Certified ScrumMaster Training

Certified ScrumMaster Training with Michigan Technology Services

Michigan Technology Services offers instructor-led Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training, as well as other Agile and Scrum courses, through a partnership with the only Scrum Alliance authorized Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) based in Michigan, Chet Hendrickson. Chet is one of the founders of extreme programming (XP), the first signatory of the Agile Manifesto, and is a globally recognized Scrum Trainer.  Numerous Agile educators and coaches seek his guidance and have studied with him.  He’s authored multiple books on agility.   Taking a CSM workshop with Chet is unlike any other Agile course.

In addition to 2 days of CSM training we offer our students the ability to join one of our bonus 1/2 day Agile training sessions, at no additional cost. We will cover important Agile topics that are outside the scope of a Scrum Alliance CSM workshop in these sessions. The value add will help you as you work with your Scrum team.

In a pre-Covid world our training would take place at our location in the Farmington Hills/Novi area, 20 miles outside of Detroit, or at your location anywhere around the world. Our Agile workshops and Agile coaching sessions are now offered online/virtually, reducing your need to travel.

Note that while many CST’s fly into metro Detroit to deliver a class, and then leave, we live here and support the local Agile community.   We continue to sponsor regional Agile conferences and local Agile and Scrum meetups. We have strong ties to Agile companies in the metro Detroit area.  We have successfully run this course for multiple teams in the Great Lakes area.

What is Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training?

Scrum is a very useful agile framework for completing complex projects.

This intensive two-day course will prepare you to take on the ScrumMaster role and is taught by a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer. We’ll cover pragmatic, time-tested practices for managing product backlogs, long and short-range planning, project execution, and progress reporting. We’ll also examine many facets of Scrum, including the project lifecycle, roles, ceremonies, and artifacts.

You will participate in exercises, in-depth discussions, case studies and techniques to help illustrate practices and principles. After completing the course, you will be eligible for ScrumMaster Certification with the Scrum Alliance. You will also receive a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, an organization that provides valuable materials and resources exclusively to CSMs.

Additional Benefits of taking our CSM course

Participants are eligible for 16 Education Hours for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner application and 16 PMI PDUs (Professional Development Units)


Note: The Scrum Alliance has allowed virtual classes taught by CSTs as we all deal with the Covid-19 situation. Our upcoming CSM workshops are now virtual workshops.  You are still eligible to get certified after 2 days of virtual/online training with Chet.

Our August weekday public Certified ScrumMaster workshop with Chet Hendrickson is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, August 30 and 31, 2021. The regular course fee is $795/student, but early enrollment, prior to August 16, is $695/student.  The CSM exam fee is included in the course fee, as well as a two year membership with the Scrum Alliance. While we are located in Farmington Hills the August ScrumMaster workshop will be virtual situation. * Call 248-489-0408 with questions.

We have a special weekend Certified ScrumMaster workshop with Chet scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12, 2021. The regular course fee is $795/student, but early enrollment, prior to September 8 is $695/student.  The CSM exam fee is included in the course fee, as well as a two year membership with the Scrum Alliance. While we are located in Farmington Hills the September ScrumMaster workshop will be virtual. * Call 248-489-0408 with questions.

Our October weekday public Certified ScrumMaster workshop with Chet Hendrickson is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 6 and 7, 2021. The regular course fee is $795/student, but early enrollment, prior to September 24, is $695/student.  The CSM exam fee is included in the course fee, as well as a two year membership with the Scrum Alliance. While we are located in Farmington Hills the October ScrumMaster workshop will be virtual.

Enroll in one of our Certified ScrumMaster workshops by filling out the following enrollment form.

After taking a CSM class, expand your ScrumMaster knowledge by joining an Advanced Certified ScrumMaster workshop.

Private classes for groups are available upon request. Your training can take place at our location in Farmington Hills, 20 miles outside of Detroit, or onsite at your office anywhere throughout the United States. Call 248-489-0408 for details.

A Team Kanban Practitioner/Certified ScrumMaster combo workshop is also available for corporate training.  Kanban + Scrum training, two certifications, in one workshop, taught by Chet Hendrickson and Hugo Lourenco.

Course Schedule

Individual, Private, Corporate and Group Training Available

Early-Bird Price: $695

Regular Price: $995 $795

Date(s) Days Time Type
8/30/21 - 8/31/21 M & T 9:00am - 5:00pm

Live Online Class

9/11/21 - 9/12/21 Sat & Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm

Live Online Class

10/6/21 - 10/7/21 W & Th 9:00am - 5:00pm

Live Online Class


For additional Certified ScrumMaster Training class information or to request a class date contact Michigan Technology Services. 248-489-0408

Who Should Attend

Scrum is not just for programmers. Project managers, business analysts, technical writers, QA staff, testers - as well as developers - have all found value in our instruction.

You do not need to have substantial experience working in an Agile environment, but it helps if you have some experience managing projects. Anyone looking to gain an understanding of the Scrum framework will benefit from this course.

Course Objectives

  • The basics of what Scrum is and how it fits into an Agile process
  • How the ScrumMaster role differs from a traditional project manager
  • The process for organizing, planning, and executing a Scrum project
  • Strategies for applying the Scrum framework to your job in the real world

Bonus Track

Free Bonus Track for our CSM and CSPO students

Congratulations. You have completed one of our two-day CSM (or CSPO) workshops, and likely taken and passed the CSM exam.

The Scrum Alliance Scrum Master and Product Owner courses lay a foundation for you, but there are other topics we wish we had time to cover in our session with you. We think now is the time to start broadening and deepening your Agile knowledge.

We have decided to provide you with an opportunity to gain additional knowledge, at no additional cost. We want to help you work better as a ScrumMaster (or Product Owner).

In this optional four-hour session, we will cover three subjects. This material will not be on a CSM exam, but these are topics a Scrum practitioner should be aware of.

1) Doubtlessly, the term Kanban came up in our class. We will now take the time to see how it works, how to use it instead of Scrum, and how to use it with Scrum.

We will cover:

• The Pillars of the Lean House
• Kaizen (Continuous Improvement)
• Flow
• The Seven Forms of Waste
• Cadence
• Representing the Gemba
• Common mistakes using Kanban
• Scrumban

2) You may have noticed that Chet thinks testing is necessary in Agile Software Development. We will look at the two forms of testing in Extreme Programming.

We will show you a bit about Developer Testing and how it speeds up the development process, supports evolutionary design and refactoring, and helps document your developers work.

Next, we will look at, and in fact do some, Customer Testing, or to use Scrum words, Product Owner Testing. We will let you get your hands dirty with two of the most popular tools for Customer Testing, Cucumber and Fitnesse.

We will cover when and how these tests are created and executed and by whom.

3) Our final topic is how to use Scrum in your organization. The decision to adopt Scrum should come at the end of a string of analysis and decision making. As Chet often says, it is Number 15 on your list, not Number 1. We will look at what those first 14 should be and how to go about deciding them. We will look at the techniques from Lean Thinking and General Systems Theory that can help you decide where and how to change your organization to become more effective.

Finally, we will save some time to cover anything else that has come to mind since your class.

Starting January 4, 2021 this bonus session will be offered quarterly for students in Michigan Technology Services’ CSM and CSPO workshops taught by Chet Hendrickson.

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