Teaching the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class has been an interesting experience for me. I’ve learned a lot, and found the two days to be pretty intense both for the instructors and the attendees. I’ve always walked away learning a lot from the people in the class, and of course from the Certified ScrumMaster trainer with whom I co-train. Usually, this has been my colleague Arlen Bankston, who consistently gets rated incredibly well by class participants. Arlen and I have co-trained on several occasions, and it’s great to be able to have someone else to rely on while teaching.
Next month, I will be co-training a CSM class in Herndon, VA with expert Scrum coach, trainer and author Stacia Broderick. Stacia is the co-author of the book, The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility, an excellent handbook for project managers looking to adopt agile methods. I am looking forward to the experience, since Stacia brings a perspective that’s unfortunately still too rare in the Agile world — that of someone who is equally conversant with the PMBOK and its recommended style of project management.
In general, I do enjoy the experience that teaching an Agile Project Management class affords, and I continue to learn and evolve my own views and approach. I guess that’s the Agile way. 🙂