Upon completion of the course, students are eligible for the following benefits:
- Qualified to test and apply for the CSM.
- Can earn PDUs (one PDU per contact hour with the Project Management Institute)
- Satisfy 14 of the 21 required training contact hours for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) as well as a strong foundation for the associated certifying exam
Why a BigVisible Course?
Organizations face challenges at all phases of their agile implementations: from team-level execution and delivery, to higher-level strategy, governance, and leadership. We know that for an organization to achieve agility, people at all levels must understand agile principles and be educated about agile processes like Scrum. Our foundational training courses are firmly rooted in the core agile principles and practices you need to achieve success, regardless of your ultimate role in the organization.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy a seat with a Purchase Order?
Yes, we will accept purchase orders. Please email us at Training@BigVisible.com to arrange for payment via a purchase order. Unfortunately, due to the timing of payments, we can not extend the "Early Bird" discount to individuals or groups paying by purchase order.
Do I get a copy of the slides for a class I take?
All participants will get a printed copy of the slides on the day they show up for a class.
Do classes count as credit for Professional Development Units (PDUs) for the PMP certification?
Yes, our classes are relevant to project managers and are eligible for PDUs. BigVisible is a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). The general guidance is that every hour of relevant content within a class counts for a PDU, as such, a 2 day class would count for 16 PDUs.
How do I get my certificate and who issues it?
Students taking classes offering Scrum certificates (Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Product Owner), will receive their certifications from the Scrum Alliance. Included in these classes is a one year membership with the Scrum Alliance. Shortly after completion of the class, participants will get an email from the Scrum Alliance indicating they are now members. This membership includes access to exclusive content and the ability to print a copy of any Scrum certificates they have achieved.
What are the benefits of taking a class to learn about Agile & Scrum as opposed to simply reading books and articles on the topic?
Reading a book or other sources of written information about Agile & Scrum are valuable resources and we strongly encourage potential students to leverage these resources. Our training classes are designed to reinforce concepts with in-depth simulations and robust discussion. All of our course blend lecture, practice, and reflection. This allows participants to gain a much more profound understanding of the subject matter.
What do I need to bring to a class?
Our classes are designed to be a stand-alone experience and do not require participants to bring anything to a class other than an open mind and willingness to learn and perhaps something to take notes.
What time do classes start and how long do they go each day?
Unless otherwise stated, all of our classes begin at 8:30am and run to 5:00pm, local time. Classes generally include a break for lunch around noon, as well as a brief break in the morning and afternoon.
What happens if a class is cancelled?
In the case that a class is canceled by BigVisible, participants are entitled to transfer to another class or receive a full refund at their discretion.
What is the cancellation policy for a seat I've already purchased?
Public training participants who cancel their registrations up to 30 days prior to the registered class will receive a full refund of the registration fees paid. In the event of a cancellation within 30 days of the scheduled class, registrants will receive a credit towards a future class. If a cancellation is made within 14 days of the scheduled class, the participant will be charged a 30% cancellation fee and the remaining registration fee will be credited towards a future class. Cancellations made with less than 48 hours notice prior to a class start, or registered participants who do not attend the training without providing prior notice, will be not be eligible for a refund or credit and will be charged the full amount of the registration. All cancellation requests must be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org . BigVisible reserves the right to amend this policy at any time as well as review cancellation requests on a case-by-case basis in the event of family or health emergencies, hardship cases etc.
What is the average size of a class?
Our goal is to keep classes large enough that there is meaningful interaction among participants, but small enough so that everyone gets the attention of the instructor. Generally speaking, we aim to keep most classes sized between 8 and 16 participants. We do cap classes at 25 participants.
About the Instructor
Skip Angel has been in the software industry for 25 years in a variety of roles such as Developer, Project Manager, Consultant and Chief Technology Officer. Skip started working on mainframes using Assembler and CICS but moving into Client/Server applications on PC, Linux and Unix systems. He then moved into management roles eventually becoming a CTO/VP of Development for a mid-sized point-of- sale product and services company. During his career he work as both a consultant and a FTE for various organizations in all kind of industries including healthcare, automotive care, retail, social networking and financial.
He moved into an external coaching role in 2007 after successfully starting the transformation of Agile in his own organization. He worked for Net Objectives (Alan Shalloway's company), SolutionsIQ, and UST Global (outsourcing/offshoring company) before coming to BigVisible. Clients over that time have included Microsoft, AOL, Gates Foundation, Classmates.com, Vanguard, Emdeon Business Systems, and Safeway. He has worked with teams in both the US and India.
He received the following certifications: Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Innovation Games Certified Facilitator. He is also a member of the Agile Alliance, Scrum Alliance and have attended local user groups include ALN, SPIN, XP, Scrum and Agile.