTITIONERS

Learn directly from active practitioners engaged in implementing Scrum principles in real projects.

GATEWAY TO SCRUM COMMUNITIES

Get access to a wider community of active Scrum professionals and enhance your practical knowledge of Scrum.

CONTINUOUS LEARNING AND SUPPORT

Avail continuous support through monthly webinars, e-books, and conferences and keep pace with the latest industry updates.

HANDY RESOURCES

Access to latest resources like Scrum tutorial, articles, Scrum Master interview Q&A, & case studies prepared by the industry experts.

GLOBAL REP

150,000+ professionals trained across 90+ countries globally. 

100% SUCCESS GUARANTEED

Our CSM training program comes with a 100% Success Rate.

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CSM Course Curriculum from Scrum Alliance

Get familiar with the 12 principles and 4 values stated in the Agile Manifesto through our popular in-class activity- “Draw and demonstrate”. Herein, you will be asked to form groups and illustrate all 12 principles pictorially.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Explain the 12 principles and 4 values listed in the Agile Manifesto.
  • Demonstrate the benefits of “responding to change” in Agile over “following a plan” in traditional project management.
  • Describe how the Scrum values (courage, focus, commitment, respect, openness) relate to the Scrum artifacts, events, and roles.
  • List and explain the three pillars in Scrum ― Transparency, Inspection, Adaptation.
  • Explain the differences between framework and methodology and understand why Scrum is called a framework.
  • List 5 ways to develop an Agile mindset.
  • Illustrate 2 differences between Agile and Scrum and explain why these two terms cannot be used interchangeably.

Topics covered

  • Agile Manifesto
  • 12 Principles
  • 4 values
  • Scrum Foundations (5 Scrum Values)

Learn more about the three roles in Scrum with role-based activities. Each group will play a simulation game called “candy catch” that will have three iterations. The Scrum Master and Product Owner (chosen by group members) will coordinate and help the team achieve the highest target within the shortest time.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Conduct a retrospective to list 3 techniques to improve the performance and turnaround time.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of a Scrum Master and a Product Owner.
  • List 3 differences between a Scrum Master and a Product Owner and understand why these two roles should not overlap.
  • Discuss how a product owner acts as a bridge between the development team and the stakeholders.
  • Understand why a Scrum Master is not an active participant but a facilitator in the Scrum events and ceremonies.
  • List 3 demerits of having a development team of less than 3 members or greater than 10 members.

Topics covered

  • Scrum Master roles and challenges
  • Product Owner roles and responsibilities
  • Development team roles and responsibilities

Take part in the Scrum Paper Plane game and learn how the 5 Scrum ceremonies work. There will be 3 sprints, each lasting 15 minutes. You need to prepare the user stories that will cover the features and functionalities along with acceptance criteria.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Explain the “why” and “how” of sprint planning, daily scrum, sprint review, and retrospective.
  • Understand why the scope and duration of a sprint are fixed.
  • List 3 ways to avoid sprint backlog spillover.
  • Define sprint goals and discuss 5 benefits of having a sprint goal.
  • Understand how the Scrum Master and the Product Owner should coordinate with the team and list 5 points to improve such communications.
  • Discuss 3 damaging impacts of sprint cancellation and how to avoid it.
  • List 10 sprint anti-patterns (E.g. sprint cancellation, variable sprint length) and understand how these impact the delivery and turnaround time.

Topics covered

  • Sprint planning
  • Daily Scrum
  • Sprint Review
  • Sprint Retrospective

Experience how scrum works in real projects with our simulation game “Crime Teller”. The activity will be divided into 3 sprints, wherein the participants will actively employ Product backlog refinement among other scrum artifacts to solve a given “crime” story.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • List and demonstrate 5 salient features of a well-formed product backlog (E.g. estimated, prioritized).
  • Discuss 2 responsibilities of the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and the Development team in creating and maintaining a product backlog.
  • The objective of having a product backlog and best approaches to product backlog refinement.
  • Analyze and discuss the ideal time and capacity to be dedicated to product backlog refinement.
  • Demonstrate 3 activities (E.g. budget and timeline, release schedule) that take place during a sprint review.
  • List 5 sprint review anti-patterns (E.g. delayed   acceptance) and their negative impacts

Topics covered

  • Product Backlog
  • Sprint Backlog
  • Product Increment

Learn about Scrum life cycle by taking part in the “coin game”. The participants will be linking ceremonies to create effective sprint goals. This module will focus on the common challenges in sprint execution and enable team members to improvise.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Explain the difference between resolution meetings and daily standups.
  • Explain the benefits of collaborations with product owners.
  • List 3 demerits of over collaboration of the product owners.
  • Demonstrate 3 ways to break the barriers and collaborate
  • Demonstrate creation of sprint burndown chart
  • Explain 3 approaches to increase efficiency in the team

