I’ve been delivering parts of a Certified Scrummaster (CSM) course (co-training with others).  Recently, I was able to deliver the entire course from the first time (with a co-trainer, Michele Sliger coach/mentor there for support and feedback). The experience was extremely valuable; probably the most valuable of all the co-training sessions thus far.

While on this path of applying to be a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), I’ve remarked that all the documentation and the approval process might be better served if you had someone observe your full training. Now the time commitment of having someone observe you for two days is quite high but so is the time commitment of reading all of the documents, approval boards, etc. My feelings regarding this are deeper now.

When you co-train onto someone else’s class, unless they know you, it’s a pretty risky thing to let them just deliver 50% of the course. In addition, good courses are not meant to be plug and play with other courses. There is a flow over the two days. I wasn’t able to fully analyze my materials until this first entire pass. I had ordering to change, segues to work on, etc. You can’t figure that out by parts.

So here’s my recommendation for anyone planning on applying to be a CST, build your skills and trust by parts but do at least one “co-train” where you do the entire course and have a CST observe and provide feedback (including inspired collaborative ideas to improve not just what you did wrong). It will be worth your time!


Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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