Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Certification Scope and Coverage


Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Certification Scope & Coverage

Certified Scrum Master (CSM) is an important certification in agile project management arena. There are few certifications for agile such as Professional Scrum Master (PSM) from Scrum.org and PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), but CSM from Scrum Alliance has been oldest of all and hence widely known and appreciated Scrum Master certification.

Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

A Certified Scrum Master (CSM) performs the following functions:

  • Aids project teams in using Scrum effectively
  • Provides expertise above that of a typical project manager
  • Acts as a ‘servant leader’ and helps the team work together and learn the Scrum framework
  • Protects the team from internal and external distractions


CSM certification has following scope and coverage. So one has to be well versed with followings terms and concepts.

Agile and Scrum Basics

  • Agile Basics
  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Principles
  • Agile Methods
  • Scrum Overview
  • Scrum Advantages

Scrum Roles

  • Scrum Internal and External Users
  • Product Owner
  • Scrum Development Team
  • Building Teams
  • Scrum Master and Skills
  • Other Roles

Scrum Events

  • The Sprint
  • Sprint Planning
  • Timebox
  • Daily Scrum
  • User Story
  • Sprint Review
  • Sprint Retroscpective

Scrum Artifacts

  • Scrum Product Backlog
  • Sprint Backlog
  • Increment
  • Scrum Done


Scrum Project Phases

  • Scrum Life Cycle
  • Initiate
  • Plan
  • Requirements Gathering
  • Estimation
  • Implement
  • Review
  • Release

Distributed Scrum

  • Distributed Teams
  • Distributed Communication
  • Distributed Meetings
  • Collaboration
  • Distributed Scrum Practices
  • Scaling Scrum

If you are interested in knowing more about Project Management Institute’s certifications, please read here: Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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