McGill Certified Agile and SCRUM Master (MCASM)©

Practice using agile project management techniques


Agile project management is a value-driven approach that focuses on continuous improvement, agility, team input and delivering quality products and services on time and on budget. Participants will learn about the application of this iterative development methodology to products, solutions and software development. Once the seminar is complete participants will be able to materialize their learning by completing an online exam to be a McGill Certified Agile and SCRUM Master (MCASM).

Key Benefits & Takeaways

  • Understand and use the Agile and SCRUM principles
  • Understand when to apply iterative project management techniques
  • Setting up and managing a SCRUM based or Agile project
  • Initiate the project with the relevant tools
  • Plan and estimate projects and sprints (project iterations)
  • Understanding of how to scale Scrum from small-sized to large projects
  • Understand how to review the project outcomes and plan releases

This seminar is designed for managers or team leaders at all levels interested in fast-paced and iterative product or service development. Any of these participants will benefit from early adoption of these competitive methods.

The registration fee includes facilitation by our highly-rated faculty members, a comprehensive workbook, meal service (breakfast, lunch and breaks), and a McGill Certified Agile and SCRUM Master Certificate (MCASM) — awarded upon the completion and correction of the online exam.

Participants who do not pass the exam and wish to retake it will be subject to a $90 administration fee.

Topics covered during the program

    Agile Manifesto and Principles
  • History
  • Difference between traditional waterfall project management and Agile
  • Multi Generational Product Plan
  • Industry benchmarks
  • Who is using Agile and SCRUM

  • SCRUM Principles
  • Self control
  • Collaboration
  • Prioritization
  • Time boxing
  • Iterative development
  • Lean and Agile comparison

  • Iterative Project Management Conditions
  • Key conditions
  • Modularization and design structure matrix

  • Project Management Roles
  • Product owner
  • Team and Team profile
  • Scrum master
  • RACI

  • Setting up and managing a SCRUM project
  • Overall phases
  • Visual management
  • Kanban and pull principle
  • Risk management cycle

  • Initiation of the project – tools
  • Project vision
  • SCRUM Team selection and support
  • Developing the epics
  • The prioritized product backlog and its management
  • Kano Model and MoSCoW
  • Planning the release
    Planning and estimating tools
  • Writing user stories
  • Acceptance criteria definition
  • Enablers to identify user stories
  • Testing strategies and levels
  • Why using personas
  • User stories estimation techniques
  • Critical path management
  • Critical Chain optimization technique
  • Approval and Breakdown to tasks

  • Implementing and reviewing tools
  • The sprint process
  • Team interactions and daily management standups (SCRUM meeting)
  • The 3 fundamental questions
  • The scrum board and visual management
  • Metrics, burndown chart, Kanban board
  • Rapid prototyping

  • Release planning tools
  • Sprint review
  • Acceptation and rejection management
  • Lessons learned sessions (retrospect)
  • Release planning schedule
  • Planning for the next cycle, program integration

  • Final Case Study

    McGill Certified Agile and SCRUM Master (MCASM) Exam
  • Administered online 2 weeks post seminar

CPD Hours

This program has been approved for 13 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

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Alex has a diverse background and is extremely knowledgeable, making the workshops interesting by relating the theory and concepts to actual current business scenarios. He's a natural teacher and I would highly recommend him as a facilitator.
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Amphenol Canada Corp.

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