Photo credit: Umanix
Disciplined Agile (DA) has always recognized that some teams work remotely and now, given the need to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19, we are applying our own advice with our DA training offerings.
Starting in early March we reworked our instructor-led training (ILT) offerings so that they can be delivered remotely by qualified instructors. In the picture above we see two Certified Disciplined Agile Instructors (CDAIs) from Umanix delivering the Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master (DALSM) certification workshop virtually. As you might expect, the instructors are using video conferencing software to work through the courseware with the students, but there's much more to it.
The DA workshops have many hands-on exercises, both games and case study work, in which students collaborate to learn critical concepts and techniques. In the bottom left-hand corner you see an exercise in which a group of students are in a breakout room and are working together. In the face-to-face (F2F) version of this exercise students move cards around on a table and discuss their decisions as they go. In the virtual version they move images around on the screen. In both cases the instructor is observing and helping the students where necessary. Once the group work is over the students then do a "wall walk" by going into each of the breakout rooms to see and discuss how other groups approached the problem.
We've been very lucky in that one of our DA Training Partners has been delivering DA training to globally dispersed teams for years. They agreed to take the lead and share their experiences and techniques with our other training partners so that we can successfully bring DA training to you remotely. In short, we've been in a position to apply proven remote training strategies so that your learning experience is the best that it can be.
Don't worry, DA Training Partners will still be offering face-to-face training once it becomes safe to do so again. And we'll also continue with virtual workshops as well, because my gut tells me that we're going to have a lot more distributed Disciplined Agile teams in the future.
Please visit Disciplined Agile Training to discover our current workshop offerings.