Simon is an experienced Agile Coach and a regular speaker and contributor to the Agile community. A Subject Matter Expert on Agile for the British Computer Society (BCS) for whom he is currently writing a book on Agile from First Principles. A Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional and Fellow of the IET and BCS, he has experience and been certified in a wide range of Agile approaches including SAFe, LeSS, [email protected] and Kanban. Simon has significant experience helping teams and organizations pragmatically develop practices and approaches to delivery that embody Agile principles and draw on the experiences of others, without necessarily following a single proscribed method. One way he does this is by using the open standard Essence to describe a common ground upon which organizations can compose and curate an approach that works for them, building on established practices and augmenting them with local specializations where necessary. This method agnostic, practice led approach allows local specialization within global consistency, empowering teams to innovate their practices without losing organizational confidence in their delivery capability.
I had the opportunity to participate in the course this week and can confirm that it is in fact a game changer (like Essence itself). After attending this course, you will see the software engineering method industry with different eyes. Essence puts Scrum (and any other practice/ method) into perspective. Existing software development frameworks and methods are suddenly dwarfed. They are just one piece of the puzzle. Thus, there is a necessity for an ecosystem of software engineering practices which includes the practices from nearly all frameworks and can be used to select and adopt the practices needed for a specific software development endeavor. Eventually you will see that single and isolated methods/ frameworks guarded by individual persons/ organizations do not make sense.Stefan Malich, Architectural Change Management, Germany
Be agnostic and free yourself from the Framework. With gamification, this will take you from inspect and adapt your current framework to assemble your independent reference model for your scaling.Pruth Udompruge, Agile Coach & Agile Practitioner
It’s a great learning tool for teachers to help explain the concepts and also for teams to facilitate inspecting & adapting their ways of working. Essence also provides ways to review the health of projects or endeavours, which I found particularly interesting.Nabil Zawadi, Agile coach and delivery consultant, UK
Maybe it’s because of the philosophy of Essence, but combining the content you learn with the method you teach was a very unique way of attending / hosting a trainingNiklas Heimbokel, IT Director, Hapag-Lloyd, Germany
While at the beginning it can be confusing as one has to learn a ‘new language’, that sentiment is soon overcomed as we get to play the the various games such as ‘How well do you do Scrum’, ‘Contract Bridge’ and ‘Pattern Adoption Plan’. Then, one starts to get a better grasp of its benefits such as knowing where we are in our current way of working, building a shared understanding of the process we are using and designing steps to improve.
There’s an impressive library of games available that can be easily put to practice. Essence and the games taught in this course can help organizations in their quest to reaping all the promised benefits of Agile frameworks for Software Development.Orlando Costa, Scrum Master at Nokia, Portugal
I participated mainly to learn more about Essence.
The course is an excellent introduction to Essence and the Scrum topics went well beyond the basics, e.g., covering Scrum accelerator practices and [email protected]
It is based on a playful and easily digestible way of approaching Essence, filled with exercises to allow participants to learn-by-doing/ experience.
I was really impressed by the work put in to create so many useful games/exercises where working with simple cards can produce such engagement and value. I’m even more impressed by the work done to create really useful digital versions as well. The digital resources you receive as a participant are really useful. Several of the exercises were so good it both made me want to introduce them to scrum teams right away and got me inspired to copy and tweak them for my own workshops.
The course also gave me insights to how a larger organization can use Essence cards and the exercises provided to balance the need for shared work beliefs & practices (alignment) with the need for individual teams to own their way of working and to be able to adapt it to their specific context (empowerment / autonomy).
I can really recommend the course for anyone interested in these topicsJoakim Sundén, co-creator of the Spotify Model, Sweden
Improving my understanding of Scrum and [email protected] through games was not what I expected but it really works’
‘… a great tool for Agile coaches to educate and work with organisations, Scrum Masters to work and improve their teams … I have good answers available and I am addressing the same problems as those I work with.Andreas Castol Sörlin, Team Manager Scrum Masters, SwedBank, Sweden
Essence can truly help enable Agility beyond the framework currently being used. What I found striking, even after the first exercise, is how effective the games are in ensuring that everyone in the room goes through the same journey of realization. And this is extremely powerful.
Agile Coaches often clearly see organizations on verge of making poor decisions but find it challenging to articulate what’s necessary to their clients. What Essence can contribute here is to de-focus the coach and convert him into a true facilitator, so the group in question can reach the conclusion on their own. We should never underestimate the power of allowing people to reach that Aha! moment on their own.
Another challenge is when you feel that something is rotten, but you can’t exactly pinpoint what. I think Essence would be perfect for flushing it out. The approach is easily applicable on scale.
It was truly eye opening and mind growing. I am going to apply what I learnt in my organization immediately. I strongly recommend the course.Paula Novokmet, TTTech Auto, Serbia
I left the class greatly encouraged and highly motivated to play the games/exercises with my teamsThomas Jacobson, Agile Transformation Coach, Volvo Group, Sweden
All agile practitioners can benefit from applying Essence and from taking the session’
You can use what you learn to ‘better understand frameworks, compare frameworks, gauge how effective your process is, improve your process, create your own process, etc’
The course provides ‘differentiated learning strategies that engage those with little experience as well as experienced individualsDavid Bulkin, Certified Scrum Trainer, Agile Coach, Grow Lean, USA