Agile in Your Context

Bridging the gap between Agile ideas and your reality

Is your Scrum/Kanban implementation not going smoothly yet?


Wondering which parts of Agile to pay more attention to, and how?


Looking for focused expert guidance for better Agile in your context?

“State of Agile” surveys, Scrum courses, and LinkedIn posts might give you the impression that 90% of the industry has got Agile all figured out and implemented splendidly.


In reality, what commonly passes for “Agile” is a weak mashup of Scrum/Kanban/SAFe ideas inside a little-changed management system. Many teams get some form of Agile going and then stop improving, far short of their potential. Too many others are on their first or second Agile reboot.


It takes a lot of effort, time, and leadership to transform even a single team – let alone an organization – and results are not guaranteed. However, enough teams and organizations have done it successfully, so the possibilities are real. And what’s the one thing they all have in common? Their Agile implementation is uniquely suited to their context.


Wearing various hats – coach, consultant, trainer, facilitator, manager – I have been supporting many Agile journeys since 2001. I have learned what’s critical for successful Agile adoption, and have developed useful tools for addressing these aspects.


I’ve packaged my techniques and strategies into a one-day practical workshop to help you improve your Agile implementation now. We’re not doing simulations, building with Lego, playing games, or training your whole team; you’ll be analyzing your own situation and considering improvements using the same techniques I apply in coaching/consulting and with ideas from fellow attendees.


It only takes one day. You’ll leave this workshop with a prioritized list of actions to take and conversations to start so your team can get to a better place with Agile.


This workshop is designed for people who:

  • Are helping a team (maybe two) succeed with Agile.
  • Have the basic concepts down through experience and study.
  • Have some influence over the implementation, whether formally (as ScrumMaster, Agile Team Leader, manager) or informally


If you have a colleague on the team who fits this description, you’ll get better results by attending together.

Workshop topics and structure

  1. Baseline: The choices that guide Agile work and decision-making
  2. Approaching work initiatives
  3. Managing work intake
  4. Engaging people and teams
  5. Doing the work
  6. The journey: What helps and hinders


Module 1 is an interactive presentation. Modules 2-5 involve a fair bit of independent work, done with my guidance and bolstered by input from the other participants and stories from the trenches. Module 6 is a conversation around your particular action plan.


Location: This course will most likely take place at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale in Toronto (at Dufferin and Highway 401).


Class size: Maximum attendance is 20 people.


Cancellation: If you need to cancel more than 30 days before the course, feel free to find someone to take your place. If you can’t find a substitute within this time frame, we’ll refund all but $400 to cover our administrative costs.


If you cancel within 30 days before the course, we can’t provide a refund. However, you may find a substitute.


No matter when you need to cancel, if you find a substitute, please let us know ASAP who that person is. It’s up to you to take care of payment arrangements with that person. Bonuses are not transferable between registrants.


  • Regular admission: Cdn $700 + HST
  • Early bird: Cdn $550 + HST, ending on March 23, 2018


You may buy tickets on our site using a credit card or PayPal. You can also contact us for an invoice.


If you intend to buy 3 tickets, contact us for a 15% discount (on all tickets) and to arrange payment. (Our policy is to limit any one company’s attendance to 3 people. If you’d like more people to attend, ask us for an in-house session, which might be more cost-effective anyway.)




  • Develop viable customizations of Agile ideas that fit your context.
  • Learn what matters long-term when going Agile.
  • Gain insights into some of your struggles and challenges, and decide which battles to pick.



Raleigh, NC: April 6, 2018


Toronto, ON: April 23, 2018


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