ScrumMaster Clinics

"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
— Aldous Huxley

A framework for learning

ScrumMaster clinics provide a health check for newly practicing ScrumMasters. Facilitated by experienced ScrumMasters and coaches the clinic is a place to come to share your struggles, offer ideas, listen and learn, and become rejuvenated in your work.

The ScrumMaster journey

The ScrumMaster clinics are the core of the education program designed to support ScrumMasters as they navigate this new way of being in the workplace.

Each clinic runs for three hours and is restricted to twelve students. Students may attend as many of these as they like, but those seeking certification must attend at least four to to meet the A-CSM requirement, and at least eight to meet the CSP-SM requirement. Please read this document for a full description of the certification program.

The clinics are facilitated by two or more trainers, coaches and mentors from the London Scrum community. Each clinic will use a learning backlog which is populated by those in attendance, based on their learning needs at the time, and, where appropriate, guided by the Scrum Alliance learning objectives. Through attendance at the clinics students will consolidate their learnings; build community with other local ScrumMasters, offering mutual support and encouragement; and have a clear understanding at the end of each one what they need to be working on next, both through self-study, mentorship and experience in the workplace.

Phase 1 and 2 students will attend as participants. Phase 3 students will attend both as participants and facilitators. Guest coaches will occasionally be in attendance to offer exercises, and to be available for short, personal coaching sessions as needed. Other agilists will also be invited to participate and to share their particular knowledge with the students through talks or workshops, e.g UX designers, XP developers, entrepreneurs, product owners and leaders of Agile transformations.

The spirit of these clinics will be one of camaraderie, team creation and continuous improvement. Students will be encouraged to support one another, to pair on learning objectives, and to develop their own abilities to assess and offer critical, compassionate feedback.

Through regular attendance at these clinics it is hoped the students will not only become better ScrumMasters, but generally more aware and more awake—thoughtful citizens of the workplace and activists for change.

Start your own ScrumMaster Clinic

The ScrumMaster Clinic initiative began in London in July 2017 and has quickly spread to other cities around the world. To hold the spirit of the original London clinics the founders offer these seven principles, which, if embraced, will act as guiding agreements for any new clinic.

  1. The clinics will always be free, but voluntary donations can be collected to cover room costs and refreshments.
  2. Each clinic will have more than one facilitator, to avoid creating a cult of personality, or any form of dependence.
  3. Facilitators are volunteers.
  4. Facilitators are more experienced than participants, or have particular knowledge or skills to share.
  5. Over time, regular attendees will begin to mentor new attendees.
  6. Over more time, regular mentors will become facilitators.
  7. Anyone can start their own ScrumMaster Clinic initiative whenever and wherever they like, and may or may not embrace these agreements.

London Clinics

London ScrumMaster Clinics are held at Thoughtbot, 15 Long Lane, London EC2

Registration

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Cost

ScrumMaster clinics are free. Donations towards refreshments are gladly accepted.