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It’s been a whirlwind for many of us as we’ve adapted to the current work conditions – that’s equally true for us as Scrum Trainers at Agile for All! While many of us have extensive experience in the virtual realm, this is the first time that we’ve been able to deliver the CSM and CSPO in this way.
I spent a week of intensive work transforming my Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course so that it could be presented in an interactive and effective way. I’ve now facilitated that class 3 times with great results and here are my top 3 learnings about virtual classes.
1. In-person virtual classes are a lot of work!
That’s not just true for the instructors but for the students as well. We find that more frequent breaks are essential and changes to class schedules are sometimes required. You need to get up and move around frequently. Having good video and internet become key to a great experience.
2. There are some amazing tools out there to support virtual work.
I’ve settled on Zoom for the voice and video portion and Mural as our main interactive tool. I have a document camera now so that I can still do live “charts” in class. Zoom lets us do a lot of our class in small groups via breakout rooms. Mural gives us a whiteboard-like experience where we can interact, run quizzes, and do our full Scrum simulation. Since I know many of us are in working in virtual environments now, I’m using the class as an opportunity to go “meta” and explain the use of the tools for the student’s real work environment.
3. We can be effective while staying at home.
Working in a virtual environment may be familiar to some of us but is very new to others. Regardless of previous experience in online sessions, I’ve seen people picking up new skills, having fun collaborating with people that they’ve never met in person, and learning effectively in ways that they never imagined were possible. People are also creating real connections and doing effective networking – a real nice side benefit of our time together.
Virtual CSM and CSPO classes are only expected to be offered for a limited amount of time. The current plan is to go back to in-person for them when it is safe to do so – and I’ll look forward to that myself. But if now is a good time for you to take one of these classes, don’t hesitate to consider our live virtual options!
Agile enthusiasts often say, “Hey, if we’re Agile, we don’t need managers because our team is self-organizing.”
That may be true in a very limited perspective of what managers do and what self-management means.
I recently found yet another article (“Agile software development is dead. Deal with it.“) that proclaims the death of Agile. It seems like every month or two a new article is published proclaiming that Agile is dead. So far, every one of these articles has made this argument using some kind of a straw man.
I’m going to share an opinion about self-organization that might be a bit controversial.
Hey everybody, it’s Peter Green with Agile for All. All my product owners, my product managers, my entrepreneurs, my CEOs, my chief product folks, this one’s for you.
Today, I want to talk a little bit about vision. Don’t roll your eyes. I see you. Don’t do it!
All right. Vision, I know. It seems like a basic thing. Yeah, okay, we need a vision, but boy, it’s hard to do well, and if we’re not doing it well, it can seem like wasted effort.
I’m resisting with all of my might the urge to sing a Vanilla Ice song:
Stop, collaborate, and listen.
I guess I didn’t resist very well, did I? All right, I did it anyway. I apologize. Sometimes I can’t help but quote some Vanilla Ice.
My wife and I have homeschooled our boys for 14 years. Two started university this school year, returning home last week when their campus closed. The third is a sophomore in high school. At home, we’ve applied many of the principles, models, tools, and skills I use in my work to help individuals and teams learn and work more effectively. Read More