Why The Agile Product Management Symposiums WoRk So Well
Learning By Design - A Note From Al Shalloway, CEO of Net Objectives
It’s easy to learn new things but what stops you is, as Mark Twain says – “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble, it's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” I am convinced that most people are very close to solving their own problems, but it is "what they know for sure that just ain't so" that stops them.
Effective learning must include more than information. It must expose what you know is wrong as well as expose you to that which you don’t know, and which you don’t know you don’t know it. The style of the symposium is that everyone works and learns together through exercises designed to achieve the above. It is organized by experienced consultants who can also inject insights as needed. This makes it both fun and useful. This type of learning is call synergogy.
Open spaces are based on adult learning (andragogy) where adults learn from each other. Conferences are based on child learning (pedagogy) where the person at the front gives the information needed to attendees. The sessions that are the most fun are typically the ones totally based on exercises (synergogy).
The APM Symposium is a cohesively designed event totally comprised of exercises. Each hour builds on the next.