Last week, we completed our first FNF-centric Scrum training. Mike Jebber did a great job of taking a few ideas during a conversation over lunch into a two day Scrum training course. We had a great group of teammates who were engaged throughout the two days. Our teammates were excited and engaged. At lunch on the first day, we determined that the content we had put together was taking longer than what we expected. Nobody said anything, but I might have been a little long winded in my portion. That didn’t surprise anybody.
There were a couple of things that surprised us. We did not have time to produce the traditional survey that you get at the end of every training course. When I mentioned that at the end of class, Jennifer Brock (FNF QA Manager) suggested we do a retrospective. I always thought the surveys I had completed were ineffective at best. Thinking that this was a great idea, I suggested that we do the retrospective led by one of our teammates in the class, and that Mike and I would sit and listen.
Joe Cox immediately raised his hand and offered to facilitate. It was seemed natural as the team moved right into what was right and what we could improve. We got some great improvements and some compliments.
The second Ah Ha moment occurred during the retrospective. One of our attendees mentioned that he had attended Scrum training previously, and that he got more out of the FNF version. He mentioned that the FNF examples used throughout the class were people and solutions that he was familiar with. Being FNF specific helped him understand the changes that he had seen in our teammates and the processes over the last six months.
Overall, I was pleased by how we progressed over the two days. I want to thank my teammates who participated in the training. I am encouraged as they start on their own Scrum adventure.
Thanks for coming in today.