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CSM® Training in Los Angeles, CA

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
  • Enjoy 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance
  • Get Free E-learning Access to 100+ courses

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® (CSM®) course boosts your confidence in implementing the Scrum framework effectively in organizations.

CSM® certification- Adding value to your career


As a Certified ScrumMaster, you will be known as being 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

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

  • Guide team members through 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

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.

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Process to become a Certified Scrum Master

Steps to become a CSM

  • Step 1: Follow an easy and hassle-free approach 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 1 hour 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.

Prerequisites

There is no set of eligibility requirements to attend this Scrum Master Certification course and it can be taken by freshers or professionals who want to:  

  • Further their career in project management. 
  • Deepen their understanding of Scrum. 

Our experienced CSTs deliver training in such a way that is suitable for both novice and experienced professionals. But, it is recommended that you have basic knowledge of using Scrum in a real-world context, in order to get the most from the training. You can do this by following the 1-day Agile and Scrum foundation training by KnowledgeHut. 

Who Usually Attend CSM Training

  • Software Engineers
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Business Analysts
  • Development team members
  • Testers
  • Anyone who would like to build a career as a Scrum Master

What You Will Learn in this CSM Workshop

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.

Why Global Corporates Prefer KnowledgeHut As Their Training Partner

A provider of Enterprise Learning Solutions (ELS), KnowledgeHut creates industry-fit talents through training, coaching, and consulting by globally-acclaimed trainers. Much of KnowledgeHut’s repute in co-creating business value stems from:

  • Training delivered in 70+ countries.
  • 250+ industry-relevant courses.
  • Consulting and coaching to transform organizations.
  • Trainers with experience in Retail, E-commerce, Energy & Utilities, etc.
  • 500+ Clients
  • Amazon
  • Capgemini
  • Coca-Cola
  • Cognizant
  • HP
  • PWC
  • IBM
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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 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

Be a part of the Lego Building Blocks game wherein participants will be asked to write user stories for every activity involved. The game will entail 3 iterations and attendees will prepare 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-

  • Define and explain user stories and understand the importance of user stories in real-time projects.
  • Explain the 3 Cs in user stories.
  • Discuss the importance of acceptance criteria and list 3 scenarios that might arise when the acceptance criteria are not met.

Topics covered

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

Learn more about the “what” and “how” of Agile estimation with our in-class Agile board game “Scrumble”. In an interactive setting, this game will let you analyze the common challenges faced by Scrum team members during implementing different estimation techniques in Agile.


What you will learn 

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

  • List and demonstrate 5 benefits of Agile estimation.
  • Understand the 7 popular Agile estimation techniques and decide which one is the best for your project.
  • Discuss 3 benefits of Relative Estimation and Planning Poker.
  • List and explain 3 common mistakes made while using Relative Estimation and their negative impacts.
  • Discuss in detail the 5 critical steps in Planning Poker. 

Topics covered

  • Definition
  • Benefits of Agile Estimation
  • Agile estimation techniques

Know everything about planning poker from our popular poker card estimation game. Team members/estimators have to privately select one card and the value on each card would represent the story point. Once all cards are revealed, the values need to be discussed.


What you will learn 

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

  • List 5 benefits of planning poker estimation technique.
  • Decide the best sequence for the values (story points) on cards for your real-time projects.
  • Discuss in detail the 5 critical steps in Planning Poker. 
  • List 3 points to heed for employing planning poker for distributed teams.

Topics covered

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

JOURNEY OF A CERTIFIED SCRUMMASTER® PROFESSIONAL


CSM Training and Certification FAQs

Certified Scrum Master

According to Scrum Alliance, a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) is one who strictly follows the Scrum framework while encouraging the team members to do the same. A Scrum Master is not a project leader or project manager in the traditional sense,but instead, he acts as a Servant Leader who assists the team to succeed with the Scrum implementation.

The Scrum Master has to assume certain responsibilities in order to lead the team members to success. Here are the roles and responsibilities of the Scrum Master:

  • 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

Scrum is a popular framework that focuses on the teamwork, communications, and speed to deliver the complex projects. As per the Mckinsey report based on a survey conducted in 5,400 IT companies, they have consistently overrun the budget by 45% due to lack of streamlining of processes. A CSM certification declares you as an expert in Scrum who is capable of avoiding the shortfalls like projects overrun and increasing the chances of project completion, successfully within designated time.

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.

There is no online/virtual course for CSM. Scrum Alliance strongly believes that the Scrum understanding requires a personal interaction and mentorship which is not possible in a virtual/online environment.

