• 2nd Nov 20 - 4th Nov 20
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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The next step in your growth as a ScrumMaster

The Advanced Certified ScrumMaster™ (A-CSM™) course is part of the Scrum Alliances Agile Coaching Pathway; this step in the journey is a combination of workshop, applied learning on the job and reflection.

This is the course you need if you’re already a ScrumMaster or Agile Coach and you’re ready to enhance your coaching skills and drive change more effectively in your organisation.

The Advanced Certified ScrumMaster™ (A-CSM™) will deepen your existing skills while enriching your understanding of Scrum and Agile, equipping you to work more effectively with development teams, product owners and your wider organisation. It is part of the Scrum Alliances Agile Coaching Pathway; once complete you’ll be eligible to move on to the Certified Scrum Professional® qualification.

The course can be taken online or face to face, and includes thought-provoking exercises and discussion that will allow you to apply your learning at work. You’ll learn fundamental facilitation and coaching techniques, as well as a range of Agile and Lean values and principles with a focus on team dynamics.
We use brain friendly, science based, accelerated learning techniques to help you really learn and increase your knowledge retention.

A one-to-one coaching session is included as part of the course – a valuable opportunity to reflect and challenge yourself to become an even better ScrumMaster. Further coaching support is available if you want to explore this powerful tool for professional and personal development.

You’ll need to have been a ScrumMaster or Agile Coach for at least a year. You must have Agile experience and have completed the Certified ScrumMaster™ with the Scrum Alliance.

Why this course?
  • •   Deepen your knowledge of the ScrumMaster role within Scrum - the most popular Agile framework and continue your agile training journey
  • •   Become a Scrum Alliance Advanced Certified Scrum Master
  • •   Gain the best Advanced Scrum Master certification and the most recognised and in demand certification from employers and recruiters
  • •   Take a significant step in your agile journey to Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM) and agile coaching certification of Certified Team or Enterprise Coach
What you'll come away with

After the course, you’ll come away as an A-CSM™. You’ll have grown in confidence and knowledge and be able to coach, motivate and facilitate teams and individuals more effectively.
You’ll be able to:

  • •   Coach teams, product owners and stakeholders effectively
  • •   Use a range of techniques to improve team performance
  • •   Facilitate teams, using different facilitation models
  • •   Organise collaborative meetings
  • •   Identify, analyse and resolve impediments
  • •   Deal with conflict more effectively
  • •   Demonstrate a coaching stance
  • •   Explain Scrum to your organisation
  • •   Foster your own self-organisation using specific techniques
  • •   Share your understanding and examples of Empirical Process Control
  • •   Facilitate the creation of a Vision and Product Backlog
  • •   Facilitate the creation of a definition of Done
  • •   Describe a wide range of Agile and Lean concepts and understand their context
  • •   Understand team development models
  • •   Describe a number of engineering practices and how they affect a team’s ability to deliver a potentially shippable product increment
  • •   Compare and contrast different scaling options
  • •   Understand Servant Leadership
  • •   Become more self-aware of yourself as a ScrumMaster
What topics are covered?
  • •   Agile and Lean Values, Principles, and Worldview
  • •   Empirical Process Control
  • •   Basic Facilitation
  • •   Coaching Fundamentals
  • •   Self Organisation
  • •   Team Dynamics
  • •   Definition of Done
  • •   Value of Engineering Practices
  • •   Going from Vision to Ready
  • •   Coaching the Product Owner
  • •   Resolving Impediments
  • •   Scaling Scrum
  • •   Organisational Change
  • •   Developing Yourself
What the course includes
  • •   High quality instruction from our Certified Scrum Trainers and Certified Agile Coaches with many years’ experience of training
  • •   Scrum and very importantly implementing Scrum in the real world
  • •   1 coaching session to reflect on your practice worth £125
  • •   Course materials and for virtual courses access to the BeLiminal Learning Management System and on-line content created during the course
  • •   Advanced Certified ScrumMaster™ certification on successful completion
  • •   2 years’ membership of the Scrum Alliance worth $100
  • •   Membership of our BeLiminal alumni community where you can receive help and support from the BeLiminal coaches and fellow alumni
  • •   Access to exclusive resources
  • •   Loyalty discount for future courses
  • •   Loyalty discount for personal/life coaching
  • •   14 Category B Professional Development Units (PDUs) can be claimed for this course
  • •   18 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and CPD certificate
  • •   16 Scrum Education Units (SEU's)
  • •   For in-person/classroom-based courses on our public schedule, refreshments before and during the course, including lunch
Who is this course suitable for?

