Train on the Right Concepts in The Right Way

June 10, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Everyone agrees that to understand a new concept you must use it on your own problem. Somehow this has been overlooked in both Scrum and SAFe for the Team training. Not having hands on their own problems requires teams to either figure this out on their own or bringing in additional training &/or coaches. The focus on the framework also ignores that people can only absorb so much at any one time, so going into depth on the framework does little good. Only a core is needed with the rest being best deferred until after people have tried the basic concepts.
 
How initial training fits into the bigger picture of Scrum or SAFe adoption is also critical. By taking advantage of different learning modalities, it is possible to get initial training that covers the core of the framework as well as what’s needed to do Agile. Initial team training should focus on the actual Agile work teams need to do such as writing small, clear stories that will realize value. This does require follow up training for the Scrum Masters, some basic technical Agile training and some management training as well. These, however, can be done over time and online with coaches supporting them. 
 
This is the basis for Net Objectives Team-Agility Training 
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About the author | Al Shalloway

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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