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Advanced CSM and Certified LeSS Basics Training

Oct 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM to Oct 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM
New York City, NY
Event Summary


Combine the powerful learning of an Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) class with the incredibly important skills of a Certified Large Scale Scrum Basics (CLB) class.

...And do it in just 3 days!

The A-CSM course is geared towards Scrum Masters that have genuine interest in an expert's understanding of Scrum and the role of Scrum Master. The CLB course is geared toward a strong understanding of the LeSS Framework and how it works. If you are pursuing advanced learning in agile and Scrum, you're probably thinking about becoming someone who can orchestrate significant positive change in your organization or, as a coach, in MANY organizations.

This course will help make that happen.

And, of course, you have a choice. You can take:

  • Just the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster on Thursday and Friday
  • Just the Certified LeSS Basics on Saturday


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Event Details

You Will Be Able To

  • Describe how Scrum works and how it relates to Agile and Lean!
  • Learn how to facilitate Scrum events and help your team make decisions!
  • Improve team performance!
  • Describe all the pieces of LeSS, including how and why it works!
  • Describe how LeSS can help your business scale their Scrum implementation!
  • Summarize the impact of scaling Scrum on the organization!

You Have To Be Here To Make It Happen!

You can accomplish all of this in 3 days in a combination Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) and Certified LeSS Basics (CLB) event offered by Key Steps to Success (KSTS) and Artisan Software Consulting.  


Advanced Certified ScrumMaster

As a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), you’ve been introduced to Scrum values, practices, and applications. You now understand how to provide a level of knowledge and expertise above and beyond that of typical project managers. Becoming Agile is a lifelong journey. 

Incorporating Scrum values and Agile principles into your world of work takes diligence, patience, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

To further enhance your knowledge and skills, the next step is achieving an Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSMâ„ ) certification from Scrum Alliance®. The program is ideal for a Certified ScrumMaster who has one or more years of work experience in that role. Make no mistake, the Advanced CSM is NOT like the CSM! This rigorous program includes 

  1. self-study time with recommended reading, videos, quizzes, and forum discussions with other students and the instructor. 

  2. classroom time which is mostly hands-on simulations where you and your team have to solve common problems and learn from the other teams in the class.

  3. face-to-face time (including by Skype, Zoom, or phone) with the instructor where we will explore not only what you will want to do next to improve, but also what's motivating you to take on the real challenge of team leadership as a ScrumMaster. 

When you leave this course, how you see the ScrumMaster role will be changed forever.

Through the A-CSM program, you'll learn to:

  • Facilitate dialogue between the Product Owner, team members, customers, stakeholders, and executives.

  • Respond confidently when encountering resistance to change, lack of engagement, low motivation, and unavailability of key people.

  • Help your company adopt Scrum and support executives committed to Agile values.

  • Remove impediments that prevent long-term, deep adoption of Scrum and Agile practices by all parts of the business.

  • Explain the value of Scrum and Agile processes to skeptics.

  • Increase developer engagement to encourage greater accountability, commitment, and buy-in.

  • Extend the impact of Scrum throughout the organization.

  • Scale Scrum and Agile beyond a single team.

  • Leverage your learning to gain recognition and status as the local Agile expert in your company.

Most importantly, by receiving the A-CSM certification, you will improve your implementation of Scrum in the workplace and keep your team on the right track.

Certified LeSS Basics (CLB)

Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework for scaling agile development to multiple teams. LeSS builds on top of the Scrum principles such as empiricism, cross-functional self-managing teams and provides a framework for applying that at scale. It provides simple structural rules and guidelines on how to adopt Scrum in large product development.

The Certified LeSS Basics course is a brief introduction into the LeSS Framework. It provides a 1-day overview of the framework and some of the essential concepts that it uses. It will help determining whether LeSS is for you. For LeSS adoptions, we’d recommend you follow it up with a LeSS Practitioner course.

This review will combine instructor-led structured learning of key principles of LeSS, introduction to System Modelling and Q&A that is based on experience of practical implementation and lessons learned by experienced LeSS coaches and trainers.

  • Introduction to LeSS (Why LeSS?)

  • Lean Thinking and System Thinking

  • LeSS - as Scrum-based approach on scaling

  • How does LeSS scale over ~8 teams?

  • Dynamics of component teams vs. feature teams

  • Roles, Events, Artifacts

  • What is basic Scrum and what is specific to LeSS?

  • Why there is only real PO and not so-called team POs?

  • Why ScruMaster in LeSS is a full-time role?

  • Impact of LeSS on organizational design (structures, policies)

  • Local Optimization vs. Global Optimization

  • The ‘Contract’ Game

  • The Product

  • Product Development Types

  • Product Portfolio Management (real portfolios vs. fake portfolios)

  • Why are there so many attempts to modify LeSS, without trying it?

  • LeSS vs. LeSS Huge

After the workshop, the participants will be able to understand that LeSS is multi-team Scrum, understand what is LeSS, what is not LeSS, and the principles behind LeSS, understand how the current organizational design comes in the way of the organization being Agile and evaluate what changes need to be made to help the organization adopt LeSS. Course participants will be also recognize 'fake' LeSS adoptions and articulate why the latter don't succeed. 


About the Trainers

Gene Gendel is an Organizational Design Consultant, Agile/Lean Coach and Trainer.  Almost 15 of his 20+ years of his professional experience  – Gene  had spent working with companies of various sizes and lines of business, trying to help them improve internal dynamics, organizational structure and efficiency.   Gene engages at all organizational levels: senior- and mid-level management, teams and individuals.   In his work,  Gene uses various methods, tools and techniques to strengthen learning by others and  to ensure that others gain autonomy after Gene “coaches himself out of the job”.

Gene is a proud member of the small community (less than 100 people worldwide) of Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches (CEC).  Today, he is the only CEC who resides in NY State.    Gene is also one of the co-creators of Team Level Coaching Certifications (CTC) program for Scrum Alliance.

Gene is a well-recognized blogger and publisher.   He  is the co-author of the following popular agile books:

Gene contributes equally a lot to global and local agile communities, where he influences people via open-space workshops, webinars, seminars, panel discussions, lunch & learn, coaching retreats, professional gatherings.


Jim Schiel has over 33 years of experience in software development, R&D management, leadership, and Agile Development in highly regulated industries as well as government agencies in several countries and has been responsible for the transformation of organizations with more than 100 product development teams. One of the earliest certified trainers with the Scrum Alliance, Jim has taught Scrum to well over 8,000 students in over 700 classes held in more than 25 countries around the world.

Jim was coached by many of the thought leaders in the Agile space and learned Scrum from the gentlemen that created it. Jim founded Artisan Software Consulting in 2009 to provide coaching, training, and consulting to organizations attempting transformations to Agile Development using Scrum and XP based approaches.

Jim’s books, Enterprise-Scale Agile Software Development and The ScrumMaster’s Study Guide, cover much of his experiences managing and guiding large-scale transformations as well as helping new Certified ScrumMasters learn how to use Scrum.

Jim has worked with organizations around the world, including the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Project Management Institute (PMI), PepsiCo, Tektronix, Siemens, Cisco, Capital One, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the US Army, and the US Air Force and has helped save millions of dollars in costs by improving development practices and product quality.

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601 W 26th St
New York City, NY 10001

Oct 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM to Oct 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM
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