CSM Course Preparation

Your Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®.) course presents a learning opportunity that you are likely to get only once. A little preparation will go a long way in helping you to get the most out of our course time together. Please put aside at least 90 minutes to complete all of the following.

  1. The Manifesto for Agile Software Development– the original articulation of “Agile”

Link: https://agilemanifesto.org

In addition to the four value statements, please note the twelve principles. Please take the time to reflect on what these words mean as well as the degree to which you and those that you work with genuinely share these values and follow these principles.


  1. The Scrum Guide – the definition of Scrum by its inventors

Link: https://scrumguides.org

This is the core body of Scrum knowledge that the course and post-course certification test are based on. With 17 pages of content, it is a short but very important read.


  1. Scrum Foundations eLearning Series videos – from Scrum Alliance

Link: https://www.scrumalliance.org/why-scrum/scrum-elearning-series

Watching these videos allow you to cover some of the Scrum Foundations learning objectives for your CSM at your own pace in as little as 45 minutes. Covering the Scrum Theory and Values, Roles, Events and Artefacts modules in this way allows us to use our time together for more in-depth and CSM-specific material.


That’s it for the CSM Course Preparation reading and videos. Thank you for preparing well so that we can maximise our progress during the course.