I admit it: Iâ€™ve been scared of running online training workshops for years.
I just didnâ€™t see how they fitted with the way I liked doing things. Online training Iâ€™ve joined in the past has been boring and Iâ€™ve found it difficult to keep my attention. So I assumed that everyone was like that and all online training suffered from the same failings.
But like so many other people in the last few weeks Iâ€™ve been forced to reconsider.
And Iâ€™ve had really positive experiences. In fact, Iâ€™m wondering if online might actually be better suited to my preference for interaction and discussions. Although Iâ€™ll admit, it makes designing exercises harder.
Last week I delivered what was a 2-day agile course as four half-day workshops. This seems like a win-win: it is less disruptive for the team undertaking the course, avoids days spent on video meetings and provides more opportunities to adjust content to suit need – plus its cheaper!
So, as of now I have two workshops redesigned and tested online. In addition Iâ€™m making myself available for online consulting/coaching. In the past it was only feasible to provide consulting and coaching to companies who could buy whole days. Delivering this online makes it possible to work with individuals.
Improving with Agile
Based on my existing and much delivered Agile Foundations course this four half-day online workshop looks at how teams can use ideas from the agile toolkit to work better. This could mean going from â€œno agileâ€ to â€œagileâ€, or from â€œexisting agileâ€ to â€œbetter agile.â€
Stories and Value
Derived from my long standing Requirements, Backlogs and User Stories 1-day workshop this is now delivered as four 90-minute workshops. This revised version continues to look at how to write good user stories however now the emphasis is on understanding and delivering business benefit, i.e. value.
Iâ€™m part way through delivering Stories and Value to those who signed up to my free workshop offer a few weeks back.
These are on my website now.
I may well offer both of these workshops as public (open enrolment) courses in the next few weeks – although this time I will need to levy a charge. If history is a guide I expect private deliveries to existing teams will be the main customers.
If you are interested in either – joining a public workshop or having this workshop for your own team – please contact me. Whoâ€™s interested?
Iâ€™m still finalising my plans for personal coaching and consulting, so again, if you are interesting in getting some of my time please get in touch.
And if you have suggestions for workshops or tutorials I should offer Iâ€™d love to hear your ideas!