It is encouraged that any of the below trainings is complimented with hands on coaching so the purpose of the practice can be reinforced during application. 
"The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them....."  -Aristotle

Course: Agile: The What and Why

Duration: 1 Day

Target Audience: Everyone New to Agile

Objective: Establish a foundational understanding on what is Agile and why an organization would want to adopt it.  


Overview: As human beings we have a natural tendency to ask "why" when we are asked to do something. This curiosity extends to the workplace. When organizations ask their people to adopt Agile, they are not only asking them to change their role, but also their mindset. Giving this intimidating transition, people deserve an explanation on what exactly is being asked of them and why.


Many companies are so quick to spin up "Agile" that these questions are often left unanswered.  This is the critical training that should be provided to any organization about to undergo a transformation. Not providing this core education reeks of Agile anti-patterns from the onset. The most important asset to any organization is their people. Without their buy-in and engagement, Agile will not survive. 


Start off on the right foot and give everyone the foundation training that is required for them to be your allies during transformation.  The workshop content includes:

1.       Understanding the problem of traditional software delivery

2.      The Challenges of the Digital Age

3.      The History and Rise of Agile

4.      The Principles and Values explained

5.      Complimenting Agile with Lean

6.      Frameworks and Methodologies

7.      The Investment that is Agile


1. Ball Point Game

2. Lean Simulation: Stuffing Envelopes

Course: Agile In the Enterprise: One Step at a Time

Duration: 2 Days

Target Audience: All Agile Practitioners in Large Scale Environments

Objective: Gain an understanding of the challenges of scaling Agile, what is needed to be successful, and how to get there.


Overview: Make no mistake about it; scaling Agile across a large enterprise is a daunting and challenging task. We're talking about changing away a company thinks and operates.  Can it be achieved?   Yes, and our team has had the pleasure of being part of successful large-scale transformations so we know what it takes.


Large scale Agile transformations do not happen overnight.  It will be a journey filled with experimentation, reflection, and adaption.  There are numerous scaling frameworks available in the market; however it's not a one-size-fits-all. Every organization is unique and will therefore face its own set of challenges. 


This course helps you excess your organizations readiness to implement Agile at scale and forces you the answer the question "why."  It covers the essentials necessary for a successful large scale transformation.  We explore Agile and Lean scaling practices to help determine which ones may be a good fit for your organization. The workshop content includes:


1.       Why Do You Want to Scale?

2.      Scaling Essentials and Prerequisites

3.      Lean and Systems Thinking

4.      Portfolio Kanban

5.      Agile Planning, Budgeting, and Governance

6.      Agile Metrics: Measuring the Right Things

7.      Program Management

8.     Agile Teams: The Core of Agile at Scale

9.      Technical Excellence

10.  The Shift from Management to Leadership

11.   Tips and Tricks

12.  Program Retrospectives and Continuous Improvement




1.       Lean Simulation: Stuffing Envelopes

2.      Lean Pizza

3.      Sports Complex Lego Challenge

Course: Agile Requirements and Planning

Duration: 1 Day

Target Audience: Product Owners, Scrum Teams, and PMOs

Objective: Understand and apply Agile planning, estimating, and requirements gathering techniques.


Overview: Now that we are Agile, we don't have to plan and gather requirements right?  Wrong! Truth is planning and requirements gathering are essential in an agile environment, they just differ from the traditional methods. In agile, there is constant planning as opposed to following a plan, and requirements are gathered from the users' perspective not the systems.


This workshop will focus on planning and estimating in an agile environment and applying agile requirements gathering techniques. The workshop content includes:


1.   Strategic Portfolio Planning

2.  Product Vision and Roadmap

3.  Levels of Planning

4.  Work Units and Estimating

5.  Personas

6.  Story Mapping

7.  The Backlog

8.  User Stories and Acceptance Criteria

9.  Planning within Scrum




1.       User Story Mapping Game: Time to Go to Work

2.      Flip This House: Backlog Prioritization


Course: Kanban: An Alternative to Scrum

Duration: 1 Day

Target Audience: All Software Practitioners 

Objective: Gain an understanding of lean and the benefits that Kanban can bring to an IT organization


Overview: Scrum is certainly the most adopted agile framework.  However, there is a cost associated with implementing Scrum that includes role changes, organizational wide buy in, and training.  Not to mention, Scrum does not work for everybody.  Scrum is not a good fit for teams who have constant changing priorities such as operations and support teams.  

So how do these type of teams adopt to the new digital age?  The answer is Kanban, who roots tie back to lean thinking which originated with thought leaders such as Henry Ford and Taiichi Ohno of Toyota.  

