Agile Training and Scrum Certification Courses from Vitality Chicago

If you are looking for Agile Training or Scrum Certification, you’ve come to the right place. Vitality Chicago provides role-based Agile Training which is targeted to Teams, Managers and Leader, and Stakeholders. We also provide Scrum Certification Training for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and Agile Leaders.

We also offer advanced Agile Training Courses on Estimating and Planning, Leading and Coaching Agile Teams, and Agile Transformations. Finally we offer the the Agile for Practitioners Training Course which leads to the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Certification. See the links below for more details.

Role-Based Scrum and Agile Training

Agile and Scrum for Teams (2 days)

The Agile and Scrum training for teams is designed as a hands-on training workshop delivered to entire teams at the same time, including the Product Owner and the Scrum Master. The benefits of this Agile training approach is that it accelerates team development, the team benefits by using their actual sprint work in the course exercises, and the team can share their specific challenges and make decisions on improvements. There is also a significant team-building benefit of this training approach which accelerates team development.  This course can also include team training on Kanban. Details about Agile and Scrum for Teams

Agile for Leaders (2 days)

This two-day course provides leaders with the understanding and tools they need to effectively lead Agile and Scrum teams.  The course provides a brief overview of Agile Values and Principles, lean concepts, and details on the Scrum framework. Leaders will understand common Agile approaches, why they are used, and how to support teams to master them. The course also explores recommended metrics and reports for Agile teams and how Agile leaders can empower team with measures rather than asking teams to report on the wrong things.  Details about Agile Training for Leaders

Agile Training Overview for Stakeholders (2 hours)

This two-hour workshop provides an overview of Agile for Subject Matter Experts and other stakeholders that will work or be impacted by Agile Teams.  The course provides a summary of the Agile Values and Principles, the benefits expected from Agile, as well as what stakeholders should expect when implementing Scrum in an organization.  This workshop will be tailored to the specifics of the organization who is adopting Scrum and can include hands-on exercises to help participants understand how Scrum Teams work. Details about Agile Overview Training for Stakeholders

Scrum Certification Training

Professional Scrum Master (PSM) (2 days)

The Professional Scrum Master (PSM) training is a 2-day course that covers the principles and empirical process theory of Scrum and agility, the Scrum framework itself, and the specific role of the Scrum Master. The PSM class introduces the principles and empirical process theory underpinning the Scrum framework. These are foundational insights upon which the rules and roles of Scrum are explored and discussed.  The focus on the Scrum Master role includes advanced thinking tools for servant-­leadership and behavioral shifts, working with people and teams, coaching and facilitation, and scaling Scrum.
This course prepares attendees to pass the Professional Scrum Master Assessment from Details about Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) (2 days)

The Professional Scrum Product Owner certification course is a two-day training 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.  The Agile workshop dives deep into the role of the Product Owner, going beyond simple product backlog management. This course prepares attendees to pass the Professional Scrum Product Owner Assessment from  Details about Professional Scrum Product Owner

Certified Scrum Master (CSM) (2 days)

The Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training course is a two-day, entry-level course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer. The CSM course is designed to cover the basics of the Scrum Framework so you can begin to perform in the Scrum Master role. This course prepares attendees to obtain their Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification from the Scrum Alliance. Details about Certified ScrumMaster

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) (2 days)

The Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) course is a two-day, entry-level course taught by a
Certified Scrum Trainer®. The CSPO course is designed to cover all the basics of Scrum and also provide a focused deep dive into the Product Owner role. This course prepares attendees to obtain their Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) certification from the Scrum Alliance. Details about Certified Scrum Product Owner

Certified Agile Leader (CAL1) (2 days)

The focus of the 2-day Certified Agile for Leaders course is cultural, with an outlook towards Being Agile. We look at topics such as leadership, organizational structure, culture, and organizational growth. Our focus is long-term sustainable growth from a holistic and integrated perspective. This course prepares attendees to obtain their Certified Agile Leader (CAL1) certification from the Scrum Alliance. Details about Certified Agile Leader

Advanced Agile Training Courses

The following advanced agile training courses are offered through Northwestern University. 

Agile for Practitioners (4 days), Northwestern University

Agile for Practitioners is an in-depth, workshop-style course that will teach participants the principles and values of Agile, and help them apply Agile practices and techniques to their current projects. This is a highly interactive, hands-on course that leverages real-world examples from Scrum, Lean, Kanban and other Agile methods. Participants will learn how to estimate in Agile and how to plan at the release, iteration, and daily levels. Participants will work in teams to experience and apply Agile principles to the course exercises and discussions. This course covers the content and will prepare participants for the PMI Agile Certified Practioner (PMI-ACP) exam. Details about Agile for Practitioners

Leading and Coaching Agile Teams (2 Days), Northwestern University

Agile frameworks empower teams with flexible tools to manage timelines, deliverables, and budgets, and still meet stakeholder needs. This course is designed for those managers, leaders, Scrum Masters, project managers and others who lead and support agile teams. Participants will learn the mindset, values, and principles that make Agile techniques work for teams. They will also learn some of the key differences between traditional and Agile approaches to delivering solutions. Most important, participants will learn and practice the key leadership and coaching skills needed to support self-organizing Agile teams. Participants will be come away with the tools and understanding they need to create an environment for Agile teams to thrive. Details about Leading and Coaching Agile Teams

Agile Estimating and Planning (2 Days), Northwestern University

Proper estimation and planning is essential start a project off on solid footing. The Agile Estimating and Planning Course 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. Participants will learn how to plan for iterative and incremental solution development, and how to address change in a plan. The course also looks at the two types of estimates used on agile projects, relative estimates in story points and absolute estimates in ideal days. Participants will learn when to use each of these, and how to include the entire team for more accurate estimates that team members will support. Details about Agile Estimating and Planning

Supporting an Agile Transformation (2 Days), Northwestern University

The purpose of the Supporting an Agile Transformation Course is to provide managers, project managers, agile practitioners and other leaders an understanding of the differences between Agile Adoption and Agile Transformation, the benefits of Agile, and how to support the successful Transition from Waterfall to Scrum. Participants will appreciate the magnitude of an Agile Transformation and some of the key planning considerations for an Agile Transformation to be successful. The course provides a broad understanding of popular agile methods, how Agile relates to culture, how organizational change succeeds, and some of the patterns that have proven effective when introducing Agile to organizations or leading Agile Transformations. Participants will develop and present their custom agile transformation roadmap and communications tools.  Details about Supporting an Agile Transformation

“I enjoyed Supporting an Agile Transformation. I found the creation of the transformation  presentation in class very useful and plan to use it at my company. The class discussions were great and I leaned a lot from the other students. Anthony is a great instructor!”

— Brooke S. (August 2018)

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