Co-training can be either a joy or a burden depending on the interaction between the trainings. I’ve been on the receiving end of a few bad experiences, and so I typically prepare for the worst. And so, it was a pleasant surprise when my most recent Sydney ScrumMaster training went exceptionally smoothly.
I was co-training with James Brett and he was a joy to co-train with. I expected James to know his stuff, because he’s been a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) for some time and has been running the Brisbane Scrum Users group for a number of years. What I didn’t expect was that our styles would compliment each other so nicely. James’ low key approach and off beat humor worked nicely with my earnest (and sometime overly serious) approach.
On day two of the training, I let James take full control over the discussion about the ScrumMaster role. He approached it by drawing a mind map. This is something that I’ve never done, but it worked so well I might seriously adopt it going forward. Here’s a snapshot that I took at the end of the day. James also sent me a cleaned up diagram which you can find at the top of this article.
It was a great experience and hopefully something that we’ll get to do again shortly.