Certified Agile Service Manager®

Certified Agile Service Manager (CASM)®

Course Objective

Better. Faster. Stronger. Learn how to use Agile with ITSM (ITIL®) to strengthen and secure your processes. A Certified Agile Service Manager is the working equivalent of a development Scrum Master. Together, Scrum Masters and Agile Service Managers can instill agile thinking into the entire IT organization as the basis of a DevOps culture.

This course provides an introduction to Agile Service Management, the application, and integration of agile thinking into service management processes and process design projects. Agile thinking improves IT’s effectiveness and efficiency and enables IT to continue to deliver value in the face of changing requirements.

As Dev and Ops have been working in parallel with Dev focused on Agile/Scrum and Ops focused on ITSM/ITIL, this course strives to bring together individual achievements to deliver full business value. The course cross-pollinates Agile and ITSM practices to support end-to-end Agile Service Management so Dev starts to manage services instead of products and Ops and ITSM become more agile by scaling to “just enough” process leading to improved flow of work and time to value.

Agile Service Management helps IT to meet customer requirements faster, improve the collaboration between Dev and Ops, overcome constraints in process workflows by taking an iterative approach to process design that will improve the velocity of process improvement teams to get more done.
This course positions learners to successfully complete the Certified Agile Service Manager exam.

The learning objectives for Certified Agile Service Manager (CASM) include an understanding of:

1. What does it mean to “be agile?”
2. The Agile Manifesto, its core values, and principles
3. Agile concepts and practices including ITSM, Kanban, Lean and DevOps
4. Learn about SCRUM from a product and process perspective
5. Agile thinking and values into service management
6. Scrum roles, artifacts, and events as it applies to both products and processes
7. The two aspects of Agile Service Management:
1 – Agile Process Improvement–ensuring processes are lean and deliver “just enough” control
2- Agile Process Design–applying Agile practices to process design projects

The target audience for the CASM course is:

  1. Anyone interested in learning about Agile and Scrum from a products and process perspective
  2. Process owners and process designers
  3. Developers who are interested in helping make processes more agile
  4. Managers who are looking to bridge multiple practices into a DevOps environment
  5. Employees and managers responsible for designing, re-engineering, or improving process
  6. Consultants guiding their clients through process improvement and DevOps initiatives
  7. Internal and external suppliers Process stakeholders

LEARNER MATERIALS

  1. Sixteen (16) hours of instructor-led training and exercise facilitation
  2. The Agile Service Management Guide and Scrum Guide (pre-class resources)
  3. Learner Manual (excellent post-class reference)
  4. Participation in unique hands-on exercises designed to apply concepts
  5. Sample documents, templates, tools and techniques
  6. Access to additional sources of information and communities

PREREQUISITES

1. Completion of pre-class assignment
2. Familiarity with IT service management processes and ITIL is recommended

CERTIFICATION EXAM

Successfully passing (65%) the 60-minute exam, consisting of 40 multiple-choice questions, leads to the candidate’s designation as a Certified Agile Service Manager. The certification is governed and maintained by the DevOps Institute.

Why Agile?
The IT challenge today
What does it mean to “be agile”?
Why is Agile?
The Agile Manifesto
Agile principles
What does it take to “be agile”?
Exercise: Reviewing Agile values

Agile practices
Scrum
Kanban
Lean
ITIL/ITSM
DevOps
Continuous Integration
Continuous Delivery
Exercise: Leveraging multiple frameworks

What is Agile Service Management (Agile SM)?
Definition and value

Two aspects of Agile SM

Agile Process Design
Agile Process Improvement

Process design basics

The elements of a process
The 10 steps of process design

An Agile approach to process design
Characteristics of an Agile Process
How much is “just enough”?
Minimum Viable Product

Scrum Basics
Scrum pillars, values, and components
Important terms

Scrum Roles
Product owner
ScrumMaster
Team

Scrum artifacts
Product Backlog
Creating user stories
Increment
Product backlog refinement
Sprint Backlog
Burndown chart

Agile Service Management artifacts
Process Backlog
User stories and ITSM processes
Process increment
Sprint Backlog (Agile SM context)
Burndown chart (Agile SM context)
Exercise: Writing a meaningful user story

Scrum Events
Timeboxes
Release planning meeting
Sprint planning meeting
Daily Scrum
Sprint Review
Sprint Retrospective
Definition of Done

Agile Service Management Events
Process planning meeting
Sprint planning meeting
Strategic and process activity sprints
The Definition of Done for process sprints
Daily Scrum (Agile SM context)
Sprint Retrospective (Agile SM context)

Agile Process Improvement
Agile Process Improvement audits
The Process Backlog as a CSI Register
CSI Sprints and Plan-Do-Check-Act
Exercise: Assessing process agility

Agile Service Management technologies
Aligning Agile SM and Agile software development
Getting started with Agile Service Management

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