A-CSM Class Resources

The following documents and videos are required reading and viewing for the A-CSM class taught by Wisecrum Associates Certified Scrum Trainers.  For the best possible experience for all A-CSM students, the following are required in order for you to be prepared for class exercises and discussions.

For Virtual Classes
This list of documents and videos is also available in your Mural Room, on the boards named ‘A-CSM Downloads’ and ‘Videos to Watch’

Personal Values Evaluation

The Personal Evaluation exercise requires each student to self-evaluate based on the five Scrum Values. Take the time to complete this self-evaluation a few days before class starts. Bring this evaluation to each day of the A-CSM class. 

*This exercise adapted from the works of Tobias Mayer

Completion Time: Approx. 45 minutes

Course Workbook

For in-person classes, the workbook is very useful.  In the Virtual course, the workbook is needed for 1 or 2 of the exercises.

Completion Time: N/A

Scrum Guide

The Scrum Guide changes every few years.  And, it just changed in November 2020.  If you haven’t read it in a while, you will NEED to read it for class.  The Scrum Guide is, after all, the official definition of Scrum.  

*Authored by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland

 

Reading Time: 30 mins, each

Core Scrum

Core Scrum (or the Agile Atlas) pre-dates the Scrum Guide.  Though it has never been updated, it is still a great resource for the original public definition of Scrum.  Our A-CSM students are encouraged to read this definition of Scrum.  It is not mandatory to know this material for class.

*Authored by Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson

Reading Time: 30 mins

The ScrumMaster Checklist

An adequate Scrum Master can handle 2 or 3 teams at once.  A GREAT Scrum Master can handle one team at a time.  It is our strong recommendation that you try to use the Scrum Master Checklist to help you better understand the day to day duties of a Scrum Master, before you decide to take on too much responsibility.

*Authored by Michael James

Reading Time: 30 mins

Nexus Guide

Reading the Nexus Guide, and watching the Video on Nexus (by Scrum.org) is a requirement for the A-CSM class.  We will have an entire module of the class dedicated to scaling ‘frameworks’.  Be prepared!

*Authored by Ken Schwaber and Scrum.Org

Reading Time: 1 hour

Scrum @ Scale Guide

Reading the Scrum @ Scale Guide, and watching the Video on Scrum @ Scale (by Scrum Inc.) is a requirement for the A-CSM class.  We will have an entire module of the class dedicated to scaling ‘frameworks’.  Be prepared!

*Authored by Jeff Sutherland and Scrum Inc.

Reading Time: 1 hour

Agile Software Development

Reading the Agile Software Development paper is a requirement for the A-CSM class.  We will have an entire module of the class dedicated to Frameworks.  This paper written by Alistair Cockburn describes the lesser known Crystal framework.  Be prepared!

This is a LONG document.  Focus on chapters that explain the Swap Game, and Crystal.  Skim the rest.

*Authored by Alistair Cockburn

Reading Time: 2 hours

The Kanban Guide

Reading the Kanban Guide is a requirement for the A-CSM class.  We will have an entire module of the class dedicated to Frameworks.  This Kanban Guide is an evolving work of ProKanban, on how Kanban could be used for Software Devleopment, and all creative product development.  Be prepared!

*Authored by Daniel Vacanti

Reading Time: 30 mins

XP DEvelopment Practices

Reading the XP Development Practices paper, by Ron Jeffries, is a requirement for the A-CSM class.  We will have an entire module of the class dedicated to Frameworks.  This paper on eXtreme Programming Practices is a good primer for what XP demands of people.  Be prepared!

*Authored by Ron Jeffries

Reading Time: 30 mins

A Brief Introduction to DSDM

Reading this intor on DSDM is a requirement for the A-CSM class.  We will have an entire module of the class dedicated to Frameworks.  Be prepared!

*Authored by Ling Jiang

Reading Time: 30 mins

A Leader's Framework for Decision Making

This is an in-depth look into what Cynefin is, where it came from, and why it’s important.  Reading this paper is a requirement for the A-CSM class.  We will have an entire module of the class dedicated to complexity – this will be required knowledge.  Be prepared!

*Authored by David Snowden, Mary Boone

Reading Time: 1 hour

DONE, A White Paper

Reading this whitepaper on the concept of DONE is required for the A-CSM class.  We will have an entire module of the class dedicated to Done.  Be prepared!

*Authored by Marcelo Lopez, Doug Shimp, Dan Rawsthorne

Reading Time: 45 mins

Listening Techniques

Listening Techniques are a HUGE part of Scrum Mastery!  You’ll need to read this portion of the Student Workbook before you get to class.  Yes, this is a copy of a portion of the Student Workbook.  Make sure you understand these techniques before entering class on Day 1!  Be prepared!

*Adapted from Sam Kaner’s work

Reading Time: 45 mins

Servant Leadership: How a jar can change the way you lead and serve

Though watching this video is not required for class, IT’S A GOOD IDEA!!!

This is a great talk, by Ali Fett, on her experiences being a Servant Leader, and discovering that she IS one.

Viewing Time: 17m 36s

Convergent vs. Divergent Thinking

Anne Manning demonstrates the concepts of divergent and convergent thinking to inspire new ways to approach problem-solving with your team.

Viewing Time: 3m 39s

The Cynefin Framework

This is possibly the simplest explanation of the Cynefin Framework (in it’s simplest form).  Please watch this video, as it supports the paper that Snowden and Boone wrote above.

Viewing Time: 8m 38s

Intro to Nexus Scaled Scrum Framework

Richard Hundhausen does a great job summarizing how the Nexus framework works.  Watch this before reading the Nexus guide.

Viewing Time: 7m 42s

Intro to LeSS

This is a short, but great introduction to LeSS (Large Scaled Scrum).  This is a must watch for class.  Be Prepared!

Viewing Time: 8m 15s

Intro to Scrum@Scale

This short video shows the repetitative pattern used by Scrum Inc. to scale Scrum using Scrum.  This is a must watch for class.  Be Prepared!

Viewing Time: 14m 33s

Product Goals Board

This is an explanation of the Product Goals board, from the man who created it – Roman Pichler.

Viewing Time: 10m 36s

Iterative & Incremental Development

This short video illustrates what Iterative & Incremental means, using a creative analogy.

Viewing Time: 4m 19s