Certified ScrumMaster Course + Workshop
Dates: Apr 24 - 26
Location: Halifax, NS
Course Location:
Delta Hotels by Marriott Halifax
Scotia Square
1990 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1P2
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Certified ScrumMaster Course + Workshop

Halifax, NS

Our Certified ScrumMaster Course + Agile Release Planning Workshop approach is unique. Unlike others, we offer a two-day interactive CSM Course plus a one-day Agile Release Planning Workshop.

The CSM Course gives you an applied understanding of the Scrum process and will help you develop the tools, attitudes and skills required to apply Scrum on your projects and across your organization. The ARP Workshop allows you to take real work and do Agile Release Planning with it. It develops many basic skills with real work. It is highly recommended by attendees.

The course covers the basics of Scrum and several advanced topics, so that you will have the knowledge, interest and motivation to use these ideas more effectively. You will have enough knowledge and skill to get started with Scrum, and be more successful.

Upon completion of the CSM Course and ARP Workshop, you will receive 24 SEUs (Scrum Educational Units) and 24 PDUs toward PMI requirements — or 16 SEUs and 16 PDUs if you only take the CSM Course.

In addition to the course/workshop, after you pass the CSM Test you receive:

  • Recognition by the Scrum Alliance as a Certified ScrumMaster
  • Two-year membership to Scrum Alliance
  • Printed copy of the course materials (and a softcopy)
  • One pack of Fibonacci estimating cards, for use in estimating with your team
  • Other Scrum-related materials
  • SEUs and PDUs as described above
  • A free copy of our book on Agile Release Planning

Note: To become an official CSM, you must satisfactorily complete the CSM Course and the CSM Test. The CSM Test is later, online, and takes about 45 minutes. You must also agree to the Scrum Alliance license agreement.

Samples of What You Will Learn:

  • Practical, project-proven practices
  • The essentials of getting a project off on the right foot
  • How to write user stories for the Product Backlog
  • How to help both new and experienced teams be more successful
  • The basics of scaling Scrum, perhaps to large, multi-continent project teams
  • Tips and tricks from the instructor’s 10 years of using Scrum in a wide variety of environments


The Agile Release Planning Workshop:

  • Unlike others, we always offer a one-day Agile Release Planning Workshop with the course.
  • The ARP Workshop takes the real work of the identified Product Owner at each table, and we do the Agile Release Planning for that work.
  • It is an excellent way to take the ideas of the course and make them practical. It builds the initial Product Backlog. It gets you and your team ready to start on Monday.
  • You may take the CSM Course only, but be aware that attendees strongly recommend the ARP Workshop.
  • You may also take the Agile Release Planning Workshop by itself.


The Trainer:

  • Joe Little, who has 10 years of experience as an Agile coach and Scrum Trainer (CST), will lead this Scrum course.
  • Joe has co-trained eight times with Jeff Sutherland (one of the co-creators of Scrum), and we believe you get more “real Scrum” because of this experience.
  • Joe has an MBA and 20+ years of senior level Big 6 and related consulting experience.
  • Joe has in-depth practical experience in helping teams become very productive with Scrum and Agile.
  • He often co-teaches these courses with other great Scrum trainers. Take a look at Joe’s blog, Agile & Business.
  • Joe is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) associated with Scrum Alliance.

Why Choose Us?

  • A better trainer
  • Fun, entertaining and memorable course
  • More success
  • …because more real Scrum

That is, Joe co-trained eight times with Jeff Sutherland and therefore you are hearing more of real Scrum than any alternative except Dr. Sutherland himself.

You may want to learn about our Referral Program and about our Refresher Program. We are starting to offer free and paid webinars, to go along with the in-person course. The content of the course and workshop are described more fully here.


  • Read the Scrum Guide by Sutherland and Schwaber. (About 17 pages)
  • Read one of Ken Schwaber’s or Jeff Sutherland’s books. We recommend for beginners: “Agile Project Management with Scrum” by Ken Schwaber, or “Scrum” by Jeff Sutherland.

Registration and Fees

  • Early Bird price for the two-day CSM Course is above. The normal price is $1,500.
  • Early Bird price for the two-day CSM Course + one-day ARP Workshop is above. The normal price is $1,850.
  • We can change from early bird pricing to normal pricing at any time. If you need us to hold a price for you for a couple of days, e.g., to get approval, please contact us and we probably can do that.
  • If you are a member of a local Agile group or PMI chapter or something similar, you can get a $100 reduction in these fees. (This discount is not available for prices below $1,000.)
  • Alternatively, there is a 10% discount for any group of three or more.
  • In addition, there is a 3% cash discount. That is, 3% off the net due if you pay with cash (i.e., cash, not check, at the beginning of the course). To receive the cash discount, you must make a $100 non-refundable deposit (which normally is just a pre-payment typically done by credit card).

The fee also covers food and beverage (typically a continental breakfast, AM break, lunch and PM break). The course fee also covers the cost of the CSM test.

Please register using the “Register Now” button (above right). If you register multiple people, please send us an email with their names and email addresses.

You may also discuss options with Retta. We can discuss other payment methods, receipts, invoices, etc. Payment methods include USD check, money transfer, credit card, PayPal, over-the-phone (CC), cash, etc. All payments should be received before the course starts. Once we receive payment you will be registered.

The course date may be changed up until 16 days prior to the start date. Please do not book non-refundable travel expenses without discussing with us. We can advise you on the date is set.

Policy for Changes and Refunds

If for any reason you cannot make a course, you may send another person in your place for free (no additional fee). You must identify that person before the course starts.

There are other options and other situations. Some involve notable fees or deductions. These rules are discussed at this webpage. You are responsible for reading these rules carefully. In general, fees or extra costs are more likely if you are within 16 days of the course start.

Please contact Retta if you have questions.