With this 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance, Certified ScrumMasters can spread their identity to the various local user groups, online social networks, getting access to deep discounts on gatherings, and additional member-only privileges. Moreover, CSMs can use a specially designed logo with 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 framework has become the Agile framework of choice for today’s organizations. Based on a survey by VersionOne’s 2018 State of Agile Development survey, currently 56% of the Agile teams are implementing a pure Scrum approach for delivering their projects and 70% of the respondent’s organization are implementing hybrid approaches such as Scrum, ScrumBan, and Scrum/XP. 

 

Scrum framework is simple to learn but difficult to implement. The organizations implementing Scrum for the first time, require the presence of a skilled Scrum Master on a team. Being a Certified ScrumMaster, an individual can undertake the role of a 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, etc.  

 

Agile methodology is one of the top 5 required skills, coming in at the 2nd position of LinkedIn’s list of the Most promising Jobs for 2018.  This list shows that the knowledge of Agile methodologies including Scrum framework is one of the most sought-after skills today.

 

Job opportunities are continuously increasing in number which in turn is raising the demand for professional and skilled Scrum Masters. Hiring Certified ScrumMasters in the Agile organizations will make sure that the team is properly implementing Scrum. Obtaining the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) training will give you the extra edge in your job search and help you to get a high-paying job that will set you up to go in a new direction on your Agile journey. 

Companies and organisations have started embracing and benefitting after shifting to Agile methodology. This has led to an increase in demand for Scrum Masters with plenty of new job opportunities.

Based on the research conducted with 601 developers and IT professionals by HP Enterprise- “two-thirds (66%) of the participants depicted their organizations as either Pure Agile or Leaning

towards Agile. On the other side, only 9% of the organizations described themselves as pure Waterfall or Leaning toward the traditional (Waterfall) approach.”  

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

  • Symantec- a global leader in cybersecurity, operates one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks allowing organizations, governments, and people to secure their most important data wherever it is
  • Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited- a global technology consulting and digital solutions company 
  • IBM- an American multinational information technology company
  • Deloitte- a renowned public accounting firm

In Agile software development, design and development teams work together to deliver quality products on time and within budget. Collated below are the Scrum tools that will ease your Scrum project management tasks:

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 earn a CSM certification and have a year of experience as a Scrum implementor, the next step you can achieve is your Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM℠) certification.

CSM Training In Los Angeles

The Certified ScrumMaster® training offers training in the fundamentals essential for Scrum team members or an individual professional in Scrum.

Interested candidates can take up this course. A degree of course completion certificate from our Certified Scrum Trainer makes you eligible for CSM test by Scrum Alliance.

Following are the individuals who may go for 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 working as a Scrum Master, then the CSM course will improve your skills as a great Scrum Master. 

 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 team of CSTs are well-versed in the Scrum Alliance standards of excellence, and as a result, all candidates acquire the same high-quality content irrespective of the trainer and the location. They help you further advance in the competencies and skills which you need to make a difference in your organization.

The final destination will be posted under the selected workshop on the KnowledgeHut website. Please contact the support team if you face any issues. To achieve maximum learning success, all of our CSM training sessions are held at various locations. 

 

  • Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel- 6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045•(310) 642-1111.
  • Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel & Spa- 10300 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024•(310) 275-5575.

 Preferences chosen by the individuals, available trainers, etc. will influence the decision of the training location. So choose yours today!

No, CSM exam cannot be taken without attending an in-person training from a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). CSM exam is not a substitute for formal training.

No. Certified membership of Scum Alliance is for those individuals who have completed the CSM course.

It is advisable to go through the basics of Scrum. You can increase your knowledge with the information available on the Scrum Alliance website. This will help you in preparing for the Scrum Master Certification exam.

Once you are done with the CSM course, you will receive an email from Scrum Alliance including a link to create your login credentials. After receiving your membership email, you have 90 days left to take and complete the test.

Our trainers with years of experience as a Scrum Master, deliver interactive training programme with crystal-clear, and updated course materials to make you understand the concepts fully and clear your CSM exam without facing any issues. 

Corporates Trained By KnowledgeHut in Los Angeles

Over the past decade, we have trained over 500 companies, comprising of small, medium and large-scale enterprises that increased our reach globally. We are highly motivated to keep up long-term relationships with our valuable clients by surpassing their expectations. Our experienced trainers understand your needs and deliver the best training solutions to meet today’s market needs. Here are some of the top companies in Los Angeles that got trained by KnowledgeHut:

 

  • Bank of America- a multinational investment bank and financial services company
  • American Express- an American multinational financial services corporation

 

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

Certified ScrumMaster® exam is an open-book exam and easy to clear. CSM training includes activities-based sessions that help you in gaining comprehensive knowledge on Scrum and its implementation.

