Two years ago, I attended Bas’ course and became a Certified Scrum Master. Michael’s course is so different from Bas’, even Bas said so. The course structure, the ways to give lecture, the ways handling questions, the ways communicating with trainees, and so on. But it’s so interesting that I felt so many differences, I still can not list all those details of differences… Perhaps I have a bad memory *_*!
Michael had a theme and made it through the whole training, to link all knowledge points. In this theme, each team was a company developing board games for children, and they used Scrum. So we did backlog grooming session to have some initial product backlog items.
Then we moved to working sprints. Each sprint had 3 days, daily scrum first for 2 minutes, and then 8 minutes for every working day. They turned off the lights to simulate evening and night, and stop people from overtime work 🙂 Then teams stood up having daily scrum, exchange status, and began to work.
The best part of this training was all the conversations happened, unfortunately I can not describe or record it here 😦
When sprint finished, teams demonstrated their products to product owner in the sprint review meeting. Product owner checked the product delivery against those acceptance criteria agreed before, and gave the result whether it’s done or not. Move those accepted items to DONE category, move unfinished items back to product backlog, and add new items if product owner found new features during review.
Immodestly speaking, I was very proud of our team’s product and scrum. We made an really good product which was totally shippable instead of "potential", good user guide and packing list.
After all, trainers started to answer questions in the "Sidebar", trainees were asked to vote the most interesting questions, and the answering part was timebox, 10 minutes before the whole training ends.
And I took several photos with trainers and other trainees. Julien who is a nice guy can speak fluent Chinese as well as Bas, the discussion benefits me much. And Kanwei from Taiwan charitably satisfied my couriosity on many aspects regarding Taiwan, especially the industry we’re in. Steven was smiling all the time, gentle person.
For all the pictures, view the album.