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.

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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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Half-price Certified ScrumMaster Training ends Sept 21

The summer is quickly coming to an end, and with it will end our summer special of 50% off Certified ScrumMaster training or only $995.00 CAD.  Our special offer is still available for the next 25 people to register and pay, but that offer ends on September 21.  Check out our course listing page – every CSM course we have scheduled in Canada is available at this fantastic price (Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa).

Even without the discount, our course is a better value than many out there.  It’s a three day course instead of the normal two.  This gives you a chance to really dig into the concepts and practices of Scrum and Agile Project Management.  Our course is especially designed for project managers, team leads and aspiring leaders.  This course is a perfect way to help you expand your knowledge and skills in a practical and effective way.

Our list of scheduled courses is here.  Do not miss this great deal.

We’ve been asked, why don’t we bounce around offering courses in other cities like other Scrum Trainers? The simple answer is because we live here in Canada, and we offer courses in locations where we can support you and your organization after the training course is over. Trainers who parachute in from south of the border don’t do that. We are committed to helping you get the most out of Agile in your organization. Give Berteig Consulting a call and let us show you the quality consulting and coaching services we provide.

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50% Discount on ScrumMaster Training – Only 59 Spots Left

Our summer special is proving to be very popular!  We started with 100 spots at our 50% discount price of CAD 995.00.  We’re down to 59 spots.  Check out our course listing page – every CSM course we have scheduled in Canada is available at this fantastic price (Toronto, Waterloo, Edmonton, Ottawa).

Even without the discount, our course is a better value than many out there.  It’s a three day course instead of the normal two.  This gives you a chance to really dig into the concepts and practices of Scrum and Agile Project Management.  Our course is really designed for project managers, team leads and other managers, instead of being for anyone interested in Scrum.  Of course, if you are interested in a leadership role, but aren’t there yet, you are still welcome to come!

Not only that, we don’t run courses in locations where it is not easy for use to support you after you take the course.  We run our business in Canada, and our consulting and coaching work is there to help you if you want further assistance with doing agile in your organization.  Even if you aren’t in Canada, maybe your organization has a group in Canada or you have professional contacts in Canada – if so, let them know about this fantastic opportunity.

Find our list of scheduled courses here.

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Scrum Training Discount

We know that our Certified ScrumMaster Seminar is already the best value out there: 3 days of intensive training for just $2000 Canadian Dollars (that’s about $1700 USD), with all sorts of great exercises and practical advice, and mind-changing concepts.  However, we also know that if you have attended a CSM course already, you can’t easily justify going to another one.  That’s why we are offering a substantial discount if you are already a Certified ScrumMaster.  If you have gone to any CSM training in the past at any time with any trainer, you can take advantage of a 50% discount to come to our course.  That means attending, refreshing, rejuvenating and getting a great opportunity for just $1000 Canadian Dollars (that’s about $850 USD).

Contact us at sales@berteigconsulting.com if you would like more information.  Applicable to all public courses offered in Canada by Berteig Consulting.  Offer valid for all paid registrations made for classes being held before the end of August 2009.  (Also a great opportunity to visit Canadian relatives, see the CN Tower, or just get away during the summer…)

Here are the classes:

May 13-15, 2009 – Toronto (Markham)

June 3-5, 2009 – Ottawa

July 15-17, 2009 – Waterloo

July 22-24, 2009 – Toronto (Markham)

August 12-14 – Toronto (Markham)

August 26-28 – Ottawa

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Book Commentary

AGILE Project Management with Scrum -A book by Ken Schwaber

Prior to the Certified ScrumMaster seminar I attended in August 2008, I read the book by Ken Schwaber called Agile Project Management with Scrum based on a recommendation from Mishkin Berteig.    After attending the seminar and becoming certified as a ScrumMaster I re-read the book.   The second reading was much more valuable than the first for I had a much better understanding of Scrum.   Here are my comments on this book.

