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ScrumMaster Certification Training

What is a ScrumMaster?

An agile project manager emphasizes facilitation, leadership, and communication over traditional command-and-control activities. In the Scrum framework, this role is called “ScrumMaster” as a constant reminder of the differences between agile and traditional project management. The ScrumMaster’s role is to maximize the team’s efforts toward its goals while removing the impediments that stand in its way.


 

What You’ll Learn

You will learn more than the basic Scrum framework.

 

You will also leave understanding the underlying principles, basic practices and common techniques ScrumMasters (and others – see Who Should Attend tab to the right of this course description) need to know to help their teams achieve project success in a fast-changing world.

 

This workshop covers all of the basics of Scrum as well as a significant amount of material devoted specifically to the skills necessary to become an excellent ScrumMaster. Facilitation, coaching and conflict management skills will be explored.

 

Additional topics covered during the workshop include: leadership and being a change agent.

 

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Scrum framework to others
    • roles and responsibilities
    • use of each artifact
    • purpose of each meeting/ceremony
  • Explain the difference between the Scrum framework and other methods
    • compare with waterfall
    • compare ScrumMaster role with traditional roles
    • compare the Scrum product backlog with traditional requirements
  • Be a successful ScrumMaster for a Scrum team
    • facilitate each type of Scrum meeting
    • know how to detect and correct potential impediments to Scrum success
    • help a team adopt Scrum or improve their use of Scrum
    • have difficult conversations about process, structures and values
    • use several different conflict resolution techniques
  • Help a Scrum team plan successfully
    • plan a release
    • plan a sprint
    • use different estimating techniques
    • create/maintain a prioritized product backlog
  • Create a personal plan for the future
    • list 3 immediate action items for personal change
    • pass the Scrum Alliance CSM test
    • become a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) one year after becoming a CSM

Why This Course?

That’s easy!

 

This is a unique simulation and exercise-based workshop rather than the dreaded “Death by PowerPoint.”

 

Most attendees notice these differences from other courses they have taken:

  • No Boredom: Fewer than 50 PowerPoint slides are used during the two days (and most of those are a picture and a few words!).
  • Learn By Doing: There are approximately 20 different exercises and simulations used during the workshop.
  • High Knowledge Retention: Using accelerated learning techniques, the workshop material is presented in ways designed to maximize learning AND retention.
  • WHYs before HOWs: This workshop explores the principles and values which drive success before getting into successful practices – which allows attendees to understand the practices at a much deeper level.
  • Fun: Every part of the course is designed to keep attendees engaged and having fun while learning the material.

Plus you get all this

  • High quality training based on accelerated learning techniques for better retention
  • Continental breakfasts, lunches, snacks and drinks
  • A USB drive containing a PDF of the course materials and other useful Scrum-related content
  • A one-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, a $50 value
  • A printed and bound copy of the course materials
  • Eligibility for the “Agile For All” client contests for one full year (we give away awesome prizes several times per year)
  • Eligibility for a $200 discount on future Agile For All workshops (including $200 off of early bird prices!)

Add all this up and this workshop is one you should NOT miss!

 

Upon completing the course attendees will receive an email instructing them to set up a profile on the Scrum Alliance website and optionally take a short CSM exam. Upon completion of those items, a participant will be recognized as a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) by the Scrum Alliance.

 

Lean Product Development

Organizations are increasingly moving towards finding ways to cut waste and optimize their processes. More and more companies are adopting a Lean Product methods as part of their Agile Transformation and as the next level of maturity.  Agile Lean Product development process are built on the concept of developing strategic product objectives and prioritizing feature based on Minimal Viable Product (MVP) increments to achieve those objective.  We’ll cover a mix of Product Canvas, Scrum and utilizing Kanban walls to visualize and prioritize your product roadmap.  Your team will also go through the Lean Product Health assessment and visualize their radar and develop a clear action plan to be implemented after the course. 

bml-loop-1-1Product-Canvas

 

What You’ll Learn

  • Agile Overview
  • What is a lean mentalitity
  • What is Product Canvas
  • Lean in a Nutshell
  • Eliminating Sources of Waste in Development
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Lean Start-up, Scrum, Kanban in a nutshell
  • Real World Examples of Product Management
  • Estimating & Prioritizing the Product Backlog across Product Initiatives
  • Scaling Agile Planning at the Product Line, Program and Portfolio
  • Make Measurement Visible
  • Defining Your Team’s Policies and ‘Pull’ Criteria
  • Lay out a visual Kanban board
  • When to use Kanban vs Scrum boards
  • Lean Product Health assessment and growth plan

Why This Course?

