When it comes to Agile training, there are a limitless number of options. It can be a bit overwhelming to decide who should be trained, what type of training they will need, and when to begin.
I’m going to list a few training options here in this blog post, but I want to start by saying that One80 Services exists because we recognized the need for customized training and individualized coaching. We begin every contract with a conversation, to ensure your training will meet the needs of your team or organization.
The first step in reducing silos is to ensure training occurs on a cross-functional team. Simply sending a few “key members” of a team for training without realizing that every member of an Agile team is a “key member” can slow or even block your transition to Agile.
Basic Agile Training
Basic Agile training creates a foundation on which to build, and goes a long way in answering the “why” behind the roles, artifacts, and events which are included in many Agile methodologies.
Advanced Agile Training
Advanced Agile training is for those who have already begun their Agile journey and are ready to figure out some of the more complex solutions and methods.
Targeted Deep Dives
Targeted deep dives are for teams who want to improve in one area. For example, teams who want to improve their user story writing techniques, story sizing, metrics, or improve their meeting facilitation skills.
Agile Leadership Training
Agile Leadership training helps anyone in a leadership role – from CEO to ScrumMaster – understand how leadership changes when an organization becomes Agile.
This is not a “choose one” scenario.
Depending on your needs, we may combine one day of basic Agile training with one day of advanced Agile training, followed by one day of deep dives into relevant topics or skills.
Maybe what you need is targeted leadership training, so we’d spend a half day on basic Agile training, then move on to Agile leadership training including facilitation, team structure, and metrics.
You may have no idea where to start – that’s okay. Learning about teams and determining training needs is our speciality.
It all starts with a conversation.
Agile training can occur at the start of a project, in the middle, or even toward the end.
“Lost time” in training is a common and valid concern. We like to remind people that the time you spend in training is quickly made up by the improvements made to your process.
It’s also relevant to point out that in our workshops, a portion of our training is often spent working on your actual project. For example: A three day workshop may involve 1.5 days of courseware and 1.5 days of writing your user stories and grooming your backlog.
We don’t like waste – we make the most out of the time we spend with you to ensure we’re not wasting your time or ours.
Typically, we come to you and teach on-site at your location. If your site doesn’t have space available for training, we will provide a location for our course.
There is a method to our madness.
We do provide pre-packaged courses for companies who know exactly what they need.
But in our 20+ years of experience, a customized approach works best for most teams.
We have seen pre-packaged courses leave teams with questions and a lack of solutions. Blending our courses together to create customized learning for each client results in teams leaving us with solutions to implement immediately, as opposed to leaving teams with a few days of book learning.
Much of the “how” depends on your organization, team, and project needs.
Ideally, our courses are designed for 10-20 people.
- The minimum size would simply be due to our belief in teaching cross functional teams. Ensuring that everyone is on the same page from the beginning. Depending on team size, potentially training more than one team per course.
- The maximum size would be due to our desire to enable personal contact and interaction with each person in our course. Group interaction improves with smaller class sizes.
That said, we’ve taught in rooms of 100+ and we’ve worked directly with individual learners. It really is all about your individual needs.
The best first step is to give us a call.
Do you want to know more about Agile implementation strategies? Check out our free guide here.