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Agile Training and Scrum Certification

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Agile Training and Scrum Certification

Bring us on-site or join our public courses to improve your team success.

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Agile Training FAQ

Agile training teaches participants to use agile approaches to build solutions incrementally, get feedback regularly and deliver value throughout rather than in a big bang delivery at the end. Agile succeeds over traditional or waterfall ways of working by featuring close customer collaboration, small and self-managing teams and timeboxed iterations.

Agile training is based on the Agile Manifesto – a set of 4 Values and 12 Principles that form the basis of agile ways of working. 

Agile training covers a wide range of training courses that fall under the umbrella of agile. These courses are typically focused on a specific audience or role and are intended to help participants adopt agile ways of working.

Watch for agile training courses that include professional certification. The most common professional certification is Scrum since Scrum is the most popular agile technique in use today. Scrum training courses that provide professional certification typically cover the roles of  Scrum Master, Product Owner, Leaders and Team Members.

The Project Management Institute provides professional certification training for the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), the Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM), and the Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM).

Other agile training programs include Kanban, Lean and scaling approaches like Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Scrum of Scrums (SoS). Some of those courses include professional certification.

Agile training has a significant payback. For teams that are not using agile ways of working, learning about agile and Scrum and how to apply them can lead to increased productivity, better alignment and faster delivery of value. Training for teams that are using “agilish” approaches has great payback as well because frequently teams are misusing agile or following a process blindly – sometimes this is called Zombie Scrum. For more on this topic, check out our post, Why you need agile training

Agile training helps teams to:

  • Respond to changing customer needs
  • Leverage basic and advanced agile concepts to improve productivity
  • Use customer feedback to deliver the best solutions in the shortest time
  • Promote team communication and collaboration and avoid thrashing
  • Speak the same language and follow a common agile process
  • Understand how agile team roles maximize team productivity
  • Onboard new team members quickly
  • Leverage retrospectives to continually improve team performance
  • Unlearn ineffective practices and beliefs that hold teams back
  • Select the most effective agile approaches based on the team context

Agile Training helps organizations to:

  • Improve customer satisfaction and improve sales or product adoption
  • Deliver customer value faster
  • Retain top performers
  • Align teams to organizational value streams and goals
  • Optimize organizational structures and make the most effective use of employees
  • Develop leaders who engage and inspire
  • Facilitate and support an agile transformation

Agile Training helps individuals to:

  • Better understand expectations
  • Apply agile techniques and improve personal effectiveness
  • Gain expertise, agile certification and improve personal marketability

An Agile Training Plan outlines the goals, audiences and needs, timeframe and costs for agile training. Learn about how to make the best use of your training budget using our recommended plans for agile training in How to Develop Your Agile Training Plan.

Anyone who wants to maximize the productivity gains from agile ways of working should take training. This is most important for those who help teams adopt agile such as Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches. Second most important would be agile team members, Product Owners and managers, and leaders in the organization. Managers and leaders are often overlooked in training and that is a mistake because they have the greatest influence on whether agile teams are able to be productive with agile and Scrum.

Agile training is important because without it, teams tend to misuse agile terms and concepts or waste valuable time thrashing. Agile training will help to get the team aligned on a common set of terms and processes.

See our related post Yes You Really Do Need to Invest in Agile & Scrum Training – Here’s Why which outlines the following 6 reasons that agile training is important:
1. Without training, you have all the costs and none of the benefits
2. Avoid Confusion and Thrashing
3. Unlearning What Doesn’t Work
4. Avoiding the Mish-Mash of Mixed Agile Approaches
5. Poor Agile and Bad Scrum Harms Other Teams and Becomes the Standard
6. To Facilitate Change and Continuous Improvement

Agile training costs vary widely depending on geographic location, delivery method and whether the course includes certification.

In the US, costs for an onsite private class run about $17,000 for a 2-day Professional Scrum Master course that includes Scrum certification for up to 24 people. Costs for one individual to join a 2-day public offering of Professional Scrum Product Owner runs about $1,295 while the Disciplined Agile Scrum Master course runs about $1,000.

Self-paced online training courses that do not include certification, such as our Agile and Scrum for Teams Course are about $200 for a 2-day course.

There are a few 3-day courses such as the Applying Professional Scrum – Software Developers and the Agile for Practitioner Courses. These are delivered over 4 days at 6 hours per day, or extended to 2 evenings per week over 4 weeks in the case of the latter. [/sc_fs_faq]There is no standard course length for agile training though most certification courses are 2-day in length. During the pandemic, many of these courses are delivered via Zoom and broken into 3 days of 5 hours or 4 days of 4 hours to avoid Zoom fatigue. This would include Scrum certification courses like the Professional Scrum Master, Professional Scrum Product Owner, or Disciplined Agile Scrum Master.

