Thank you for stopping by and reading this overview of the Certified ScrumMaster Workshop by Michael Vizdos. It should answer questions about what you will be doing and how things will be done over the two days. Want an experiential view? Look here!
My name is Michael Vizdos. I am a Certified Scrum Trainer and co-author of probably one of the only geek books that begins: “It was a dark and stormy night…”.
If you would like to find out more information about how to engage me outside of the workshop setting (I actually work with clients for a living!), please read this (including an option of remote support). If you are interested in my professional background, my current resume is available here. You can also review my profile by selecting the LinkedIn icon to the left or click here.
If you know you want to enroll in a workshop already, please feel free to register and pay now (thank you!).
Certified Scrum Master Workshop Overview
What does it mean to work with a Certified Scrum Trainer?
It guarantees that you are working with a very small group of people in the world who can teach you how to become a CSM (Certified ScrumMaster) and that I am also a Certified Scrum Practitioner who works with Scrum Teams on a daily basis. I train because I love teaching people about Scrum. And learning more about it. Always.
All CSM Workshops (some people call it a course, I call it a workshop) taught by Certified Scrum Trainers use the same base for teaching.
Our methods are what differentiate us.
Most Certified Scrum Trainers today have not worked with Ken Schwaber (he is one of the founders of Scrum, and yes, I have worked with him and was taught directly by him — not another trainer) and meet together face-to-face at least once a year (somewhere in the world) to make sure our base teachings and concepts are consistent.
No matter what you do, make sure your certification is delivered by a Certified Scrum Trainer. If you have any questions… contact the Scrum Alliance directly via email or telephone.
I consider myself in great company working with the other trainers in the world. And, I encourage you to look at some of the other Certified Scrum Trainers and decide for yourself who you want to work with to receive the training. Talk to other trainers and people who have gone through the training with them.
Does everyone who attends my workshop get certified?
No. You need to be engaged and active in the exercises and conversations. Please.
Also, before becoming Certified as a ScrumMaster you will need take a self administered test by the Scrum Alliance, the certification body (everyone taking CSM training from a Certified Scrum Trainer will need to do this!). Information about this test can be found at: http://www.scrumalliance.org/pages/certified_scrummaster_csm
Are you expecting a Scrum Cookbook?
There is no cookbook for Scrum. I emphasize this often during the workshop.
I use many of the agile techniques I teach in order to develop and present this workshop. One example is the fact that most of my workshops are co-taught (with another Certified Scrum Trainer) and use “pairing” as a technique to actually deliver the workshop. This gives you, my client, two different experienced people to call upon for asking questions and get different views and feedback. We also inspect and adapt after each workshop (and sometimes during the day). We have a lot of material to share with you, and if something feels right to talk about with a certain group of people — we will spend time and adjust as needed (inspect and adapt).
You will walk out of this two day workshop with what you put into it. Pay attention, participate, and think about things we discuss — and you will become a Certified ScrumMaster. I will even teach you the secret handshake if you want (this closely guarded secret is worth the price of admission alone!).
The journey — your journey — has just begun once you become a CSM. This is a journey I continue to walk every day.
I invite you to contact me if you have any questions before enrolling.
If you’d like to see more information about my style (and it does come across during the workshop), check out my Implementing Scrum site (or blog, depending on your interpretation). I maintain it on a regular basis. The site is gaining momentum in our industry, and lessons are being learned from it.
Teaching is something I enjoy doing. And it reminds me of the important basics I need to remember as a Certified Scrum Practitioner who works with teams on a daily basis. I do not teach this workshop as my full time job; I really do work with teams on a daily basis to help them implement Scrum, and I teach in order to help others who are sincerely interested in getting started using Scrum.
If you are interested in becoming a CSM, please continue reading.
My current list of “public workshops” is listed here. You can also view the public workshops I have done (around the world!).
Please contact me to let me know if you are interested in being notified when the next workshop is publicly available.
If you are interested in hosting a workshop in-house for your team, please contact me directly for current pricing and schedule availability. I will deliver the normal two-day workshop and can also be available before — or after — the workshop to talk about specific opportunities for improving or introducing Scrum within your organization.
Below are more details about my workshop. Please review and let me know if you have any questions.
This is a good “standard” write-up of what the course is like (i.e. a syllabus)… there is WAY much more to it!
To teach someone how to be a ScrumMaster in their organization OR work as a Scrum Team Member.
This is your opportunity to learn about Scrum –- in the real world -– from one of the top industry experts. Come prepared to challenge old beliefs and be open to new ways of thinking about how you approach work in the future.
At the successful completion of the workshop (and this is with ANY certified Scrum Trainer), there will be a test administered by the Scrum Alliance (the certification body that will give you your certificate). Details on this can be found at: http://www.scrumalliance.org/pages/certified_scrummaster_csm
- Know a little bit about Scrum — the Beginners and EXPERTS in Scrum learn a LOT in these two days
- Have read one of the Scrum books
- Understand the basics of project management
- Understand requirements and requirements decomposition
- Have been on or closely involved with a project that builds or enhances a product
- Want to know more about how Scrum works, how to use it, and how to implement it in an organization
The topics can vary from workshop to workshop. The main reason for this is due to the fact that each audience has different needs and requirements.
Possible topics include:
- Intro Material
- Scrum 101
- Scrum Master Role
- Product Owner Role
- The Team Role
- New Ideas and Questions
- Backlog and User Stories
- Estimation and Planning
Optional Modules: Based on the needs of the attendees AND simulation outcomes!
- Experience Reports
- High Performing Teams
- Change Hurts
- Conflict and Feedback
- Next Steps
This workshop is mainly geared towards people who are interested in becoming a Certified ScrumMaster. I’d also recommend it for Product Owners or team members who may be working on Scrum teams in the future.
Roles within your current organizations can include:
- Documentation Specialists
- Project Managers
- Team Members.
Note: Please plan on attending both days for the entire time (8:30 – 4:30 local time).
Michael Vizdos is an agile consultant and practitioner who works with software development teams to help move from waterfall to more iterative and incremental techniques. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer and has worked with Ken Schwaber and many other Certified Scrum Trainers in the past. He has been in the industry and worked internationally for over twenty years. Michael has written a book about Enterprise Project issues, and speaks internationally at conferences on a regular basis. He is the founder and creator of www.implementingscrum.com.
I often co-teach with other Certified Scrum Trainers and am available to do this if you are interested. It always helps to have some different available perspectives during these two days!
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