Scaled Learning

 

Learn how Net Objectives Can Help You Grow Hundreds, Even Thousands of Your Talent - Get a complete Solution for Growing Your People

  • Train hundreds or more of your Agile team coaches in a more effective manner and all for the cost of one embedded coach
  • Kick off entire ARTs (Agile Release Trains) in a more cost-effective manner than SAFe for Teams or Scrum 
  • Become self-sufficient in several Agile skills with train-the-trainer programs
  • Get access to a support System for your teams and coaches
Why You Need Scaled Learning If You Are Doing Agile at Scale

As Agile has spread, the need for Agile training has increased exponentially. It has reached the point that many people are trained and/or coached with little experience. Using outdated training techniques just adds to the problem.

For large companies, the biggest training and coaching expense is at the team level - both for coaches and for teams. The team agility approach required at the team will be somewhat similar regard of the approach for the organization. A blend of Scrum and Kanban us usually appropriate. Scrum works well for development teams while Kanban is great for shared services, ops and maintenance. It's actually best to provide training that allows the teams to pick their own approach because they best understand what they need. 

Although Lean, Agile and Kanban have advanced significantly over the last decade, the approach for effective adoption has not. People are often brought up to speed through a combination of training and coaching that leaves out many critical aspects of team-agility – in particular, the ability to write small, well-scoped, clear requirements using Acceptance Test-Driven Development (note automating the tests is not a requirement for initial training, but being able to write the stories well is).  Few courses have people write small stories from their own backlogs if they have them or to create the backlogs if they don’t. Learning best takes place on a person’s actual work.

Scaled Learning is both more effective and has lower cost

Scaled learning is the method by which hundreds, even thousands, of people can learn in a consistent way across an organization. Scaled learning takes advantage of the "flipped classroom" method where videos and written lessons are provided. Then, under guidance of a live instructor, students learn in peer-to-peer manner. This provides:

  • the ability to learn in a one's own environment
  • learning over time
  • opportunity to try things on their own
  • learning with peers so that what's learned is readily applied in the work environment
  • a support system after workshops

Net Objectives started building our scaled learning modules in 2014 with the idea that high quality, high volume, low-cost training was needed. Our expectation was that it would be of lower quality as the widespread belief is that nothing beats in person on-site training. But, in fact, the way most on-site training is done (PowerPoint slides and attention to things other than the participants' actual work) results in most of it 'bouncing' off.

Flipped classroom methods can be applied to classroom training for up to 100 people or to online training for up to thousands. Whether it is in classroom or online depends on the content being covered.

What We Offer

Onsite Scaled Learning

Onsite scaled learning is best when one or more of the following is true:

  • several teams should be trained together (e.g., an Agile Release Train)
  • the topic requires one-on-one live coaching
  • when a group must be brought up to speed quickly
  • when a support system for those trained would be useful

We offer the following on-site scaled learning workshops:

Acceptance Test-Driven Development with Scrum and or SAFe at the Team. We have found that ATDD is essential to be included in initial training for teams. Virtually all challenged adoptions of Agile have the inability to write clear, well-scoped stories and or teams not being able to finish sprints on time. We offer ATDD on its own, with initial Scrum training and with an optional module regarding SAFe when teams are working within a SAFe organization. Best to contact us to see what will best fulfill your needs.

SAFe® For Agile Release Trains. This workshop is designed to replace Scaled Agile Institute's Lean for Teams. It can also be delivered with an integrated Train-the-Trainer section that enables your own people to provide the workshop (at half of SAI's license fees). This provides higher quality training that goes into a greater depth than the standard SAFe training. It also includes a support system to help new trainees continue what they’ve learned in their teams.

Online Scaled Learning

Online scaled learning is best when one or more of the following is true:

  • what’s being provided is best learned over time
  • individuals of similar roles that don’t work together
  • an effective method of teaching hundreds or even thousands of people is required

Our university has several workshops:

You don't become an effective Scrum Master or Agile Team Coach (hereafter called the "Agile coach") by taking one or even a couple two-day courses. You have to learn it by doing it. The Coaching Academy is based on the teaching technique called "flipped classroom." It's much more effective than taking an advanced 1-4 day course since it teaches you while you work with your teams....

Coaching Academy for Large Organizations

Grow your Scrum Masters and Kanban coaches by having them learn on the job under the eye of a mentor with 20 years experience in Lean and Agile methods. This lets them learn without adversely affect their performance or overloading them. You can literally grow hundreds of coaches for the cost of one embedded coach. We’re not suggesting that you don’t have any coaches, but for one less than you do have you can improve all of your coaches.

Foundations of Sustainable Design

teaches the basics of quality design in a self-paced, hands-on workshop.

Agile Product Management.

is a free workshop that teaches the first steps in the value stream of Agile Product Management.

FLow for Enterprise Transformation (FLEX)

is a Lean-Agile approach to Agile at the mid-scale. It can be used on its own or to provide you with insights on whatever Agile @ Scale framework you have chosen.

Agile Team Support System

Most Agile consulting companies require you to take expensive training and then even more expensive coaching to guide your teams after their initial workshops. This is both an ineffective and expensive approach. Net Objectives provides an Agile team support system so both teams and their coaches can get help when they run into challenges at no additional cost to having taken one of our courses or being in a Scaled Learning course other than the APM course.

Contact Net Objectives for a Free Consult

The opportunity exists for you to dramatically reduce your costs while greatly improving the training you give your people. A 30 minute free consultation can explain to you the benefits of scaled learning in your organization.  Please contact Mike Shalloway at mike.shalloway@netobjectives.com or 404-593-8375 to set up your free consultation.


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