The Road 2 Mastery

If you'd like to boost your knowledge and learn how to put that into practice – as a Scrum Master or Agile Coach – the Road 2 Mastery will help you bridge that gap. Are you ready for the Road?

Bring Scrum Values to life

The learning journey consists of:

  • A 6-month course with a biweekly, virtual 3-hour training moment, or
  • A 3-month journey with a biweekly, full-day physical training gathering.
  • Sharing experiences and exploring new ways.
  • Improving your day-to-day practice through co-active coaching.
  • Gaining access to over 500 virtual formats, activities, and templates.
  • Becoming part of a close-knit CoP of experienced practitioners committed to supporting each other.

There is no truer validation of distinguished Scrum experience than by going on a 6-month (co-active) learning journey (3 months when done physically) along with other experienced practitioners. It is where you truly experience how the Scrum Values come to life.

True experience

Most certifications show that you have studied, but not that you have experienced. Scrum is a team game, so it can only be mastered together. The Road 2 Mastery helps you bridge that knowledge gap through hands-on practice. Although R2M provides breadth and depth unlike any course available in Scrum or Agile, it is the communication, collaboration, and sharing of experiences that really make it special. 

This training is perfect for...

Although our 2-day Professional Scrum Master I and Professional Scrum Master II training courses are also extremely valuable, they might not make you a Scrum Master or Agile coach right away. You'll need to learn, fail and learn again in practice. Only then, you'll see where the actual bottlenecks are within your team(s), your organization, and yourself.

This journey is for anyone who'd like to take those exact use cases, where we take a deep dive into these hurdles during the Road 2 Mastery. This training is for anyone who would like to have a bigger impact within an agile organization. Scrum Masters, Agile/Scrum Coaches, Managers, Leadership, and Consultants looking to improve their use of Scrum. Or anyone involved in Product Delivery using Scrum for that matter.  

Prior knowledge, experience, or certificate required:

At least 1 or more years of experience working as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, or Agile Consultant. Or a couple of years working in an Agile environment.

Journey participants have:

  • Started their own community of practice.
  • Enriched their training curriculum.
  • Expanded their coaching playbook.
  • Enhanced their soft skills by practicing coaching and facilitation in a safe setting.
  • Created a strong 'basecamp' for Scrum within their organization
  • Become certified in PSM II or PSM III.
  • Become a Scrum Trainer.
  • Gained more leadership support for Scrum.
  • Expanded their network with experienced worldwide professionals.
  • Lived the Scrum Values.
  • Brought more joy to practice.
  • Become happier at their job.

Top class

Get access to top-class professional material that you can apply in your day-to-day practice! This course weaves together threads of facilitation, agile culture, and scrum principles with best practices. We offer many disciplines in co-active learning formats that are accessible and applicable across a range of environments. 

You can utilize literally hundreds of techniques and materials to support the application and development of your leadership, mentoring, and coaching skills. These are high-quality materials yet easy to understand and apply. Just check out our online playbook, which barely scratches the surface of the content we have in Miro.

The Road 2 Mastery provides a biweekly dose of inspiration to try new experiments with top-quality templates. Enjoy conversing with other professionals to discuss and share your experience. You'll be discovering new approaches to coaching and having fun while doing it!

Program

The journey has 12 adventures and each will take about 3 hours. As we all go on a journey together, one topic might take a bit longer than another topic.

  1. Basecamp
  2. Agile Backpacking
  3. The Game of Scrum
  4. Living the Scrum Values
  5. Surviving Self-Management
  6. Mastering Scrum together 
  7. Owning the Product (Kayaking the Value Stream)
  8. Developer Culture
  9. Exploring Artifacts
  10. Playbook for Events
  11. Coaching Dojo
  12. Bootcamp 

Training dates

The physical Road 2 Mastery starts on January 26, 2023, and will take place every two weeks on Thursday from 9.00-17.00 CET. This includes the following dates:

  • January 26, 2023
  • February 9, 2023
  • March 2, 2023
  • March 16, 2023
  • March 30, 2023
  • April 13, 2023

The online Road 2 Mastery will start in 2023. The dates will be communicated shortly.

