Certified ScrumMaster®

Certified ScrumMaster®


Certified ScrumMaster®

Certified ScrumMaster

All CSM courses are taught by Trainers approved by the Scrum Alliance. Taking a CSM course, accepting the license agreement, and passing the CSM test designates you as a Certified ScrumMaster, which indicates that you have been introduced to and understand the basic concepts you need to perform as a ScrumMaster or team member on a Scrum team. This course also satisfies two elements of the CSD track: Scrum Introduction and Elective.


Scrum is the most popular approach for agile software development. This two-day course provides a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of Scrum and gives participants hands-on experience using Scrum based on a well-balanced mix of lecture, small-group discussion, and hands-on exercises.

This course seamless weaves together three major topic areas:

  1. Overview of Agile Principles and the Scrum Framework
  2. How to write user stories
  3. Agile estimating and planning

Each participant in this course will receive a personal signed copy of the Japanese version of Ken Rubin’s Essential Scrum book.

Essential Scrum Japanese Edition



Ken Rubin is a best selling author, keynote speaker, trainer, and coach focused on helping organizations thrive by applying agile principles in an effective and economically sensible way. Through his company Innolution, Ken provides Scrum and agile training and coaching to companies across industries throughout the world. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, Ken has trained over 24,000 people on agile and Scrum, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached over 200 companies ranging from startups to Fortune 10, and is an angel investor and mentor to numerous exciting startup companies.

Ken was the first managing director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming the world of work using Scrum. He is the author of two best selling books: the Amazon #1 bestseller Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process (published in 2012, and available in 8 languages including Japanese), and Succeeding with Objects: Decision Frameworks for Project Management (published in 1995 and considered one of the top 5 object technology books of the 1990s). He is also the creator of the Visual AGILExicon®, a freely available set of vibrant, four-color icons for composing graphically rich and visually appealing three dimensional representations of agile and Scrum concepts.


24-25 Jan 2017


Tokyo, Japan




株式会社ヴァル研究所 -- Ltd. Val Institute
〒166-8565 東京都杉並区高円寺北2-3-17 高円寺NKビル
Tokyo, Japan




Certification and PDUs

Following successful completion of this course, participants will be eligible to take the Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster online exam, and become a member of the Scrum Alliance.  This course earns you 15 PDUs within the PMI. This course also earns you 16 SEUs (Category B) within the Scrum Alliance. PDUs and SEUs can be used toward PMP, PMI-ACP, CSP and other certifications.

The course topics include:

  • Core Agile principles
  • Complete description of the Scrum framework
  • The different roles on a Scrum team with a focus on the ScrumMaster role
  • Comparison of Feature and Component teams
  • Discussion of the multiple levels at which planning takes place in an agile environment
  • Focus on release planning and how to answer questions like: “When will you be done?” and “How many features will be in the end of June release?” and “What will this cost?”
  • What are user stories and how to write good user stories
  • How to estimate the size of product backlog items (with a focus on the Planning Poker technique)
  • How to perform sprint planning
  • How to manage flow during sprint execution
  • How to track and report progress

The content of the course is based on Ken Rubin’s best-selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. The book and this Certified ScrumMaster course use the Visual AGILExicon®, which is a 3D visual language for describing and communicating core agile and Scrum concepts in a graphically rich and visually appealing manner. This training course uses the Japanese version of the Visual AGILExicon, so all images in the course will be in Japanese providing a highly visual way for people to understand and retain core agile and Scrum concepts.

The Certified Scrum Master course is suitable for anyone who is interested in working on or with a Scrum team including people who will fill all three Scrum roles: ScrumMaster, team members, and product owner. Other job roles that have benefited from attending this class include:

  • Architects
  • Business Analysts
  • DBAs
  • Developers
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Marketing People
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Testers
  • Sales People
  • Operations and Support
  • Technical Writers

By attending this class you will leave with solid knowledge of how and why Scrum works. Through practical hands on exercises and small group discussions you will be prepared to be contributing members of a Scrum team or to support Scrum teams as they deliver exceptional business value.