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Phase 3: The Scrum Master as Organic Gardener

"A thoughtful, learned and caring Scrum Master can be compared to an organic gardener, lovingly preparing the organisational soil, letting change emerge, nurturing it, guiding the growth patiently, gently and naturally, and removing weeds without introducing toxins." — from The Scrum Master Journey

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Phase 3 of the Scrum Master Journey is a 3-6 month programme of self-study, mentorship, work experience, facilitation and community interaction, tailored for the individual learner.

The Certified Scrum Professional, Scrum Master (CSP-SM) certificate is awarded at the end of this phase.

Phase 3 Requirements

The participant must be able to prove two year's work experience as a scrum master to achieve the CSP-SM designation. It is recommended the work experience is gained in parallel with this course of study.


Successfully completed Phase 2 of the Scrum Master Journey.


Continue to work with your mentor, or find a new one for this phase. Ideally this will be someone who is a little further on their Scrum Master Journey than you, but it is equally effective to work with someone who is also undertaking phase 3 in parallel with you. Your mentor's job is to guide you through the CSP-SM learning objectives. That's all. Your mentor is not your personal coach.

Individual Study

  • Work through the CSP-SM learning objectives, discuss with mentor. Be confident that each learning objective is met
  • Read Living the Scrum Values, by Tobias Mayer, 2021
  • Watch and work through Continuous Improvement through the Scrum Values, Scrum Alliance, 2022
  • Read, or listen to The People's Scrum by Tobias Mayer
  • Read Artful Making by Rob Austin & Lee Devin
  • Read at least one other non-Agile book that relates to self-organisation or management through release1
  • Create a summary report of your Phase 3 journey. This can be in the form of a written article, an audio recording, a video, or even a drawing. Your report will become part of our resource library to support new learners.

The learning objectives will be validated by your mentor. Written/recorded work will be reviewed by the CST. Students are free to publish the work on their blog, the Scrum Alliance website, or elsewhere to receive wider feedback from the community.

Workshops & Community Interaction

1 The price of this workshop is not included in the CSPSM price. While it is highly recommended for learning facilitation skills, a free alternative is to participate in two additional online CSM classes, both of which must be co-facilitated by Tobias Mayer and one of the Scrum Academy associates. Please note that this alternative has a greater time commitment.

Work Experience

Co-facilitate an online CSM class with Tobias Mayer. In this capacity you will practice your teaching and facilitation skills in a supportive environment. More details of the role on application.


Click workshop links for dates. Self-study and mentorship can begin immediately.

Cost & Registration

Corporate: £800
For direct corporate registrations or those who can claim the cost from their employer.
Register for corporate place

Personal: £60
This minimal fee covers the cost of the Scrum Alliance CSPSM certificate. All tuition and mentorship is offered to you as a gift—with the exception of the (optional) two-day facilitation workshop, for which you'll pay the instructor directly.
Register for personal place


Much of the work can be done online, or within your own local community. You must come to London to join the in-person workshop/s and the Scrum Exchange. This is, after all, the London Scrum Academy :)

Getting Started

1. Click one of the links above to register.
2. Read the CSP-SM Learning Objectives, and start working towards meeting the objectives.

More Information

To learn more, and find out whether this program is right for you please get in touch with Tobias Mayer to set up a time to talk.

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