Two Ways to Train Scrum

May 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I'll describe what can be done with both on the same budget.

One's to teach Scrum with a CSM class. Teach the mindset of Agile w/ games. Show how story writing is done via pre-canned examples. At the end of the training ppl know what Scrum is & but haven't experienced it in their work. It is then recommended to get embedded coaches to help them both in Scrum & their real work.

The other way is to teach groups of teams that work together along with their POs & SMs. Run a game that teaches the principles on which Scrum is based & then use them to explain Scrum. Since Scrum is simple, this takes only a day & can be done with a large number of people. The rest of the “training” 3 days of discussing concepts in ATDD in the morning while having people write stories from their own features. This provides both hands on experience in doing & collaborating for the entire teams. Ppl who have to work across teams get to work with all of them. Provide a free support system to fill in any missing blanks. Also, provide an online Scrum Master training to provide on-the-job coaching to the new Scrum Masters.

The result of the 1st approach is that ppl still have to figure out what to do in Scrum. While in the 2nd, ppl see that Scrum supports their work.

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Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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