Topics covered

  • Sprint Execution Planning
  • Flow management
  • Resolution meetings
  • Communication (Taskboard, Sprint burndown chart using story points, hours effort)

Play the “Marshmellow Tower” game and learn more about daily scrum and sprint retrospective in real scrum projects. The tallest tower built with the minimum raw materials and in the shortest time frame will win. Acceptance criteria will be defined by the instructor.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Explain the importance of 15-minute timebox for daily scrum meetings.
  • List 3 differences between traditional meetings and daily stand-ups.
  • Describe 2 roles played by the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and the Development team in daily scrum.
  • List the 3 critical questions pertaining to the daily scrum agenda.
  • List 2 responsibilities of the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and the Development team during the sprint retrospective.

Topics covered

  • Activities in daily scrum
  • Activities in sprint retrospective

Familiarise yourself with Definition of Done (DoD) and Acceptance Criteria with the “Crazy Juggler” game wherein you need to pass a fixed number of balls to non-adjacent team members within a certain time frame and collect them in a paper bag once marked as “done”.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Explain Definition of Done at three levels ― user story (e.g. writing code), sprint, and release (e.g. preparing release notes).
  • List 3 benefits of Definition of Done and explain why it can evolve over a certain period of time.
  • Prepare a checklist (with a minimum of 7 entries) of an ideal DoD.
  • Mention 3 risks associated with an ill-formed DoD.
  • List 5 characteristics of good acceptance criteria.
  • Understand who all should be involved in drafting the acceptance criteria.
  • List 3 negative impacts of not following the acceptance criteria.

Topics covered

  • Definition of Done for a feature (user story or product backlog item)
  • Definition of Done for a sprint
  • Definition of Done for a release
  • Definition of Done vs. Acceptance criteria
  • Done vs. Done-Done.

Acquaint yourself with the Definition of Ready with our Lego blocks game wherein the attendees will be asked to build a city out of Lego building blocks. The “definition of ready” checklist for the final deliverable will be determined by the instructor.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Create an ultimate checklist of Definition of Done.
  • List 3 negative impacts of an ill-formed Definition of Done.
  • Identify at least 3 benefits of a shared Definition of Done for multiple teams working on the same product backlog.
  • List 2 ways to improve Definition of Done.
  • Clearly understand the differences between “done” and “done done”.

Topics covered

  • Definition of Ready for user story
  • Definition of Ready for sprint

Play the self-organization game “Human Knots” by forming teams of 5-6. Groups where team members can untie themselves first win. The time frame for this activity will be decided by your instructor. Each team will have a Scrum Master and Product Owner chosen by group members.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Define and understand the steps involved in release planning.
  • List 3 benefits of a well-organized release planning.
  • List 3 outputs of release planning.

Topics covered

  • Definition of release planning
  • Who takes part in release planning
  • Steps in Release planning
  • Output of Release Planning

Acquaint yourself with the Sprint Burndown Chart concepts by taking part in the ball point game. There will be 5 iterations and the number of points being expected at the end of the release will be communicated to the team.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Define and understand sprint burndown chart.
  • List 3 primary reasons to use a burndown chart.
  • Learn how to create and calculate a burndown chart.
  • Explain how to adjust upcoming sprints based on the burndown.
  • List 3 critical information obtained from a burndown chart.
  • List 5 merits and 2 demerits of using a burndown chart.
  • Understand 5 common errors that lead to misleading information in burndown charts.

Topics covered

  • Definition
  • Why and when to use a sprint burndown chart
  • Information obtained from sprint burndown chart

Take part in the ball point game and understand the in-depth concepts of release burn-up charts and why Scrum teams use them. There will be 5 iterations and once the sprint is completed, the team will put a mark on the release burn-up as to how many points are completed.

What you will learn

At the end of this activity, you will be able to-

  • Understand the importance of having a release goal (based on historical data and agreement).
  • Demonstrate the importance of release burn-up in understanding the current status.
  • List 2 differences between burndown and burn-up charts.
  • Explain how to adjust release planning (if needed) based on the burn down.
  • Tell one primary advantage of a burnup chart over a burndown chart.  

Topics covered

  • Definition
  • Features
  • How to create a release burn-up chart (steps)

Topics covered

  • What are user stories
  • Structure/format
  • INVEST criteria

Topics covered

  • Definition
  • Benefits of Agile Estimation
  • Agile estimation techniques

Topics covered

  • Definition
  • Benefits
  • Participants
  • How to play planning poker
  • Planning Poker rules

Topics covered

  • What is product planning
  • What is product vision
  • How to create a product backlog
  • Product Roadmap 
  • Minimum Releasable features (or) Minimum Marketable Features 
  • Minimum Viable Products

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CSM Training and Certification FAQs

Certified Scrum Master

As defined by the Scrum Alliance, a Certified ScrumMaster® is an individual who has a thorough understanding of the Scrum terminology, practices, and principles that will enable him/her to fulfill the role of a ScrumMaster effectively.

