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The WorkShop – Sacramento Open for Coworking!

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You might have heard we recently opened The WorkShop – Sacramento in East Sacramento’s McKinley Park neighborhood!

Located in Cannery Business Park on 33 and C Streets (right across the street from Roxie Deli and Orphan Breakfast House, anyone?), The WorkShop is a coworking and collaboration space offering monthly memberships, private offices, and open desk space.

Want to learn more about The WorkShop? We hope these quick links will help! Of course, if you have additional questions, please call us directly at 916-465-8065 or email workshop@kaipartners.com.

With clients in architecture, product development, medical technology, game development, digital marketing, and more, we are proud to be a hub for anyone looking to build their business. Check us out online, or better yet, come by and take a look to see what we are all about!

How I learned what Scrum, Agile, and Sprint Really Means

Agile, Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Corporate Training, KAIP Academy, Learning, Scrum, The WorkShop, Training, Workforce Development

By Nick Sherrell, MBA, CSM, PMP

If you’ve been in the project management world within the past ten years or so, you’ve probably heard some buzz words floating around like scrum, agile, or sprint. You might have even worked within a team that used these words commonly to explain how they get work done. As a project manager who has worked within many teams in the healthcare industry, I’ve heard these terms used on many different teams—and unfortunately I’ve heard them used to explain vastly different things.

One team I was on used the term “scrum” to name their daily and weekly status report meetings, while another team used this word to describe a last-minute all hands on deck meeting to put out fires started by an executive.

Feeling confused, I turned to Google hoping to find clarity in what these terms truly meant and how they worked together. Ten websites later (and three YouTube videos of funny animals…darn you click bait!), I was even more confused than I was before I started my search!

I decided my next search was going to be for a training course led by someone who truly knows what these words mean and how they work. I found the KAIP Academy website that showed an offering for a two day in-person course led by Bernie Maloney, a Certified Scrum Trainer with over 20 years leading agile for very successful companies like HP and TiVo. I signed up immediately and breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I was going to get to the bottom of this!

If you’re interested in attending one of KAIP Academy’s upcoming training courses, you can find more information or register here.

I pulled up to The WorkShop – Sacramento (a new collaborative workspace located in East Sacramento’s Cannery Business Park) and was immediately met by…Koi fish! The entryway had a large waterfall and Koi pond with a walking bridge to get to the training area. I knew this wasn’t going to be the boring trainings I’ve been to before!

The training room had 22 other students with a lot of the same questions and experiences I had, but from many different industries. Some were developers from private software development companies looking for a smoother way of working, others were managers and directors over state agencies responsible for finding more efficient ways of leading teams, others were creatives looking for a more structured way to get to new ideas, and some very honest people were looking for a nice certification they could add to their resume and grow their career.

I found a comfortable chair at a friendly table and got all of my stuff set up for a full day of lectures…Five minutes later I was in a self-organized group and performing my first sprint! I quickly learned that this wasn’t a class to sit quietly and learn the theory of agile and scrum—this was a class where you roll up your sleeves and learn first-hand the framework and benefits of working agile.

Bernie led us through many different exercises defining the terms, roles, deliverables, and activities of performing scrum according to the official Scrum Guide (written by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber). We played a ball game using these concepts and saw just how scrum unlocks innovation by fostering creativity, knowledge sharing, stakeholder feedback, and time management to increase our output 3-5 times over the course of three iterations!

We had many other breakout sessions during the course where we learned facilitation techniques, product vision, user story creation, and most importantly communication within and between teams. Bernie expanded each aspect of the scrum framework from product backlog to sprint retrospective and had a tailored exercise for each that not only defined the terms but allowed for teams to feel their effectiveness and potential challenges.

Many students had experiences with scrum and agile that they were able to share with the class. Some were stories of how scrum did great things to improve their teams, others were stories of how scrum got derailed due to certain forces getting out of whack and terms turning into twisted versions of their intent.

“Scrum is lightweight, easy to learn, hard to master.”

This was the mantra repeated by Bernie throughout the course. From my experience of seeing these terms used on multiple teams to explain vastly different things, I can now see how they derailed from true scrum framework. Armed with the knowledge of how true scrum works (and its power) I can now go back to my team and set us back on a path toward fostered innovation and adding value to the customer.

About the Author: Nick Sherrell is a Project Manager with over 10 years of healthcare experience ranging from Quality, Performance Improvement, Technology Implementation, Data Analysis, and Consulting. Nick has worked with organizations ranging from the Sacramento Native American Health Center, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Blue Shield of California, and The Advisory Board Company. He received his MBA from UC Davis in 2015 with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Innovation. He lives in Sacramento with his wife and two children and still dreams of being a professional baseball player one day! Find Nick on LinkedIn here.