Learning Journey

The Learning Journey of a Scrum Master or Agile Coach starts with an interest in Scrum. We offer you the basics in a one-day Scrum Foundation training. If you have some Scrum knowledge, you can also start directly with the Professional level PSM I training or the Agile Coach Program. Want to become a true Scrum expert? Continue your Learning Journey with Xebia Academy's PSM II course. When you've been working as a Scrum Master or Agile Coach for several years and looking for something different, then this Road to Scrum Mastery is the best thing for you!

Distinguished Guides

The trainers are referred to as guides. They are Scrum.org-distinguished and certified experts with a professional degree in co-active facilitation. What's more, they have extensive, hands-on experience in their field. And building on that expertise, they're thought leaders and community leaders in the largest global Scrum communities.

Evelien Roos and Sjoerd Nijland will be your trainers for the entire learning journey. Evelien is a Professional Scrum Trainer for Scrum.org and a full-time trainer and knowledge sharer at Xebia Academy. Besides that, she's also a certified trainer in Training From the Back of the Room (TBR) and has been actively involved in the creation of Training from the Back of the Room Virtual Edition (TBR-VE) – together with Sharon Bowman.

Sjoerd Nijland is, as he calls himself, a 'Scrum nerd' (PSM III, SPS, PSPO II, PSD, PSU) and 'Agile geek' (PAL). He's also the founder of Serious Scrum and creator of the Road 2 Mastery. While now focused on the marvels of Scrum and Agile, Sjoerd has broad experience in the world of IT.

The guides always create a very warm and safe environment., while fully supporting, coaching, and challenging you along the way. You'll be actively coached in your day-to-day challenges, getting support from other experienced professionals too.

Leadership Foundation

The R2M is about applying learnings. It builds on:

  • 'Training from the BACK of the Room!' by Sharon L. Bowman.
  • 'Visual Thinking Routines!' from Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero.
  • 'Liberating Structures' by Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz.
  • 'Scrum Patterns' by Jeff Sutherland, James Coplien.
  • 'Agile Coaching X-Wing' by Lyssa Adkins.
  • 'Neuro-Linguistic Programming' by Sjoerd Nijland.
  • 'Management 3.0' by Jurgen Appelo.
  • 'Authentic Leadership' by Bas Blekkingh.
  • 'Service Design Methods' by Service Design Doing.
  • 'Gamestorming' by Dave Gray.
  • 'Creative Management' by John Cleese.
  • 'Mindful Leadership' by Phil Jackson.

Let's go on an adventure!

Take a deep breath! because you're in for quite a virtual ride, hike, fly, bike, dive, and climb!

After registering for the training, you will receive a confirmation email with practical information. A week before the training we will share literature if there's a need to prepare.

The R2M has helped many practitioners achieve their personal goals of passing the PSM III assessment, becoming a Scrum Trainer, and establishing themselves as true leaders, mentors, and coaches. During the journey, many close professional relationships are developed.

But hey, don't just take our word for it, read the testimonials below from those who experienced it.

See you soon!

I've been working in Agile and Scrum for over 16 years and this is the best investment I have made. It beats any other training, workshop, collaboration, or community formal or informal. Sjoerd himself is an excellent guide, hitting the right note in balancing, training, guiding, coaching, and facilitating. The material is exactly what I've been looking for to help me grow." - Stuart, UK - The Flamingo Mallets

"This global community of practice is such a treat. The course brings together threads of facilitation, agile culture, and scrum principles with best practices from a range of disciplines in co-active learning formats that are accessible and applicable across a range of environments. I love the way the course is framed as an adventure. It brings me joy in my practice." - Vailshali, USA - The Flamingo Mallets

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