Given below are the roles and responsibilities of a Scrum Master that they need to perform to deliver the Scrum projects in time:

  • Act as a facilitator and servant leader who encourages self-organization
  • Remove obstacles so that the team can focus more on work and follow practices of Scrum
  • Protect the team from internal and external distractions
  • Ensure a good relationship between the product owner and the team along with the members outside the team
  • Set up an environment where the team can perform more effectively
  • Manage the scrum process in coordination with the scrum team
  • Conduct retrospective meetings
  • Address team progress

Today, companies across various industries prefer to work with IT companies that use agile methodology. Scrum provides a framework to facilitate enterprises to manage and implement Scrum methodology effectively. A CSM certification from any Global REP (Registered Education Provider) helps increase your identity in the industry.

A Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) has been taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) the Scrum terminology, practices, and principles that will enable him or her to act as a Scrum Master or Scrum team member. This credential is a first step on the Agile path. To become a true, practicing Scrum professional requires enough experience and continuing education.

No, there is no online/virtual training for CSM. Scrum Alliance believes that it takes a lot of personal interaction for understanding the Scrum framework, and this cannot be delivered in a virtual environment.

With this 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance, you can spread your identity to the local user groups, online social networks, gain access to deep discounts on meetings, and additional member-only resources. Additionally, CSMs can use a specially designed logo to showcase their credentials.

According to Scrum Alliance, a Certified Scrum Master course helps to increase the likelihood of a project’s overall success by applying Scrum principles and techniques. By understanding the values, practices, and applications, you can act as a ‘servant leader’ rising above and beyond an average project manager and helping your organization achieve meaningful goals.

Scrum, an Agile framework that had its origins in the programming and IT industry over 10 years back, has been picking up force in recent years. Based on the 2017-2018 State of Scrum report by Scrum Alliance, 63% of the respondents are experiencing the success of implementing the Scrum framework for delivering the projects successfully. 

Certified ScrumMasters can efficiently supervise organizations that are adopting Agile methodology for the very first time. After the Scrum Master certification, an individual can opt for the positions like  Business Analyst, Lead Software, Engineer, Project Manager, Information Technology, Staff Scrum Master, Delivery Lead, Agile, Scrum Master, Technical Program Manager, Senior Project Manager, Agile Coach, QA Automation Engineer, Software Project Lead in IT or non-IT companies.

As Scrum is becoming the most popular framework in the industries, the ScrumMaster certification provides a great opportunity for individuals who are seeking to accomplish success in their career. Moreover, ScrumMaster certifications are value add-ons to your resume that can help you to get placed in leading Agile organizations.

Scrum and Agile are growing internationally beyond IT market. Scrum Masters are in high demand as companies have finally started embracing Agile methodology, about 15 years after it originally landed on the development market. Due to the increasing popularity of Agile, companies are hiring more Scrum Masters, offering plenty of job opportunities in the organizations.  

Around 89% of the Agile users are using the Scrum approach in their organizations to streamline the project processes, as specified in the State of Scrum report by Scrum Alliance.

Here is a list of the top companies that have hired Certified ScrumMaster professionals in Houston:

  • Catapult Systems- a global modern digital solutions and services firm that specialises in emerging and business-critical technologies.
  • Publicis Sapient- blends startup thinking and agile methods to help established companies and the public sector increase their customer value, drive operational effectiveness, and thrive in an evolving world.
  • cPrime, Inc.- Fuse process and technology to help teams achieve the extraordinary.
  • Whitaker Companies- specializes in recruitment of mid to senior level IT professionals nationwide for even the most challenging requirements.
  • Collabera- one of the largest minority-owned IT staffing firm. 

If your team is looking for Scrum tools that can help to increase their productivity, read on for a list of great tools designed for Agile teams and Project Management:

Tool Name

                                       Features

Cost

Jira

The most popular and widely used cloud and subscription-based software for Agile teams.

$10/month for up to 10 users

$7/month for 11-100 users

Vivify Scrum

A well-balanced tool with an appealing UI and useful Scrum features.

Offers free version for 14-days

$8/user/month

ScrumDO

This is the tool built and priced to scale your Agile projects.

$8.99/month for up to 10 users

Manuscript

A new tool built for the real-world barriers that exist in a software development environment.

$62/month for 5 users

Axosoft

This Scrum tool offers organization and structure to many components of Scrum project management.

$25/month for 5 users

Targetprocess

This Scrum tool enables software development teams to speed up product delivery at all levels of the organization.

Offers free Team version

$20/user/month

Yodiz

It offers a greater degree of visibility into your team’s progress and increases overall efficiency.

