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Agile trainings create a common basis on which the next steps for a good agile transformation can be built.

Agile Trainings Provide a Common Basis for Communication

In practice, planning the next steps in agile transformations often stalls if key players have not completed at least basic agility training. Without a shared vocabulary and understanding, agreeing on meaningful next steps is nearly impossible. A lack of knowledge about agility and the chosen agile framework is a significant barrier to agile transformation.

When is the right time for agile training as part of an agile transformation?

A step-by-step approach is also recommended for training measures.

Development and qualification of the transformation team

A proven approach is to first build a team that drives the agile transformation. Ideally, the team consists of managers, agile experts and specialists. Members of this team need training first. This team can then create a roadmap for further knowledge building, role assignment, communication and change management.

Training for candidates in specific roles

It is usually beneficial to train people considered for specific roles in advance. It is challenging to commit to a role without fully understanding the associated tasks, responsibilities and required skills.

Training as initial team building for the agile teams

Once the relevant roles and initial team set-up are known, training sessions can also serve as initial team-building exercises for everyone involved.

Big room training under time pressure

If there is significant time pressure, everyone involved in the transformation can receive initial knowledge simultaneously through a large, big room training course.

Role-specific deepening and continuous education

Once everyone understands the basics, skills can be deepened and further developed in a role-specific manner. Not every Scrum Master needs to be an expert in clean code nor do developers need to excel at great stakeholder workshops. However, everyone must understand what the transformation is about, the benefits and how the chosen framework supports this.

It is important not to stop after basic training but to follow a roadmap with further measures and continually evaluate what makes the most sense at any given time.

 

The EFS training offer

EFS Consulting offers workshops and measures tailored to the needs oand corporate culture of for managers and agile teams.

EFS Consulting provides the following standard trainings and courses:

  • Agile und Scrum Basics
  • Agile Leadership Deep Dive
  • Self-Organization
  • Non-violent Communication in the corporate context
  • Group Dynamics for Agile Coaches and Managers
  • Visualization for Agile Coaches and Managers
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Trainings
    • Leading SAFe
    • SAFe 4 Teams
    • SAFe Scrum Master
    • SAFe Advanced Scrum Master
    • SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager
    • Agile Product Management
    • SAFe Dev-Ops
    • Lean Portfolio Management
    • Release Train Engineer
    • SAFe for Architects

 

Which training should you start with?

The best way to enter the agile world depends on the individual situation and specific goals. If you want to build up your knowledge, EFS recommends “Leading SAFe®” for employees in large, traditionally structured companies and Product Owner training for those in smaller companies.

For further measures, the EFS Agility Check can quickly identify the most impactful measures for the current situation.

 

Conclusion

  • Basic training before roles are assigned: Everyone involved should first gain a basic understanding of agility.
  • Train everyone involved: The entire workforce should be involved in the agile transformation.
  • Plan role-specific advanced training: Targeted further training should be offered for the individual roles in the agile team.
  • Create and update a roadmap with enablement measures: Training measures should be documented in a roadmap and regularly adapted to the company’s current needs.

To make an agile transformation successful, it is essential to have a clear picture of what needs improvement and systematic education and training for everyone involved. Without training, there is a lack of common vocabulary and understanding needed to agree on priorities and next steps. EFS supports you with a comprehensive range of agile training courses and workshops to qualify your employees and managers. Contact us today for your individual offer!

 

 

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