The Grow-Lean Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) builds on the A-CSM to complete the Scrum Alliance Scrum Master Path to CSP. After completing this workshop you will be able to pursue Guide level certifications like the CST, CTC or CEC.
Our CSP-SM is 100% live, completely interactive and slide-free. It is delivered online using the tools Mural and Mentimeter. You will learn from the industry’s most experienced CSP-SM Trainer, Arlen Bankston, as well as other advanced attendees.
Unlike other companies where you mostly study alone, this is a live online class, with deep interaction, numerous exercises and the opportunity to learn from your peers.
Arlen Bankston has been a thought leader in the agile community for 24 years. He led two consultancies for over 20 years, funding and building products, leading UX/UI work within agile teams and coaching large-scale organizational transformations across dozens of companies. This means that you’ll get practical, situationally specific advice instead of theoretical hand waving. Arlen’s extensive instructional and game design background results in a uniquely entertaining and practical workshop experience. Arlen goes to great lengths to help students share with one another, a benefit unique to these most advanced classes.
Explore lean principles that explain and expand upon key aspects of agile methods, applying them to a variety of real-world situations ranging from product designand portfolio management to team structures and organizational change management.
Experience a range of different facilitation techniques that can be used to foster effective team and stakeholder interactions, addressing common issues likepower dynamics and role disparities.
Investigate how organizational development, professional coaching and behavioral modeling techniques can amplify your coaching effectiveness.
Practice techniques to support the development of self-managing teams and adaptive organizations, focusing on ways to deal with difficult situations.
See how different team structures, role definitions, working agreements and more can affect team effectiveness, and learn how to launch new projects with alignment and clarity.
Learn about advanced agile engineering techniques and ways to introduce and promote them within your teams.
Find out how to connect team members beyond the transactional level, creating closer connections, better flow, consistent quality and higher trust.
Use techniques like value stream and customer journey mapping to align Product Owners and teams against tangible goals and manage risky product assumptions.
Learn how to visualize a complex adaptive system like your organization and run defensible experiments to improve it.
Learn how to scale pragmatically with a proper balance of forward planning and adaptive approaches.
Are Story Points stressing out your teams and confusing your stakeholders?
We’ll show you several other ways to estimate work based on what you’re trying to accomplish (e.g. sizing a project, splitting stories, loading the Sprint, forecasting, reporting etc). We’ll even explore some situations where you might not need to estimate at all! We’ve worked directly with the authors of techniques like story points, user stories and Kanban, applying each in many real-world projects, and we understand when and how they work as well as when they don’t.
Are your Retrospectives stale and ineffective at driving real improvement?
We’ll explore numerous ways to enhance the design, facilitation and follow-through of retros, practicing several truly engaging ways to run them in class. We’ll also provide a wealth of ideas for how you can tune retros to your specific context and create custom templates that hone in on problems that really matter. Finally, we’ll show how to ensure that true improvement happens on a regular basis, as many retros are more talk than action.
Is your scaling approach a huge morale-sapping monstrosity?
We’ll dive into five different scaling methods to compare and contrast them, showing how you can pick and choose practices to build a development process that fits your organizational challenges and culture without being overwrought, slow and disempowering. Some of these methods are quite popular and some are lesser known, so you will definitely walk away with a few fresh tools and very different ways to think about optimizing large-scale delivery.
Are you confused on how to blend principles from XP, Kanban, DevOps, Lean and Lean Startup?
We’ll dive into popular methods beyond Scrum. For XP and DevOps we will look at engineering disciplines and continuous delivery. For Kanban we will explore visualization and creating flow. For Lean we will understand how Lean principles can be applied to knowledge work. For Lean Startup®we will cover how to apply build-measure-learn loops to pivot the business case and improve outcomes. You will leave ready to go beyond Scrum with a variety of practices.
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Taking the session earns you the coveted CSP-SM Certification if you meet the requirements.
Earning the CSP-SM allows you to pursue guide level certifications. At present, less than a 1,000 individuals at this level.
The CSP-SM Training session from Arlen was engaging. He used an assortment of presentation tools and games that made for an interesting learning experience.He is really knowledgeable with a lot of experience that thus his real world examples help with understanding context. Lots of useful content and tools to use in real life.
Ruben E. Rodriguez
Mr. Arlen Bankston was an outstanding instructor. He is very knowledgeable of the topic and speaks from his own experience and not from a slide. The class was very interactive and fun. I enjoyed the Mural presentation because they were a lot of fun and easy to understand. I also liked the assignments that required us to get in teams. Sometimes articles aside from the reading book gave me a better idea and understanding of the subject for the course. I never expected to learn so much from an online class; I now see Scrum in a whole new way. I will reach out to him for future classes or some advice.
James W Walls
The instructor was very knowledgeable and the curriculum was current and relevant. Great course. Would recommend to anyone.
Arlen Bankston absolutely MADE my CSP-SM Certification an absolute joy. He facilitated and guided our cohort to be the best versions of ourselves as we grew into our coveted new certifications. It was more than a learning experience, but rather a learning, networking, sharing, growth experience all in one.
This was an excellent class. There are several educational options out there, and I am glad I chose this one because Arlen's real-life experience and skill in designing this course made it valuable and fun. It was two days, and Arlen made it so relevant and interesting, I would be happy to spend many more days learning from him! Thank you!
Arlen is knowledgeable and clearly explained all the concepts
Arlen was amazing, he took the time and effort to answer every question that I asked and others asked. I would definitely sign up for a course with him again.
Great course. Interactive and very interesting. Arlen Bankston was a great instructor.
ARLEN IS A GREAT INSTRUCTOR! Scrum is about people > process, and Arlen made everyone feel like they were a part of the training! GREAT TRAINER!
Arlen was AWESOME in the CAL E & O course. I took away tons of stuff to try out with my organization. I will be back! I'll also send some colleges your way.
Great course! The content was very relevant and the way it was presented made it immediately applicable. The collaborative nature of the course also enabled for more meaningful delivery of the concepts AND different perspectives on how to apply it. Arlen is great and I would definitely attend another session led by him in the future. Thanks!
It was a great class and Arlen was an excellent instructor. He adapted and adjusted the focus of the course as we went to make sure that everyone in the class got the most they could out of it.
Arlen is a skilled facilitator and brings a wealth of experience to the table. This enriches the experience significantly.
Great training with lots of additional, personalized material. Arlen was terrific.
Arlen was excellent and brought some excitement to the course. Perfect blend of practical exercises, class discussion and instructor lead information.
One of the better Agile courses I have taken. The content was very well presented, interesting, and useful. The format was engaging and interactive, and it moved at a smart pace (I didn't doze off once). The instructor (Arlen) clearly put a lot of effort into preparing the course material/resources. I would definitely recommend.
David Bulkin and Arlen (Grow-Lean) are great instructors! I've already taken part on three certifications provided by them, and am every time grateful that I took the time to do it. They have a lot of experience and thrive on teaching us how to use Scrum on an real-life Agile Environment! Would recommend to anyone!
Arlen is a wonderful instructor and comes prepared to coach up and down. He brings a wide variety of domain knowledge, practical shared experience, and remains open to ideas from students. A class is only as good as the instructor leading it. Thank you!
The entire course was well structured and started with asking attendees what they wanted from the course. Arlen made sure to check in multiple to make sure we were covering the topics we asked for from the beginning. I found the exercises to be very well thought out and beneficial to applying the techniques and topics reviewed.