There are a few 3-day courses such as the Applying Professional Scrum – Software Developers and the Agile for Practitioner Course which is linked to the PMI-ACP exam. These are delivered over 4 days at 6 hours per day, or extended to 2 evenings per week over 4 weeks in the case of the latter.

Agile Training and Scrum Certification Courses

Agile, Scrum and Kanban for Teams (2 days)
The Agile, Scrum and Kanban training for teams is a hands-on agile training workshop delivered to entire Scrum teams including the Product Owner and the Scrum Master.
Agile For Leaders (2 Days)
Our Agile for Leaders training course is focused on providing leaders and executives with the understanding and tools they need to oversee Agile and Scrum teams. 
Agile Training Overview for Stakeholders (2 hours)
This introductory agile training course provides an overview of Agile for stakeholders who work closely with or are impacted by Agile Teams.  
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Applying Professional Scrum (APS) (2 days)
Applying Professional Scrum (APS) is a hands-on course that provides the foundational knowledge needed to work with Scrum in a highly practical way.
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Applying Professional Scrum for Software Development (APS-SD)(3 days)
Applying Professional Scrum™ for Software Development (APS-SD) is a 3-day hands-on course where students experience how to deliver quality software using Scrum with Agile and DevOps practices.
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Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) Essentials (2 days)
The Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL) is a 2-day hands-on workshop that uses a combination of instruction and hands-on exercises to help managers ...
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Professional Scrum With User Experience (PSU) (2 days)
Professional Scrum With User Experience (PSU) Training is a 2-day hands-on course where students with some Scrum experience will learn how to integrate modern UX practices,
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Professional Scrum Master (PSM) (2 days)
The Professional Scrum Master training course covers the principles and tools of the Scrum Framework and helps Scrum Masters succeed in this important role.
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Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) (2 days)
The 2-day Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) course is an advanced course which helps students to understand the stances that characterize an effective Scrum Master and servant-leader.
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Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) (2 days)
The Professional Scrum Product Owner Training is a two-day course that covers the principles of Scrum and agility, the role of the Product Owner, building and sustaining a product vision, and managing a Product Backlog.
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Professional Scrum Product Owner Advanced (PSPO-A) (2 days)
The 2-day Professional Scrum Product Owner – Advanced (PSPO-A) Training focuses on helping experienced practitioners expand their ability to establish a solid vision, validate their hypotheses, and ultimately deliver more value to their stakeholders

Disciplined Agile Certification Training

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Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) (14 Hours)
Disciplined Agile Scrum Master is a nine-lesson, instructor-led course that shows you how to use Disciplined Agile (DA) to improve your team’s way of working. In just 3 half-days, you’ll become familiar with foundational agile and lean practices that DA supports,
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Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) (15 Hours)
Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master is a nine-lesson, instructor-led course that shows you how to use the Disciplined Agile tool kit to solve a variety of advanced problems, work with allies within your organization, and optimize how teams work.

Online Self-Paced Agile Training

Agile, Scrum and Kanban for Teams
The Agile, Scrum and Kanban training for teams is a hands-on agile training workshop delivered to entire Scrum teams including the Product Owner and the Scrum Master.
Agile For Practitioners
The Agile For Practitioners Training is an in-depth agile training course that will teach participants the principles and values of Agile, popular agile frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and (XP).
Kanban Application and Mastery
Kanban is a popular agile approach that is simple yet powerful. The Kanban Application and Mastery course will help you get started quickly with Kanban and then grow your Kanban skills.

Agile Training at Northwestern University

Through our partnership with Northwestern University, we offer the following four Agile Training courses that lead to achievement of the Northwestern Certificate in Agile Practices.

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Agile for Practitioners (3 days), Northwestern University
The Agile For Practitioners Training Course is an in-depth, workshop-style course based on the PMI-ACP that will teach participants the principles and values of Agile, the most popular agile frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, Lean Software Development and Extreme Programming (XP), and help them apply Agile practices and techniques to their current projects.
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Agile Estimating and Planning (2 Days), Northwestern University
The Agile Estimating and Planning Course provides participants with the tools they need to get an Agile project off on solid footing. Planning for Agile projects starts with the big picture of product roadmaps and release plans, and drills down into the work that an Agile team will do within an iteration.
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Leading and Coaching Agile Teams (2 Days), Northwestern University
The Leading and Coaching Agile Teams course is designed for those managers, leaders, Scrum Masters, project managers and others who lead and support agile teams.
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Supporting an Agile Transformation (2 Days), Northwestern University
The supporting an Agile Transformation course helps participants understand the business drivers for transformation, how to assess and evolve culture to be compatible with agile, and how to lead a program of organizational change toward Agile.
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