Super-Hard ScrumMaster Quiz – Test Yourself!

For a little while last year I was using a quiz in my Certified ScrumMaster courses that was deliberately designed to be super hard.  Why?  Because if anyone could answer it correctly before the end of the class, I would give them their certification early and allow them to leave.  Not a single person out of several hundred was able to do it.

So… want to give it a try?  I’ve got two files here.  One is the quiz without answers.  The other is the answer key.  Let me know if you have any questions!!!

CSM Class Test – Super Hard! (PDF, 1 page)

(Please, give it a try before you even download this next piece!!!)

CSM Class Test – Answer Key (PDF, 1 page)

This test was first created by me and one of my close colleagues, Julien Mazloum from Outsofting.  We were trying to make the CSM class something that the Chinese audience would really appreciate culturally.  It worked well, up to a point.  The main problem was that some of the questions were too subtle for people for whom English was their second language.  That said, when I used it in my North American courses, still no one passed it!  In fact, the best score I ever saw was 25 correct out of 30.

Have fun!

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Announcement: Agile Coaching Patterns Wiki

Coaches for Agile teams and organizations is a growing profession.  I’ve been coaching for a long time, and I’ve used/invented/learned-about many different techniques or interventions for coaching in the context of Agile teams.  I have recently started a Wiki to capture some of this information.  (Originally, I was hoping to write a book, but I don’t have the time to do it on my own or even to coordinate a multi-author effort.)  This is an open invitation to participate in the wiki.  I won’t make it fully open (like wikipedia), instead, it will be by invitation.  Connect with me on LinkedIn and mention you would like to contribute, and I will set you up with an account… and then you can go nuts :-)  If there end up being several contributors, I’ll make a block on the front page for links to contributors and/or their organizations.

Check out the Agile Coaching Patterns wiki.

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Certified ScrumMaster one of the top paying certifications of 2014

Interesting list here on Global Knowledge (a certification and training vendor (just like Berteig Consulting :-) ) ).  CSM is #6 in pay at $107,396 (is it really 6 significant figures of accuracy?  Wow!).  Anyway, it is cool to see the CSM cert on such a list since I’m one of a small number of Certified Scrum Trainers.  If you’re interested in coming to one of my classes and getting this certification for yourself, please check out my course listings in the sidebar on the right here on Agile Advice.  There’s many in Canada, there’s some in the US and there’s some in China.  Hopefully see you at one of them sometime soon!

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New Seminar: Certified ScrumMaster – Toronto – April 2013

The most popular Agile certification! This two day course gives you the foundations to be an effective ScrumMaster and contributes towards the requirements of the Scrum Alliance’s Certified ScrumMaster program. Delivered by Berteig Consulting’s own Mishkin Berteig!

By successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • Remove obstacles that prevent teams from becoming high-performance.
  • Enable a team to follow the Scrum process to deliver great products and continuously improve their quality.
  • Describe Scrum to others including roles, meetings, artifacts and principles.
  • Fulfill the requirements of the Certified ScrumMaster program.

Days: April 3, 2013, April 4, 2013

Location: Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown, 475 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON Tel: 416.924.0611 (Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/EyFH4)

Audience: This course is ideal for those who desire to create high-performance product development teams. Team leads, project managers and functional or line managers all can benefit from understanding Scrum’s amazing transformational power and the critical role of the ScrumMaster. If you are a member of the Project Management Institute, this course counts for 16 PDU’s and as part of the requirements towards the PMI-ACP designation.

Price: $1400.00

Contact: Valerie Senyk at 1-905-868-9995

Phone: 1-905-969-9995     Email: valerie@berteigconsulting.com

Link to Register: http://www.worldmindware.com/Certified-ScrumMaster-Toronto-April-2013

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Certified ScrumMaster – Mississauga – March 2013

The most popular Agile certification! This two day course gives you the foundations to be an effective ScrumMaster and contributes towards the requirements of the Scrum Alliance’s Certified ScrumMaster program. Delivered by Berteig Consulting’s own Mishkin Berteig!

By successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • Remove obstacles that prevent teams from becoming high-performance.
  • Enable a team to follow the Scrum process to deliver great products and continuously improve their quality.
  • Describe Scrum to others including roles, meetings, artifacts and principles.
  • Fulfill the requirements of the Certified ScrumMaster program.

Days: March 26, 2013, March 27, 2013

Location: Fairfield Inn and Suites Toronto, 35 Courtneypark Drive West, Mississauga, ON 905-546-2030 (Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/ee9IX)

Audience: This course is ideal for those who desire to create high-performance product development teams. Team leads, project managers and functional or line managers all can benefit from understanding Scrum’s amazing transformational power and the critical role of the ScrumMaster. If you are a member of the Project Management Institute, this course counts for 16 PDU’s and as part of the requirements towards the PMI-ACP designation.

Price: $1400.00

Contact: Valerie Senyk

Phone: 1-905-969-9995     Email: valerie@berteigconsulting.com

Link to Register: http://www.worldmindware.com/Certified-ScrumMaster-Mississauga-March-2013

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Upcoming Seminar: Certified Scrum Product Owner, February 26, 2013, Markham

The Product Owner role is the most difficult in Scrum to do well. This Learning Event solves that problem by giving you real practical techniques that you can apply immediately!

Learning Objective(s): Create a Product Backlog that allows your Scrum team to start delivering value quickly.

Days: February 26, 2013, February 27, 2013

Location:The Courtyard Marriott Markham, 65 Minthorn Blvd, Markham ON L3T 7Y9,

1-905-707-6533

Audience: This course is designed for those who care about the business success of their products and projects: product managers, project managers, business unit leaders and business analysts. Some basic knowledge of Scrum is recommended prior to attending this Learning Event.

Price: $1600.00

Contact: Valerie Senyk

Phone: 1-905-969-9995     Email: valerie@berteigconsulting.com

Link to Register: http://www.worldmindware.com/Certified-Scrum-Product-Owner-Markham-February-2013

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Upcoming Seminar: Certified ScrumMaster Seminar, February 05, 2013, Toronto

This two day course gives you the foundations to be an effective ScrumMaster and contributes towards the requirements of the Scrum Alliance’s Certified ScrumMaster program.

By successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • Remove obstacles that prevent teams from becoming high-performance.
  • Enable a team to follow the Scrum process to deliver great products and continuously improve their quality.
  • Describe Scrum to others including roles, meetings, artifacts and principles.
  • Fulfill the requirements of the Certified ScrumMaster program.

Days: February 5, 2013, February 6, 2013

Location:The Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown, 475 Yonge at Wood Tel. 416-924-0611

Audience: This course is ideal for those who desire to create high-performance product development teams. Team leads, project managers and functional or line managers all can benefit from understanding Scrum’s amazing transformational power and the critical role of the ScrumMaster. If you are a member of the Project Management Institute, this course counts for 16 PDU’s and as part of the requirements towards the PMI-ACP designation.

Price: $1400.00

Contact: Valerie Senyk
Phone: 1-905-969-9995     Email: valerie@berteigconsulting.com

Link to Register: http://www.worldmindware.com/Certified-ScrumMaster-Toronto-February-2013

 

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2013 Calendar Agile Training Courses from Mishkin Berteig now Posted

Hi Everyone!  I’ve posted my calendar for 2013 training: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and OpenAgile Team Member (OATM) at WorldMindware.com.  All of the courses are scheduled in Southern Ontario in Canada (although I also deliver courses in China).  Please check out World Mindware to find public learning events on agile methods!

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Upcoming ScrumMaster and Scrum Product Owner Training

Hi Everyone!  Berteig Consulting has just updated the schedule for training on the World Mindware site.  We have a finalized set of listings for the summer and fall.  I will be delivering these sessions and I look forward to seeing my readers there!  Check them out and sign up!  As usual, readers of Agile Advice get a discount.  Use this code for a 20% discount on our regular prices: 20-PERCENT-YNYE

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Agile Project Management + Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) + Certified OpenAgile Team Member (Level 2) + Kanban – Halifax December 14-16, 2011!!

Last 3-Day Intensive Training of 2011!

