ScrumMaster's Essential Skills

Advanced Class

The class covers four key areas of ScrumMaster's work.


1: The Art of Facilitation

  • Engagement: how to raise and keep engagement of participants high.
  • Facilitator’s stances: applying proven techniques of great facilitators.
  • Work session design: templates for planning and running goal-oriented meetings.
  • Bonus topic: facilitating distributed and large meetings.

2: Leading Change with Retrospectives


  • Frameworks and templates for designing great retrospectives.
  • Common pitfalls, facilitator’s gotchas and ways to avoid them.
  • Retrospective examples: a dozen of ready-made templates for running your retros.
  • Running release- and project-scope retrospectives.


This part of the class is based on Alexey's e-book Retrospective Cheat Sheet which the participants get as a gift after the class.

Part 3: Developing and Deepening Coaching Skills


  • Mentoring vs. teaching vs. coaching
  • Active listening skills Coaching frameworks
  • Practicing essential coaching skills
  • Integrating coaching in daily working conversations

4: Getting More Value from Scrum Ceremonies


  • Sprint Planning: preparation and facilitation
  • Backlog Refinement: process and recommended meetings
  • Sprint Review: hows and how-nots
  • Distributed meetings and customer involvement.

Once in a while we run this public class - check our schedule.


Still we recommend to have this class run in-house for the internal community of ScrumMasters and process facilitators. Such form helps participants discuss specific situations they are dealing with on daily basis - contact us for a quote.