Certified Scrum Training Workshop – What is it like with Michael Vizdos

Are you interested in what it is like to take a Certified ScrumMaster Training Workshop with Michael Vizdos?

You can view his limited current public workshops here (if you don’t see any, you can view my “past events” and check out iWantScrumTraining.com and I’ll connect you with a trainer I trust!).

Let’s take a look into what it is like… (if you want even more information about the CSM Training Workshop with Michael Vizdos, check this out!).

This is an immersive and interactive experiential workshop. You’ll walk away with an action plan from the experience that has been personalized by you — ALSO — this is not death by slides. It will be different than any training you have attended. Really!

Over two days, you will experience what it is like to work on a Scrum Team from the perspective of a ScrumMaster.

Here is what you can experience….

Day One

You’ll start the day meeting the other attendees in an informal environment at about a half hour prior to the workshop starting.

We’ll get started at our agreed upon time.

We’ll take breaks often, and I expect participation over the two days. So we ask that you do not bring computers and keep your cell phones on stun (silent). If you want to sleep, please go to another training workshop! Also, it’s pretty informal on the dress code (ask if you have any questions about that — I usually show up in jeans and a T-Shirt).

We’ll spend most of the morning talking about basic Agile Principles and some of the fundamentals of Scrum. This workshop is geared toward software development teams, but we will not dig into any technical stuff during this event.

Scrum is all about people, and you’ll experience what it is like to actually work on a Scrum Team and how to effectively create a high performing team. Since the workshop is generally filled with people at all experience levels, the interactions between all of us will be enhanced by many different simulations, exercises and group discussions about real world situations.

We’ll break for lunch (provided — let us know if you have any dietary restrictions) and then after that we’ll start getting into more interesting topics. No post-lunch carb comas here.

The afternoon is spent exploring what it is like to work on a Scrum Team by actually using Scrum to work with your fellow attendees on a guided project.

We’ll then complete a retrospective about what went on and then start discussions about the three roles in Scrum — the ScrumMaster, Product Owner, and Team Member. These are all from the perspective of a ScrumMaster.

The day will finish with a Retrospective — and some awesome techniques. And. It will end on time (plus or minus two minutes) because we use time boxing effectively to show this powerful aspect of Scrum.

Day 2

You’ll notice changes this morning. 

We’ll start out discussing any questions that have come up (overnight, while you were in the shower, or commuting to the training workshop).

Then, we’ll talk about the Scrum Values and how it applies to your real world environments.  Here come’s more about that topic of Servant Leadership (and still no touchy feely crap — PROMISE!).

We’ll have some conversations about the interactions the Product Owner will have with the Development Team, the ScrumMaster, and the outside Stakeholders. 

This is a powerful section to help demonstrate the power of that INCREDIBLE Product Owner can have with the team.  As a ScrumMaster, you’ll be working very closely with the Product Owner, Development Team Members, and outside stakeholders so understanding the three roles and how you interact with them is very important. Almost vital.  Really.

We will examine the important definition of DONE within a Sprint along with figuring out who is your real customer.  Results here are usually very enlightening — and important to move on with the rest of the day!

You’ll then learn two very important techniques — creating user stories and then figuring out how to do estimations as a team. 

Your customers may really want to know only two things — when are you going to get done and how much will it cost?  By early afternoon, you’ll understand how to do this at the Sprint and Release Planning levels.

You still reading this? 

Cool.  Thank you (I hope it is describing it in enough detail for you [smile].  I am totally excited about doing this  Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Workshop together with you!

We’ll break for lunch. 

And, as with lunch day one and then during all the breaks, most people break out into small groups to discuss what can happen with all the things you have learned so far.

After lunch, we’ll finish up the Sprint and Release planning, and then head into some topics that are driven by you and the rest of the participants in the workshop.

Throughout the two days you’ll have the chance to play the role of a ScrumMaster and — guided by me — see what it is like to walk through some effective retrospective techniques learned at the end of the first day (and, as you’ll see, actually used during the entire two days).

Coming out of the two days, you should have some real steps that you can put into place the next working day with the techniques you have learned.

It’s the beginning of a journey.  Just the beginning.

After the Certified ScrumMaster Training Workshop

You’ll get all the information you need to get registered with the Scrum Alliance (the non-profit organization that issues the certification) and then take an online TEST after the workshop is over. It is now a pass or fail event, but really do not worry about getting into the 100% club.  We’ll talk about it more when we meet together.

Once you PASS the TEST with the Scrum Alliance online, you’ll have a two year membership with the Scrum Alliance and you’ll be a Certified ScrumMaster. The initial membership fee is ($50.00) is included in the cost of your workshop attendance, and we’ll take care of processing all that with the Scrum Alliance for you.

If you need PDU’s for the PMI or other continuing education credits, we’ll work with you to make sure you get them applied appropriately (usually good for 15 PDUs).

Over time, you’ll also have the opportunity to keep in touch with me. And if you don’t want to hear from me again, it’s OK too. I’ll give you advice along the way and you’ll have real life access to me even after the training is completed.

I want you to succeed.

I am here to help.

If you have any questions about this, please contact me.

Want to take a public CSM Training with Michael Vizdos? Register here!  Want a private training in your organization?  Contact Mike Vizdos directly.