2 things to think about when considering Scrum training.

Embracing Agile: The Journey from Novice to Expert

Embarking on the journey to adopt Agile, specifically Scrum, is not merely about learning a set of practices; it’s about adopting a new mindset. This transformation requires a solid foundation of understanding, upon which one can build a deep and nuanced appreciation of Agile principles. It’s a journey from grasping the basics to mastering the complexities of Agile methodologies, and it begins with recognizing the importance of a comprehensive education in Agile fundamentals.

The Foundation of Agile Learning

Starting with the Basics

For those new to Agile and Scrum, the initial step must be to learn the basics thoroughly. This foundation is crucial for understanding the interdependent nature of Agile practices and principles. Without this, seeing the ‘big picture’—how each element of Scrum works together in a cohesive whole—is challenging. To lay this foundation, sources like Scrum.org’s Applying Professional Scrum training come highly recommended. Such training not only imparts knowledge but also lets students experience the essence of true Agile, creating a lasting impression and a keenness to delve deeper.

The Agile Mindset

Adopting Agile is more than just adopting a new workflow or set of tools; it’s about embracing a fundamentally different mindset. This mindset shift is essential for the meaningful application of Agile principles. Without it, any attempt to implement Agile is superficial at best—akin to “putting lipstick on a pig.” It underscores the necessity for quality training that goes beyond the surface and fosters a genuine understanding and appreciation of Agile.

Choosing the Right Trainer

The journey towards Agile mastery also hinges on the quality of guidance one receives. A good trainer is someone with extensive experience, someone who has been “in the trenches” and understands the practical challenges and nuances of implementing Scrum. The process of becoming a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org, for example, is rigorous and demands a high level of commitment and expertise, ensuring that those who earn this designation are well-equipped to provide top-notch training.

The Importance of High-Quality Training

In an industry as dynamic and competitive as IT, there’s a proliferation of trainers and coaches, not all of whom offer the depth and quality of training necessary for true Agile adoption. Opting for a PST ensures access to a comprehensive and cohesive understanding of Scrum, directly aligned with the insights of its founders, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. This level of quality and consistency in training is invaluable for those serious about their Agile journey.

Building Upon the Basics

Once the foundational knowledge of Agile and Scrum is in place, the next step is to specialize. This specialization could be in roles such as Scrum Master, Product Owner, or in leading an Agile transformation within an organization. Scrum.org offers specialized training tracks designed to deepen knowledge and skills in specific areas, ensuring that learners are well-prepared for the specific challenges and responsibilities of their chosen paths.

The Path to Specialization

Choosing the right path of specialization is akin to selecting a specialty in medical school. It requires a clear understanding of one’s goals and the roles they aspire to within the Agile framework. Advanced training and specialized tracks provide the deep dives necessary for mastery in these roles, but they must be approached with caution. Jumping into advanced training too quickly can be counterproductive; a solid grasp of the basics is essential before attempting to tackle more complex concepts and practices.


The journey from an Agile novice to an expert is a progressive one, marked by continuous learning and growth. It begins with a solid foundation in the basics, supported by high-quality training and an embrace of the Agile mindset. From there, specialization allows for the development of expertise in specific areas of interest. Throughout this journey, the quality of instruction and the commitment to truly understanding and living Agile principles are critical to success. For those willing to invest the time and effort, the rewards are a deep and effective mastery of Agile and Scrum, capable of transforming not just projects, but entire organizations.

About Effective Agile

Ralph Jocham is a Change Agent in Scrum // Agile // Coaching // Evidence Based Management and also a Professional Scrum Trainer based in Europe.

As one of the first Professional Scrum Trainers in the world, Ralph has worked directly with cocreator of #scrum, Ken Schwaber, and has played an integral part in the course development of the #PSPO (Professional Scrum Product Owner) as well as the delivery of all #scrum.org certified courses.

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