Become a Certified Scrum@Scale for Government Practitioner (SaS)
Duration: 2 Days
Format: Interactive exercises, real-world examples from Government Agencies
Dates & Times: Thursday August 20 – Friday August 21, 2020
9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET
Location: Reston, VA, 11951 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA, USA
Price: Starting at $399 for government employees
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Scrum@Scale for Government
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This price is valid through July 31, 2020
Scrum@Scale is a lightweight, flexible framework designed to deliver the benefits of agile on a large scale — from 30 people to 30,000. Scrum@Scale is built by the original creator of Scrum, Dr. Jeff Sutherland (US Air Force retired) and is a natural extension of Scrum, which is by a wide margin the most widely used Agile framework in the world. Unlike some competing scaling frameworks, Scrum@Scale is completely compatible with both the Agile Manifesto and core Scrum values.
Graduates who pass a brief exam will earn the official Scrum@Scale Practitioner certification.
The first Scrum@Scale prototype launched in 1983, providing over 35 years of evidence the concepts are sound. Some organizations that have struggled with competing top-down scaling frameworks have significantly improved productivity and quality using Scrum@Scale.
We designed this class from the ground-up for federal, state, and local US Government agencies and the contractors who support them. Dr. Sutherland started his career as a fighter pilot in the US Air Force, where he achieved Top Gun status and flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam. His experience in life-and-death situations influenced the “Minimum Viable Bureaucracy” approach to Scrum@Scale. And the concepts are compatible with those relayed by General Stanley McChrystal in his groundbreaking book, Teams of Teams.
We strongly recommend participants understand team-level Scrum prior to the class. For a brief but effective introduction, we recommend the following video: https://youtu.be/D8vT7G0WATM
- People passionate about their role in transforming the US government for the better
- US federal, state, and local employees and contractors involved with overseeing and building products (e.g., software, hardware) and services requiring coordination across 30 – 30,000 people
- Government CXOs, Deputy CXOs, and other senior military and civilian staff interested in achieving the benefits of agility at scale
- People with team-level agile and Scrum experience who want to expand their knowledge of effective scaling techniques
- Acquisitions experts who need to understand key agile scaling concepts and unique contracting approaches consistent with DoD and TechFAR guidelines
$399 Special rate for ONLY the first 20 US government employees who register (> 75% off regular price)
$1,599 Early bird admission available until May 1, 2020
$1,799 Regular admission
- Scrum@Scale Practitioner Certification (after passing brief exam)
- Course certificate of completion
- Coffee and tea, light breakfast, lunch, water, and afternoon snacks every day
- Group Q&A and coaching support once per quarter for 6 months following class
- One 30 minute one-on-one Q&A session with the lead instructor within 3 months of class
- Hard and soft copies of course materials designed from the ground-up exclusively for the US Government
- 16 Project Management Institute (PMI) PDUs and 16 Category B Scrum Education Units (SEUs)
- Why Scrum and Scrum@Scale make sense for government
- Scaling with a Minimal Viable Bureaucracy
- Avoiding “Mega-Issues” that derail success
- Roadmap for successful change
- Beyond software: benefits for services, hardware, and operations
- Metrics worth measuring at an enterprise, program and team level
- Facilitating cross-team collaboration and release planning with tens, hundreds, or thousands of people
- Government procurement and staffing considerations
Is this course helpful for senior executives and leaders?
- Yes, it is designed to be valuable for leaders. Scaling Scrum is not just about coordinating the work of multiple teams or implementing Scrum across your organization. It is about effective Agile leadership. This is why Scrum@Scale is used by the Agile Leadership Academy to train executives on how to build Agile companies.
Are there any prerequisites to the course?
- We strongly recommend participants understand team-level Scrum prior to the class. For a brief but effective introduction, we recommend the following video: https://youtu.be/D8vT7G0WATM. Contact us for more Scrum literacy recommendations.
