Registered Scrum Master Credential

We are breaking down silos, opening up and strengthening communication, and empowering teams to help your nonprofit create twice the impact in half the time

Scrum Master

This course is credentialed by the Agile Education Program powered by Scrum Inc.

The Scrum Master is accountable for the team’s effectiveness, with the Scrum framework, the Scrum Master has the ability to empower the Scrum team ultimately improving its practices

Who should attend the Registered Scrum Master course?

  • Any nonprofit professional that wants to lead by serving their team, even if they are a nonprofit professional that is a “team of one” based on their org chart. 
  • This could mean everyone from nonprofit CEOs to Directors of Development to Grant Professionals to Office Managers!

A Scrum Master is a true leader who serves the team and the larger organization. 


“Diane taught a thorough course that covered all aspects of becoming a LSM. She allowed enough time for questions and group work which is impressive in a virtual setting.”

-Scrum Master Attendee

The Scrum Master serves the Scrum Team in several ways, including:

● Coaching the team members in self-management and cross-functionality;
● Helping the Scrum Team focus on creating high-value work toward their mission and vision;
● Supporting the removal of impediments to the Scrum Team’s progress; and,
● Ensuring that all Scrum events take place and are positive, productive, and kept within the timebox.

The Scrum Master serves the Product Owner in several ways, including:

● Helping find techniques for effective Product Goal definition and Product Backlog management;
● Helping the Scrum Team understand the need for clear and concise Product Backlog items;
● Helping establish empirical product planning for a complex environment; and,
● Facilitating stakeholder collaboration as requested or needed.

Scrum Master

The Scrum Master serves the organization in several ways, including:

● Leading, training, and coaching the organization in its Scrum adoption;
● Planning and advising Scrum implementations within the organization;
● Helping employees and stakeholders understand and enact an empirical approach for complex
work; and,
● Removing barriers between stakeholders and Scrum Teams.

This course is credentialed by the Agile Education Program powered by Scrum Inc.

About the Registered Scrum Master (RSM) for Nonprofits Course

In this course, we’ll share the co-creater of Scrum, Dr. Jeff Sutherland’s insights and strategies from decades of success training people to become high-performing Scrum Masters and Scrum Teams in businesses around the globe. Through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and review of real-world case studies of nonprofit organizations, you will experience first-hand the impact of the Scrum framework and the importance of the Scrum Master role.

With the help of your Scrum Trainer, who has years of experience not only in Scrum, but also decades of experience in the nonprofit field, you will walk away with the ability to know how to implement the Scrum framework in your nonprofit organization. You will also understand how implementing the Scrum framework will accelerate the speed and value of any project or service in your nonprofit and enable you to create twice the impact in half the time.

Who you are as a nonprofit organization, who you serve, what you offer stays the same. The way in which you approach planning your work, engaging with your stakeholders, and developing and iterating your programs and services is what will change as a result of adopting the Scrum framework in your organization.

Utilizing the Scrum framework in your nonprofit organization will significantly improve your way of doing work whether your team is focused on fundraising events and grant writing, program design and implementation, or organizational management and strategic planning.


“Diane was a superbly knowledgeable and talented instructor who clearly has a master level knowledge base. I feel very confident in my abilities to newly acquired knowledge to apply the principles of scrum and agile in future endeavors. I would absolutely look to take future classes and events with Diane.”

-Scrum Master Attendee

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain that Scrum is a lightweight framework that can be applied in any industry and domain; yet, while Scrum is adaptable to different contexts, the core framework remains the same across implementations.
  • Recognize that having different interpretations of Scrum across teams will present significant challenges when scaling a Scrum implementation.
  • Explain the value of agility over traditional project management in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.
  • List the five Scrum Values and explain how they relate to one another.
  • Relate hands-on experience with iterative development to their own working context.
  • Express the value of sharing learnings and insights across teams.
  • Successfully run the 5 Scrum events.
  • Implement the Scrum patterns that will work best with your nonprofit
  • Access and complete the Scrum Master exam.
  • Download their Scrum Master Credential (upon successful completion of the exam).
  • State the renewal process.

