One-day training with Gil Broza, author of The Agile Mind-Set

Leading Toward the Agile Mindset:
How to Be Agile and Bring Others Along

No sessions are scheduled for the rest of 2017. For a private class, write to us.

 

From: Gil Broza

Dear Agile manager / ScrumMaster / project manager,

On your Agile journey, you might have been told that:

  • Agile is a process and a set of best practices.
  • It’s a way to speed up techies’ work.
  • Put the right tools, roles, and rituals in place and you’re golden.
  • If you don’t have daily standup meetings and bi-weekly demos, you’re not doing Agile right.

Not only are these statements false, believing them is dangerous. Rather than reap the promised benefits (delighted customers, higher productivity, higher quality, etc.), you actually set yourself up for failure.

The practices alone don’t matter. To succeed with Agile, you must apply its mindset.

Most Agile implementations fail, and their practitioners can’t tell why. Managers jump onto the Agile bandwagon, and quickly discover that the change runs much deeper and wider than they’d been told. Worse yet, people decide for or against Agile without understanding it properly. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Attend this one-day training to gain practical tools for elevating your team’s Agile practice to a mindset-driven one.

You’ll learn to:

  • Support others in adopting and sustaining the Agile mind-set
  • Express the Agile approach in practical concrete terms that others can relate to
  • Articulate the necessary conditions for teams to thrive and use Agile well
  • Have constructive, non-emotional conversations with folks who have skewed perceptions of Agile

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“Gil very much revolutionized the way we look at Agile. Every day, I see benefits as we work as an organization to re-emphasize the principles that Gil shared. We’re also making major shifts in our project structures, reporting, and mentorship/goal-setting initiatives.

“Gil brings an enormously helpful message that companies ignore at their peril if they want to deepen their investment in Agile. He’s experienced in many of the challenges to Agile teams, and resourceful when it comes to coaching teams through new challenges.”


Michael Goitein
Principal Project Manager, Mobiquity
Commenting about a similar workshop with Gil
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This workshop is based on my new book and a decade of teaching software professionals to think in an Agile way.

The Agile Mind-Set by Gil Broza “Gil Broza respectfully rewords and expands the original definition of Agile into a comprehensive and cohesive set of values, principles, and beliefs. Upon this foundation, he offers the reader manifestations of Agile thinking in various aspects of people and work, backed by experience and cases. [The Agile Mind-Set] is bound to improve your understanding of Agile, and what it is that might make Agile work in your context.”

Gunther Verheyen, Shepherding Professional Scrum at Scrum.org and author of Scrum: A Pocket Guide

This is an experiential and interactive workshop, not a lecture.

No Death by PowerPoint here. Each segment involves a mix of interactive teaching, group discussion and activities, and practice. Light on theory and heavy on practice and pragmatism, everything is anchored to the experience of Agile development. You will receive a take-home workshop binder containing checklists, self-assessment tools, summaries, and supplementary reading.


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“The workshop was very well balanced. Gil presented us with the information in a very pragmatic manner, with lots of real life examples that made the discussion very interesting and current.”

Alon Sabi
CTO at Function Point Software
Commenting about a similar workshop with Gil
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Some things WILL NOT HAPPEN in this workshop.

I will not “sell” you on Agile, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, or a framework I’ve come up with.

I will not knock what you’d done successfully before Agile came along.

I will not teach or proclaim some practice as the right way to do something.

I will not say that if your management doesn’t get Agile, something must be wrong with them.

I will not say that if someone on the team doesn’t get Agile, they just need to get with the program.

 

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Agenda / Topics

1. Approaching work the Agile way

Mind-set — invisible, implicit, and subjective — plays a critical role in achieving objectives and fulfilling needs. We’ll define mind-set in exact terms of values, beliefs, and principles, and examine how they relate to one another and drive our choices. We’ll have a candid conversation about the Agile values and beliefs and in which situations espousing them would make sense. Then, the participants will dive into a unique, fun, and fast-paced simulation of Agile work, debriefed to drive home the principles that complete the picture of the Agile mind-set. (It is a proprietary simulation, not one of those commonly found in Scrum courses.)

2. Leading Agile teams

On the human side of Agile, we’ll discuss how its 11 people-related principles affect team and management dynamics. We’ll examine the profile of the Agile leader (which is based on the servant leader model) and how it plays out across different roles and organizational levels. Attendees will discuss both the ideal and the reality in their context, and identify which of the leader’s qualities and behaviours would make the most difference to their teams.