KAIP Academy Lunch & Learn Event at The WorkShop – Sacramento

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The KAIP Academy recently had the pleasure of hosting Steve Morris, PMP, as he introduced his Morris Business Integration Framework via a Lunch & Learn event at The WorkShop – Sacramento.

Developed over the course of 40 years, Mr. Morris presented the labors of his research and extensive background to a select group of participants during KAIP Academy’s first Lunch & Learn.

The KAIP Academy is excited to host Mr. Morris’s future courses on Business Integration. We’re also looking forward to hosting Lunch & Learn sessions on a variety of topics coming soon!

If you need a location for your training session or meeting, The WorkShop – Sacramento can provide the space for you! Our small conference room holds eight people and our large holds up to 20. Email workshop@kaipartners.com or call 916-465-8065 to schedule your next event!

The Benefits of the Certified ScrumMaster® Training Course

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By Daniel Fast, CSM

I recently had the honor and privilege of attending the Certified ScrumMaster® training at the KAIP Academy. This short, yet informative two-day class allowed me to expand my creative and mindful solution-finding skills.

The class was very different than any of my previous training events. It went beyond traditional lectures and book learning and instead focused on lively, interactive, and passionate Scrum meetings.

I recently joined KAI Partners and at the time did not know some of our staff who participated in the class. I got to meet some of our great staff using the techniques and methods from our Certified Scrum Trainer, Bernie Maloney.

Mr. Maloney demonstrated that the scrum methodology is expressive and personal. This was made clear as I got to know each participant beyond their “work” role. Learning about each person—not as a resource, but as a human who has skills beyond their title—was quickly evident in our discussions.

Naturally, it is easier to talk and participate when everyone has a voice. Knowing each person beyond their work role made one of our training exercises more approachable.

The exercise involved building a city using only LEGOs and our imagination. We started with a collaborative discussion about the initial design phase. What looked like chaos in some ways was a well-organized effort of distributed tasks. This course taught us how to capture our energy and direct it into tangible results. This mindset became second nature when we approached our list of tasks.

One of the great practices and changes in philosophy in the Certified ScrumMaster® training is the “pull vs. push.” Imagine a to-do list of a dozen different tasks, each requiring a different level of effort and time to complete them. The “push” method would have an authority drop tasks into each person’s lap—not very exciting or new. The “pull” method differs as each team member pulls a task, based on their own passion and ability to accomplish the task. The team accomplishes the full vision using their individual creative contributions.

The Certified ScrumMaster® training allows managers and teams to operate as a diverse and creative collaborative/collective—and it’s fun! As a newly appointed Certified ScrumMaster®, I look forward to continuing to add to the KAI Partners family the skills to help our clients and the community achieve success.

 About the Author: Daniel Fast is an Associate Consultant for KAI Partners. He has worked as an IT Consultant for over 18 years. Mr. Fast has managed clients in health care, SaaS companies, lobbying, and law firms. Mr. Fast has also provided direction to non-profits as board member and president. He is comfortable wearing many hats over the year as project manager, software developer, staff developer, and world champion stick fighter.

The WorkShop – Sacramento Grand Opening Celebration!

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Photo Credit: Stephen Alfano and Carmen Marsh

KAI Partners recently celebrated the grand opening of The WorkShop – Sacramento! The grand opening event provided the opportunity to show off The WorkShop’s beautiful 9,000 square feet of office, desk, and conference room space, as well as network with friends, colleagues, and community partners.

The highlight of the evening included puppies from Front Street Animal Shelter. Each adorable, adoptable puppy was named after a country music star. We were thrilled to partner with Front Street to raffle off five free adoptions to folks attending the Grand Opening. That’s five animals that will get new loving homes and for that we are very grateful.

The bourbon tasting with Rick Mindermann from Corti Brothers was also a highlight of the night—and provided a true learning opportunity for folks to gain history and knowledge about this American spirit.

Thank you to all who came out to attend our Grand Opening celebration and thank you to the East Sacramento/McKinley Park neighborhood for giving us such a warm welcome.

Interested in seeing The WorkShop? We’d love the opportunity to show you around. Please email workshop@kaipartners.com or call 916-465-8065 to set up a tour or to get more information about our services.

Here’s a little more information about The WorkShop – Sacramento:

  • As a coworking space, The WorkShop provides customized, competitively priced workspaces, including dedicated office and desk space.
  • As a business support provider, The WorkShop provides a la carte services such as reception, IT, and mailing services, as well as access to meeting rooms.
  • As a business incubator, The WorkShop combines our amenities with business development services and access to expert advisors.
  • As the home of our workforce development arm, the KAIP Academy, The WorkShop offers training and certification in today’s most in-demand skills and disciplines.

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