Thursday and Friday of this week I attended the train the trainers event “Training from the back of the room” that was appended to the Scrum Gathering in Amsterdam. The training with Sharon Bowman was awesome.
I had already read the first half of her book (“Training from the back of the room”) but the training itself showed me how radical the concept really is meant. I have the subjective impression that Sharon talked less then 60 minutes during the two day training. The rest of the training was done by the 35 participants – everybody in action all the time. Everybody walked, talked, wrote and discussed all the time. This type of training reflects current brain research insights. Sharon describes the principles with 6 trumps:
- Movement trumps sitting. So we moved all the time and sat down very seldom.
- Talking trumps listening. We talked in pairs or in small groups during the whole training.
- Images trump words. Whenever possible Sharon used drawings, metaphors, stories etc.
- Writing trumps reading. We read few things and wrote down insights individually or as a workgroup.
- Shorter trumps longer. The content delivery was split up in very small chunks, each shorter than 10 minutes.
- Different trumps same. We applied lot’s of different practices to learn the content.
I highly recommend the training and the book to everybody who does training.