Don’t miss out on this unique seminar, where Berteig Consulting  will be offering a practical view of three important Agile methods.  The training includes both theory and hands-on training!

OpenAgile - used for general agile project management and agile teamwork including projects and organizations doing any kind of work

Scrum - used for software new product development and IT project management

Kanban - used for teams doing operational work

This seminar contributes towards three certification programs: the Scrum Alliance’s Certified ScrumMaster program, the OpenAgile Team Member level and the IPMA/PMAC Agile Project Management certification.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This course is for team leads, project managers, functional managers, and anyone who is interested in improving the performance of their teams and organization.

Click here more information!

Register Now!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ScrumMaster + OpenAgile + Kanban training in Markham November 23-25,2011

We have an upcoming three-day agile training seminar in Markham on November 23-25, 2011.

In this unique seminar, we will be offering a practical view of three important Agile methods: OpenAgile – used for general agile project management and agile teamwork including projects and organizations doing any kind of work. Scrum – used for software new product development and IT project management. Kanban – used for teams doing operational work.

This seminar contributes towards three certification programs: the Scrum Alliance’s Certified ScrumMaster program, the OpenAgile Team Member level and the IPMA/PMAC Agile Project Management certification.

For more information: http://www.berteigconsulting.com/UpcomingAgileScrumOpenAgileSeminars
To register:
http://www.regonline.ca/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=988401 

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Why we SCRUM: Achieving Hyper-productivity. Presented by Myplanet Digital and Berteig Consulting

On Friday, October 28th at 1pm join Paul Heidema from Berteig Consulting and Shanly Suepaul from Myplanet Digital as we discuss what Scrum is, how we use it at Myplanet Digital and how Scrum can help your team.
 
Scrum is the lifeblood of Myplanet. When executed properly it empowers teams and individuals to stay motivated and achieve excellence. Most importantly, Scrum allows us to continually learn and improve our people and teams.
At Berteig Consulting, we are experts at using agile methods such as Scrum to transform people, process and culture in order to produce high-performance teams and organizations. From ScrumAlliance.org: “Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. The possibilities are endless.”

Sign up here: https://eval.webex.com/eval/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=924723906 


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Introduction to OpenAgile Half-Day Workshop – Nov. 4, 2011 in Toronto

For those of you who are in the Toronto area, you might be interested in a half-day session being put on by Berteig Consulting: an Introduction to OpenAgile.  There are two sessions scheduled for Friday Nov. 4 – one in the morning, one in the afternoon.  The price is $50/person and at the end of the session, you will be fully prepared to write the OpenAgile “Readiness” certificate exam.  The session is being held at the Hilton in downtown Toronto.  The session agenda is as follows:

  1. Welcome
  2. History and Purpose of OpenAgile
  3. Foundations of OpenAgile
  4. Overview of OpenAgile Processes
  5. OpenAgile Capacity-Building
  6. Benefits of OpenAgile
  7. Case Study: Suncor
  8. Q&A

Register now for the Introduction to OpenAgile morning session.

Register now for the Introduction to OpenAgile afternoon session.

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Reader Survey: Important Topics for an “Agile for Managers” Workshop

Hi Everyone,

We have started putting together a list of topics / learning objectives for a new course: “Agile for Managers”. I am interested in getting suggestions from readers on topics to include. What are the challenges you have had with managing agile teams? If you are on an agile team, what are some of the challenges you have had with management? What are the burning questions you have as a manager about deciding to use agile methods? What have been some of the critical success factors in adopting agile methods? What about pitfalls?

I will summarize feedback in a future article as well as post a proposed agenda for such a workshop. In order to “give back”, I will also make the initial draft of the course materials available under a Creative Commons license so that others can use the materials.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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ScrumMaster + OpenAgile + Kanban training – Toronto (June 8-10)

Just a quick note to let people know that there are spots available in the seminar we are delivering on June 8-10 in Toronto, Ontario. This seminar includes Level 1 of Scrum: Certified ScrumMaster & Level 2 of OpenAgile: Certified OpenAgile Team Member plus Kanban.

Registration and details can be found here.

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