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Learning is a central part of knowledge work

We think learning should be fun. It makes us come back for more, and it makes learning a lot more efficient than it used to be.

We take pride in our learning process. It is based on the findings of Vera F. Birkenbihl and Sharon Bowman. You, the learner, take centre stage. We avoid lectures. Instead, we create opportunities for yourself and your fellow learners to learn by interaction and experience.

In short, we host learning experiences. Your experience starts with your registration, and it ends with you mapping out your onward journey - with our assistance.

All our trainers are certified Trainers from the BACK of the room. All our trainers are sketchnoters. All our trainers teach material they have experienced first hand.

Our training process

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We help teams, companies and individuals become better a lot faster. A central part of increasing your efficiency as a knowledge worker is to acquire knowledge and skills quickly and just in time for applying them.

Knowing where you are is a pre-requisite for any successful journey

... and this is where we are starting. We help you become aware of your context, the requirements against your skill set and the requirements for your personal development.

Here is a selection of our newest training courses

We have a large portfolio of training courses which span from Cynefin to Wardley Maps to Design Thinking and to Agility.

Agility in Safety Systems

How to create a certifiable development approach which is still agile and lean, Sep, 2017
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You will learn how to create a development methodology for your organisation which is conformant to SIL or A-SIL. We will show you how we did this by drawing on frameworks such as SCRUM, SAFe, HSD and Lean. You will learn how to make sure that your new development approach gets ISO 61508 or ISO 26262 certification. Your managers will learn the techniques for agile product management. Your product developers learn how to change their approaches to become more lean agile whilst ensuring that they create the right artifacts in the right way to ensure certification according to their prevalent standards - ISO 26262 and ISO61508, for instance. This course will provide the answers to the most important questions of new product development which are safety-relevant: - how to ensure and proof standards-conformant test coverage, - how to ensure traceability between requirements and code units, and everything in between - how to ensure traceability between the engineering artifacts, irrespective of whether they pertain to hardware or software.

on completing this training you will know how to make your product development much more efficient and effective whilst conforming to the right standards.

Keywords

functional safety - scrum - safe - scaled agile - ISO26262 - ISO61508 - Hara (Hazard and Risk Analysis) - Automotive SPICE

Course Name

Scaled Agile for Safety Systems (SIL, ISO61508 and ISO26262, ASIL)

Audience

Anybody with responsibility for the success of a new technology project

Language

The course can be delivered in either German or English. The material is written in English.

Duration

2 Days

Finding the Value Stream

Makes delegates adopt the viewpoint of value to the market. This way of formulating this approach honours the fact that large endeavours often strive to create product platforms. Another part of the value stream is the need to certify the products to even be allowed to sell them (ISO26262, …). Delegates will understand what is really „core“, what is truly essential. This view will come from jointly creating a Stakeholder Objective Map.

Traceability

The traceability requirement is considered by many a real driver of effort and cost. This module defines the term, explains what it means and describes how this requirement can be fulfilled in an agile environment.

Requirements against the Approach

provides an overview of the challenges set by ISO61508 and ISO26262, as well as the implied maturity models your project has to adhere to.

Lean Thinking in Highly Regulated Environments

building on the concept of value stream, this module explains and exemplifies lean thinking in your context of product development which needs to adhere to the larger contexts of safety regulations and certification bodies.

Shaping Your Organisation

In this module you will apply Lean Thinking, the principles of Agility@Scale and other material to building your own organisational structure. As this structure arises from the orientation along the value stream, the activities and their resulting artefacts are considered as a matter of course. Following this, our trainers and coaches will help you find the roles you need to have occupied in order to bring this organisation to life.

Creating an Implementation Plan

You will learn how to enable your whole team to create a plan which is reliable. Big-Room Planning, Dependency Management, …

Systems Modelling

Title description, Sep 2, 2017
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You will learn how to create visual models. This is a course for anybody who wishes to enhance their skills in visualizing complicated matters. This course is usually taken up by software architects and designers. You will learn about the potential of visual models, as well as their drawbacks. You will learn how to work around said drawbacks. And you will learn about the concept of 'model context'.

