Face-2-Face vs. Remote SAFe-Trainings: A participant reports from her first KEGON remote training

Due to the current restrictions for events caused by the Corona pandemic since mid-March, we at KEGON have shifted all 13 individual SAFe training courses to "Remote" within a few days. It was particularly important to us to take the "flair" of physical training - with a great deal of personal exchange, networking and fun - with us into the virtual world.

While many companies are sceptical about remote training due to lack of experience, we at KEGON take every new challenge and now simply hold the two SAFe training courses originally planned on site ("Implementing SAFe® 5.0" and "SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master 5.0") in a remote setting.

One of our participants of the 1st SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master Remote Training already attended another SAFe training course at KEGON a few weeks ago as a "classroom training". Below her impression and comparison of both settings in her own words:

"Last week I received the update from KEGON that the SAFe seminar is taking place remotely. At first it was a somewhat unusual situation for me as a participant. And for the two KEGON trainers certainly the same. In spite of the smaller group, consisting of only six people, I found it difficult in the beginning to talk to my screen via video, so to speak. Instead of the originally planned two days on site, the training was spread over three days with six hour units each day.

Throughout the three days of training, the units got better and better each day from my perspective. At first the tools were rather unusual. Instead of post-its and whiteboards, clever online tools were used to further encourage interaction. This enabled us to master all exercises in a playful manner as a team. This promoted interaction and demanded active participation, which I had imagined to be difficult during a remote training. Beforehand we received the SAFe workbook digitally, so that we could easily follow the screen presentation and take notes throughout the course. We noticed that it was important for the trainers that we could take away just as much as from the on-site training sessions.

Our agenda included regular breaks as well as question and answer sessions to ensure the necessary concentration. This was important to me as well as to the other participants who also welcomed this and provided positive feedback. Of course it would have been nice to get to know the other participants better over a coffee or after training, but all in all the remote training was an absolute success for me especially contentwise. I am looking forward to further trainings at KEGON in the future, whether remote or in a seminar with real people".

After so many words of praise and the first successful stress tests, it is clear that KEGON can maintain the proven high quality even "remotely" and is well equipped for a longer home office training phase.

"Even though direct contact and the atmosphere in the training room is very important to me as a trainer, I am very satisfied with the remote training concept and the feedback of the participants", says Manuel Marsch, one of the first KEGON remote SAFe trainers.
Due to the current situation, KEGON not only offers all trainings for the Scaled Agile Framework as "Remote Classes":

We also offer our high-quality consulting services for SAFe implementation and agile projects in large companies virtually at any time. We have introduced the Agile-Mini-Coaching especially for the fast resolution of questions and problems.

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