3. Supporting team evolution

Teams are clearly not an Agile invention, but Agile teams are like “regular” teams on steroids. Investing in an Agile team is like buying a high-risk stock: when they succeed, the return on investment is huge; if they don’t (or until they do), the return may be rather low. According to the Tuckman model of group evolution, every team has to proceed through forming, storming, and norming on the way to the stage that makes it all worthwhile, performing. However, too many Agile teams never get past storming. To make matters worse, some teams may appear to have normed, but they merely put on a happy face, stifle all conflict and differences, and defer to their product owner and managers.Tuckman model of team evolution

We’ll analyze the fundamental differences between great, good, and struggling Agile teams. Then, we’ll walk through what it takes for a team to graduate from one stage to the next, what the risks are, and how, as leaders, the participants can help their team along the way to greatness. We’ll discuss their most likely impediments to teamwork and identify possible responses.

4. Coaching individuals and teams

Coaching is one of the Agile leader’s best stances for enabling growth and adoption of the Agile mind-set. But what does that mean? What can you and can’t you do in an environment of autonomy, trust, and self-organization? When should you be teaching, facilitating, mentoring, or coaching? Why do logical arguments rarely work as well as you’d expect them to? And do you really have to ask for permission to coach?

We’ll explore the 9 stances of helpfulness and how to increase the likelihood of having your offers of help accepted without being viewed as micromanagement, mistrust, or interference. We’ll zero in on the coaching stance, study the GROW model, and bring it to life with a demonstration of expert coaching. We’ll then debrief the demonstration to deepen the audience’s understanding of the coaching stance and techniques, so they feel more confident about applying them.

5. Being Agile ... or not

We’ll paint and contrast two pictures, “Doing Agile” (going through the motions) and “Being Agile” (having the mind-set). The former does not yield the promised Agile benefits; rather, it often yields unwanted consequences. We’ll explore the common patterns of doing Agile and what keeps people from ever being Agile. Participants will learn to distinguish process-driven Agile from mindset-driven Agile, and how to have resistance-free and emotionally neutral conversations with folks who have skewed or unhelpful interpretations of Agile.

6. Adopting and sustaining the Agile mind-set

Attendees will learn a proven strategy for adopting and sustaining Agile, irrespective of their choice of specific frameworks or practices

7. Managing the frustration of leading change

The people you lead experience two types of change: product and work changes, and growth as an Agile team. As exhilarating as such leadership can be, it can also be frustrating. You will encounter blame, justification, guilt, and other coping stances. You’ll learn a useful model and perspective for identifying and overcoming the frustration. Along the way, we’ll examine a powerful technique to inspire people to take responsibility.

8. Closing

We’ll close with a retrospective to deepen the learning and to help attendees determine their specific steps forward.


Working on your PMP / PMI-ACP certification renewal? You’ll earn 7 Category B PDUs from this workshop.

Working on your CSP credits? You’ll earn 7 Category B SEUs from this workshop.

Bonus!

Upon registration, you will receive access to my self-study course Packing List for Your Agile Journey. This course comprises 10 interviews that I conducted in 2014 with industry leaders about the key concepts they consider for an organization’s Agile journey. Receive practical, inspirational advice (not just about mechanics and moves) to make Agile work for you. For each interview, both mp3 recording and transcript are provided. You’ll be able to claim 10 PDUs from this course. (Value: $79)

 
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“The Agile Journey series was well worth my time. I wrote over 35 pages of hand written notes... What I liked best was the real life experiences and observations about the ongoing challenges of implementing organizational Agile. I appreciated Gil’s calm and cool demeanor in probing questions to break complexities into digestible issues. Gil’s questions encouraged the guests to think deeply about some of the ongoing issues of adopting Agile practices.”


Frank Mangini
Agile/Lean Project Management Instructor, UC Santa Cruz, California
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Location, Dates, Registration

The 2016 sessions are not available anymore. To inquire about a private session, email Gil.

 

This workshop is limited to 20 participants in order to keep this a high-touch experience for you.

As you might know, I regularly speak in front of large audiences, live as well as virtual. The effect for each participant, however, is somewhat limited. I can’t promise you a high-touch experience if you’re sitting in a large room with 100 people, listening to me and watching slides.

