Today I read this excellent assessment of SAFe training.
I have to be honest. There’s a wee bit of jealousy in me that Daniel wrote such an insightful and informative post. It can be hard to know what’s interesting for anyone who happens upon your musings. I could sit write about the mechanics of Agile methods. But that’s already out there (see Scrum Alliance, LeanKanban University, Scaled Agile Academy, amongst others ) . I never thought about writing about training I’d been on! But I will follow Daniel’s excellent example from now on and take better notes.
So I thought I’d share a less eloquent, but I’m hoping, somewhat informative run down of the training I’ve been on recently.
Problem Solving Leadership Workshop with Gerry Weinberg, Esther Derby and Johanna Rothman Albuequerue, NM
This week long residential look at yourself has to be the best investment I have ever made .
It’s tough going. You are often working from morning to evening and having one to one consultations with Gerry, Esther or Johanna. When I say work I mean experiential learning. In my case my biggest lesson was Gerry himself telling me to “Shut up or get out”. In the middle, when you’re already a little weakened, if truth be told, there is a complicated exercise. We were a proper little town for several hours that day.
Throughout there were tears and tantrums, crushes and friendships formed and deepened. In fact I find myself in the twelve months since wishing there were a regular way to reconnect with the group I went with. After lots of imparting of psychological knowledge, and treatment dare I say, the trio of wisdom task you with a few last things to ensure lasting effect.
No there were no drugs involved 😉 it was not a love in – it was about becoming a problem solving leader. Bugger the title, it was about helping people around you and being true to yourself doing it.
Today I can say I continue to learn more about others and myself every day thanks to Gerry, Esther and Johanna. They run PSL bi-yearly. Just go. You’ll also come away with tons of models and tools to use. But better still you’ll come away with more knowledge of yourself to offer.
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SAFe with Dean Leffingwell London
I agree with pretty much everything Daniel says. And he says it better.
All I can add is I liked hearing the stories from Dean himself (although even his business tales were about tech upgrades). It adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the spaghetti throwing.
I had some confused looking tablemates throughout.
Coaching with Johanna Rothman, London
This was a one day course with Johanna that I booked during PSL. It was full of useful information although some of the exercises with stickies felt basic. I suspect this is because most peeps were there to learn how to start using coaching skills. As an experienced coach I came away with a few extra tools in my belt, and of course Johanna is delightful to learn from as always.
Kanban Coaching with David Anderson, Vienna
I went with some deep expectations and came back with a round tummy (sacher torte yummy) and lots of marketing materials. There was no experiential side. Although there was sumptuous food served every two hours. Not a lot of kanban theory or practice. Mainly stories, and mainly dev team focused.
David had some interesting stories to tell and this was lecture style teaching. A large part of the content was about marketing Kanban, commercial restrictions. On the last day David explains that we must fill out an case study style application. We must then attend (and pay for) a further event in order for a panel to interview you. After this you might receive a Kanban coaching certification.
My Scrum Alliance CSM was many years ago now, and I have to say as someone who knew Scrum already it’s hard to be a fair judge – although it may be interesting for y’all to know that CSTs are not subject to PDU or quality reviews once they’re certified.