The last “global” agile conference I attended was Agile 2010 (and my first to present at!). It’s been a few years and I’m now in a position to try and lobby budget for a team of scrum masters in my company to get training/education, and I wonder what this community here would suggest:
- send them to Agile 2018 (or conferences like this)
- send them to higher level certification courses (they have their CSM’s)
- send them to local / smaller events throughout the year
I start with Agile 2018 because for me, these conferences were immense in helping me learn/grow and also in extending my community of mentors and peers. Back then, every major name was found at them, and you could catch them in the hallway for 30 minutes chats. I just haven’t been in so long that I don’t know the value anymore (I posted about this in my welcome/intro post).
Without directing the conversation further… here are the best two questions to drive this thread:
- if you are early in your agile journey, what have you found as the most valuable learning resource that your company budgeted for (or you wish they did instead of you)?
- if you are a coach, what do you feel are the best budget investments for a company to make in it’s agile leaders for ongoing training/learning at all levels of experience?