Offers free version for up to 3 users

$3/user/month

Quickscrum

This Scrum tool helps your team to collaborate better, reach goals, and improve continuously.

$3/user/month

Scrumwise

It allows you to focus on your project, improve communication, enhance teamwork and gives you faster results.

$7.50/user/month

ScrumDesk

Designed for teams implementing Scrum or Kanban and supports Agile practices like root cause analysis or retrospectives.

Free for up to 4 users

$9/month for up to 5 users

ClickUp

It helps to make projects more productive with a well-designed and intuitive platform.

$5/user/month

Zoho Sprints

A tool that helps Agile teams plan and track their work.

Offered as a free tool for up to 3 users and 2 projects

$8.30/user/month for up to 10 users

Once you are a Scrum expert after earning your CSM certification and work experience as a Scrum Master on a Scrum Team, your next step is to achieve your Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM℠) certification.

CSM Training In Houston

The Certified ScrumMaster® training includes all the topics covering Scrum fundamentals essential for Scrum team members or Scrum professionals.

There are no prerequisites for attending this course. A degree of course completion certificate from the Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) will make you eligible for the online CSM Test.

The following individuals can undertake this course:

  • Anyone who would like to build a career as a Scrum Master
  • Teams transitioning to Scrum
  • Managers of Scrum teams
  • Scrum team members such as product owners and developers

If you are using Scrum as a Scrum Master in your organization, then taking this course will help you to guide team members on strictly adhering to the Scrum principles. 

Our Certified Scrum Trainers® (CSTs) are:

  • Professionals licensed by Scrum Alliance to teach the official Scrum Alliance curriculum.
  • Masters in Scrum who have immense experience in leading, applying, coaching, and teaching it.
  • Skilled in product management and software development.
  • Subject experts who are active in software development and local Agile communities, along with the broader global Scrum and Agile movements.

Our devoted team of CSTs offers training which is on par with the standard of excellence set by the Scrum Alliance. As a consequence, each and every candidate is entitled to the same high-quality content without consideration of the trainer and location. They help you get equipped with the competency and skills you need to make a difference in your organisation. 

The final venue will be listed on the website of KnowledgeHut in the selected workshop. Feel free to reach out to the customer support team if dealt with any issues. All training sessions of CSM are held with industry-recognized learning paths at numerous locations in Houston: 

  • Hilton Americas- 1600 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010•(713) 739-8000
  • Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE- 800 Sorella Ct, Houston, TX 77024•(713) 973-1600

 Training location will be decided after the preferences are made by the individual, trainers available, venue available, etc. Be quick to decide on your choice of location and gain an industry-recognized credential!

An individual cannot attend the exam without taking the course. Scrum Alliance believes in in-person training by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).

No. Individuals who have attended a CSM training can join Scrum Alliance. It is free for two years from the time it is earned.

In case you are well-versed in the fundamentals of Scrum which are available on the Scrum Alliance website,  then 2-days of CSM training is enough to pass the Scrum Master certification exam.

Once you are done with the CSM course, you will get an email from Scrum Alliance that includes a link to create your login credentials. After this email, you have 90 days to complete the test.

Our highly experienced trainers offer the practical and interactive training session giving accurate, clear, and updated materials to help you understand the concepts clearly and pass your CSM exam without much difficulty.

Over the past decade, we have trained over 500 companies, including small, medium and large-scale enterprises that increased our reach globally. Our team of experts understand your organizational needs and help you drive your staff to their highest potential by delivering customized corporate trainings. Here are some of the top companies in Houston that got trained by KnowledgeHut:

  • Bank of America- a multinational investment bank and financial services company
  • American Express- an American multinational financial services corporation
  • Rockwell Automation- an American provider of industrial automation and information technology
  • Optimum Solutions- provider of IT Solutions and Services

Why corporates choose KnowledgeHut as their CSM training provider:

  • Corporate Pricing- We offer group discounts that suit your budget and your organizational needs
  • Customised Courses- Our courses can be tailored as per the specific learning needs of the employees
  • Expert instructors and accredited courses- You can experience the best learning practices with our accredited curriculum and training conducted by the industry experts
  • Training with current relevance- Our comprehensive curriculum is developed by the experts based on the latest industry needs
  • Meet and exceed industry standards- Our training will aid your employees to meet industry benchmarks and even set new standards 
  • Innovative learning methodology- Our learning solutions are hands-on and experiential, to fully engage learners and enhance knowledge retention

CSM Certification Exam

CSM exam is easy to pass and it is an open-book exam. The CSM training includes various team activities that will not only help you in building your Scrum knowledge but clearing an exam as well.

You can take the CSM exam once you are done with the CSM training. The exam comprises of 50 MCQs and 60 minutes time limit to complete the exam. The passing score of CSM test is 74%. An individual can take the exam only after taking a CSM course.

