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How much of a difference will the CSP-SM course have on my career?

It could have a significant impact on your career if you embed the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques into your everyday practice. A certification in and of itself will always hold value for emp…

What will I learn on the CSP-SM course?

The Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course was designed by the Scrum Alliance to build on the advanced knowledge of the Advanced Certified Scrum Master course and certify individual…

Is the ACSM a steppingstone to the CSP-SM course?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course was designed to act as a bridge between the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course and the Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course. Th…

How difficult is the ACSM course?

It depends on your current skills, experience and mindset. If you find that you have mastered the basics of Scrum and are actively looking for more advanced knowledge, tools, and techniques to overcom…

Does the ACSM course translate into a better salary?

Curious about the impact an Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course will have on your earning potential? John McFadyen takes some time out to explain how the course will benefit you. Very few co…

Could I coach new scrum masters after doing an ACSM course?

Curious about whether you will be able to coach new scrum masters after doing the ACSM course? John McFadyen explains. Yes, you can. In fact, I am hoping that you would already be mentoring and coachi…

How actionable is the ACSM course content?

It is very actionable. The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course is designed to help you make the transition from apprentice Scrum Master to advanced Scrum Master by providing you with the ins…

What will I be able to do after the ACSM course?

Curious about how the ACSM course will impact your #scrum career journey? John McFadyen walks us through what you’ll be able to do after attending the Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) cour…

How well recognised and respected is the A-CSM course?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) certification from the Scrum Alliance is fairly young compared to the Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master certifications. I…

Will an ACSM course earmark me for promotion at work?

Curious about what promotion opportunities advanced training will offer you? John McFadyen explains in this short video. It is very seldom that a company will award a promotion exclusively because of …

What are my next steps after the ACSM course?

The Scrum Alliance designed the Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course to be the bridge between the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course and the Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-S…

Can I attend the CSP-SM course without doing an ACSM course first?

You are more than welcome to attend a Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course without having done an Advanced Certified Scrum Master course, but we wouldn’t advise it. The reason for…

What is the difference between a CSM and an ACSM course?

They are chalk and cheese. The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course is designed as an entry level certification that introduces delegates to Scrum and primarily, the role of the Scrum Master in Scrum. …

Does the ACSM course teach me or simply validate my skills?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course is designed to both teach you new skills as well as validate your current skills as a Scrum Master. The course was designed to bridge the gap between …

What do I need to know before signing up for the ACSM course?

 The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course was designed to be a natural evolution for Certified Scrum Masters (CSM) in their quest to become a Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master. T…

Is the ACSM course theoretical or practical?

It’s a blend of both. The ACSM course features necessary theoretical knowledge and concepts that will help you better understand how Agile originated and why it has become such a powerful methodology …

How does the ACSM course prepare you to be a better Scrum Master?

The ACSM course was created by the Scrum Alliance to be a bridge between the Certified Scrum Master and the Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master certifications. It was designed to provide Certifi…

Why do I need a year’s experience as a CSM before I can attend the ACSM course?

Technically, you could join the Advanced Certified Scrum Master course a day after completing the Certified Scrum Master course, but we wouldn’t be allowed to certify you as an Advanced Certified Scru…

Does the ACSM course prepare me to be an Agile coach?

In theory, a Scrum Master is already performing the role of an Agile coach within the Scrum Team and the wider organisation. A great Agile coach is someone who has years of deeply immersed experience …

How long is the ACSM course and how is it structured?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master course is presented over a total of 16 hours. We have two different formats available for the course, namely in-person and live online training. On the remote, onli…

What will I learn on the ACSM course?

It’s an advanced course that follows on from the Certified Scrum Master course and builds on the knowledge and experience you will have gathered in the year or so since you became a Scrum Master. My c…

How long will it take to go from Scrum Master to Agile Coach?

For many people, it’s simply a case of updating your resume or LinkedIn profile. In many ways, a scrum master is an Agile coach. When they aren’t actively involved in the Scrum process, they act as Ag…

I lead a development team. Will becoming an Agile coach benefit us?

That’s an interesting one. It depends on how effectively you can make the transition from a team leader to a coach. Are you a leader or a manager? Are you someone who has a history of telling people w…

Do Agile coaches work with individuals or teams?

They work with both. Agile coaches play an integral in helping to build great teams. They do so by working with individuals within the team independently and by working with the team as a cohesive uni…

What is the difference between a Certified Enterprise Coach and a Certified Team Coach?

A Certified Enterprise Agile Coach (CEC) is an Agile coaching certification awarded to individuals who have demonstrated competence and capability working at the enterprise level of an organisation by…

I’m an entrepreneur. Will becoming an Agile coach help me lead my organisation more effectively?