This course is for ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches with at least a years’ experience in the role. You must have Agile experience as the course will build on your experiences in order to deepen your understanding of Agile and yourself.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?
  • •   You will already be a Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM®)
  • •   At least 1 years experience working as a ScrumMaster
How should I prepare for this course?

Attendees should re-familiarise themselves with the Scrum Guide and conduct the pre-course reading.

What about exams and certifications?

There are no exams for this course and on successful completion of the full programme you will be granted your Scrum Alliance Advanced ScrumMaster certification.

Why choose BeLiminal?

Our training has a depth and a power that inspires and changes you. Our trainers are some of the most experienced in the world and have rich insights into the changing world of work and a passion for transforming teams and organisations. They are able to bring your training alive by revealing its true power – helping you unleash your own potential as well as the potential of those you work with.

In addition you benefit from: -

  • •   Delivery of a virtual course that has been designed from the ground up for virtual delivery using best practice tried and tested techniques to provide an engaging and compelling virtual experience
  • •   Maximum class size of 12 delegates for virtual courses to ensure our attendees have the highest quality learning experience possible
  • •   Shorter training days which are vitally important when training in a virtual manner that enhance your learning experience and increase your knowledge retention
  • •   Highly respected Scrum Trainers and Coaches with decades of experience delivering high-quality Scrum training and implementing and coaching Scrum in the real world – 5/5 star rating (from Google Reviews)
  • •   Course Net Promoter Score (NPS) is 72 (above 70 is classified as “world class”)

Venue:   Live online

The live online courses will be delivered over Zoom video conferencing, all you will need is a computer, internet connection and to situate yourself somewhere quiet.

A headset with mic would be advisable, though not essential.

Theses courses will be delivered in small groups (3 or 4 people) and will break out into virtual rooms for any group discussion and group exercises on key topics. We ensure there is a balance of experience across the groups in order to share experiences, as we find delegates learn as much off each other as they  do from the trainer.

We have tried to maintain as much of the interactive nature of our in-person training when transferring courses online.  Whilst the lack of physicality limits what we can do, a number of the exercises do transfer.


  • Trainer: Mark Summers

    Mark Summers believes happiness always comes first. As a leading figure in the growth of agile coaching, experience has taught him that if a team is having fun, it will perform far better.

    When he was a developer, Mark loved solving tech problems and creating world class software solutions. As a Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Enterprise Coach, he finds it even more satisfying to help people solve their own problems and create world class teams. He was one of the UK’s first agile coaches and today is a leading figure in the ongoing story of agile training and coaching, a speaker at conferences, a leader of retreats, and a coach who never stops reflecting and evolving. If you’re an agent of change, he believes you have to be on a continuous learning journey yourself.

    For Mark, enjoyment isn’t an optional extra – that’s where businesses go wrong. He believes that the organisation of the future will be driven by self-organising, self-motivated teams and facilitated by manager-coaches rather than led by traditional dictator-managers. Mark sees his work – coaching teams, leadership and organisations in their move to agility – as part of a bigger shift in society.

    Uncompromisingly honest with himself, energising and thought-provoking as a coach, Mark is 100% committed to helping people succeed by becoming happier, more open and more autonomous as individuals and as teams.

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