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5 things you didn’t know about the CSP-SM course, but really should. Part 2

The CSP-SM Course: A Journey to Professionalism in Scrum


Welcome to our deep dive into the Certified Scrum Professional – Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course! As a seasoned Scrum Trainer, I’m here to guide you through what makes this course a transformative experience. The CSP-SM is not just a certification; it’s a testament to your commitment to mastering Scrum practices and elevating your professional journey.

Why the CSP-SM Course is Challenging (and Why It Should Be)

Embrace the Challenge

The CSP-SM course is designed to be challenging. Here’s why:

  • Real Growth Happens Outside Comfort Zones: Easy courses may feel rewarding in the short term, but true professional growth demands effort and perseverance.
  • Comprehensive Understanding: The complexities of real-world Scrum practices cannot be captured in an easy course. The challenges you face in the CSP-SM will mirror those in actual projects, preparing you better for your professional life.

Key Expectations

To succeed in this course, you must:

  • Show Up Consistently: Your presence is crucial. Each session is a stepping stone in your learning journey.
  • Share Your Experiences: Bring your real-world Scrum experiences to the table. Share what you got right and, more importantly, what you got wrong.
  • Contribute Actively: Demonstrate your ability to add value to the group’s collective knowledge.

Bringing Real Situations to the Table

Learning from Real Experiences

In the CSP-SM course, theoretical knowledge isn’t enough. Here’s what we focus on:

  • Practical Application: Discuss real situations you’ve encountered as a Scrum Master.
  • Problem-Solving Approaches: Share how you’ve tackled different challenges. This is where true learning lies.

Personal Example

Let me share a personal example to illustrate this point:

When I was working with a cross-functional team at XYZ Corporation, we encountered a major roadblock during a sprint. Our usual processes weren’t working, and team morale was low. Instead of imposing a top-down solution, I facilitated an open discussion where every team member shared their perspective. This collective problem-solving approach not only resolved the issue but also strengthened team cohesion. Sharing such experiences in the CSP-SM course helps others learn from real-life scenarios and fosters a deeper understanding of Scrum.

Demonstrating Professionalism

What It Means to Be a Professional Scrum Master

Being a professional Scrum Master goes beyond having theoretical knowledge. It involves:

  • Continuous Improvement: Always seek ways to improve your practices.
  • Adaptability: Be prepared to handle different problems and opportunities.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Actively contribute to the group’s learning process.

Key Recommendations

To demonstrate professionalism in your CSP-SM journey, I recommend:

  1. Document Your Experiences: Keep a journal of your Scrum Master experiences. Note down challenges, solutions, and outcomes.
  2. Engage in Continuous Learning: Stay updated with the latest Scrum practices and trends. Attend workshops, webinars, and read relevant literature.
  3. Seek Feedback: Regularly ask for feedback from peers and mentors to identify areas for improvement.

The Certification Process

Steps to Achieving CSP-SM Certification

Earning your CSP-SM certification involves several steps:

  1. Complete Prerequisites: Ensure you meet all the prerequisites before enrolling in the course.
  2. Active Participation: Engage fully in all course activities, discussions, and exercises.
  3. Showcase Your Expertise: Demonstrate your skills and knowledge through real-world examples and case studies.

Final Thoughts on the Certification Journey

Achieving the CSP-SM certification is a significant milestone in your professional journey. It validates your expertise and commitment to Scrum practices. Remember, the journey is as important as the destination. Embrace the challenges, learn from your experiences, and continuously strive to improve.


The CSP-SM course is a rigorous yet rewarding journey that equips you with the skills and knowledge to excel as a Scrum Master. By showing up consistently, sharing your experiences, and demonstrating professionalism, you’ll not only earn your certification but also elevate your professional standing in the Scrum community.

Key Takeaways

  • Embrace the Challenge: The CSP-SM course is meant to be challenging. Accept it as a path to real growth.
  • Share and Learn: Bring your real-world experiences to the table. Learn from others and contribute actively.
  • Professionalism Matters: Demonstrate your commitment to continuous improvement and knowledge sharing.

Let’s embark on this journey together, and transform our Scrum practices from good to great! 🚀

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John McFadyen Managing Partner
John McFadyen is an Executive and Enterprise Agile Coach with proven experience working on some of the UK and Europe’s largest, most complex Agile Transformations. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, John brings a wealth of experience as an Agile coach, Agile practitioner and software developer into each of the four core courses he provides. The war stories, the insights into successful Agile transformations and everything he has learned from coaching high-performance Agile teams combine to provide course delegates with a unique, compelling training experience that transforms as much as it empowers.

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