Use it or Lose it – Why Agile Training is so Important

To play soccer on the varsity team in High School, you had to be a pretty athletic teen. You had to be fast, have stamina, and change speed and direction in a heartbeat when you needed to. In fact you had to be quite Agile, didn’t you?

Fast-forward 15 years. How would you fair if you were called up to fill a spot on the roster of a World Cup team – or your high school alma mater for that matter?

If the first thing that comes to mind is sore knees and burning lungs, then you get the point.

Use it or lose it: Training is vital before you take action, and even more important to keep taking action.

Back in High School you didn’t just step on the field and start playing like an all-star. You trained, first to learn how to play, then to sharpen your skills, and finally, to stay in shape.

In the world of Agile project management, the same principle applies:

The Importance of Agile Training

It’s not uncommon for an organization that is starting an Agile transformation to line up some basic training for their teams to learn what Agile is and how they fit into this new framework. And that’s absolutely vital. There’s no way an Agile transformation will succeed without at least some level of introductory knowledge.

But trouble comes when an organization stops at that point and allows all levels of responsibility to continue on a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants methodology. The very basis of an Agile workplace requires being open to – and adaptable to – constant change. One introductory class at the beginning of an Agile transformation is not going to make everyone capable of maintaining that standard.

That’s why reputable Agile training organizations offer a wide range of ongoing training and coaching options for individuals and teams at all levels of Agile experience and at all levels of the organization. Because everyone trains and learns differently, consider a variety of options like:

• Public course
• Private courses
• Online courses
• PMI Courses

Investing in ongoing education, especially for team members in key decision-making and project-guiding roles, communicates the company’s desire to maintain the most fit and effective workforce, and to get the most out of their Agile framework.

Contact us to discuss how Agile training can help stay fit for this changing model.