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The Case for Co-Training

11/13/2013 by Angela Johnson

One of the things that I valued, and continue to value, as a Certified Scrum Trainer is co-training. With each co-training I was fortunate to be a part of while in the CST pursuit, I learned new perspectives, nuances of the Scrum framework that I had not realized previously, and fresh approaches to conveying fundamental information. Not every co-train resulted in an endorsement or recommendation. What every co-train did yield, however, was valuable feedback, experience, and a deeper connection to the CST community.

It is concerning to me that many view co-training as a negative or as something that should not be necessary in order to achieve or maintain the CST credential. CSTs teach Scrum. Scrum is about people. How can we strengthen the Scrum community if we do not engage with other people?

If we just view teaching in a traditional sense for moment, nearly every faction of this requires some type of apprenticeship or co-training. In the U.S., in order to teach elementary school, high school, or any type of higher learning within most accredited universities, work is required as a student teacher, teacher's assistant, etc.

If we view other professional organizations, such as Dale Carnegie Training, work as a graduate assistant is required a number of times before a candidate can pursue teaching a Dale Carnegie course on his or her own.

As a CST, I continue to co-train with those pursuing the credential or with other CSTs for a couple of reasons:

Growing the Scrum community: What better way for existing CSTs to grow our community than to cultivate those who are interested in achieving a deeper understanding of Scrum? What better way for candidates who want to join the CST community to get to know the very group they are seeking to be a part of?

Learning from each other: Many who participate at Scrum Gatherings indicate that they do so to get new ideas and fresh perspectives, to connect with other like-minded people, etc. Co-training with potential candidate or with peers provides us the opportunity to do this all year long -- not just at events.

If we are looking to transform the world of work, we will need to work with each other. What is your case for not co-training? What is your case for co-training?