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March 2023 NKDAgility: The magic of immersive classes

While all of our courses are centred around valuable learning outcomes achieved through experiential learning within a classroom environment, they are most often delivered as intense consecutive 2-day or 4-half-day experiences.

This compresses learning into a short space of time and minimises not only the amount that folks remember but also denies them the ability to try things and come back to the trainer.

To combat this we have already moved from a 2-full-day format to 4-half-days and added:

  • self-paced learning resources where students read, watch and write
  • 60 minutes of additional one-on-one consulting for every student

It’s just not enough!

Enter the “immersion program”! The Immersion Program is an alternative format that extends the learning experience beyond the classroom by allowing students to apply what they have learned to real-world settings. This format is enhanced by incorporating retrospectives for improvement, making the learning experience highly effective and practical.

Our first Professional Scrum Product Owner Immersion (PSPO-I) will run from 3rd July 2023  and be delivered over 8 weekly 4h live sessions.

What is an Immersion Program?

An Immersion Program is a method of learning where students are actively engaged in the material and apply their knowledge in real-world contexts over an extended period of time.

Benefits of an Immersion Program

  • Students gain practical experience by applying their learning to their real-world context.
  • Students can affect a positive change in their environments immediately
  • Real-world application of learning increases the engagement, motivation, and personal investment of students, leading to more effective learning
  • Experiential classroom learning provides students with valuable practice in a safe environment before experimenting in their real-world context
  • Opportunities for students to collaborate and create a dynamic learning environment that exposes students to a variety of ideas and ways of thinking, deepening their understanding of the topics discussed in class
  • Retrospectives allow students to reflect on their learning with each other and the Professional Scrum Trainer to make improvements and gain deeper insights

What Do You Get With an Immersion Program?

  • Eight half-day interactive group class sessions guided by a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST)
  • Opportunity to attempt a Professional Scrum assessment
  • Assignments to apply learnings in your real working environment with inspection and adaptation together with your peers and your Professional Scrum Trainer

Who Is an Immersion Program For?

The application of learning during an Immersion Program is core to the concept. Participants should have the opportunity to work with a real team on a real product during participation in the program. If you do not have this opportunity while participating in the program, you can either find a partner to pair with, or you should consider attending a traditional class.

Immersion Programs are an extension to our existing course offerings, not a replacement. We believe that learners have preferences and unique situations, to which we intend to offer greater variety in course delivery methods to meet these needs. The below characteristics of learners are generalized and intended to help guide you towards the learning method you think might suit you best.

Learners who register for an Immersion Program:

  • Are committed to applying their learning and are willing to conduct small experiments at work throughout the learning experience.
  • Find it easier to fit a half-day classroom session once a week into their schedule and independently focus on intersession assignments.
  • Learn best by doing.
  • Prefer to gain knowledge, practice in a safe environment, and then apply.
  • Want to learn enough to try something quickly, then inspect and adapt to improve and grow.

Learners who register for a traditional Scrum.org course:

  • Are committed to taking ownership of their learning experience which is dependent on full and active participation over a short period of time.
  • Find it easier to fully focus on the class and learning for two consecutive days.
  • Prefer to learn as much as possible in a condensed time-frame.
  • Learn best through discussions and conversations with their peers and instructor.
  • Want to gain a broad understanding of the subject and use it as a foundation for further independent learning.

Reach out to me directly if you would like to schedule a private course at your organization.

Community

The Lean-Agile Practitioners Community has grown to over 1300+ members, and new usability updates by our platform team will hopefully make it an even bigger success this year.

It’s free to join the community, and our students get access to the Professional Scrum space for 1-on-1 Coaching, The Situation Room, & Tails from the Trenches!

Thank you very much to all who are making this community more extraordinary.

Upcoming Training Classes

Find a class and location near you or search for more classes. Contact us if you don’t find what you are looking for or want a private class for your organization.

Live Virtual Professional Scrum Product Owner online 8th May 2023

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO)

8-11 May, 2023
12:00-16:00 EDT
4 half-days
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Live Virtual Advanced Professional Scrum Master Online on 15th May 2023

Professional Scrum Master Advanced (PSM-A)

15-18 May, 2023
12:00-16:00 BST
4 half-days
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Live Virtual Professional Scrum Master Online on 29th May 2023

Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

29 May-1 May, 2023
09:30-13:30 BST
4 half-days
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Live Virtual Applying Professional Scrum in Minecraft on 19th June 2023

Applying Professional Scrum (APS)

19-22 Jun, 2023
09:00-13:00 EDT
4 half-days
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Live Virtual Professional Scrum Master Online on 26th June 2023

Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

26-29 Jun, 2023
09:00-13:00 EDT
4 half-days
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Live Virtual Advanced Professional Scrum Product Owner Online on 10th July 2023

Professional Scrum Product Owner - Advanced (PSPO-A)

10-13 Jul, 2023
09:00-13:00 BST
4 half-days
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Live Virtual PAL Evidence-Based Management Online on 28th August 2023

Professional Agile Leadership with Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM)

28-29 Aug, 2023
09:00-13:00 EDT
2 half-days
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Find a class and timezone near you or search for more classes. Contact us if you don’t find what you are looking for or want a private class for your organization.

