I wanted to get down on paper (blog-paper?) some lessons and tips from running this session 10+ times in the last 6 months to ~250+ people in 4 different global regions.
It's a lot of content to get through; which is a common complain of the SAFe material in general, so an early 8am works best!
The early start provides enough of a guard band to sufficiently answer questions that come up inline and still allow you to cover of each module without rushing
Utilise the parking board
In a similar vein to the above, start the session by introducing the concept of a parking board to park questions / topics that require further discussion - and ensure you come back to discuss later on Day 2.
I typically have 1-hr slot dedicated for those afternoon lunch (~1pm ish) on day 2.
Start simulation by 2.30 pm
Have heard/seen of the simulation starting on Day 2 and which really doesn't work and makes the modules difficult to follow on with if you haven't practised the concepts for real in the simulation
Work out relevant videos to play
Always have a local copy of these for those times when the WiFi just won't work - our you get bad buffering issues!
- SAFe 3.0 in 7 mins (even tho 4.0 is out - I prefer 3.0)
- Our own PI planning video (self made)
- Backwards brain bicycle - Smarter every day
- Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell - Henrik Kniberg
- Greatness- by David Marquet; Inno-Versity good extra for decentralisation of controlI
- Stuff Bad Scrum Master Say Wacth the curse-loaded title when in a corporate environment !
- Agile Manifesto (Custom hand drawn video from consultancy)
- Cost of Delay - Black Swan Farming
Bring in reinforcements for the simulation
Bring in extra help for the PI Simulation (Executive, Product Manager, Architect)
Day 2 retrospective
We are big on our feedback loops in agile and this is no less important with training. Don't wait for the official feedback forms from SAFe after the 30 day exam window finishes - get some 2-day conversation going on content, pace, style etc at beginning of day 2. Can help make the remainder of the course much more enjoyable for the participants.
Run a pub quiz
To reinforce learnings and increase participation from the class, I like to start Day 2 off buy doing what I've heard called a 'pub quiz'.
- Ask each participants to write down 2 or 3 questions from the previous day that would like to ask someone else.
- Divide the class (or ask to self-organise!) into 2 groups
- Ask each group to face each other in a line and explain the rules
Rules: 2pts: Correct answer is worth 2-pts. 1pt: Individual not able to answer but defers to team which give correct answer Incorrect: If incorrect is given, other team is able to provide answer (2pts)
Instructor to tally scores and makes it a fun way to start the day!