Training

Inspiring experiences that change mindset, develop skills, and catalyze action

We are not a generic training company. Every one of our trainers has an extensive, balanced record of training, coaching, consulting, and facilitation in Agile. All our courses are experiential and engaging, all our exercises are original, and we keep our material current with the ever-expanding Agile frontiers.

 

The following list contains our “base model” courses. We will customize the agenda for you based on your objectives and needs.

Leading in Agile (2 days)

for technology managers/directors, senior project/program managers, enterprise coaches

Grow as an Agile leader: develop effective attitudes and know-how for cultivating team Agility and delivering outstanding results.

Overview

If you’re accountable for people and/or results, what does your role look like in Agile? How can you be an effective, supportive Agile leader? What should you pay extra attention to, ignore, or avoid? Most managers and PMs are not sure how to answer these questions, even if they’ve received some basic Agile training along with their teams.

 

We address that with our “Leading in Agile” training for your leaders. This isn’t yet another course on Scrum mechanics, a scaling framework, or practices. Nor is it basic management or leadership training. Instead, your leaders will come away with clarity, strategies, and tools for supporting thriving teams that implement truly Agile processes.

 

“Leading in Agile” is a game-changer for your Agile transformation. This is for real: already, we have led more than 100 sessions of this course at several of the world’s best-known organizations. Ask us privately for references.

 

In our experience, successful leadership in Agile rests on two pillars: the human side of Agile and the Agile mind-set. Therefore, the course is designed as a deep study of these pillars as well as the bigger context of personal and organizational transformation:

  • We paint a vivid picture of the Agile mind-set, its rationale, and its application to work, to people, and to leaders. We take the Agile conversation out of the weeds of tools and mechanics, and derive everything from the more meaningful place of values, beliefs, and principles.
  • We explore key topics in engaging people and teams in Agile environments, and help attendees discover and process the implications to them as leaders.
  • We put the attendee in the center by studying how to customize Agile, navigate an Agile transformation, and grow as an Agile leader.

 

The more advanced the participants are in terms of leadership experience, the less we cover the basics of the human side, and the more time we spend on Agile’s implications and applications to leadership. If the group ranges from beginner to advanced, we try to find common ground that benefits everyone.

 

Class size: 12-20 participants.

 

Curious to hear about this course in Gil’s words? Watch Dave Prior’s interview with him from Agile2016. Start at 04:45 (before that point, they discussed Gil’s conference session, which was about making meetings matter.)

 

Ask us for the course’s data sheet.

The Leader’s Guide to the Agile Mind-Set (1 day)

for managers/directors/VPs and senior project/program managers, both technology and business

Achieve better business outcomes and Agile delivery and by solidifying your understanding of the Agile mind-set, its application, and its implications.

Overview

If you’re a senior leader or business partner, how should you engage with Agile teams? What should you change in terms of management systems and human systems for real Agility? How can you get your objectives met, especially if the Agile transformation has resulted in a wide spectrum of understanding, buy-in, and implementation?

 

Most senior leaders struggle with these questions, often due to assumptions they make. Mistakenly, they think Agile is “better, cheaper, faster”, a process with a set of best practices, or a framework they can “install” for managing technical work. With little change in the organization’s middle (or higher), little agility is gained.

 

It gets worse. Even when technology managers learn the answers, their business counterparts are usually left guessing.

 

This one-day experiential training, “The Leader’s Guide to the Agile Mind-Set”, will give you everything you need to know for healthy engagement with Agile teams that deliver reliably. It is a scalable solution for large organizations due to its brevity (only one day). And it builds partnership and mutual understanding due to its design, which is neither process-heavy nor technology-focused.

 

This training is a game changer for large corporations undergoing massive Agile transformations. Ask us privately for references.

Being Agile (1 day)

for Agile team members, ScrumMasters, technical leads, product owners and close business partners

Strengthen the foundation for Agile and gain thinking tools for increasing Agility.

Overview

If your team has been doing Agile for a few months, are they also being Agile? That is, do they truly put people before process, deliver value frequently, respond to change economically and without drama, and collaborate with their customer?

 

Many teams start their Agile journey doing Agile: going through Scrum/SAFe/Kanban motions and trying “best practices.” But without a solid grasp of the Agile mindset — values, beliefs, and principles — those motions will not make them agile. People cannot get great at Agile by following recipes and imitating moves, as if they’re learning to drive; the concepts that make Agility work must permeate their work.

 

This workshop is perfect both for teams that need to level up with Agile and for teams that are struggling to get Agile (and perhaps take a dim view of it, for the wrong reasons).

 

Class size: 12-20 participants.

Amplifying Collaboration and Agile Teamwork (1 day)

for ScrumMasters, team and delivery leads, tech leads, product owners, project leads, and line managers

Establish the conditions and master powerful techniques to get your whole team talking, collaborating, and making better shared decisions.

Overview

In a healthy Agile environment, people communicate, collaborate, and decide together all the time. The big idea is that the group can be smarter than the individuals, which means it will do better work and produce better results.

 

However, too many teams do not experience this synergy:

 

  • Rather than have valuable interactions, they complain, “Agile has too many meetings!”
  • Instead of determining work together, they wait for someone to assign them tasks.
  • They default to working on tasks individually “because that would be faster”.

 

These patterns rule out group wisdom, but that’s not the only problem. When the team doesn’t act as a team, the non-collaborative power structure (“command & control”) fills the vacuum. This is especially evident in team events (“ceremonies”), which are frequent in Agile. Soon enough, team members get disillusioned about empowerment and disenchanted toward Agile.

 

It’s actually quite easy to turn this situation around. In this one-day training with Gil Broza, you will:

 

  • Identify the elements of your Agile setup that discourage collaboration.
  • Practice powerful, simple techniques to make every meeting collaborative, worth having, and a welcome experience for its participants.
  • Discover what it takes to move from a group of busy individuals to a healthy, thriving team.

