Certified ScrumMaster®

Begin your Journey to Become an Exceptional Scrum Master

When you take your Certified ScrumMaster training with John McFadyen, you can do more than simply get certified. You will have skills, tools and techniques you can put into practice the moment the course is over.

Over the years, John has trained 1,000s of new practitioners, helping them take their first steps on their journey to mastering Scrum and Agile, and would love to welcome you on a future course.

Your journey never ends. Life has a way of changing things in incredible ways.

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About the Course

A very clear comprehensive course which outlines the role of Scrum Master and clarifies and dispels myths and misconceptions.

Daphne Addy

Brand Manager

As described Scrum doesn’t work for everyone, so as long as it is relevant to what you’re doing I would strongly recommend it. John was really engaging and prepared to stay on for additional questions. it didn’t feel rushed it was run at a great pace.

Vicki Saville

Head of Projects and Contracts

While my role does not directly match up with the “scrum master” role I feel that this course has identified some gaps that I now can address.

Danielle Marley

Technical Project Manager

Scrum is easy to understand, but difficult to master.

John McFadyen is a global expert who will help you correctly and successfully implement Scrum in the workplace with his extensive knowledge, years of hands-on work experience, and a passion to serve teams and individuals.

Certified Scrum Master training teaches you how to collaborate creatively toward producing the most valuable work, the right way, at the right time. This course not only aids professional development but also teaches you the basics of Scrum with practical guidance on how to apply it to your organisation.

Your learning doesn’t end after the course ends. John is happy to support you through your agile journey by offering continued guidance, advanced learning opportunities, and additional resources to help you become the best you can be in your Scrum role. He is passionate about igniting the hearts and minds of individuals, encouraging them to bring joy and prosperity into the world of work.

John has over a 98.9% pass rate on the Scrum Alliance CSM exam.

Why Train with John McFadyen?

Since certifying as a Certified Scrum Trainer in 2018, John has trained hundreds of agile practitioners in certified classes and led dozens of private in-house courses for teams.

Poor training leads to poor Scrum practices.

John has been vetted by Scrum Alliance’s rigorous assessment to ensure quality.

Leave energized and inspired.

Sharing insights and experiences means a course is about not only knowledge but also a long-lasting impact.

Our focus is on the learner’s journey.

Mastery of anything takes more than a day, and John is willing to support you on that journey.

Become part of a global community.

Join other passionate, certified practitioners in Agile Centre’s online community.


On-Demand Introduction to Agile & Scrum

2 hours of on-demand video delivered by Certified Scrum Trainers and deeply experienced Agile coaches help you get to grips with the foundation elements of Scrum and Agile, practical guidance for adopting Scrum, and give you valuable insights into why Agile frameworks are vital for building valuable products, services and companies in the 21st Century.

Scrum Master Preparation Exams

Created by a highly respected Certified Scrum Trainer with years of experience in the industry, this course has been designed to demonstrate what to expect from the Scrum Master exams, from explanations, through to the vast range of topics covered in the 230 questions that make up our mock exams, inspired by questions from the real Certified ScrumMaster® and Professional Scrum Master™ Level I exams.

PDUs, SEUs and Certification

What are PDUs and SEUs? Click here to learn more.

Certified ScrumMaster

On completion of the training and passing the exam you will be registered with the Scrum Alliance as a Certified ScrumMaster

15 PDUs

This course earns you 15 PDUs within the PMI.

16 SEUs

This course earns you 16 SEUs towards your CSP designation within the Scrum Alliance.

About John

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.

John is passionate about cultivating high-performing Agile organisations that unleash people’s passion and creativity. As an Agile coach, John has worked with C-Suite level individuals on cultivating and embedding Business Agility within the DNA or large organisations.

In addition to being an Agile coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, John is also a founding partner of Agile Centre.

More about John McFadyen

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Who Should Take This Course?

This is an introductory course.

If you have already begun your Scrum Master journey with the CSM then consider the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster®.

This is a core course for the following roles:

  • Scrum Masters
  • Agile Coaches
  • Team Members
  • Developers
  • Testers
  • Analysts
  • Architects
  • Team Leads
  • Project Managers

This is a recommended course for the following roles:

  • Manager
  • Product Owner

Certified ScrumMaster Course Outline

Why Agile?

Agile seems to be everywhere today, but what is it really?

In this section we look at where Agile comes from, the underlying values and principles that make up the Agile Manifesto and when it makes sense to use – and to not use – and Agile approach.

Scrum Overview

An introduction to the Scrum framework, including the roles, artefacts, events, commitments and underlying theory of empirical process control.

Also made available as an on-demand course via Agile Centre’s Digital Academy for free to participants.

Understanding Scrum Roles

A deep dive into the roles (accountabilities) of the Scrum framework and how they interact with each other, and the wider organisation, to create a high performing team.

Want to know what the scrum master does every day? We cover that here.

Product Backlog

A simple list of everything we can think the product may need, and at the same time so much more. How do you add items to this list? How do you go from vague ideas to actionable work the team are confident they can complete?

User stories, product backlog refinement and similar are covered here too.

Self-Managing Teams

Self-management and self-organisation are regularly used phrases today, but what do they mean? How can you foster such an environment inside your team?

We look at the history of work and how we can support organisations in adopting more suitable management styles in the 21st Century.

Definition of Done

Often thought of as a simple “to-do” list, the Definition of Done is so much more. How do you know what work is expected? How does the team know it has reached the required quality?

In this section, we look at how to make use of an overlooked aspect of Scrum.

The Sprint & Increment

Know what is expected in a Sprint, who commits to what, how the team go about the work, and, vitally, how successful teams create one or more Increments of value every Sprint.

Answers to questions such as “how long should our Sprint be?” are found here.

Scrum Events

What does a scrum master do in each event? What do other team members do? How do you best support your team on their path to high performance?

This section gives you answers to those questions and more.

Planning & Forecasting

“When will we get our stuff?” is a question that never seems to go away.

Here we look at the types of planning and forecasting that form part of Scrum, those regularly used alongside Scrum and a practical tool to ensure stakeholders and team members are all aligned on where we are and where we are going next.

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