Please be concerned about who you receive your training with because it is possible to walk away from this training excited, re-energized and ready to apply what you learned in the real world immediately.
Workshops with me are not just based on theory; I use these techniques as an entrepreneur and with clients around the world; I share my currentreal world experiences with you and create a safe environment to learn along with your peers during the event.
Read some of the common questions below that I receive from people -- just like you -- prior to registering for one of my agile scrum training events.
I've tried to answer the questions all as though we are having a real world conversation.
If I am missing something or you'd like to chat more, please contact me now.
During any training workshop, I'll share my real world current experiences with you - including stories from my clients (without naming names) and how I use Scrum to operate our own company.
You receive a NO Cancellation Guarantee
Other training companies might cancel at the last minute if there are "not enough people" (that sucks if you have not experienced it yet).
I understand this is important to you (this is one of the main reasons attend my training workshops).
I agree it's important. Here's the thing... You make a commitment of your time and money by registering.
I will be there.
Even if it's just you and me. Really.
Actually my first class as a Certified Scrum Trainer in 2006 [San Diego] was the first and last time I only had two attendees. If it's less than five people I will give you a heads up... but in reality the smaller classes rock and you receive some very personal attention.
How can I "guarantee" that I will not cancel a workshop?
If it's in Richmond, Virginia, this is my home and I have an awesome training venue. If you are in Costa Rica or Chandler, Arizona, I have used the same venue for years and we have a high-trust (and no contract) business relationship. If it's in Costa Rica or Chandler, if I give you my word... I will be there for you.
The only exception is usually during our strange winter storms in Richmond, Virginia -- I can't control the weather and we need to stay safe; in the years I have been doing this I have never canceled a local workshop for that reason either. If I am traveling outside of Richmond please realize travel delays can happen. Migration snafus can happen. Volcanoes blow up. Planes break (hopefully while still on the ground). Real life happens. I can't control everything and I do everything possible to get to you when I travel.. Dates farther out from today may change a little bit (with plenty of notice) due to potential client needs. I had to cancel a class back in 2009 when my father passed away. When I worked with resellers of my courses (like many current trainers) they would cancel on me [mostly for low attendance and sometimes literally at the last minute); I don't do contract training through resellers anymore. You. Get. Me Thanks for reading the fine print. You good with this policy? If not... let me know what I can do to improve it.. Are you spending more time reading this fine print than reading your latests "Terms and Conditions" agreement you just accepted on your latest operating systems upgrade? Good. I appreciate that. It means you care as much about this as I do. You see I care, right?!?! I am different and that may resonate with you too.
You pay a Fair Price
You might pay a bit more for this training workshop.
If you are looking for the cheapest solution I am probably not the right fit for your current training needs. I will not "price match" other trainers (or training companies) because the unique experience I deliver is worth it. Really. Ask your peers.
Remember - Experience matters. I am not a newbie and I share current real-world client experiences along with the other participants in the training event.
If you are looking at alternatives, please contact the other trainers (the actual trainer -- not the company representing them) and have a conversation to see if it really is a good fit for you.
And... I will not back out on my commitment to be there for you.
You get Available Discounts
Are you Unemployed? If you need to chat about this (or other specific real-life situations)... let's have a conversation because I can be creative in getting you to the event (please remember though -- *nobody* usually attends for free). Let's talk. We can work something out together.
Are you currently in the US Military (or a veteran)? Thank you for your service to our country (if you are in the USA!).
Please contact me with your location and date of interest for a public workshop and I'll extend a courtesy team discount to thank you (even if it is just you!). I appreciate your service to our country.
Are you interested in coming with your team? A team means more than "just you" wants to attend. This means 2 (or more) people. There is a team discount available that usually expires one week prior to my public events.
If you are traveling to my home town of Richmond, Virginia [I've lived here 10+ years] I can let you know some great places to stay, eat and visit. Heck... you may even get an invite to a home cooked meal if you are nice (smile) -- just ask!