What have I learned?

1.    The adoption of Scrum methodology is more about changing roles and behaviours than it is about embracing a new process.

It was obvious to me and to Ken that one of the greatest challenges facing those individuals when moving from a their current environment to a scrum environment was that they would need to change their behaviours.    In the former environment the team member would be directed and inspected based on what their project manager told them to do.  The PM is the boss and the team members are somewhat powerless.  In Scrum the team members take responsibility for their commitments and communicate their accomplishments on a daily basis.  The hardest change occurs when the project manager is asked to become a ScrumMaster.  The project Manager is familiar with assigning tasks and personally inspecting results. In the scrum environment they are the servants of the team, removing obstacles and facilitating the process.   As Ken states in this book some project managers have great difficulty transitioning into the ScrumMaster role.  They are unwilling to give up the power and position as a project master.   It is hard to move from the leader of the pack to become the sheep dog herding the sheep!

2.    Scrum is unforgiving for if you do not apply the fundamental principles it is likely your efforts to adopt Scrum will fail.

As I reviewed the numerous case studies Ken chronicled is was apparent that when organizations, Team members, Product Owners and ScrumMasters followed the terms, conditions and guidelines of the Scrum methodology, they tended to deliver on their commitments.   When they misunderstood, misused or deleted some portion of the methodology they tended not to accomplish their objectives.   The methodology is well thought out and works in many situations when used appropriately.

3.    Scrum enhances individual and team expertise.

I agree and totally support Ken’s opinion about the value of Scrum.   I have no doubt the individual team member is empowered and has a greater sense of achievement.    Obviously based on his case studies, Ken builds a strong case that Scrum allows the team to deliver quicker.  The process is more change adaptive, responsive to customer needs, timely and economical than traditional methods.   Greater energy and capacity is released in the team and individual team members.

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3-Day Certified ScrumMaster Training – Toronto

Agile Project Management – Certified ScrumMaster Training
Offered by Berteig Consulting Inc. www.berteigconsulting.com

Agile methods promise early, continuous and accelerating return on investment for stakeholders and a high level of job satisfaction for teams. Agile methods are appropriate for a variety of projects including program development, materials development, new product development, IT projects and software development outsourcing. In this three-day course, you will learn the foundational skills of agile process facilitation and project management, focused on the role of the ScrumMaster (also known as: Agile Project Manager, Process Facilitator, Team Coach).
What You Will Learn:

In this 3-Day course participants learn how to guide a team, a project, or an organization into a process of rapid delivery of valuable results. Exercises, case studies, and examples are used to assist participants to develop the knowledge, skills, capabilities and insights needed to make the shift from traditional management practices to Agile practices.

In this workshop you will learn:
• agile project management practices that enable hyper-productive projects;
• agile processes and facilitation tools that improve the productivity of the team;
• agile collaboration methods to remove the barriers between the team and the customer; and,
• to improve the lives of the team members by facilitating creativity and empowerment.
Why is this ScrumMaster course better than others out there?

Our Agile Project Management / ScrumMaster course is unique in many ways. Here is what you get when you attend our course:
• Three intensive days of training with exercises, simulations, discussion and lecture
• Classroom management using agile methods so that you can learn by example
• Course material designed for the ScrumMaster/Project Manager role not diluted to accommodate other roles
• Taught by one of the most experienced Certified Scrum Trainers in the world
• Low class size with a maximum of 15 students compared to some trainers with 20, 30 or even 50 students!
• Electronic copies of all course materials including free updates forever
• 24 PDUs if you are a member of the Project Management Institute
• Certification as a ScrumMaster at the ScrumAlliance that never expires
• One year paid membership in the ScrumAlliance

• Light breakfast and lunch all three days

Note: To learn more about this course and to register, please visit our website:

http://www.berteigconsulting.com/AgileScrumCertificationCSMTrainingOctober2008TorontoOntarioCanada

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