• Ability to speed up the process from product design to release
  • Ability to respond flexibly to customer and user requests and functional changes
  • Ability to deal with unexpected course corrections and direction changes during a project with minimal risk
In order to be more flexible to changes and to achieve early releases, a short cycle feedback group is essential. This realization is the “power that is needed now”

The current business environment is unpredictable, competitive dynamics are fluid, and uncertainty is growing.

In such environment, there is a need to respond flexibly to business changes by repeatedly making improvements in small units based on real-time needs and feedback.
And to achieve this, the number of companies introducing Agile Scrum is rapidly increasing in globally.

However, we often hear things like the following
"We use words like agile and scrum, but the reality is that we're still doing waterfall development."
"I'm not sure if what I'm doing is right or wrong."

However we often hear the following.
  • We use Agile and Scrum-like words, but in reality we are still doing waterfall development.
  • I’m not sure if what I’m practicing now is right or wrong.
Having a "Scrum Master" on the team who understands Scrum is the key to Agile Scrum success!
Learning to understand and using Agile Scrum is not particularly difficult.

I have  taught Scrum at these major global companies and educational institutions, and have  worked in over 20 countries around the world.

In Japan, I have  extensive experience in Scrum training at companies such as Toyota Motor Corporation, Rakuten Group, Toshiba Group, NTT Group, and Mercari.

Based on this experience, I am training Scrum Masters to further promote the adoption of Agile / Scrum in Japan.
  • I want to speed up the process from product design to release
  • I want to be able to respond flexibly to customer and user requests and functional changes.
  • Respond to unexpected course corrections and direction changes during a project with minimal risk.
If you are now looking to become a practice-level Scrum Master who can meet these needs in the field, let me help you a bit.

In the Certified Scrum Master Class, I will provide you with practical guidance based on my experience.
  • Questions Welcome!

    In Joe’s “Certified Scrum Master” class, he also answers various questions from the students.

    Scrum is rapidly being adopted in Japan, and we will be happy to answer questions and concerns that come from the actual works such as the following;
How long should I set the length of the sprint?
At what granularity do you recommend breaking down each product backlog?
What can you do as a Scrum Master to motivate your team members?

Joe will respond in real time with clear answers that can be applied in the fields! Participants will be able to take their ideas into the fields without hesitation, which will accelerate the growth of their teams.

  • What is the difference between Agile and Waterfall?
  • The three roles and responsibilities of Scrum
  • What are the five Scrum events?
  • How to create and manage the three Scrum increments
  • Estimate delivery time for backlog items
  • Sprint Practice
  • Continuous improvement and teamwork
  • Certified Scrum Master Exam Preparation

  • This is an online class that utilizes Zoom.

    Teams will be formed in breakout rooms, and students will be invited to participate in a workshop-style lecture.

    Students will learn through experiences by practicing Scrum in teams using a virtual board created in Miro.

  • This seminar includes all the curriculum necessary to obtain certification.

    At the end of the two-day training, all participants will have the opportunity to take the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification exam.

    You will be granted a certification from Scrum Alliance by passing the exam.

    The course fee includes the Scrum Alliance certification fee and the certification exam fee.

    The exam will be administered online.
    ※The test can be taken in many languages of your choice.
Scrum Basics

What is Scrum?

Scrum is one of the agile methods used by many companies.
A project is divided into short periods of time, such as a few weeks, and a series of tasks from planning, execution, and testing to completion are performed within that short period of time. This is a framework for completing a project in stages, repeating the process of completing one part at a time.
Utilizing Scrum increases flexibility, allowing quicker response to market needs and accelerated innovation in the organization.

Roles in Scrum

・Product Owner
Responsible for maximizing the value of the product and setting work priorities.
・Scrum Master
Responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum.
Make the increments available for use.

Scrum Events

A short activity cycle from project planning to completion. An increment is always completed at the end of a sprint. (A sprint is an event that encompasses the following four things)
・Sprint Planning
The entire Scrum team participates. Developers create a sprint backlog to complete the highest priority product backlog items.
The product owner discusses goals to be achieved in the sprint and the product backlog items.
・Daily Scrum
This is the shortest meeting to re-plan the day’s work for optimal output.
・Spring Reviews
Inspect increments at the end of the sprint and scrutinize the product backlog, if necessary. The Scrum team and stakeholders review the results of the sprint.
・Sprint Retrospective
Review the state of the Scrum team and the areas for improvement for the next sprint. This is done after the sprint review is over and before the next sprint planning begins.

Scrum artifacts (Increments)

・Product Backlog
A list of every single sprint-sized project, product, or service. The product owner is responsible for it and the team helps him/her.
・Sprint Backlog
A plan for developers to work on the top product backlog items to meet the Definition of Done and acceptance criteria within the scope of the sprint.
・Potentially Shippable Product Increment
A project, product, or service that is operational and ready for use.

