I took a course from Rod some time ago on scrum development. It was without a doubt one of the best courses I have ever taken. It combined a presentation format followed by a fantastic 2 day simulation. The simulation was very well designed and perfect for allowing me to internalize the concepts. Perhaps most importantly it demonstrated to me that the concepts really worked extremely well. Switching to agile development requires that you work in a different way and that you let go of past practices and make the leap across the chasm. This simulation allowed me to do that.
Also, other interactive activities helped us recap and review the concepts learn in a fun and engaging way.
I spent 9 years teaching college and several years doing corporate training. As such I really appreciate the challenges of course/content design and the brilliance of this course design and delivery. Rarely have I come across such a pedagogically well designed course. It was absolutely brilliance.
If you're trying to move to agile development methodologies and particularly if you have skeptics in your organization then I would highly recommend this course from Rod. It will make believers and practitioners out of them!
- Kelly Calvert Group Program Manager, Team Foundation Server, Microsoft
“Rod makes learning fun. I recently took the Certified Scrum Master class taught by Rod. Keeping technology professionals engaged for 3 days straight has its merits. Rod’s style made time fly by and left the students wanting more. Rod is a trainer I would seek out for future Agile-Lean Development courses.” March 17, 2009
“I can safely say this is the best class I’ve taken. It was worth every penny and I will be able to immediately begin using the principles and practices in my job.” CF from Douglass County CO
“Rod was the consummate professional, and I can also say that it is unanimous among my team that he was the best teacher that any of us has ever come across in dealing with software and computers.” January 9, 1998
Allan Shoemaker, DVP of Visual Merchandising, The Bon*Ton