» Agile Training
Last month I wrote the Quick Guide to the Basic Agile Certifications. There was a lot of interest in the two Scrum Certifications, the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and the Professional Scrum Master (PSM). But I was surprised there was also some interest in the less popular Agile Certified Practitioner certification from PMI. And I believe there are many of you out there who can achieve this certification without hardly trying.
Are you bewildered by the number of Agile and Scrum certifications and Agile Training courses offered today? Do you wonder what would be the best Agile or Scrum certification for you? Which one will provide the greatest return on your time and money?
This is a question that I get asked frequently by those new to Agile and Scrum. It doesn't help that the names of the certification and the certification bodies are strikingly similar. Anyone new to Agile would be understandably confused.
If you are planning an agile pilot or even a full blown agile transformation, a critical consideration is Agile Training. After all, people need to understand Agile and Scrum in order to do their job effectively. This post will help you to understand the key considerations for planning, what types of training are appropriate for various audiences, how much agile training will costs, and the timing of training.
I recently had a participant tell me that my Agile and Scrum for Teams training class was 1,000% better than he expected. Which I took as a great compliment, even though I noted the hyperbole. When pressed to explain why, he said that his previous Agile training had been horrible. Which got me wondering if I was that much better, or if the expectations were simply low.
As an Agile Coach, I find an interesting paradox about Agile Training. Most people will state that they already know all about Agile and Scrum. And if asked, most organizations will say that they are already using Agile, even if what they are doing is A.I.N.O. (Agile in Name Only). Or they will describe what they are doing as "agilish". I am pretty sure that "agilish" in this context means that they aren't following Agile Values and Principles.