Your Upcoming CSM (Certified Scrum Master) Experience with Michael Vizdos
Please take a few minutes and review this description of what to expect during your Certified ScrumMaster training workshop with Michael Vizdos.
Prior to the CSM workshop, you'll get materials emailed to you starting a week prior to the event to begin preparation.
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). It's important that you are present (mentally and physically) for both days. Please.
NOTE:: 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 just pump you with the "correct" answers) you will do fine on the test [my past attendees have a 99.x%+ pass rating].
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 any code to create software).
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.
We'll break for lunch (it's 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, Development Team Member and Product Owner (we will talk more about the Product Owner role early on the second morning).
These role examinations are all from the perspective of a ScrumMaster and introduce 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.
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 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.
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.
We will review 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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After lunch, you'll then learn two very important techniques -- creating user stories and then figuring out how to do estimations as a team using interactive techniques.
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.
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.
If I am missing something or you'd like to chat more, please contact me (Mike Vizdos) today.
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