  • This course is 60% highly interactive workshops!
  • You will learn using our very effectiveExplain-Live-Demo-Practice method of teaching!
  • You will receive our most valuable “Value Stream Mapping Cheat Sheet”and “Kanban Cheat Sheet” handouts!
  • Taught by our dynamic, seasoned Enterprise Coach.

11 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Personal Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Major Sources of Waste
  • Workshop 3 – Multi-tasking
  • Workshop 4 – Setting Up the Product Canvas
  • Workshop 5 – Methods of Prioritization
  • Workshop 6 – Estimation & Planning
  • Workshop 7 – Scaling Agile Planning
  • Workshop 8 – Visual Simulations
  • Workshop 9 –Define and track execution across teams
  • Workshop 10 – Demo
  • Workshop 11 – Lean Product Health Assessment and Growth Plan

Agile TeamHealth Retrospective Assessment

This workshop is a powerful deep-dive strategic assessment that focuses on the top areas that affect Agile team performance and health. Our expert facilitates to your team our unique 360 TeamHealth Radar, which is a survey-style assessment covering the 5 key dimensions of a healthy Agile team (Clarity, Performance, Leadership, Culture, Foundation). The facilitator then engages the team in a healthy and open retrospective around analyzing their radar results and reviewing their StrengthsImprovements and Top Impediments to growth. The final output of the workshop is a team Growth Plan that includes key outcomes the team wants to achieve within the next few months. 

Below is the AgilityHealth TeamHealth Radar – Summary and Detailed Views:

Key outcomes from this workshop are:

  • Team’s understanding of the key areas that affect team health and performance.
  • Completion of the 360 TeamHealth Radar assessment.
  • Analysis of the results and variances between the responses.
  • Review the team’s strengths and celebrate success.
  • Review the team’s opportunities.
  • Targeted Just In Time coaching on top gaps for the team.
  • Team Growth Plan with actionable deliverables for the next quarter.
  • Optional: Follow up custom training/coaching on team’s target growth areas.

The real value from this workshop is the open and honest conversations we facilitate to help the team get past any current roadblocks and the development of a clear plan of action for getting their performance and health to the next level.

Repeat this strategic retrospective each quarter and see your team’s performance and health surge to the next level!

Request a Quote below for AgilityHealth Retrospective Assessments or learn more about our Radars, which are produced by our AgilityHealth growth and measurement platform.

Leading Agile Teams

This is a deep dive course that takes you into some more advanced topics of how to take your skills to the next level. Participants start by brainstorming many of the real world daily challenges they face as Leaders then we discuss practical ways to address them. The course aims to help the Leadership Triangle (ScrumMasters, Product Owners, Technical/Solution Leads) AND Managers  gain a deep understanding of their role and how to lead high performing self-organizing teams. We will cover the key Servant Leadership, Facilitation, and Soft Skills necessary to make this role a success.   This is a must have course for team leaders interested in taking their Agile teams to the next level!

 

DETAILED OUTLINE

What You’ll Learn

  • The Agile Values and Principles Refresher
  • The Agile Lifecycle End to End
  • Comparing Agile Roles to Traditional Roles
  • Deep Dive into each Leadership Triangle Role
  • The Role of Agile Managers
  • What are Self-Organizing Teams
  • Top Challenges Leading Self-Organizing Teams
  • Servant Leadership – Letting Go of Command and Control
  • Assessing the Team Structure and Roles
  • Creating a Collaborative Environment
  • Assessing and Coaching on Team Dynamics
  • Protecting the Team from Outside Disturbances
  • Coaching on Basic Agile Practices and Principles
  • Assessing the Backlog and Coaching on Effective Requirements
  • Assessing and Coaching on Agile Engineering Practices
  • Listening for Impediments
  • Effective Tracking and Reporting
  • Running Effective Retrospectives
  • Practical ‘We Should Try’ ‘We Should Stop’ Action Items

Why This Course?