Kanban is a flexible continuous flow model that enables teams and organizations to identify non-value added activities, constraints, and bottlenecks. Kanban can be implemented as soon as tomorrow. No role changes, organization process overhauls, or executive buy in.  Just wrap Kanban around you existing processes and look for areas to continuously improve!  The workshop content includes:


1.      History of Lean

2.      Principles of Lean

3.      Value Stream Mapping

4.      Continuous Flow

5.      Kanban Rules

6.      Metrics

7.      IT Application Opportunities

8.      Continuous Improvement (Kaizen)

9.      Lean Leadership

10.    Emerging Lean IT Practices




1.       Lean Simulation: Stuffing Envelopes

2.      Lean Pizza

3.      Lean Startup Simulation

Course: Scrum: The Right Way

Duration: 1 Day

Target Audience: All Scrum Practitioners

Objective: Understand the perquisites to do Scrum effectively and the practices to be successful.


Overview: Thinking about standing up a Scrum team to create a new product?  Or perhaps you are not achieving the results you anticipated with existing Scrum teams?  Scrum is the most widely used framework within organizations today mainly because it is simple to learn.  However, most don't realize that it is incredibly difficult to master.


Unfortunately, organizations have abused Scrum over the years by rebranding traditional practices with Scrum labels. If you really want to do twice the work in half the time, take a step back and learn how to do Scrum the way in which it was intended.

The course content aligns directly with the Scrum Guide and includes:


1.       History of Scrum

2.      Scrum Values and Intent 

3.      Scrum Roles

4.      Scrum Artifacts

5.      Backlog & User Stories

6.      Scrum Ceremonies

7.      Metrics

8.      Scrum with XP and Lean Practices

9.      Future of Scrum




1.       Sports Complex Lego Challenge

2.      Flip This House: Backlog Prioritization

Course: Scrum Master & the Art of Servant Leadership

Duration: 1 Day

Target Audience: Scrum Masters and Leadership

Objective: Achieve a thorough understanding of the intent of the Scrum Master role and skills necessary to succeed.


Overview: The goal of every Scrum Master should be to work themselves out of the job. I cringe when I hear the Scrum Master role referred to as the "impediment remover." There is so much more to the role than just removing impediments.

Scrum Masters must master the art of servant leadership and employ techniques that help drive their teams to high performance. The great ones are true students of the game; continuously pushing the envelope and improving their teams and themselves. This Scrum Master class differs from others because it inspires Scrum Masters to embrace the role and strive for greatness, not settle for status quo.

The class is a deep dive into the intent of the role and what is needed to succeed.  The workshop content includes:


1.       History of Scrum

2.      Scrum Values and Intent 

3.      Servant Leadership

4.      Great Scrum Master Goals

5.      Scrum Master Responsibilities

6.      Effective Scrum 

7.      Tips and Tricks

8.     Scrum Master Community of Practice

9.      Retrospective Exercises

10.  Agile Leadership Beyond the Scrum Master

Course: Product Owner: The Most Misunderstood Role in Scrum

Duration: 1 Day

Target Audience: Product Owners, BAs, Leadership

Objective: Gain an understanding of the responsibilities of the role, who should fill it, and how they become successful.


Overview: The Product Owner is the most important role within Scrum. Yet, many organizations ignore the significance of this new and mysterious position, and often don't fill the role with the right person. The product owner is accountable for a product's value proposition, managing stakeholder expectations, and communicating the vision and roadmap of the product. Does that sound like a role in which you do not want to fill with the right person?  


The Product Owner role is the most challenging role in Scrum, and it requires full time focus.  It is a role that should be one of the most powerful positions within an organization. People selected for this prominent role need to be educated on how to succeed and bring value to the organization. The workshop content includes:


1.       Defining the Role

2.      Product Owner Attributes

3.      Value Driven Planning, Prioritization, and Forecasting

4.      The Backlog and Agile Work Units

5.      Story Mapping

6.      The Importance of Quality

7.      Tips and Tricks




1.       User Story Mapping Game: Time to Go to Work

2.      Sports Complex Lego Challenge

3.      Flip This House: Backlog Prioritization

Course: An Agile Team: Being Part of Something Special

Duration: 1 Day

Target Audience: All Agile Practitioners

Objective: Attain knowledge of why teams are more powerful than individual and how they become high performing.


Overview: Have you ever been part of a high-performing team that achieved something great?  If so, I bet you recalled it immediately because it is one the most pleasant and memorable experiences in one's life. There's something to be said about collaborating, supporting, and working with a group of people who all share the same passion and goal. Complement that with the empowerment of self organization and ownership, and you have a recipe for success.


Great teams embrace collaboration, technical excellence, and continuous improvement.  However, great teams do not form overnight. There is an inevitable natural pattern for teams to have a series of ups and downs before transitioning to the next level.


People need to be educated on how teams benefit the individual and the organization so they have the resilience to survive those challenging times. The workshop content includes:


1.       Why Team are Powerful

2.      Self Organization and Empowerment

3.      Technical Excellence

4.      Building Quality In

5.      User Stories

6.      WIP Limits and Swarming

7.      Tips and Tricks

8.     Retrospectives and Continuous Improvement


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