The Agile Foundation course is a full days fun and interactive training. The group will explore what the Agile Mindset is and how we manifest this in Values and Principles that help guide our behaviours. Together we explore what this means for people, teams, success and the nature of our work.
This introductory course is a great step for a team starting off on an initiative together to help form shared values and principles. Our clients tell us that it takes them on the journey from reluctant and slightly cynical to curious and enthusiastic!
The Scrum process was created in 1993 by Jeff Sutherland and is the most popular Agile development methodology by a long way.
Our Scrum Foundation course dives in to the Scrum process and reviews all of the key areas of Scrum. This includes: pillars, values, roles, events etc and why it works. The group will run through practical exercises to enable them really gain a concrete experience of a mini-Scrum. Any team starting to work in a Scrum model should attend this course.
The prime focus of this course is for teams who want to work with Scrum to baseline the knowledge of the 'rule-book' and to explore the meaning behind it so the teams can understand what Scrum is about as they start their journey to make it their own.
This course is also a great quick-start for managers of projects where teams are using Scrum to help understand the way that the team is working and how best to influence the outcomes they are interested in without stepping back in to managing at the detail and person level.
We love Kanban. It is a Lean tool which focuses on managing the flow of work rather than the people. Kanban's great strength is its flexibility and it allows teams to start from exactly where they are and does not introduce any roles or specific events.
This inherent flexibility allows teams that embrace it to incrementally improve across all levels of an organisation from Portfolio Management to Operations or Development work. In our Kanban training we blend interactive sessions and theory to allow those from Portfolio managers, PMOs, Operations teams and Dev teams to come aways with usable techniques and ideas for their own environment.
User Stories are so simple but so easy to misuse. They are now the most popular way of understanding what a User really needs. Understanding how to use them, who should write them, when they should write them and what they are NOT is critical to using them successfully.
We recommend that any new Agile team wanting to solve users' problems attend this session together to walk through examples as a group. This provides a common baseline and generates discussion and agreements for how teams will collaborate to deliver their best results.
If you have heard of MVPs, you have heard of Lean Startup, whether you know it or not.
This course is great fun and bases the learning experience around a board game. It requires no pre-existing awareness of Agile practices and is applicable to any role.
We have two goals with this course. The first is to provide a first step on the journey to thinking smart about what really constitutes value and how doing less is the new doing more. The second is to inspire and show the way for attendees to learn more on this hugely useful topic.
Estimating and planning is challenging but we all need to do it. There is a common myth that we do not plan in Agile teams but nothing could be further from the truth. Agile teams actually plan much more often than Waterfall teams but our approaches are different.
In Agile teams we plan based on empiricism and we have a wide variety of techniques that we use at different stages and levels of our initiatives.
This course is designed for Agile teams to plan their work and to understand how their plans sit within the wider organisational context. We will run through a variety of estimation techniques, when to use them, when not to use them and build sample Agile roadmaps.
The Product Management course is a role specific training and we recommend it to anyone working in the product space (Product Owners, BA's etc). It is also useful to a wider audience (such as dev teams, stakeholders and Scrum Masters) to help understand how products are envisioned, planned, prioritised and identified in an Agile world.
In this session we walk through an example product lifecycle together to work through how we could plan and prioritise a product in an Agile way.
The aim of this course is to give the attendees a series of the latest tools & techniques for them to use in their roles whether initiating new products or developing existing ones.
After attending this course, Product Managers will be able to devise and communicate an Agile Product Management strategy for their products to keep teams and stakeholders on side.
This course is for you if you are PM who is either starting to or struggling to work with Agile teams.
Project Management in Agile organisations can be misunderstood and misused but there will continue to be projects and programmes that need to be coordinated and delivered at scale and across multiple parties and locations.
PM's who attend this course will understand how to work with Agile Principles and will gain experience of how to engineer better outcomes with Agile teams in a productive and mutually beneficial way in an increasingly complex environment.