Agile has grown exponentially. This has created a demand for training that is also growing exponentially. It is unfortunate that most trainings provided, however, have not followed good training practices but have been intensive 2-4 days classes without doing any real work in the classroom. This has created a knowledge gap where people have supposedly learned something (even been certified in it) but don’t know how to apply it. This gap has often been addressed through onsite coaching. However, as more and more large companies are adopting Agile the approach of intense training and expensive coaching is no longer a viable alternative for most companies.
Scaled learning is an approach that enables large groups of participants to learn over time in both a more effective and efficient manner. By taking advantage of the latest training methods (e.g., flipped-classroom learning, peer-to-peer learning) people learn in a more fun and enjoyable way. The learning also sticks because it is done over time and on their own work. It also fully attends to how people learn.
Because it uses a flipped classroom style of learning (that’s where attendees read articles and/or watch videos on their own and then work with their peers and only work with the instructor for questions and additional guidance, it can also be provided at a significantly lower cost than on-site led training.
The lower curriculum costs is just the start. Losing less of people’s time by providing it in small segments is even a greater savings. But even greater still is the fact that participants become more effective quicker.
While scaled learning can’t be applied to all curriculum, it can be to where it is most needed – growing Scrum Masters or Agile team leads. Growing Scrum Masters is leveraged even more if the Scrum Masters are trained with a Lean mindset. Lean suggests that leaders / coaches should create an environment within which people can thrive. Therefore, instead of just teaching people how to do Scrum, the curriculum should be focused on how to create an environment within which people can effectively do Agile using Scrum as a framework.
If you want to learn more about FLEX you can take an online course at the Net Objectives University or take a live course in Orange County, CA May 6-8 or in Seattle in June (both led by Al Shalloway). If you want to learn about how to adopt FLEX in your organization please contact the author, Al Shalloway