This workshop is designed to kickstart a technology team on their Agile journey. New to Agile or existing Agile teams will gain value learning and improving their Agile adoption and maturing their team health and practices. The workshop is a full-immersion experience intended for teams to learn in a collaborative environment, the nuts and bolts of the Agile methods (Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban), vision and outcomes, planning and prioritization, capacity management, core ceremonies, roles and expectations and define a clear path forward for what will work for them.

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Workshop Duration

2 or 3 days

Facilitation Method

On-site or Virtual Delivery Available

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of Agile Principles and the benefits driving Agile adoption.
  • Experience engaging Scrum Processes – with best practices from other Agile methods.
  • Map the appropriate Agile processes to what will fit best within your organization.
  • Build a model for team success based on shared learning within common context.
  • Learn real-world creative techniques for story identification, estimating, prioritization and other key Agile practices.
  • Use an end-to-end example project scenario for maximum learning retention.
  • Create transparency in tools and techniques for communication.
  • Empower and inspire teams to deliver outstanding results for your customers.

Course Outline

Modular 1: Overview & Agile Methods

  • Agile Overview, Values and Principles
  • What is Agile & Why?
  • The Agile Team
  • Kanban Framework and Principles
  • Scrum framework in Detail
  • Scrum Roles, Artifacts, and Ceremonies

Modular 2: The Agile Team & Intro to Agile Planning

  • Forming your Agile Team
  • Clarity on Roles and Expectations
  • Tuckman Model
  • Team Charter (Purpose, Norms, Stakeholders, Definition of Done, Definition of Ready) etc.)
  • Planning at Scale
  • Traditional Planning vs. Agile Planning
  • The Agile Lifecycle
  • Product Visioning
  • Outcome Delivery – Measuring product success/value (OKRs)
  • Lean Product Canvas

Modular 3: Creating the Backlog & Prioritization

  • What is a Product Backlog?
  • What is a User Story?
  • Attributes of a User Story – INVEST
  • Story Creation Methods
  • Different Types of User Stories
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Breaking Down Epics
  • Prioritizing the Backlog

Modular 4: Backlog Sizing & Refinement

  • Relative Sizing
  • What are Story Points & Why?
  • Planning Poker for Story Estimating
  • Affinity Estimating
  • Team Velocity Planning for Fixed Date/ Scope
  • Multi-Team/ Program (PI) Increment Planning (SAFe)
  • Backlog Refinement / Pre-Planning
  • Definition of Ready Definition of Done

Modular 5: Scrum Ceremonies & Metrics

  • What is a Product Backlog?
  • Sprint Planning
  • Capacity Planning
  • The Agile Team Schedule
  • Sprint Execution – Daily Stand-up
  • Impediments
  • Speed to Market (predictability, burndown, etc.)
  • Agile Team Health Checks
  • Continuous Improvement and Retrospectives
  • Closing out the sprint – Demo & Review

Who Should Attend

Cross-functional technology team members who want to learn how to apply Agile and modern ways of working to their environment.