I know first-hand the amazing influence the small-scale, experiential format has on learning. In order to serve you at the highest level, I picked a number that’s small enough so you get lots of individual attention, and high enough so you can have a good cohort of colleagues to network with.


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“Gil is an exceptional Agile coach and amazing facilitator. His delivery of seminars was well thought out with great exercises that really captured the essence and complexity of real-life situations and yet were condensed and focused.”

Claudio Gambetti
Director, Software Development, Kitchener
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guaranteeYou’re protected by my “Happy to Be Here” guarantee

I’m confident that you’ll find Leading Toward the Agile Mindset useful and worth your time and attention.

Just to back that up, if you decide by noon that it’s not for you, tell me. Return all the materials you received, and I’ll refund your ticket less a 20% reversal fee. No questions asked.

Do you need to know a bit more about me?

My mission is to make software development more effective, humane, and responsible. I help people and organizations pick up where Scrum left off, especially on the technical and the human sides of Agile. I’ve just published The Agile Mind-Set: Making Agile Processes Work. In 2012, I published The Human Side of Agile: How to Help Your Team Deliver, the definitive practical book on leading Agile teams to greatness. Any given day, you can find me coaching, consulting, training, speaking, facilitating, and writing. More than 1,000 people have already signed up for my free 20-session mini-program, Something Happened on the Way to Agile.

You get depth. I have programmed professionally for 18 years. I was a development manager for three of those. Since 2004, I’ve introduced and facilitated change from the technical and management perspectives. Lastly, I’m pragmatic; I’m not focused on just one part of the solution (such as process) and you won’t hear me parroting dogma.


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“Gil is a great Agile practitioner and coach. I hired him to help with planning an implementation strategy to adopt Agile into our organization. Gil is an expert on a number of Agile topics and methods. His facilitation, coaching, and presentation skills are excellent. I would highly recommend him to any organization wishing to adopt and further evolve their adoption of Agile.”

Mark Veksler
Senior Director, Software Development, VFA, Boston
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Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel more than 30 days before the workshop, 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 $200 to cover our administrative costs.

If you cancel within 30 days before the workshop, 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.

Ready to get started? Or do you still have a few questions?

Q: Can’t I just buy the book?
A: The book makes for a great start and a follow-up reference. Reading about a concept, however, is quite different than spending a whole day experiencing, discussing, and challenging it from different angles. In the workshop, I can answer your questions and share more insights and information from years of helping folks adopt the mind-set.

Q: How is this training different from a ScrumMaster course?
A: ScrumMaster training focuses on Scrum. Scrum is one form of Agile, and it’s not a universal solution to your development problems. In fact, too many companies get into trouble with Scrum because they take its rules without the thinking that gave rise to them. This training will help you apply Agile not just in Scrum form.

Q: Is the guarantee for real? Nobody ever guarantees a conference or a workshop!
A: The guarantee is most definitely for real. I’ve guaranteed my work before, and nobody has ever made a claim on it. If the workshop is right for you, I want you to feel confident about attending, and I want you there, so I’m happy to back up my work. I know I can be agile enough to deliver the goods.

Q: I’m an Agile coach. Will this workshop be useful for me?
A: Yes, if you ever explain Agile, and encounter resistance or a blank stare. Yes, if your clients want to “bend the rules” and you’re not sure how to respond. Yes, if you have doubts about established “best practices.”

Q: Is this workshop also available for teaching at my company?
A: Absolutely. If you have 12+ managers/leads/ScrumMasters, I can teach this workshop on site and customize it to your specific needs. Most clients engage me to teach a two-day version that also includes modules about servant leadership, coaching, and supporting team evolution.

What’s standing between you and saying “yes”?

If you’re really interested in joining, but still have some doubts or open questions, feel free to reach out and ask me anything about the workshop. My full contact info is at the bottom of the page.

 

To your success,

Gil


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“I was deeply impressed by Gil’s teaching style — his explanations, examples and simulations were engaging and clear. What impressed me most, however, was how attuned he was to our culture and practices. The conversations he seeded around working effectively across teams and stakeholder groups were invaluable in helping me understand my role in driving change both within my team and throughout our organization.”

Sandra Earl
Product Owner, Desire2Learn, Kitchener, Canada
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Legal Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to accurately represent our course and its potential. The testimonials and examples used are from previous clients relying on our service, not on this particular packaging of it. There is no guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Your organization’s, team’s and individual success depends on your situation, context, motivation, dedication and actual use of the material.

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