Live Virtual Classroom’s and the new normal



With the change in business model in the current crisis, many training organizations have had to do the unthinkable and move to Live Virtual training options. Existing wisdom was that training online, just as running teams virtually would be a disaster and reduce the student’s experience.

We were Wrong!

In-person pass rates are slightly higher 6% looking only at students from 2020. Assessment Result

When Scrum and Agile were first conceptualized the idea of colocation meant that we had to have everyone in the same place in order to get that extra 80% of communication that is non-verbal.

Live Virtual Co-located Professional Scrum Foundations class

However today this limitation does not exist for much of the world. With modern and secure video conferencing systems like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, & Webex we can create an almost perfect approximation of co-location while being distributed.

Timezone becomes the inhibitor rather than physical presence.

I, along with almost all of my collogues at, have been running all of our classes as Live Virtual Classrooms using a verity of technologies and we have found that the experience for students is as good as, if not better than an in-person class. The trick is that we judiciously use breakout rooms and structured exercises with only a small amount of lecture to facilitate the greatest amount of learning.

I for one have found that it is much easier to create interactive experiences in the virtual world, and have found that participation is just as high as in in-person classes. In a physical room, it is hard to get 20 people to participate in a big-wall exercise without jostling, crowding, and taking turns. In the virtual space, we can make the wall as big as we like.

The New World of Virtual Delivery

Wow, it is now so much easier to run a class. I don’t have to worry about flying, hotels, and transport, and neither do my students. It is better for the environment and its better for our sanity and family life. While it will take a little time for folks to spin up their home office this seems to be the new normal. I’m not sure many folks want to go back to many hours of commuting, and seasonal sickness, among other issues.

I think this especially makes sense for the world of product delivery. Why go to the same place just to all work at a desk, in a cube, while all participating in the virtual world of our computer.

Welcome the New Normal

I am sure that an extrovert might have a different opinion initially, however, once we are out of lockdown and able to socialize in-person again I am sure that they can find their fix. For those of us in the knowledge industry, this is a new era. Embrace it, adapt to it, or it may just leave you behind!

Upcoming Training Opportunities

These are the next five classes we have, and you can check out our full public schedule of classes.

Live Virtual Professional Scrum Product Owner online 8th May 2023
8-11 May, 2023
12:00-16:00 EDT
4 half-days
Live Virtual Applying Professional Scrum in Minecraft on 15th May 2023
15-18 May, 2023
09:30-13:30 BST
4 half-days
Live Virtual Advanced Professional Scrum Master Online on 15th May 2023
15-18 May, 2023
12:00-16:00 BST
4 half-days
Live Virtual Advanced Professional Scrum Product Owner Online on 22nd May 2022
22-25 May, 2023
09:00-13:00 BST
4 half-days

We can deliver any of our courses as private in-house training over Microsoft Teams & Mural. We also recommend training based on your accountabilities or role, you can go directly to recommended courses for Scrum MastersProduct OwnersDevelopers and Agile Leaders.

Create a conversation around this article

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin

Related Courses

No items found

Read more

Martin Hinshelwood (He/Him) Why do you think the PSU course has become so popular for product development? Because there is a gap. A massive gap. In the product development world, we talk a lot about scrum. Scrum is not the only agile framework out there, but it is by far the most …
Martin Hinshelwood (He/Him) How important is DevOps in continuous delivery of value to customers? DevOps is imperative. It is exactly the same thing as agile, but from a different perspective. Agile The agile element of how we work together to achieve a shared purpose, common goal, and specific strategic objectives has a …
Martin Hinshelwood (He/Him) What is a common mistake made by rookie agile consultants? I think the most common mistake made by a rookie agile consultant is the belief that simply by following the rules or processes of whatever agile framework they recommend; positive results and outcomes will be achieved. A belief that …
Martin Hinshelwood (He/Him) What would you advise a scrum team to do in their first 4 weeks? That’s an interesting question because it depends on the intention of the team. In my opinion, if their intention is to try scrum, then that is what they should focus on in the first 4 …


We believe that every company deserves high quality software delivered on a regular cadence that meets its customers needs. Our goal is to help you reduce your cycle time, improve your time to market, and minimise any organisational friction in achieving your goals.

naked Agility Limited is a professional company that offers training, coaching, mentoring, and facilitation to help people and teams evolve, integrate, and continuously improve.

We recognise the positive impact that a happy AND motivated workforce, that has purpose, has on client experience. We help change mindsets towards a people-first culture where everyone encourages others to learn and grow. The resulting divergent thinking leads to many different ideas and opportunities for the success of the organisation.