Information for students:
Scrum Master Bootcamp
Journeyman Scrum Course
Advanced Scrum series
Certificate holders
Beginning and Advanced Jira
Class schedules and locations
Price list
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Scrum Master Bootcamp.
This class is our version of a "traditional" Scrum Master training class. It is a 16 hour course that gives the knowedge and information needed to prepare the student to take and pass a first level Scrum Master certification exam. Upon completion of the course, students are engouraged to attempt the "Professional Scrum Master Level I" (PSM I) assessment administered by Almost all students have been able to pass the assessment on the first attempt

Journeyman Scrum course.
This unique course is the one making SiliconValleyScrum famous. It combines traditional classroom training with actual hands-on experience working on a real software development project.

The course begins with the material from the Scrum Master Bootcamp and adds material from Jira Agile Basics. It then provides several optional add-on modules that can be used to prepare for several different certification examination soffered by The student may choose from modules to prepare for the Profesional Scrum Product Owner level i (PSPO I) exam, the Profession Scrum Developer (PSD) exam, and/or the Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS) exam. The student can end up with one or more of the PSM I, PSPO I, PSD, and SPS certifications -- even all four!.

After the classroom work is finished the students recruit more developers (if needed) and undertake a 4-6 week project developing software for a not-for-profit agency. The students play the roles of Scrum Master, Product Owner and Developer in a real project developing real software to fill a real need for a real customer. Most students report that this portion of the course is by far the most valuable.

Click here to see how Journeyman Scrum compares to other Scrum Certification training programs.

In light of the unique nature of this training, students who complete this course are awarded one or more of the following certifactions over and above those awarded by
  • Journeyman Scrum Master (JSM) -- for those students who earn the PSM I and play the Scrum Master role in the project.
  • Journeyman Scrum Product Owner (JSPO) -- for those students who earn the PSPO I and play the Scrum Product Owner role in the project
  • Journeyman Scrum Developer (JSD) -- for those students who earn the PSD and play the role of Scrum Developer in the project.
  • Journeyman Scrum Practicioner (JSP) -- for those students who earn more than one of the Level I certifications and play more than one role in the project.

The term "Journeyman" comes from the building trades. A Journeyman plumber or electrician is someone with the knowledge and experience necessary to be competent working in the field of plumbing or electricity.

Likewise, a Journeyman Scrum certificate holder has demonstrated the ability to implement and use the Scrum Framework competently in a professional setting.

Advanced Scrum Series
The first class in this series is Advanced Scrum Case Studies. It is the only course available anywhere that is specificcally designed to prepare students for "2nd level" Scrum assessments such as's Professional Scrum Master level II (PSM II) certification exam.

The course is structured along the lines of a Masters Degree program at a university. The curriculum consists of six case studies that are carefully selected to illustrate and represent a number of "real world" situations where the Scrum Framework can be applied. These cases are prepared by the students for a group discussion with the instructor once per week. A seventh case is also given to the students to be prepared individually in writing (like a Master's thesis) and defended 1 on 1 with the instructor at the end of the six-week program.

Students wishing to take this course must first earn a PSM I certification from Students completing this course have been able to take and pass the Professional Scrum Master Level II (PSM II) certification from with an average score of over 90%.

The next class in the series is Implementing the Nexus Framework for Scaled Scrum This is an 8 week hands-on course that begins with a brief classroom review of the Nexus Exoskeleton for Scaled Scrum.

After the review is complete, the students recruit developers and undertake a Scaled Scrum Project in which several Scrum Teams work togehter to deliver a product for a not-for-profit organization. The studetns play the Scrum Master roles for the teams and coach them how to use the Nexus Framework to coordinate their efforts.

Due to the unique nature of these two courses, students who complete them successfully are given special recognition in the form of a special certification.

People who complete the Advanced Scrum Series are given a new certification called Master of the Scrum Framework (MSF) in recognition of their accomplishment.

Click here to see how Advanced scrum Case Studies compares to other Advanced Scrum Certification training programs.

Click here to view a searchable list of Journeymen Scrum and Master of the Scrum Framework certificate recipients.

Beginning and Advanced Jira.
This series consists of three courses:
  • Jira Agile Basics
  • Advanced Jira Configuration
  • Jira Server Administration
Jira Agile Basics is a 4 hour class that teaches the "basics" about how to use Jira in an Agile/Scrum setting. It is designed to show the student how to use jira to create projects, product backlogs, sprint backlogs, track product and sprint status, create flexible queries, dashboards, reports, and import/export Jira information to other tools such as Microsoft Excel. The class is taught through a series of hands-on exercises the student performs using the SiliconValleyScrum. instance of Jira.

Advanced Jira Configuration is an 8 hour class that teaches techniques for customizing Jira. Once again, the student learns by doing hands-on exercises involving creating new issue types, new "workflows", customizing the content of stories and bugs as well as how to use the security features of Jira to control access to the data. After completing the course the student will have the knowledge necessary to customize and administer a Jira installation.

Jira Server Administration is an 8 hour class that teaches tools needed to perform server side administrative functions. Learn how to install and upgrade a Jira server instance. Perform Jira backups and restore a Jira instance after a crash. Monitor disk space usage and tune performance. Monitor system logging and troubleshoot problems. After completing this course the student will have the knowledge needed to keep a Jira server running properly.

Students who wish to play the role of Professional Jira Administtrator in an organization are encouraged to take all three courses.

Class locations and schedules.
All classes are kept small -- usually 4-6 people. This makes it possible to give flexibility to the scheduling of the training and to its location.

SiliconValleyScrum. maintains classrooms in Sunnyvale, Ca and in the financial district of San Francisco, Ca. Classes ae scheduled in one location or the other depending on which is more convenient for the students in that particular class. All subjects can also be taught successfully in an online "virtual classroom" using video conferencing software.

Classroom sessions are generally taught in the afternoon and generally last 4 hours each. This pattern can be changed with the agreement of all of the students in a particular class. Those 4 hour blocks can be combined into all-day 8 hour sessions if desired. They can be taught in weekday afternoons, mornings, evenings or on weekends.

Generally speaking, the first session of a course starts with a discussion of the class calendar. When a calendar is agreed upon, the teaching begins.

Note: Scheduling of the work within the software development projects in theJourneyman Scrumseries and the Implementing the Nexus Framework for Scaled Scrum courses is a joint effort by the Scrum Master, the Product Owner and the Developers on each Scrum Team. Part of the work of the project is for the team to manage itself and figure out where and when to do their work together.

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