The Scrum Alliance CSM certification exam fee is included in the Certified ScrumMaster training cost.

Yes. you can retake the Scrum Master certification exam within a defined period of time by Scrum Alliance for free attempts. As per the Scrum Alliance, the candidates who failed thrice in the exam should retake the CSM certification course. Once you get an email from Scrum Alliance, you are allowed to take the Scrum Master exam at no cost for the first 2 attempts within 90 days. You will be charged a minimum of $25 each from the third attempt or after finishing your 90 days.

The CSM accreditation body is the Scrum Alliance and its exam fee is non-refundable.

No. There is no such sample test available on the Scrum Alliance website. But, CSM test blueprint will help you to understand the format of the Scrum Master certification exam. This blueprint outlines the percentage of questions from each domain that will be on the 50-question test. Fortunately, the training and coaching community will not need to make any changes in their materials as the new exam pattern still follows the current Learning Objectives as well as the recently published Learning Objectives. 

 

It is highly recommended to practice Scrum Master certification exam sample questions in order to pass the final CSM certification exam in your first attempt. You can take the free Scrum Master certification sample test for practice purposes.

After completing your CSM course, you will receive an email from Scrum Alliance® that includes a link to create your login credentials. The first step will be to take the online exam. Once the exam is complete, you will be asked to accept a license agreement and set up your online profile. It could take up to two weeks after course completion to receive your welcome email.

The individuals can take the online test from any computer anywhere in the world, according to their comfort (home, work, or other location). The test will not be proctored.

No, there is no option to pause a test since you will have a duration limit of an hour (60 minutes). On the off chance, if you shut the window, you can reopen the window instantly. In case if you lose internet connection or lose access to the test for an extended period of time, you may visit support@scrumalliance.org to start a new test set up.

Scrum Alliance always strives to maintain the quality and relevance of the CSM certification by validating the best practices in the Agile industry from active practitioners in the field. The CSM curriculum incorporates the best in current knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to earn the CSM certification.  As such, the Scrum Alliance believes in involving their community to validate what is important in the role of the Scrum Master and then updates the tests to reflect these key areas.

If you choose English as your exam language, you will be able to switch to a newer version as the new test has recently got published. If you choose a different language then you may take the older version till that specific language gets published. Furthermore, according to the Scrum Alliance, the tests will be launched in other languages in the coming months, as soon as they inspect and adapt to the launch of the English version.

You will find the test blueprint at the bottom of the CSM page under ‘Resources’, on the Scrum Alliance website. This test blueprint covers the stipulated percentage of questions from each domain. The test blueprint is aligned with the latest version of 2018 LOs. Moreover, the 2018 CSM LOs matches with the November 2017 Scrum Guide. The current LOs can be found on the Scrum Alliance CSM certification webpage and also on ‘Trainer and Coach dashboards’ under “Resources”.

If you've already passed the CSM test, you will not be able to take it again to receive a better score. Your test score is only available to you. Nobody else will be able to see your score on the CSM test.

CSM Certification

CSM is the most popular professional certification for Scrum Masters by Scrum Alliance. This CSM certification will help you to implement Scrum in your organization. Being a Scrum Master, you will be able to solve the project-related queries of the team members.

CSM certification is on the top list of professional certifications by Scrum Alliance for Scrum Masters. This certification helps an individual to become a successful Scrum Master who owns the project success by guiding the team members for using the right process for delivering the project outcome in time.

CSM is one of the most popular and globally recognized certifications provided by the reputed accreditation body of Scrum Alliance. Recently, the demand for Certified Scrum Master certifications has increased rapidly. The reason behind this is Scrum is now being implemented in industries other than IT and therefore the demand for Certified Scrum professionals has increased. 

Scrum is very popular due to its iterative and incremental Agile software development methodology that has been proven to create success. Hence, the demand of certified Scrum Masters is rising substantially regardless of the business type.

You will get the CSM certification from the largest, renowned, and influential professional Agile certification provider called Scrum Alliance.

According to a salary report by salary.com, the average Scrum Master salary in Houston, TX is $91,437, but the range typically lies between $79,323 and $106,974. The salary range of the Scrum Master job differs widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. The average experienced Scrum Master salary in Houston, TX is $116,494, and this range typically falls between $96,815 and $130,188.

Following are some of the benefits of ScrumMaster Certification:

  • Master the foundational concepts of Scrum and understand the scope of the Scrum Master role
  • Gain access to resources, networks, and local groups available to only Scrum Alliance members
  • Get ahead in your Agile career
  • Prove your core Scrum knowledge to your peers.
  • Fulfill the role of a Scrum Master
  • Engage with a community of Scrum experts

CSM certification is renewed after 2-years and the renewal process requires making a payment of $100 from the certificate current expiration date. In order to renew your CSM certification, log in to https://www.scrumalliance.org/login, go to your dashboard and choose the ‘Renew Certification’ option under the heading ‘Actions’. 