Our Trainers

Simon Bourk

Simon Bourk

Professional Scrum Trainer, Master Integral Coach

Joanna Płaskonka, Ph.D.

Joanna Płaskonka, Ph.D.

Agile Coach, Consultant and Professional Scrum Trainer

Martin Hinshelwood

Martin Hinshelwood

Professional Scrum Trainer, Lean-Agile & DevOps Consultant with 20+ years experience, Professional Kanban Trainer, Microsoft MVP: GitHub & Azure DevOps, Neuro-divergent & Dyslexic

Jim Sammons

Jim Sammons

Professional Scrum Trainer - Problem Solver - Pot Stirrer

Russell Miller

Russell Miller

Customer-Centric Leader | Product Owner / Product Manager | Agile Organization Coach | Analyst | Engineer | Scrum.org Trainer

Joshua Partogi

Joshua Partogi

Professional Scrum Trainer

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What Classes are Right for you

All of our classes are listed on our site, but here is a list of classes based on who you are, or would like to be!

Everyone – Working in an evolving company

Applying Professional Scrum (APS) with Certification

Applying Professional Scrum (APS)

Enables all members of the Scrum Team to learn Scrum while doing it, experiencing what it is like to deliver products using the Scrum framework

Scrum Masters

Courses to help Scrum Masters and Delivery Managers improve their skills

Professional Scrum Master (PSM) with Certification

Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

An interactive activity-based course where students gain a strong understanding of Professional Scrum and the role of the Scrum Master.

Professional Scrum Master Advanced (PSM-A) with Certification

Professional Scrum Master Advanced (PSM-A)

An advanced class to help experienced Scrum Masters learn how to overcome the challenges they face through immersive facilitated excersises.

Professional Agile Leadership with Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM) with Certification

Professional Agile Leadership with Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM)

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝗴𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗘𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲-𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 (𝗣𝗔𝗟-𝗘𝗕𝗠) is delivered over two half or one full day(s) and includes the industry recognised 𝗣𝗔𝗟-𝗘𝗕𝗠 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁. It shows how leaders can guide their teams toward continuously improving customer outcomes, organizational capabilities, and business results. EBM focuses on customer value and intentional experimentation to systematically improve an organization’s performance and achieve its strategic goals.

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-e) with Certification

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-e)

Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) Essentials is a 14h workshop, delivered over four half-days that provides a foundation of the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile transformation.

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU) with Certification

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU)

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU) is a hands-on, activity-based course where students experience how Scrum and User Experience (UX) align and integrate to create cross-functional teams that connect more closely with end-users and customers, ultimately delivering more value and improving outcomes.

Developers / Scrum Teams

Courses to help all members of the Scrum Team improve their skills

Applying Professional Scrum (APS) with Certification

Applying Professional Scrum (APS)

Enables all members of the Scrum Team to learn Scrum while doing it, experiencing what it is like to deliver products using the Scrum framework

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU) with Certification

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU)

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU) is a hands-on, activity-based course where students experience how Scrum and User Experience (UX) align and integrate to create cross-functional teams that connect more closely with end-users and customers, ultimately delivering more value and improving outcomes.

Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK) with Certification

Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK) Training Experience with Certification

Teaches Scrum practitioners how to apply Kanban practices to their work without changing Scrum, bringing greater transparency and flow.

Product Owners / Product Managers

training to help Product Managers improve their abilities.

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) with Certification

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO)

Being a professional Product Owner encompasses more than writing requirements or managing a Product Backlog. Product Owners need to have a concrete understanding of all product management aspects, including but not limited to product ownership, that drives value from their products.

Professional Scrum Product Owner – Advanced (PSPO-A) Online with Certification

Professional Scrum Product Owner - Advanced (PSPO-A)

Professional Scrum Product Owner - Advanced (PSPO-A) is a hands-on, activity-based course that focuses on helping experienced Product Owners and Product Managers expand their ability to establish a vision, validate their hypotheses, and ultimately deliver more value to their stakeholders.

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU) with Certification

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU)

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU) is a hands-on, activity-based course where students experience how Scrum and User Experience (UX) align and integrate to create cross-functional teams that connect more closely with end-users and customers, ultimately delivering more value and improving outcomes.

Managers

Manage Scrum Teams indirectly.

Professional Scrum Master (PSM) with Certification

Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

An interactive activity-based course where students gain a strong understanding of Professional Scrum and the role of the Scrum Master.

Professional Scrum Master Advanced (PSM-A) with Certification

Professional Scrum Master Advanced (PSM-A)

An advanced class to help experienced Scrum Masters learn how to overcome the challenges they face through immersive facilitated excersises.

Professional Agile Leadership with Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM) with Certification

Professional Agile Leadership with Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM)

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝗴𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗘𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲-𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 (𝗣𝗔𝗟-𝗘𝗕𝗠) is delivered over two half or one full day(s) and includes the industry recognised 𝗣𝗔𝗟-𝗘𝗕𝗠 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁. It shows how leaders can guide their teams toward continuously improving customer outcomes, organizational capabilities, and business results. EBM focuses on customer value and intentional experimentation to systematically improve an organization’s performance and achieve its strategic goals.

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-e) with Certification

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-e)

Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) Essentials is a 14h workshop, delivered over four half-days that provides a foundation of the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile transformation.

Reach out to me directly if you would like to schedule a private course at your organization.