This training is for all levels of Scrum experience. There are no prerequisites.

This course is credentialed by the Agile Education Program powered by Scrum Inc.

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Why Should Employees Become Scrum Certified?

  • Scrum helps organizations:
  • Innovate faster;
  • Increase client and stakeholder satisfaction;
  • Improve communication and reduce silos;
  • Reduce friction in team collaboration;
  • Improve employee morale and productivity;
  • Increase transparency, fast feedback and continual improvement; and
  • Move from ideation to delivery more quickly.

This course is credentialed by the Agile Education Program powered by Scrum Inc.


“Diane is an energetic and engaging trainer. She is conscious of everyone’s abilities and socially aware. Her sessions were well-paced and informative. I enjoyed her real-life examples and case studies and there was ample time to work in groups and individually. Remote classes and learning can be hard, Diane makes it look seamless. “

-Scrum Master Attendee

About Agile in Nonprofits:

Agile in Nonprofits was created in 2018 as a product of DH Leonard Consulting. Our mission is to support nonprofit organizations that are looking to achieve greater impacts in their communities faster than they ever have before. Our organization is the creator of the nonprofit-specific training in Agile and has trained over 5,000 nonprofit professionals to successfully implement Scrum in their organizations.

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Meet Your Trainer:
Diane H. Leonard, GPC is a Registered Scrum Trainer, Registered Scrum Master, and Registered Scrum Product Owner. Diane is credentialed by the Agile Education Program powered by Scrum Inc.

Diane is also a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association along with a Certified Virtual Trainer through espeakers.

Diane’s passion for building capacity in nonprofit organizations is the link between her early career work as a grantmaker and now as a nonprofit consultant. Diane and her team at DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services have secured more than $80 million dollars since 2006 in competitive grant awards for their clients. The team began utilizing the Scrum framework in 2016 both to run their own teams, and also to help their nonprofit clients improve their grant seeking processes and overall operations efficiency. As a result of adopting Scrum, the daily operations and efficiency of the DH Leonard Consulting team has significantly improved and more importantly, their nonprofit clients that are engaged in the Scrum framework have seen an increase in their success percentage for applications as well as overall dollars awarded.

When not working with her team on improving the capacity of nonprofit organizations, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.

Scrum Master

The Registered Scrum Master credential powered by Scrum Inc. is a distinguished designation highlighting individuals who can systematically implement Scrum in a way that drives immediate business results while simultaneously accelerating personal and team performance.

This course is credentialed by the Agile Education Program powered by Scrum Inc.

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Scrum has been a game-changer for Encore. This is an amazing opportunity to discover the difference it can make for your organization. Thanks to DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC for introducing us to the concept and encouraging our implementation efforts!
Shelly Loethen
President & CEO | Encore Institute
Diane was great! Loved her teaching style and the opportunities to ask questions and engage in dialogue. The course set up made sense and flowed nicely. I definitely plan to do future training with her.
Dara Madigan
Consultant/Grant Writer
I found the course to be well structured, well paced, and a good blend of general concepts coupled with practical application.
This was a great course that applied SCRUM to a variety of different nonprofit scenarios from grants, to projects, to products to help everyone in the class who has different roles and experiences.
Maggie Perry
Grant Consultant
"What did Diane Leonard do well? She engaged the class in an educational experience. It wasn't a lecture class. We were immersed in Scrum with discussions, examples, exercises, and technology. It was wonderful! "
Scrum Master Attendee
I'm really grateful for your practice in this space. There are all sorts of reasons there's a mental barrier Non-Profits will face (and we have faced it) when training in Scrum using resources that aren't "translated" - but while also holding fast and resisting the impulse to change all the language and doing "scrum-butt". Thank you.
Alastair Jarvis
Leadership Team / VP
I thoroughly enjoyed the many components (lecture, interactive activities, case studies, real life application exercises, etc.) of the course and feel that this was essential to my understanding of the material.
TyKeidra Young
Scrum Master, American Forest Foundation