The Certified ScrumMaster exam is an online test containing 50 questions. You are given 1-hour to accomplish the CSM test and obtain your CSM certification. One important note to keep in mind is that you are allowed to take the exam only after successful completion of the course.

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

Yes, you may take the CSM exam again if you have failed the exam. As per the Scrum Alliance guidelines, you have 2 attempts to attend the exam within 90 days at no cost. You will be charged a minimum of $25 for each attempt once it exceeds 90 days. Also, it is recommended to retake the course if you failed the exam for the third time.

The accreditation body of Certified ScrumMaster course is 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

Scrum Alliance announced CSM as the first professional certification for the Scrum Masters. The Scrum Master facilitates project success, by assisting the Scrum team in using appropriate processes and implementing Agile principles during project execution.

Agile project management has gained acceptance across many industries, and the Scrum master is an important leadership role in agile development. This course will let you learn all the roles and responsibilities of a Scrum Master and how to implement these in a variety of environments.

CSM is the most popular Scrum certification for Scrum Masters. Scrum Alliance is the global accreditation body of Certified Scrum Master certification. The popularity for CSM has increased considerably from the last decade as Scrum is implemented not only in IT sectors but also in non-IT sectors.

If your organization is implementing the Scrum framework in the organization, it is a good opportunity for you to gain Certified Scrum Master credential.

Once you are done with the CSM certification course and pass the certifying exam, you will receive the certification from Scrum Alliance, the CSM accreditation body designating you as a Certified ScrumMaster®.

According to salary report by salary.com, the average Scrum Master salary in Houston, TX is $100,892, but the range typically lies between  $87,525 and $118,034. 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 Los Angeles, CA is $128,539, and this range typically falls between $106,825 and $143,649. 

Roles played by Certified ScrumMaster:

As a Certified ScrumMaster, you can play roles like Software Engineer, Product Manager, Project Manager, Team Leader, Business Analyst, Development team member, Testers etc.


Different designations by Certified ScrumMaster:

The designations an individual can take on in the organizations are 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, etc.

Here are the benefits of the 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

The CSM certification renewal process includes the payment of $100 from the current date if certificate expiration. This process needs to be done every 2 years. In order to renew your ScrumMaster certification, log in to https://www.scrumalliance.org/login, go to the Dashboard, and choose the ‘Renew Certification’ option available under the heading ‘Actions’. 

Keep a note that starting from February 4, 2019, you will be required to earn 20 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs) within the past two years, in addition to the $100 renewal fee that has to be paid. To validate your participation and continued proficiency in the fundamental principles and practices of Scrum, this update has made necessary. You can earn remaining SEUs by completing an educational training or 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 units indicate your dedication to the Agile professional by awarding credits for educational efforts you make throughout your Agile career.  To maintain your certification from Scrum Alliance, you are required to earn a certain number of SEUs every two years.

PDUs and SEUs are credits awarded by the Project Management Institute and the Scrum Alliance respectively. They recognize your dedication to the Agile world through the award of credits for every educational effort you make throughout your career. Scrum Alliance members who hold a credential from Scrum Alliance need to earn SEUs to get re-certified every two years. PDUs are offered by the PMI®, and every PMI® certification, except the CAPM®, requires you to earn a specific number of PDUs per three-year certification cycle.

You can get 14-16 PDUs and SEUs by participating in our 2-day training program.

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Marco

Marco Mulder, CST

Certified Scrum Coach, Certified Scrum Trainer, CSM & CSPO

Marco helps companies to achieve better results by using Scrum and a wider set of Agile practices. He coaches teams, management, Product Owners and Scrum Masters in their adoption and further development of Agile practices. He has coached and mentored several big companies like Randstad, Ahold and Wehkamp and many smaller companies to enhance their agile expertise.

Marco is passionate about the use of Scrum to help teams and organisations to achieve higher customer satisfaction, higher productivity, better predictability, more flexibility, better quality and more fun and excitement!

Marco is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CSC). In 1997 he graduated cum laude in Computer Science at the VU University in Amsterdam. His experience with Agile dates back to 2001, when he worked at OTI on Eclipse related projects.

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Bill

Bill Li, CST

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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James

James Smith

CSD, CSPO, CSM

James Smith first experienced the power of Scrum during a most dramatic of corporate turnarounds. Holding a very painful client-facing position and tiring of having nothing but bad news to communicate to his clients over and over again, a new job search had begun. Then Scrum took seed.

In an incredibly short time, Monday mornings were once again something to look forward to and not to dread. Clients soon began requesting that they slow down their pace; they were overwhelming their IT departments with new features. Life for everyone in the corporation, and for those to whom they came home at night, got much better.