Remember that starting from February 4, 2019, you will be required to have earned 20 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs) within the past two years, in addition to the $100 renewal fee that has to be paid. This has been mandated to validate your participation and continued proficiency in the fundamental principles and practices of Scrum. More SEU’s can be earned by completing an educational training or a learning opportunity.

You have worked really hard to acquire the certification. Don’t let it decline! Renew now and hold your certification for 2 years. 

There are a number of ways in which SEUs can be earned. You can read here about how to earn your SEUs.

PDUs and SEUs

PDUs and SEUs are Professional Development Units and Scrum Educational Units, issued by the Project Management Institute and Scrum Alliance, respectively. Both are a way of tracking continuing education in order to achieve or maintain certifications from these organizations. You can earn a specific number of SEUs every 2-years to maintain your certification from Scrum Alliance.

PDUs and SEUs are the credits awarded by the Project Management Institute and the Scrum Alliance respectively. Scrum Alliance members can earn SEUs from Scrum Alliance to get certified again after every two years. On the other side, PDUs are offered by the PMI®, and every PMI® certification, except the CAPM®, requires to earn a specific number of PDUs per three-year certification cycle.

You can obtain 14-16 PDUs and SEUs by attending our two-days training program.

Meet your instructors

Samir

Samir Chhibber

CSM, CSPO and Agile

Samir is a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile thought leader with extensive experience in training, coaching and implementing the Agile framework for both commercial and government organizations.

He has trained and mentored numerous teams, arming them with the skills and expertise needed to apply classroom theory to operational success at the team and project level. Samir has more than 20 years of experience in managing programs, including serving as ScrumMaster for one of Cisco’s largest Unified Communication programs and Virtual Desktop Solutions, and working with multiple government agencies on implementing the Agile Framework to more rapidly achieve their missions.

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Bill

Bill Li

CSM, CSPO & Agile

Bill Li, is a CST (Certified Scrum Trainer) by qualification and a prolific consultant, mentor and coach active in China and Asia, Managing Principal of UPerform Consulting Group. With over 20 years of cross-functional experiences in IT sector, Bill is among the pioneers who promoted Scrum and Agile since 2007, and is an active contributor and speaker at agile community, including major Scrum and Agile conferences - See more at: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/profile/gli3.

Bill enjoys developing people and organizations through high quality Scrum and Agile training and consulting services. His passion lies in helping clients’ product development organizations and teams to become more effective, having less waste and fewer impediments in their processes, less pressure, more expertise, higher enjoyment, and producing better product and services, in an open, transparent, creative, and self-organized environment.

Bill translated Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken Schwaber into simplified Chinese and published it in 2007. He also co-translated Ken's next book on Scrum & Enterprise and Mike Cohn’s User Stories Applied, together with other 2 titles in Project Management area. Bill is MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University, and Bachelor of Engineering from South China University of Technology. He lives in Shanghai, China and Vancouver, BC, Canada. - See more at: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/profile/gli3.

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Daniel James

Daniel James Gullo

CSM, CSPO & Agile

For more than 25 years, Daniel has been teaching, mentoring, coaching, and consulting for organizations of many sizes; from startups to multi-national enterprises. Daniel has led large-scale Agile adoption initiatives for organizations in Financial Services, Education, Health Care, Bio-tech, Pharma, Information Technology Consulting, Professional Associations, and Federal Government.

Daniel is well known and highly revered as 'The hardest working man in the Agile community.' He is the founder of Agile Delaware and frequent reviewer, volunteer, and speaker for the Scrum Alliance, Agile Alliance, PMI and other organizations, including delivering keynote addresses.

Daniel is the Conference Chair for the 2015 Scrum Gathering in Phoenix; he was the Conference Chair for the 2013 Scrum Gathering in Las Vegas; serves on the Trainer Acceptance Committee; is a member of the Coaching Retreat Planning Committee; host of Coaches Clinic events; facilitator of Open Space Events, including the Scrum Alliance's largest Open Space ever in Berlin; and a prolific contributor to a vast array of online forums, blogs, and other social media. Daniel is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Development.

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Lizzy

Lizzy Morris

Agile , Scrum , CSM and CSPO

Lizzy Morris is a seasoned executive consultant whose focus is driving measurable results for her clients, their processes, employees, and financials. Lizzy has over 20 years’ in-depth experience in software development, project management and strategic consulting. This experience has netted her unique ability to provide you with the right tools and techniques tailored to the needs of your organization. As a trainer and coach, she shares her wealth of knowledge with an innovative flare that is uniquely Lizzy.