The short answer is no. You’re an entrepreneur, you already have a significant job to do. What I would advise that you do is hire or observe an Agile coach in practice. Agile is a natural fit for entr…

How much of an impact can Agile coaches have for entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurs are simply leaders in business often working in a smaller business than some of the giants out there. Agile coaches can work with entrepreneurs to keep them aware of options, aware of po…

How does Agile coaching help Agile transformations?

Traditionally, Agile coaches are involved in two areas of an Agile transformation. At the team level and at the executive leadership level. In my experience, Agile coaches are often placed at the team…

I’m a project manager, can I make the transition to Agile coach?

Yes, you can. Project managers possess a great deal of valuable skills that are transferable into the Agile world. Project managers already understand the process of delivering great products that tru…

How will hiring an Agile coach help our business?

If you hire the right person and listen to their feedback and input, you’re going to find that an Agile coach is having the kind of conversations that helps the team and the organisation identify bott…

What is the difference between an Agile coach and a project manager?

Where to begin. A project manager possesses a great deal of amazing skills in project delivery. They are primarily concerned with delivering a project within a specified time frame and within a specif…

Is Agile coaching a natural evolution from Scrum Mastery?

It can be, and it often is a natural progression for many scrum masters. It was for me personally too. As a Scrum Master, you’re working on helping teams embrace Scrum to solve complex problems and bu…

How effective is Agile coaching in an organisation that doesn’t embrace Agile?

Many organisations don’t know and understand Agile. Many of them simply aren’t ready to make the transition to a completely new way of working. Some of them have great reasons why a full Agile transfo…

Are there levels of seniority for Agile coaches?

In any working environment, there are going to be people with varying degrees of expertise and experience. It’s that diversity that makes Agile coaching so valuable and rewarding. There isn’t, however…

How will I know if the Agile coach role is a good fit for me?

The best way to find out is to do the work. Be an Agile coach. An Agile coach is often a thankless job. If something goes wrong, it’s the Agile coach that gets called out for it. When things go well, …

How is an Agile coach different to a Scrum Master?

Technically, they are no different. There is a difference in style and expertise but ultimately, a great scrum master acts as a coach throughout the organisation to help the team optimize Scrum and ac…

What would be a great apprenticeship for an Agile coach?

Working in an Agile environment, with a team, to actively create and produce products or services that truly delight customers. There is no substitute for actual experience in the role, actively worki…

Can I become an Agile coach from both the Scrum Master and Product Owner tracks?

Yes, you can. In the vast majority of cases, scrum masters generally progress into Agile coaching as a result of the degree of coaching that is involved in their work as a Scrum Master. They work with…

Do project managers make great candidates for Agile Coaches?

It depends. Are they even good as a project manager? If they are, they possess valuable skills that are transferable into the coaching and Agile coaching environment? It depends a lot on mindset as we…

How do I integrate Agile coaching into a traditional management role?

Let’s start with coaching before we examine the ‘Agile’ part of that question. Over the past 100 years, management has thrived in the simple or complicated space. Production lines and civil engineerin…

Is Agile Coaching a line management position?

There’s nothing to stop an Agile coach from being a line manager, but I wouldn’t advise it. They are 2 distinctly separate roles. Line Management A line manager usually carries a great deal of authori…

Do I need to be an expert in Scrum to start my journey as an Agile coach?

It’s important to define what you mean by ‘expert’. The Scrum Guide is officially 13 pages long. It is simple to understand yet incredibly hard to master. Much of your experience in a Scrum environmen…

Do you need to be an Agile or Scrum practitioner to become an Agile coach?

Yes, you do. You really need to understand Agile. You need to have lived it, breathed it, and worked within Agile team environments to really get this stuff. You need to understand, on a visceral leve…

What are career opportunities for an Agile coach?

The sky is truly the limit. An Agile coach works with large and small organisations around the world. You could be invested in helping individuals as they progress through their apprenticeship and jou…

What is the difference between an Agile coach and a traditional coach?

A professional coach uses questions and frameworks to help guide you through thinking about the problem you are trying to solve. They help you understand, specifically, what it is that you want to do …

What is an Agile coach?

An Agile coach is someone who helps align a team with Agile values and principles so that the team can thrive. They are invested in creating an environment where teams can build products and services …

Why Coaching is the Number One Skill for Leaders in in an Uncertain World

It is often said that everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change themselves. There are few groups for which this is more apt than senior leaders. It was once thought that leaders n…