Course Name

Systems Modelling

Audience

People who want to learn about expressing themselves visually in business

Language

The course can be delivered in either German or English. The material is written in English.

Duration

2 Days

What to model

Learn about finding the right level of abstraction. This will help you decide on whether to even abstract from the level of implementation. You will learn how to adopt an economic viewpoint.

Modelling Collaboratively

You will learn about the advantages and pitfalls of modelling in a team.

Modelling Languages

You will learn about the notation sets available to us these days. You will also learn about their use in real life. This involves the tools and the entire process of creating model, from sketching it to consuming It for the purpose of product creation.

Drawing - an essential skill

You will perform exercises that show you how to create appealing hand-drawn sketches.

Hand Drawings for software architects

Drawing on the essential skills you learned before, we will show you how to really harness the power of visual modelling without being constricted by tools.

Modelling Tools

Starting from the actual modelling process as it occurs in your head and as it is observable in your communication, we show you where in this process modelling tools fit in. You will see whether the tool helps you in conceiving the model context, creating the model and imparting the model or indeed its findings on others. The traditional modelling tools show varying degrees of usefulness to this process. You will be able to see better, more efficient ways of going through your process. And you will be able to judge the actual usefulness of your machine.

Machine Learning for Managers

Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Machine Learning: How they matter to decision makers
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This course equips the participants with the knowledge they need for deciding whether they should evaluate Machine Learning, shortlist it or discard it for the time being. This is achieved by showing examples from the leading users and developers, as well as by revealing WHAT AI teams are doing, and where their limitations are. This course uses extensive demos and videos, as well as leading experts from the field, who deliver the material in person.

Course Name

AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning

Audience

Managers, Architects and other Decision Makers. A technical background is not required.

Language

The course can be delivered in either German or English. The material is written in English.

Duration

1 Day

The hottest stuff from AI

Videos and interactive demos that illustrate in which areas AI can be used, and to what effect.

The AI Vocabulary

An interactive exercise for reaching a common understanding of the key terms and their meanings.

How do AI teams actually work?

A practitioner explains and visualizes the processes, activities and tools AI experts employ. This helps you understand WHY these teams need what they need, where the risks are, and how to best use them.

How to manage a Machine Learning/AI team

You will learn about the ways of steering and controlling a Machine Learning project. We will show if and how approaches based on Agile Principles are suitable, for instance.

How to apply Machine Learning

You will learn about the real-world issues to be expected when launching an AI/Machine Learning initiative. Experts will show how to overcome these, and share their experience.

Your onward Journey

We will close this learning experience with you, the participants mapping out your next steps with regards to AI/Machine Learning. You will be assisted by the experts.

Agility@Scale

An Overview of the Journey towards Agility
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This training course is for leaders in any organisation who want to learn if and how Agility in general may be useful to their organisation. You will also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of existing scaling frameworks such as SAFe, LeSS, DAD, HSD and others.

Course Name

Agility at Scale

Audience

Leaders, managers and change leads tasked with making their organisation more agile.

Language

The course can be delivered in either German or English. The material is written in English.

Duration

1 Day

Where to start

You will learn to ascertain the situation of your organisation in its current context in terms of market, products, etc. In this overview, you will only learn WHAT questions to ask and WHICH aids to use.

Asking the right questions

As a manager and leader, you need to know what you want agility for. You also need to learn about the contexts your teams are working in and how much autonomy they need, and are able to handle.

Overview of the Scaling Frameworks

You will learn about the most popular frameworks used for introducing agility at scale. In particular we will cover SAFe, LeSS, LSS. We will compare them to each other.

Autonomy vs Alignment

You will learn how to strike the right balance between autonomy and alignment. When asking your teams for results, this is the key question.

Mapping it out

Visualizing your journey towards agility

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