Amongst her most recent accolades, Lizzy has become the first African American female in the world to qualify as a CST (Certified Scrum Trainer) within the globally recognized Scrum Alliance, certification body. Her journey has evolved in the corporate arena; Lizzy has served as Organizational Change coach in organizations across the world. Her career has taken her across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Today Lizzy serves as the VP Of Agile Transformation for one of the largest global recruitment holding companies in the world.

Lizzy owns a specialized boutique management consultancy company that specializes in helping Fortune 500s, and top 50s secure measurable results for delivering end to end value.

Lizzy burns with a deep passion for Scrum. Her time rotates around helping her corporates clients adopt Scrum as their primary transformational foundation framework because she believes Scrum helps organizations and teams discover the Agile tolerance.

Lizzy's classes are packed with improvisations and experiences that allow her students to transcend their cognitive bias and reframe their context. Lizzy sees herself as a lifelong student of learning how to inspect and adapt to deliver value with more and more speed and precision.

Lizzy spends her spare time working on projects that expand upon her love of supporting and mentoring others but this time in aid of the empirical journey of everyday living.

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Gregory

Gregory Smith

CSM CSPO CSD

With years of experience managing (surviving?) 2 red haired daughters, I now believe that I can handle 'anything', bring it on!
Seriously though, my enthusiasm for agile and scrum goes back to my first CS professor. She said that 'Computer Science' is a misnomer and that the things we do with computers have barely transitioned from black-magic to an art form, let alone a “hard” science. She explained that efforts to make the software development process consistent and predictable were hugely successful, in making it consistently and predictably AWFUL. Since that day I've sought to be a part of the solution to that problem. After 23 years of attempting to be a part of that solution I whole-heartedly support Scrum, seasoned with XP practices, as the antidote for widespread CS and IT project pathologies.
I began my career as a software engineer in the very early days of the web. I was introduced to Scrum in 1997 and Extreme Programming in 2001. During my entire career I have been able use exclusively Agile techniques for startups and product development companies and continued to refine my approach after joining ThoughtWorks for a 6 year tour of duty as a principal consultant. They say every year of experience at ThoughtWorks is like 7 dog years and it is very true. I was routinely in front of some of the largest, most change resistant and hide-bound clients out there. I draw upon vast experience in making agile take root and grow strong in shaping my Scrum workshops. None of this is academic for me, I have managed my career and practiced my craft using nothing but Agile techniques. My training and consulting workshops are jam packed full of practical advice, deep experience and a well refined and battle hardened set of messages that I have found effective at convincing even the most entrenched agile resistant organizations. I look forward to sharing them with you.

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Aakash

Aakash Srinivasan

Scrum

Aakash Srinivasan is an Agile trainer, coach, TBR-certified trainer and speaker who travels to consult Fortune 100 companies on business efficiency, process improvements, organizational change and large-scale Agile transformations.
He holds several qualifications including Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified Scrum Developer, Certified Scrum Trainer and other certifications.
He is a mentor and trainer par excellence and his training workshops are very popular.

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Hear From Our Scrum Trainees

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I was particularly satisfied with the manner in which this workshop was carried out. It was filled with interactions and very typical of a learning environment.

PATRICK MASANGO

CSM
Attended Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) workshop in May 2019
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Attended a 2-day weekend course by Knowledgehut for the CSM certification. The instructor, Lizzy was very knowledgeable and engaging. She made sure that we understood the concepts.

Wilson Amadi

Project Manager
Attended Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) workshop in March 2019
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Excellent instructor with a great mastery of the subject matter. The class was fun and had amazing videos. Looking forward to another course from KH!

Valery Fomba

Scrum master
Attended Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) workshop in May 2019
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This CSM training was so good and interactive and the topics were covered in granular level. Trainer Evelyn clarified all the doubts with real life examples so that it was easy to understand and relate.

Saujatya Mitra

Technical Lead
Attended Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) workshop in May 2019
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The trainer was very knowledgable about the course. He knew the content. He explained and answered questions using real-world examples making it more understandable and easy to remember. He was the best Scrum teacher ever!

Mary O. Arung

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Attended Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) workshop in April 2019
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Jimi Fosdick is an outstanding instructor and I am thrilled I had the opportunity to attend his training. Before this course, I had no agile or scrum experience, but fortunately, that was not an issue. Jimi taught the material using an engaging and interactive style that allowed me to quickly grasp the scrum concepts. Jimi led our class through several real-world (and fun) projects that allowed everyone in the class to realize the tremendous benefits of using scrum when appropriate.

Heather Blume

Director Product Mgmt & Implementation
Attended Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) workshop in April 2019
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A great course that was very well taught. It was very engaging all the way through. 

