Are you interested in what it is like to take a CSM (Certified Scrum Master) Training Workshop with me (Michael Vizdos)?
Michael Vizdos is the creator of the site at www.implementingscrum.com, home of the comic strips about the Chicken and Pig in the Scrum World. You’ll see a lot of the comic strips in your workbook (that YOU create along the way… see more below).
This CSM Training is an immersive and interactive experience.
You’ll walk away with an action plan from the experience that has been personalized by you — ALSO — this is not death by power point slides. Most of the times there is not even an overhead projector in the room.
It is different than any training you have attended. Really! You may see play-dough and pipe cleaners show up for your learning enjoyment. Yeah.. it’s THAT different.
There are no “trust falls” or singing kumbaya to “Scrum” (this is not a touchy feely get-in-touch-with-your-inner-self type of workshop).
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….
You’ll start the day meeting the other attendees in an informal environment at around 8:00 local time and spend some time networking.
We’ll get started at 8:30 sharp.
We’ll take breaks often, and your participation is expected over the two days.
I request you do not bring computers and keep your cell phones on stun (silent).
If you want to sleep, please go to another training workshop. If you “only” want a certification stamp, please go to another training workshop. While this is not a test preparation class (to pump you with the “correct” answers) you will do fine on the test [my past attendees have a 99%+ pass rating].
Experienced and novices to agile and scrum find value in this workshop and in the environment.
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 first morning gathering expectations, 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 (we will not be writing and code to create software). I’ve seen many more people outside of IT attending these workshops lately — marketing, sales, operations, legal, construction, and more!
Scrum is all about people; you’ll experience what it is like to actually work on a Scrum Team and how to effectively create an environment for a high performing team to thrive in the real world. 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.
I’ll pattern what it is like for you — from the perspective of a ScrumMaster — is of service to the Development Team, Product Owner, and the Organization.
We’ll break for lunch (provided — let me 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 first afternoon is spent getting buzz-word-compliant (learning definitions with one another) and then 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 (we will continue this topic first thing on the second morning), and Development Team Member.
These are all from the perspective of a ScrumMaster and showing you the concepts of Servant Leadership.
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.
You’ll also be building a reading list throughout the two days. Like I said, it’s not for people who want a power-point bla bla bla type of presentation.
Come prepared to be present and interact with other people over the two days in Richmond, Virginia.
You will have some homework (about 15-20 minutes) on the first evening so you are prepared with even more context for different discussions beginning on day two.
You’ll see some noticeable 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).
We’ll also review some of the homework from last night (it’s not a ton AND it’s helpful to actually COMPLETE this so you can have richer discussions with the other attendees!).
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 stuff — I PROMISE!). We will dive deeper into the topic of the 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto too [you’ll have extra context from our first day together so you this discussion is pretty rich and meaningful for all participants].
Good stuff. Really.
We’ll have some conversations about the interactions the Product Owner will have with the Development Team, the ScrumMaster, and outside Stakeholders.
This is a powerful section to help demonstrate the power of an INCREDIBLE Product Owner can have with the entire Scrum 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.
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!
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. The networking with your local peers is one of the hidden gems of this workshop that I want to make sure you understand is realllllllllly valuable for past attendees.
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You’ll then learn two very important techniques — creating user stories and then figuring out how to do estimations as a team.
This is a great place to learn how to build your initial Product Backlog so you can get started in the real world the next work day with what you are learning here.
You and the team will discuss the different estimation techniques that are used in the real world. We are not going to spend hours together doing this… here is why:
Your customers may really want to know only two things — when are you going to get done and how much will it cost (actually they usually tell you both of these constraints so let’s change the conversation about delivering the highest value scope at the end of each Sprint as a real Product Increment).
By the end of the afternoon, you’ll understand how to do this at the Sprint and Release Planning levels.
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 throughout the entire two days).
Coming out of the two days, you should have some real actionable things 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 Scrum 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.
Don’t worry about scoring 100% — you DO NOT need to be perfect (I know… being part of the 100% club is a thing I strive for regularly too!). Based on the aggregate numbers from all my international attendees, this should not be something hard to finish.
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 (now good for 16 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 at +1 619-709-1716 (my personal phone number).
Michael, you seem to be more expensive than other trainers I see coming here. Why?
Experience. If you are looking to just attend a class so you can become certified, please go somewhere else. Also, I live in Richmond, Virginia. It’s home and I will not cancel this event (like many other trainers who come through here do to people… it’s one of the big reasons people DO come to my events!). Speak with others around town who have taken this workshop with me — there is a reason most people come based on the referrals of past attendees!
Is this a certified event and is the cost of the exam included in this price?
Yes. This is a certified event from the Scrum Alliance. At the end of the workshop you will be eligible to take the online exam with the Scrum Alliance and — upon passing the exam — you will become a Certified Scrum Master. I pay the fee for the exam directly to the Scrum Alliance and you will not have to pay additional money for the initial test and membership to the Scrum Alliance.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is available at the event venue.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
You do not need to bring a computer. They will not be allowed to be used during the event. Please.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Michael Vizdos (me!) directly. You are dealing directly with me — not some marketing company or large enterprise with sales people and managers and other decision makers. Let’s have a conversation.
If you feel you are being FORCED to attend this just to get a “certificate” please do not attend as it’s a very interactive event // no slides // not a pure certification preparation type of event. Richmond, Virginia is my home and I will not cancel this event; please read my No Cancellation Guarantee.
Want a private training in your organization? Contact Mike Vizdos directly.