Learning, not Training

We offer learning, not just training. Our workshops give you the opportunity to learn, not just train at a single, quickly outdated specific skill. What’s the difference?

The purpose of training is to reduce variety, to get a group of people tackling tasks in the same way; so training reduces variety. The purpose of learning is the exact opposite. Learning increases the individual’s capacity to respond to different situations; it increases variety.”— Patrick Hoverstadt

Our Workshops

Introduction to The GROWS Method

Unique, thought-proving activities and presentations covering the real underlying forces that drive modern software development.

Software Project Simulation Experience

Tackle real-world issues in this game-like project simulation and see how your habits and decisions affect the team and the organization.

Decoding Dynamic Systems

Gain skill at Systems Thinking and mapping to help navigate software complexity, team dynamics, and organization politics.

Refactor Your Wetware

Develop your critical thinking skills and become a better learner with these field-proven techniques.

Creating Psychological Support & Safety

See how to help create an environment that fosters creativity and innovation, and harness the most powerful problem solving skills from your entire team.

The GROWS Method® Guide to After Action Reviews

After-Action Reviews (AARs) are a powerful technique to improve your team and your organization. If you've only ever done project retrospectives, or been disappointed at those results, AARs can help.

Why take these workshops instead of any other?

The presenters have a combined 100 years of software development and training experience. Our founders include one of the original authors of the Agile Manifesto, which begins with, “We are uncovering better ways of developing software.” We can help you uncover the better ways that work for you and your company, because as you well know, one size does not fit all.

The GROWS Method® Institute is led by:

Andy Hunt: One of the 17 authors of the Agile Manifesto, author and co-author of over a dozen books including the seminal classic, The Pragmatic Programmer (now in its 20th anniversary edition). Andy has been writing software professionally since 1982, and is currently Chairman of the board of directors for the Pragmatic Bookshelf.

Don Gray: Started developing control systems software in 1984, and has been coaching and working with experiential learning since 1995. He currently delivers the well-known Coaching Beyond the Team and Problem Solving Leadership workshops.

Tony Brill: Former global head of agile practices for Deutsche Bank and executive leader of the largest agile shop in the world. Tony turns around underperforming organizations, and introduced GROWS to Europe at the Craft conference. He’s currently leading software development efforts for Pacific Western Bank.

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