A passion for learning is a cornerstone of our ethos at Equal Experts – as is a spirit of openness. With these things in mind, we took the decision to harness the energy of those eager to share what they’ve learned by designing and running short courses that help other software practitioners learn and master agile skills.
Our trainers are practising software consultants in their own right who also have a natural gift for coaching. Like all Equal Experts consultants, they engage with colleagues across our network to tackle real-world business delivery challenges on a daily basis, sharing resources and skills as they do so.
Moving away from certification
There’s been an enormous growth in certification training in recent years, but that’s something we purposefully shy away from. We believe that focusing on teaching skills is more valuable. Having listened to fellow professionals across our network, our clients and in the industry as a whole, we’ve learnt that the main issue with certification courses is that they focus almost exclusively on passing exams rather than developing any new skills.
That’s not to say that there’s anything inherently wrong with certification in itself. However, there’s a world of difference between certification ‘training’ and courses that teach real skills that deliver real improvements in personal and organisational competence.
We’ve adopted a workshop-style approach to our courses that encourages collaborative learning. It’s a nod to the importance of collaboration in the ‘real world’, where offices, businesses and even large corporations thrive on the projects developed and produced by teams. We believe collaborative learning fosters open communication between peers, peer evaluation and problem-solving. It also encourages delegates to begin to teach each other (and us too!)