 

Class size: 8-20 participants.

Agile for Non-Software Work (1 day)

for intact teams together with their leads and managers

Understand the key concepts that enable true Agility, so your new way of working is effective in your special context

Overview

Almost every month, we receive an inquiry from an organizational department that wants Agile, but they don’t do software. Recent examples include medical research, HR, corporate real estate, marketing and branding, media digitization, and TV show development. They don’t quite know how to start, and correctly sense that Scrum training isn’t quite what they need.

 

All of these clients required custom implementations of the Agile mind-set; some were charting new territory, as their work context was too far removed from what the popular methods have been designed for. Their teams and managers all took our “Agile for Non-Software Work” course to learn the ins and outs of the Agile way of working without being attached to any particular practice or process framework. What they learned enabled them to start on the right foot. Interested? Talk to Gil.

 

Class size: 10-20 participants.

Pragmatic Scrum (2 days)

for cross-functional Agile teams including managers and close business partners

Develop the necessary understanding, skills, and mindset so you can establish an Agile process that works for you.

Overview

This course is designed for teams that realize that simplistic Scrum mechanics, roles, and artifacts won’t make them Agile.

 

With this course, teams learn the Agile values, beliefs, and principles (= the mindset), what Agile is and isn’t, how to perform good practices correctly and usefully, and what Agile behaviours look like. It also includes critical components that are missing from certified Scrum.

 

This experiential training makes use of powerful simulations, activities, and interactions not found in the hundreds of publicly available Scrum courses. We evolve the material continuously based on the best knowledge the Agile community has to offer. The instructor, Gil Broza, has been coaching organizations since before Agile had its name, and has authored books on the most commonly neglected aspects of Agile — the mindset and the human side.

 

 

Class Size: Up to 20 participants

Agile Engineering: Programming Techniques and Mind-Set for Sustained, High-Throughput Agility

— for software developers, architects, database developers, test automation engineers, and their respective managers

Master the strategies and practices of developing high-quality code and reining in legacy.

Overview

You’re using Agile ways of working for certain benefits: adaptation, better customer-product fit, and frequent value delivery. Do your software developers exhibit the necessary Technical Agility to support all that, both short term and long term?

 

It might feel that way if you have developers talking with POs a lot, backlogs full of detailed stories with acceptance criteria, a CI environment, some unit- and end-to-end automated tests, and lots of DevOps. But if you look closely, you might discover — this is painfully common — that developers overbuild, write ineffectual tests, wade in messy code, or create designs that will make later changes very costly. They don’t have sufficient Technical Agility to support the desired Business Agility. What’s worse, some of those teams also do continuous delivery (CD), and their behaviours are really too unsafe for CD!

 

In this Agile Engineering course, programmers learn reliable, sustainable, and enjoyable software development attitudes and practices. They’ll be poised to become true Agile developers, collaborators that POs may rely on to consistently produce easily changeable code. They can immediately put to use everything they learn in this course to reduce time to market, increase quality, and contain technical debt.

 

Participants’ learning objectives:

  • evolve well-designed software with minimal cost of change
  • develop simple, clear, and proven code faster than ever
  • keep their code shippable at all times
  • take on legacy code confidently
  • make continuous delivery possible and safe

 

Note: While sample code snippets and demonstrations are given using Java, the learning exercises (labs) are available in Java, JavaScript, C#, and PHP. This course is carefully designed to impart principles and techniques independently of the programming language, therefore the exercises use only basic language constructs.

 

Class Size: Up to 20 participants

Product Owner and other Agile Customers (2 days)

— for product managers, business analysts, UX designers, domain architects, and other stakeholders who shape products

Learn the mindset and techniques for discovering, shaping, and evolving valuable products the Lean/Agile way.

Overview

Product managers, UX/UI designers, business analysts, and domain architects are all Agile Customers. (One of these roles is typically designated as the lead, or Product Owner.) This role comes with great responsibility, far beyond merely writing user stories and prioritizing a backlog.

 

To be successful their role, the Agile mindset must permeate everything Agile customers do: choosing the work, engaging with delivery teams, working better. They need to know how to make commitments while eschewing predictions, how to thin-slice work items, and how to chart meaningful evolutionary paths. The tools and techniques are secondary, yet somehow they are the focus of most PO courses out there.

 

Participants’ learning objectives:

  • Decide (easily) what to work on… and what not to work on
  • Perform useful customer practices
  • Structure your daily activities well (and stay sane)
  • Feel confident about carrying out your role effectively
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with delivery teams

 

Class Size: Up to 20 participants

Agile Testing (2 days)

— for testers, test leads, and QA managers

Learn the mindset, skills, and behaviours of great Agile testers

Overview

If you’re a tester, your Agile team invites you to be an equal, contributing member from the very first day. What are you supposed to do? How can you contribute? What are effective, desirable behaviours and attitudes? And what would you need to do to adopt them easily and confidently?

 

The course is designed to turn testers from people who “happen to be in a Scrum team” to bona fide Agile testers. Participants will see exactly where they fit in an Agile team throughout the work’s life-cycle. They’ll understand how Agile teams can deliver working software on time without squeezing the testers (or testing in the next iteration). Throughout the course, they will examine their beliefs and assumptions about software testing and adjust them easily to an Agile environment.

 

Participants’ learning objectives:

  • Test more effectively and pragmatically than ever before
  • Engage productively with developers, product owners, and managers
  • Add value to your team and organization every day (not just at the end of the project)
  • Understand what’s changed and what’s remained in the move from traditional testing (e.g. ISTQB) to Agile testing
  • Cover all of your team’s testing needs

 

Class Size: Up to 18 participants

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