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 applying this iterative development methodology to products, solutions, and software.

Once the seminar has been completed, participants will be eligible to become a McGill Certified Agile and SCRUM Master (MCASM) by completing an online exam.

Key Benefits & Takeaways

  • Understand and use Agile and SCRUM principles
  • Understand when to apply iterative project management techniques
  • Set up and manage a SCRUM- based or Agile project
  • Initiate the project with the relevant tools
  • Plan and estimate projects and sprints (project iterations)
  • Understand how to scale SCRUM for small to large projects
  • Understand how to review 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 the early adoption of these competitive methods.

The registration fee includes facilitation by our highly-rated faculty members, comprehensive workbooks, results-oriented exercises, seminar supplies, 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

  • History
  • Difference between traditional waterfall project management and Agile
  • Multi generational product plan
  • Industry benchmarks
  • Who is using Agile and SCRUM?
  • Self-control, collaboration, and prioritization
  • Time boxing and iterative development
  • Lean and Agile comparison
  • Key conditions
  • Modularization and design structure matrix
  • Product owner
  • Project team and profiles
  • Scrum master
  • RACI
  • Overall phases
  • Visual management
  • Kanban and pull principle
  • Risk management cycle
  • Project vision
  • SCRUM team selection and support
  • Develop the epics
  • Prioritized product backlog and its management
  • Kano Model and MoSCoW
  • Planning the release
  • Writieuser stories
  • Define acceptance criteria definition
  • Enablers identify user stories
  • Test strategies and levels
  • Benefit of using personas
  • User stories estimation techniques
  • Critical path management
  • Critical chain optimization technique
  • Approval and breakdown into tasks
  • Sprint process
  • Team interactions and daily management standups (SCRUM meeting)
  • Three fundamental questions
  • The SCRUM board and visual management
  • Metrics, burndown chart, Kanban board
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Sprint review
  • Acceptance and rejection management
  • Lessons learned sessions (retrospect)
  • Release planning schedule
  • Plan for the next cycle and integrate plan
  • 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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