We start this episode by talking about the contribution that the certification programs have had towards the Agile adoption process. But we also discuss some of the challenges that they brought with them. As a community we acknowledge that certification was part of the solution during the initial stage of Agile adoption, but we must now look forward, and define what’s next in the Agile education landscape in the next few years (2022 an onwards).
Introducing the Agile Mastery Institute, a support system for Scrum Masters and more
Geoff and his team started the Agile Mastery Institute as a way to help Agile practitioners grow in a way that is sustainable, and with continuous support over a longer period of time. A two day course maybe just the right kind of energy and motivation many of us need to get started, but it is only when we start facing real world problems that we can come up with even the right questions to ask from our teachers and mentors. Geoff explains what the program includes during its 6 month duration.
The real challenge for Scrum Masters: adapting to the unexpected, a Pathway approach
When Scrum Masters start facing novel situations, that’s when they are ready to go deeper and learn in a way that solidifies the knowledge they acquired in the classroom. However, the novelty of the situations presents specific challenges that can only be solved with the help of someone who’s more experienced. The Coaching support the Agile Mastery Institute provides, allows for the Scrum Masters to have continuous support, and later on present their most complex situations in a follow-up workshop.
The missing piece in certification programs: an offering that serves both starting, and experienced Scrum Masters
Certification programs are often very productive for starting Scrum Masters, however, they rarely help the more experienced professionals. Experience brings with it more in depth, and often challenging questions. In this episode, we discuss what the Agile Mastery Institute offers that serves both starting and more experienced Scrum Masters. Listen in to learn about the different teaching, mentoring and coaching support you can get when attending the Agile Mastery Institute.
About Geoff Watts
Geoff Watts is the founder of Inspect & Adapt, The Agile Licensing Library, ORGANIC agility and most recently Agile Mastery Institute and one of the most well-respected authors, coaches, trainers and speakers in the worlds of agile and coaching. Oh yeah – and he has also co-written an agile joke book as well!