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Photo credit: Umanix

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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.

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Please visit Disciplined Agile Training to discover our current workshop offerings.

Posted by Scott Ambler on: April 07, 2020 08:21 AM | Permalink

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I'm having a blast delivering my very first live virtual DA workshop this week! The Miro platform is an amazing medium for translating the in-person exercises for remote use!

Kiron, glad to hear that. It's really amazing what is possible with tools like that. I certainly prefer F2F training, but this is a close second.

This is very interesting and exciting. I look forward to taking the online course in the near future.

Thank you for your efforts.

I just received the DA Wow Book and want to go through the whole book before taking the course so I can make best out of the course.

Virtual is the new delivery!

Anthony, it absolutely is. There's a great meme flying around about what is driving your digital strategy: Your CEO, Your CIO, or COVID-19. If it's the third I suspect it's going to be a rough go.

It was so great to be part of this training with Umanix. I was as a participant. Great experience ad good dynamics that give the participants an awesome training.

Ernesto, thanks for sharing. It's great to hear that the training worked well for you.

I'm starting my DA journey and looking forward to see what it brings.

Hey thats great to know ! I am looking forward to such a training to be delivered to Indian audience.

A group of candidates to become DA instructors who are based in India recently started into the certification process. So expect this soon.

Having said that, there are already several instructors based in India. Please see https://disciplinedagileconsortium.org/Certified-DA-Instructor

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