Scrum Accessories

・Not Ready
In the column or list immediately to the left of the product backlog, options for future work that you can review.
・Product Backlog Refinement
Anyone can attend the meeting. Scrutinize the items in the “not ready” column and prioritize the product backlog. That product backlog items meet the Definition of Ready.
・Definition Of Ready
It is usually located just to the left of the column that is not ready. The more than 80% chance that particular product backlog items will complete its work within a sprint, the lower the risk, and the more likely it is to be completed with minimal clarity and business alignment.
・Blocked Box
A place to locate work that is waiting for an external dependency, such as another team, vendor, or robotic process outside of the team’s control.
・Defintion Of Done
The team’s commitment is that any work completed must meet its defined quality standards.
・Completed board / DONE BOARD
A column for each sprint, scrolling back through four or more sprints, showing those that meet the Definition of Done and have been accepted by the team’s customers in each previous sprint.
・Team Working Agreement
It is usually located above the sprint backlog. It shows what has been agreed upon by the team members. The list is usually less than 10 items so that it can be remembered and used.
・Sprint Burn Down Chart
A time chart that shows what items have met the definition of completion and when they were completed. A sprint burndown chart can quickly answer the question of when a particular scope will be completed.
・Release Burn Down Chart
A time chart that shows what items were met with the Definition of Done and when those were met in the current and past sprints as the work in increments proceeded toward a larger product.
It is usually located just to the right of the completion board, and shows users, purchasers, maintainers, purchase influencers, people who will fund the project, or internal stakeholders and compliance officers who are likely to influence the release or use of the product. Each persona has a short name, a picture of what you envision, a short list of what they want from the product or service being built, and any related dislikes or sources of frustration. Assess the value and create a backlog to please each persona to mitigate risk. Ensure that benefits are maximized for every persona.
・Relative Size Estimation References
By referring to recently completed projects, the team can quickly and accurately predict the effort and complexity of the next project. Then, by forecasting the completion time according to the definition of completion and acceptance criteria, the team can know when it will be completed and whether it is speeding up or slowing down.
・Relative Value Estimation References
Reference projects are considered according to how much revenue they ultimately generate or how much impact they ultimately have on the company’s mission, mitigating risk or learning new capabilities. This creates a value score. By using a value score that can be referenced from past projects, the product owner can quickly assess the rough value to the company. After considering it in terms of the size of the effort and the technical dependencies, the highest value, lowest effort work is tackled first.
・Group Scrum Board
It is a large board with rows for each team that is working and columns where each team can see each sprint that they have completed. This shows the KPIs that are needed to run the entire business. In practice, these KPIs are usually the amount of money and resources that each team consumed in that sprint, and the amount of money and resources that the output of that sprint brought to the company. They include the number of points of work completed by that team in that sprint, the quality issues and quality scores in the output of that sprint, and what specifically was completed in that sprint.

Certified ScrumMaster

What is a Certified Scrum Master?

Certified ScrumMaster/Certified ScrumMasterR? is a certification offered by Scrum AllianceR?. This certification will help you gain a deep understanding of the Scrum framework, team member activities and roles. This certification will enable your Scrum team to collaborate and perform at the highest level.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a Certified Scrum Master?

The main roles and responsibilities of the Scrum Master are as follows
・Coach to facilitate scrum.
・Remove impediments so that the team can focus on their work.
・Maintain a good relationship between the product owner and the team, as well as with other members of the team.
・Set up an environment in which the team can execute more effectively.
・Work with the scrum team to manage the scrum process
・Support the Product Owner

What is the process of becoming a Certified Scrum Master?

The process to become a Certified Scrum Master is as follows
1.Attend an in-person or online class from a certified Scrum Trainer.
2.Upon completion of the class, students will take the certification exam offered by Scrum AllianceR?.
3.Pass the exam and be awarded the Certified ScrumMasterR? certificate.

CSM Class Training

I don’t have any scrum experience, but can I participate?

This class provides training in the essential fundamentals for experienced and aspiring Scrum Masters.

Who should take the CSM training?

・Those who are active as Scrum Masters
・Those who want to build a career as a Scrum Master
・Product owners and developers from Scrum team
・Those who want to introduce Scrum Manager of the team

Can I pay by invoice?

It is possible. Please select the payment method “Invoice” from the application form.

Can I get a receipt?

Normally, a credit card statement will be substituted for a receipt, but please contact us if you need one.

Is it possible to cancel?

Cancellations can be made up to one day prior to the class date. No cancellation fee will be charged. Refunds after payment of the invoice will be made minus a handling fee. Please let us know if you would like to change the date.

CSM Certification

What is the Certified Scrum Master exam?

This exam is offered by Scrum AllianceR? to obtain the Certified ScrumMaster/Certified ScrumMasterR? certification.

How do I take the certification exam?

This exam is offered by Scrum AllianceR? to obtain the Certified ScrumMaster/Certified ScrumMasterR? certification.

What is the pattern of the certification exam and what is the passing score?

You have 60 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions, and you must get at least 37 correct to pass.

How soon will I know the results of the certification exam?

After completing the test, click the “Submit” button, and the results will be displayed on the screen immediately.

How much does the certification exam cost?

The cost of the exam is included in the training fee; if you do not pass the exam the first time, you can take the exam a second time at no charge; if you take the exam a third time, or more than 90 days have passed since the welcome email, the cost is $25 (25 US dollars) per exam.

A two-day training that includes hands-on workshops and provides a curriculum for learning the basics of Scrum and how to operate it.
Learn about the Scrum framework and understand team roles, events and artifacts.