The Learning Philosophy of Team-Agility and Scrum/APM

Most certification programs are either training focused (e.g., Scrum, SAFe) or require validation that you can actually get the job done (e.g., Scrum Alliances’ Certified Enterprise Coach). While the later ones may be meaningful, they occur years after the initial training. Little is provided in the method of going from point A to B. Organizations tend to choose between going on their own and struggling or hiring embedded coaches which is an expensive proposition and doesn’t prepare their own people to a great extent.

At Net Objectives we belief a support model for those new to any method is required. This support model provides guidance to those new to the method it is designed to support.  It is based on the believe that after initial training a support system is needed. It is also usually better to invest in your own staff to be competent Scrum Masters than it is to hire outside embedded coaches. Although it may take some time for them to become competent, they already know your domain and culture. The quick return by hiring outside consultants does not have the long term benefit of investing in your own people.

Both Team Agility and Scrum/APM have the same learning model as both are based on systems-thinking. One tenet of systems-thinking is that the system has a significant impact on the behavior of the people in it. Although changing the way an organization works is neither simple nor predictable, there are pretty well-defined challenges that people face when attempting to adopt Lean and/or Agile. Most of the time these challenges are due to either a lack of understanding Lean-Thinking or due to a lack of a willingness to use it.

Popular frameworks are designed to be easy for trainers to present. That is not always the best for the organization. We believe organizations should adopt what works for them. This requires a simple start but often requires some changes up front. Initial training with integrated coaching is a good place to start. This is why we teach Scrum with integrated Agile Product Management with an integration of training and coaching. It’s also why operating models can greatly improve frameworks.