ANN: COVID and Our Courses (Online and In-person)
We are only doing online or virtual courses. We do not know when this will end. For now, we are saying that all August courses will be online.
We hope that sometime soonish, maybe for August, this will change, and therefore in August we would be doing in-person courses, but that change may happen later.
We are very happy with our online/virtual courses and our students agree! Please ask if you are interested. You are welcome to come back later (e.g., to the in-person course) for a fairly nominal charge. But we do feel that in-person courses are better for you. They are more expensive, but, of course, worth it.
There will be many factors influencing when we return to in-person courses.
- What Scrum Alliance says
- What our customers say (Please make your voice heard: email@example.com)
- What the airline and hotel industries do
I will also share my personal hope. I am not a doctor nor an epidemiologist, but I feel, from the many things I have read, that in terms of death and real illness, things have gotten a lot better. This is true, for example, in the U.S. and Canada.
We think, based on a reading of data and some experts, that this illness may soon die out. We hope will not need a vaccine (about which I am less hopeful than some regarding timing) and that there will be no meaningful second wave. Per a recent WSJ article, we all, as a population in the U.S. (and the world), appear to have a significant degree of natural immunity (exactly how is not well understood, but exposure to prior similar coronaviruses is one guess).
But these are all guesses and hopes from, for you, an optimistic guy. We will wait for the data to show this as being more substantially true. For now, we recommend social distancing, masks, and hand washing, as well as the less common, common-sense. I am not yet comfortable enough to do an in-person course in tight-ish room.
But if you want to talk about this, please contact me.
I am very interested, for the sake of many unfortunate people, to do what I can to get this economy back on track. This affects the health of many people significantly. I think more significantly than the virus, and many experts have confirmed this idea. So, I am open to your ideas.
In summary, I am optimistic will be doing in-person courses sooner than some might think.
July: Seems unlikely to me.
August: Seems possible.
September: Feels more possible, but not certain.
These guesses may change, but maybe it is useful to share my guesses.