Nigam Shah

Sr. Product Manager
Attended Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) workshop in April 2019
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A very informative class. The workload was delivered at a great pace. Kim was a fabulous instructor and kept me engaged throughout the session.

kimberly burke

Scrum Master
Attended Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) workshop in April 2019

FAQs

KnowledgeHut Support On Your CSM Journey

Here is why you should choose KnowledgeHut to help you get CSM certified:

  • Global Registered Education Provider of Scrum Alliance
  • Provided over 1,20,000+ professionals with unique learning opportunities
  • Delivers training that meets the exact needs of every individual
  • Hires only CSTs approved by Scrum Alliance
  • We focus on your training needs so you can focus on your career and business
  • 24/7 support
  • Provides world-class training
  • Embeds skills needed to land top-paying jobs
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Looking to know everything about CSM certification training with KnowledgeHut? Check out this blog!

Our energetic and dedicated trainers are your best choice. As highly skilled professionals with vast experience in delivering courses, our instructors invest their time in understanding the various challenges involved in enterprises and know what is required to succeed in the fast-paced and dynamic world.

Our instructors keep themselves up to date on developments and trends in their respective fields. With years of industry experience, they aim at delivering the training in a way that helps you build expertise in your field and get ahead in your career.

The venue will be listed on the KnowledgeHut website under the selected workshop. If it is not, then you can please contact our supporting team.

Yes, we provide the downloadable copy of the course content to the registered candidates.

KnowledgeHut’s CSM training program is a live classroom training. This training is ideal for every aspiring individual who wants to build a career in project management.

KnowledgeHut is a leading registered education provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance offering good knowledge to corporate organizations and professionals across the globe. It is the fastest growing CSM® certification training firm, with footprints in 70+ countries. We frequently conduct CSM training in all the other cities as well across the globe and here are a few listed for your reference:

Bangalore Hyderabad Mumbai
Delhi Kolkata Gurgaon
Noida Chennai Cochin
Pune New York Chicago
San Francisco Atlanta Washington
Austin Los Angeles Dallas
Boston Seattle San Jose
Singapore Kuala Lumpur Your Location

Yes, but this needs to be done at least 10 days prior to the training start date.

Note: In some instances, it also depends on the location, trainer, discounts/offers availed.

We do not provide transportation. Yes, refreshments and lunch will be provided by KnowledgeHut.

We offer a variety of discounts with the dates and time that fits your requirements. The larger the group, the larger the overall discount. Our discounts vary depending on various factors such as size of the group, training location, etc.

The process of enrolling for CSM classroom training is simple. The payment can be made through different options by using a debit/credit card which includes MasterCard, Visa Card, American Express or through PayPal. Acknowledgment will be issued automatically via email to the candidates once payment is done.

Any registration cancelled within 48 hours of the initial registration will be refunded in FULL (please note that all cancellations will incur a 5% deduction in the refunded amount due to transactional costs applicable while refunding). Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of written request for refund. Kindly go through our Refund Policy for more details: https://www.knowledgehut.com/refund-policy.

To ask further questions, please send in an email to support@knowledgehut.com, and we will answer any queries you may have!

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Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) Course in Houston, TX

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The Certified ScrumMaster training in Houston from KnowledgeHut can give you several benefits. First and foremost we are a premier teaching institute and have been conducting CSM training in Houston for several years now. Our workshops have been formulated to give you the best training in terms of tackling day to day Scrum challenges and aiming for a first time pass of the CSM certification exam that will give you the CSM certification in Houston. The other benefits include a 2-day intensive coaching program by Scrum certified experienced trainers, 14 PDUs – 16 PDUs , and correspondingly 14 SEUs – 16 SEUs, course fee that includes Certified Scrum Master certification cost in Houston in other words the exam fee, and a 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance. You will also get practical training to better understand the Scrum fundamentals. Remember that KnowledgeHut is a global registered education provider of Scrum Alliance.

 CSM certification training in Houston

 Are you satisfied with the performance of your team? Are you able to tackle everyday project responsibilities and ensure that your organization gets maximum benefit out of implementing Scrum? If not then here is a chance for you to re-visit your Scrum fundamentals and go above just theoretical training. Our CSM course in Houston will equip you to deal with all Scrum challenges and create a team that is highly motivated and works towards project success. The Certified Scrum Master course in Houston will help you seamlessly communicate with your team members and stakeholders and ensure success. You will gain the confidence needed to be a successful Scrum Master. 

Scrum is designed to optimize team satisfaction and productivity, product quality, responsiveness to customers and transparency for stakeholders. Competition is tough and organizations want to recruit the best ScrumMasters to ensure a motivated team that will help lead the way to competitive advantage. Our CSM training and the CSM credential will help you do that. Become a certified ScrumMaster and join a community of recognized scrum experts committed to continuous improvement and the agile methodology. Lead a team of subordinates who ensure implementation of Scrum best practices under your guidance.

Check out the Certifications tab on our CSM web page to learn more about the CSM certification cost in Houston.