If you are flying to Richmond, Virginia the airport code is RIC and we are located about a half hour west of the airport (see www.ScrumRVA.com for more information) in a place called "Short Pump" or "Innsbrook". It's not the easiest airport to get in and out of and early morning flights the morning after the workshops are recommended.
If you are flying to Alajuela, Costa Rica the airport code is SJO (make sure you DO NOT plan on flying to San Jose, California). I'd recommend staying at the venue location (it's right next to the San Jose airport and a good place to get started if you are coming to Costa Rica for the first time).
Other locations? Let's talk because I am traveling there too!
You learn Actionable Outcomes
You can apply what you learn immediately.
You can start changing the conversation within your organization immediately following this workshop.
I would not recommend you go back to work (or go home to you spouse or significant other) and try a dogmatic approach of changing everything immediately; your spouse or significant other will think you are crazy and it actually could be a career limiting move back at the office.
We will talk about specific strategies for doing this during the training event.
You receive Premier Access
You receive premier access to me (before and after the event). Forever. Well... as long as you want to stay connected and as long as I am on this planet.
Let's have a conversation; I encourage you to also do this with other trainers you may also be considering. I am here for you.
You are spending your valuable time and money [or your organization's] on this so make sure you connect with the actual trainer you'll be working with over the two day event. Ask questions. Feel comfortable.
Actually... call me right now at 262-MVIZDOS (+1.262.684.9367) and if I am available we can talk in real life (if not leave a message I will call you back ASAP).
You receive Personal Service
You are working with me (Mike Vizdos). I do not hide behind account managers, handlers or external marketing companies. When you sign up to take a workshop with me -- it's ME -- not some mystery person or someone who will bait-and-switch you with another person.
You receive professional and prompt service because my clients -- YOU -- mean the world to me (and my family).
You receive your Certification from the Scrum Alliance
You want certification. I deliver.
All Certified Scrum Training workshops are backed by the Scrum Alliance (the industry standard for valued Scrum Certifications in the industry).
Since our time together in the workshop is valuable, you will be taking the CSM assessment on-line after the workshop is over; currently the CSPO workshop does not have an official exam.
Your fee to my company covers the cost of taking the exam and membership to the Scrum Alliance if this is a certified workshop.
If this is not a "certified" event, you may still quality for the Scrum Alliance SEU's, Project Management Institute PDU's or others. Ask.
You will participate in an Interactive Environment
You will not suffer through Power Point hell. I don't use it.
You will receive a workbook -- and create what is important to you -- that you can take away and use back in the real world once the training is done.
This also means you cannot sleep -- or check out mentally -- for two days.
WARNING: If the ONLY thing you want is a "certification preparation" class without participating in your own learning... please do NOT come to this workshop. My certified workshops are not your basic test-jamming session so if that's what you expect please do NOT attend this training.
Participation is required (just like on a real world Scrum Team!). It's actually more like a facilitated two day conversation than a regimented "we need to cover all the slides sorry there is so much stuff [excuses here]" type of training.
If you are interested taking a Certified ScrumMaster Workshop, you can read more about the experience here. Other workshop descriptions are available at the specific registration pages.
You receive a Valuable HIDDEN Bonus
You will meet other Agile Scrum Professionals in our local community. This might be the most-valuable-hidden-gem of the entire two-day experience!
Do you have questions?
Did I miss something or not answer your question fully?
If you decide to NOT attend training with me, that's understandable.
I'd like to understand why if possible! How about this for an offer?
I have trained -- and personally know and still work with -- many of the trainers and coaches in this small agile world.
Contact me and let's have a real conversation about your other options and trainers I'd personally recommend. Yes, they are "competitors" but if I can help you make an informed decision I'll do that for you with ZERO pressure to buy from me.
I promise (this is very important to me as a professional and real world person who tries to live with integrity and honesty because only good happens from doing this for you).