Thursday, August 13, 2015

Training is a plus


I hope you have noticed my long period of writing "drought". I would probably be in trouble, otherwise ;)

And the reason for this three-month period of inactivity is related to an effort, equally mine and of my company, to improve my knowledge and skills on Agile methodologies through formal training. Basically, I have attended a couple of courses that have changed, maybe not radically, but sure significantly and positively my consideration of my current job as Scrum Master.

On the one hand, I have had the opportunity to go through a SPC course by Scaled Agiled Inc. The course prepares you for the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant certification exam, and makes an overall and intense trip into the foundations of this methodology, which, leveraging from Lean and Scrum principles, enables medium-size and big companies to organize their software development around agile teams.

My key learnings? SAFe extraordinary ability to effectively coordinate large workgroups, up until around 150 people, in an incremental and iterative software development with a common goal and scope (agile release trains); and also the appealing simplicity of the budget management in the search of value generation at the level of the portfolio layer.

And my main outcome? Of course, my certification as SPC one week later! :)

On the other hand, I have received a course designed to prepare for the PMI certification in this field: the PMI-ACP or Agile Certified Practitioner, a first-class abridgment that spans many approaches to agile (Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP and so on), providing you with a comprehensive view of this subject matter and its many flavors.

My key learnings? The common factors and benefits that have led different people to give birth to and to embrace the agile techniques and practices, even with some significant variations in their approaches. In other words, the conviction that the malleable nature of the raw material software engineering works with (i.e., software code) is more efficiently turned into value through agile methodologies.

In summary, I have had the opportunity to feel the robustness and richness of the agile methodologies from an academic perspective and to compare that information with my daily experience. And now I can say that I have found out many opportunities to improve my professional performance just by putting some of those learnings into action.


PS  I hope I will be able to give you good news about my ACP certification soon ;)

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