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Suddenly Distributed? Time to Level Up: A Guide for Companies Seeking Productivity in a Remote World

The traditional “office” is on hiatus… now what? As your employees settle in and adjust to full-time remote work arrangements, this might be the perfect time to give them some top-notch, Certified virtual training. And not just because you can avoid travel costs…. There’s Still Work to Be Done, and Your People Need the Skills […]

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March 18, 2020

The traditional “office” is on hiatus… now what? As your employees settle in and adjust to full-time remote work arrangements, this might be the perfect time to give them some top-notch, Certified virtual training. And not just because you can avoid travel costs….

There’s Still Work to Be Done, and Your People Need the Skills to Do It

While the sudden need to be a distributed workforce may be causing a lot of disruption, it may not have changed the underlying premise of your business: your customers still need the work of your teams while your teams still need effective ways to collaborate, plan, deliver, and get feedback. Agile approaches like Scrum and Kanban give teams coherent techniques to validate vision and deliver value in small increments, adapting and adjusting vision in response to real customer interactions. This focus on empirical processes means that teams have the flexibility to find the path of a best solution, even in the face of long-term uncertainty. Giving your employees access to high quality training delivered by seasoned Agilists can help teams have the best possible footing to adopt and benefit from Agile practices.

Great Agile Training Models Effective Distributed Collaboration

Good virtual training courses aren’t just all-day PowerPoint nightmares. They’re highly interactive learning experiences that blend presentation, group conversations, games, and small group remote collaboration methods. So, while learners are engaged in the primary task of learning a curriculum, they’re also observing a master class in utilizing remote collaboration tools that can allow an Agile team to work together in real time to solve problems, build great products, and deliver real value.

Great Agile Training Helps Build Teams at a Distance

It can be challenging to build a new team, even when we have the overlooked luxury of everybody sitting in the same room. You need methods of creating shared experiences that include the kinds of person-to-person exchanges, small talk, and collective memories that develop mutual trust and understanding. For distributed organizations, a rich virtual training experience packed with small group interaction can be the best chance to set a group of strangers on the path to becoming an amazing and connected team.

Great Agile Training Boosts Morale

Increasing your team’s skills and knowledge doesn’t just help your bottom line; it’s a boost for them, too. Everyone’s making big adjustments, struggling to find new rhythms, and coping with uncertainty about what’s going to happen in the long term. Now would be a great time to show team members that you’re invested in their abilities and well-being with a compelling training experience that also results in them acquiring one of the most valued Agile credentials, such as Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) or Certified Kanban System Design (KMP I) for example. Students also get the benefit of interacting with people from beyond their new workaday bubble, helping them feel more connected to the world of workers grappling with similar concerns and challenges. This interaction can greatly reduce the felt impact of stress and anxiety for individuals, and provide and overall mood boost for teams.

Great Agile Training Helps Us Take Care of Each Other

A core premise of Agile frameworks like Scrum is a continued focus on human interaction as the prime motivator of teams and customers. In particular, the role of ScrumMaster is rooted in a Servant Leadership approach that emphasizes ensuring the wellbeing and safety of teams, both as individuals and as a group. Nurturing the growth of your ScrumMasters with rich, experience-based training helps them develop and expand the skills they need to deal with the toll that major disruptions may be having on teams. And great ScrumMasters are well positioned to help organizational leaders understand how to best enable teams to deliver value.

Let’s Level Up!

As the premier virtual Agile training provider, Excella Training stands ready to help you help your people grow and deliver. We’ve transitioned our extensive course catalog of training into compelling, interactive classes that your team will love. And now every class is a class near you!