“Path to CSP” – The A-CSM

Here are some key points about the A-CSM.

  • The overall purpose is “learning to become more effective so that you can help the Team and your company be more successful” through lean-agile-Scrum.
  • Does not affect current CSM and CSPO offerings.
  • An annual progressive learning structure. That is the idea. Become CSM, wait a year, become A-CSM, wait a year, become CSP-SM. That’s the simple version.
  • The A-CSM is mostly explained here:
  • To get an A-CSM: (i) have a CSM, (ii) get 12 months of SM experience, (iii) be assessed by a CST/CEC as “good enough” on the A-CSM Learning Objectives.
  • See FAQ here: https://scrumalliance.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/115000453451-Advanced-CSM-
  • Specifically, you have to demonstrate in the course that you can explain things and DO the things indicated in the Learning Objectives. This is a hard test.
  • In my case, I will want to know that you can make change happen.  And that you have learned some of the skill sets (aka Learning Objectives) that will make you better and better at making real change happen, in the context of Scrum.
  • You can take the course first and get the experience later. But no A-CSM without the experience.  You could have gotten the experience before you took the CSM, in theory.
  • You can get the experience in any combination of before or after the course.


[See better version of this graphic here:  Graphic_PathToCSP-1]


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