Agile practitioners who seek to improve their skills have a new training option available to them. At Agile2012 this week, Emergn announced its launch of Value Flow Quality (VFQ) Education, a work-based learning program that enables project managers, developers, testers and other team members to complete self-driven training, immediately applying skills while working on their current projects.
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Paul Dolman-Darrall, EVP for strategy at Emergn, explained that the business benefits this system offers are encompassed in the name: it delivers more value, improves flow and team cooperation and enhances quality and productivity. The VFQ course uses a modular system that enables students to study within a time frame that works for them, whether it’s a couple of months or up to a year.
He described the three levels of certification currently available, explaining that “the first level is about finding something that is suitable for your particular role or for a particular methodology that you are implementing, say Scrum or Kanban, for example.”
The highest level is known as the deployment level, which is a very comprehensive course. The choices allow participants to go as far as they would like to go, choosing from 60 topics. The setup is also flexible, so students can study at work, at home or from anywhere.
The course has been designed for all the major roles within IT, and recently the course is expanding to business analysts and other business roles. “IT is not a silo; it’s not by itself within a business. It has to become part of the business. So what we’ve discovered through our early pilots is that some people in the business are working quite heavily with IT and have also started to pick up the materials,” said Dolman-Darrall.
Companies can invest in the amount of content that they feel is appropriate for their organization, either by purchasing modules by themselves or registering for a monthly subscription that enables access to all the learning content. In addition, Emergn offers a two-day corporate training course for those organizations that are looking for a one-time training opportunity.
Customers who have tried VFQ have provided positive feedback so far, vouching that they are really learning and that the program explains both the “how” and the “why.” They have been able to immediately apply skills on the job and proactively prevent and resolve issues.