Moving into the ScrumMaster role and being part of the many successful releases delivered to our clients has been an extremely gratifying part of the past years.

He feels that Scrum when properly implemented makes life better for all involved. And at the end of the day, that is a very good thing of which to be a part.

As a trainer, mentor and advisor, he has been honored with the opportunity to bring the spirit and techniques of Scrum with multiple training engagements for organizations like Sony, Boeing, HP and the US Department of Defense.

James holds several qualifications and certifications; he is Six Sigma Certified, a Certified ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Trainer and holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.

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Peter

Peter Borsella

CSM CSPO CSD

Peter Borsella is the founder of Winnow Management Corporation, based in Pompano Beach, Florida. Peter is an IT professional with over 25 years of experience in application development and IT leadership. He also holds qualifications as a Project Management Professional (certified by the PMI) and a Certified ScrumMaster Trainer (certified by the Scrum Alliance). His ability to contribute across a wide range of environments has taken him to organizations such as First Data Corporation and eFunds Corporation and outside the United States to Taiwan, Israel, and Hungary.

Peter is an expert in administering all aspects of project management, as well as providing authentic leadership to create effective teams. An active and contributing member to both the PMI and the Scrum Alliance, Peter’s speaking engagements focus on bridging the gap between traditional Project Management and Agile Project Management. As a trainer, counsellor and mentor, his goal is to help others understand how to get the best return from any project by achieving higher levels of software quality, increased customer satisfaction, and cohesive teams that enjoy increased productivity.

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Lonnie

Lonnie Weaver

CSM CSPO

Lonnie Weaver-Johnson obtained a qualifying degree in Communications and then went on to a 20 year career implementing IT projects or leading people through change. Lonnie enjoys transforming people and organizations through coaching, conflict resolution, performance management, or simply training and imparting knowledge.

Lonnie began working with Scrum in 2006 and her Scrum training has taken her across the country and to India and Canada where she has shared her knowledge and experience with Scrum. Helping Scrum teams learn and grow together until they reach a high performing stage is Lonnie's passion. Her candid and patient coaching style helps people understand how to make the necessary behavioral changes to make Scrum work for their teams.

She also enjoys partnering with leaders to help them understand how the changes will impact them and their organization. Lonnie has seen Scrum work very well and she has seen it fail. She shares these experiences in her classroom so that students can benefit from her own personal experience. Lonnie has been an IT leader, a business analyst, a corporate trainer and instructor, a Toastmaster officer, a public speaker in her community, and a volunteer at local high schools training kids on team development. In each of these cases Lonnie brings high energy to her classes, motivates the learners, and uses humor and stories to keep people engaged.

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Ram

Ram Srinivasan

CST, CSM & CSPO

Ram has the unique distinction of being a Certified Scrum Trainer, an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor and a Professional Coach who specializes in mentoring teams and organizations. He started as a developer and later moved to hold various roles including software architect, Project Manager, and Program Manager. Ram brings his in-depth experience in product development, technical craftsmanship, project management, coaching, facilitation, and conflict-management to help participants understand how to apply Scrum.

In the recent past, he has been focusing on helping teams and organizations adopt Lean-Agile practices. Ram also holds multiple Agile/Project Management related certifications (PMP, PMI-ACP, SAFe Program Consultant, PSM, PSPO, IC Agile Professional). As an expert in Agile, Ram regularly speaks at local meet-ups, user groups and conferences.

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The course was everything I expected and more! The real-life examples the instructor gave, made it very easy for us to understand the topics.

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Daniel was a great instructor. He was very friendly and answered all kinds of questions, de-bunked myths and inaccuracies. I would recommend this class to all scrum aspirants. I'm sure I'll pass the scrummaster test as I feel like I know the material well.

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Media Relations Tech Manager
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Jimi was a phenomenal teacher.He kept the entire class entertained and engaged with lots of hands-on group activities. I thoroughly enjoyed the Certified ScrumMaster workshop. 

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Dallas TX
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The training gave a comprehensive and expansive review of what being a ScrumMaster was all about. Lizzy, the trainer provided many real-world examples for all the topics in the curriculum. 

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Lizzy Morris is an outstanding teacher. She brings extensive experience to bear and is comfortable dealing at all levels of an organization, from the individual contributor to the executive level. Although she taught the basics in the class I took, I was able to get useful advice for overcoming organizational obstacles in my own company for adopting scrum practices.

Thomas Law

PMO Manager at Cummins Inc. from Indianapolis, IN, United States
Attended Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)® workshop in December 2019

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KnowledgeHut Support On Your CSM Journey

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  • 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
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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:

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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.

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