What do I need to bring to training?
- All supplies are provided. Laptops are not needed.
What if I fail the certification exam?
- You can take it again a 2nd time at no cost. Our focus is on making sure people understand the key concepts, not on charging you exorbitant fees to re-take an exam.
Do I get continuing education credits for attending?
- Yes, attendees receive 16 Project Management Institute PDUs and 16 Category B Scrum Education Units (SEUs).
Is Scrum@Scale the same as SAFe?
- No. While both are scaling frameworks, they are very different. Scrum@Scale is built by the creator of Scrum, Dr. Jeff Sutherland. Dr. Sutherland started his career as a fighter pilot in the US Air Force, and his experience in life-and-death situations influenced the “Minimum Viable Bureaucracy” approach to Scrum@Scale.
I’ve heard that the US Air Force has strongly discouraged the use of SAFe. Is that true? Do the same concerns apply to Scrum@Scale?
- The US Air Force Chief Software Officer issued a memo stating that programs are strongly discouraged from using rigid, prescriptive frameworks such as the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). In contrast, Scrum@Scale is a ‘lightweight’, tailorable framework focused on key Scrum concepts already proven to work in the government.
Why is Scrum@Scale a good fit for the Government?
- … mention… created by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, the creator of Scrum and is a natural extension of Scrum. Scrum is the most applied method of applying Agile concepts in both the US government and the private sector.
I’m a contractor or vendor partner. Can I attend?
- Yes. The course is for both US Government employees and their partners. Anyone passionate about transforming government through agility is welcome.
Is the exam hard?
- We don’t think so. The exam is focused on core concepts and there is no ‘trickery’. If you pay attention during the class and read through the materials, you should have no trouble passing the exam.
Do I need to pay to renew my Scrum@Scale Certification
- Yes, but it is less costly than most certifications. The Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner credential is valid for two years. You may renew it by paying a $50 renewal fee and passing the most up-to-date version of the Scrum@Scale Practitioner exam.
What if I have special dietary needs?
- Let us know through the registration form and we’ll try to accommodate you.
How does the certification process work?
- After completing the training, the instructors will provide a link to take the exam online. Once you pass the exam, you will receive notification via email along with your Scrum@Scale Certified Practitioner badge.
What is your cancellation policy?
My company needs to pay for my training via PO & invoice. How do I register with this payment method?
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How do I claim Project Management Institute (PMI) PDU’s for your class?
- Detailed instructions can be found at https://www.pmi.org/help/ccrs_user/default.htm, under the “How to Submit PDUs for Courses & Training” tab
- When you enter the name of a provider, the system looks for PMI-approved providers within the search, but allows you to enter third-party providers into the field.If you want pre-approved activity information to pre-populate in the claim form, select a provider from the list. If you took a course or training activity offered by a third-party vendor – a vendor that was not pre-approved by PMI for its PDUs – DO NOT select a provider from the list, simply type the provider name into the field.
- Enter or modify the PDU values that align with the talent Triangle. For third-party providers and activities, manually enter PDU values under the Technical skill area for each certification to which this activity applies (if you hold multiple certifications). Manually enter PDU values for Leadership and Strategic skill areas – these PDUs will automatically be shared across certifications (if you hold multiple certifications).
My organization/company is interested in hosting a private training for our employees, how does that work?
- More information about private training is available at this link.
Dave Witkin is one of only 100 people in the world personally trained and certified by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, the creator of Scrum, to teach Scrum@Scale. He is one of only two Scrum@Scale trainers focused exclusively on the US Government.
He has focused on large-scale programs (i.e., up to $2.6B and involving 500+ people) during his nearly 30-year career consulting at 10 different government agencies, and has taught hundreds of students to use Scrum, Scrum@Scale, and other agile scaling frameworks.
He practices what he preaches and is currently leading efforts to apply “effective agility” across a large agency and coaching several large scaled agile government programs.