  • Unique course designed to address real world challenges with leading Agile teams. Provides practical solutions as action items.
  • This course is designed with 60% interactive group workshops!
  • Engage in several workshops that simulate real world team issues!
  • Practice leading a dysfunctional team and receive feedback!
  • For private courses, we can discuss YOUR company projects and develop practical action items for improvements.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources and cheat sheets including our Agile Coaching cheatsheet that will support you on your projects.

Agile Estimating & Planning

This course takes a deeper dive into the topic of Agile Estimating and Planning at the Release level and at a Program (multi-team) level. Many teams struggle with the topic of ‘Just Enough’ upfront requirements, ‘Just Enough’ upfront sizing and design and ‘Just Enough’ planning so this course is dedicated to demystifying these concepts and walking through practical real world approaches to successful Agile planning and estimating.

This course introduces participants to the 6 levels of planning (Strategic, Portfolio, Roadmap, Release, Iteration, Daily). The first two levels of planning are covered in the Agile Portfolio Management course.

This course assumes you have basic Agile knowledge and experience and have attended foundation courses such as Real World Agile for Teams or similar courses.

What You’ll Learn

  • Challenges with Traditional Planning and Estimation
  • What is Agile and Why?
  • Agile Estimating and Planning Principles
  • The 6 Levels of Planning
  • The Agile Lifecycle Diagram – What Happens When?
  • Writing Stories and Breaking Down EPICS
  • Agile Sizing Methods and When to Use What
  • Affinity Sizing
  • Planning Poker
  • Complexity Buckets
  • Ideal Days
  • Understanding Velocity and Capacity
  • Estimating Initial Velocity
  • Planning a Release
  • Planning for Fixed Date and Fixed Scope
  • Multi-team Program Release Planning
  • Tips for Structuring the Teams
  • Distributed Teams Release Planning
  • EPIC Sizing Buckets
  • Re-Estimation and Calibration
  • Agile Budgeting Tips
  • Agile Metrics – What Do We Measure?

Why This Course?

  • This course is designed with 60% interactive group workshops!
  • You will practice all the core planning activities end to end.
  • Lear real world techniques you can apply immediately, less theory and more practice!
  • For private courses, we use YOUR own company initiatives as our sample through all the exercises.
  • Get our unique Agile Planning Jump Start toolkit that includes: Levels of Agile Planning, Agile Planning Cheat Sheet, Business Value Points Cheat Sheet, Sizing Epics Cheat Sheet, our famous Agile Team Workbook.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources and cheat sheets that will support you on your projects.

16 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Learning Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Traditional Planning Challenges
  • Workshop 3 – How Long Will it Take?
  • Workshop 4 – Writing Good Stories
  • Workshop 5 – Affinity Estimation
  • Workshop 6 – Let’s Size Our Stories
  • Workshop 7 – Range Calculation
  • Workshop 8 – Velocity Estimation
  • Workshop 9 – Factors Influencing YOUR Team’s Velocity
  • Workshop 10 – Try Release Planning
  • Workshop 11 – Multi-Team Challenges
  • Workshop 12 – Biggest Bang for the Buck Ranking
  • Workshop 13 – Multi-Team Release Planning
  • Workshop 14 – Cost – Budget Estimation
  • Workshop 15 – Retrospective
  • Workshop 16– Your Course Action Items

Agile Testing

Iterative development also means iterative testing. This can be a challenge for teams who are used to the traditional view of testing as the final phase of a project. This Agile Testing Training course will help your team learn how to strategize, plan, design and execute tests in an Agile environment. We will particularly address the challenges and strategies for testing in short development iterations and walk through the four quadrants of Agile Testing. We will cover topics such as writing acceptance criteria as upfront requirements, Test Driven Development, test automation, exploratory testing, usability testing, non functional and performance testing, continuous builds and inspections and much more. We will discuss the importance of transitioning from ‘waterfall thinking’ to ‘agile/iterative thinking’. We will discuss and share Real World practical tips of the Agile Tester role, expectations and how they can work within cross-functional teams. This is a must-have workshop that will help your team define new testing and quality norms to improve their current processes!

 

What You’ll Learn

  • Understanding the top challenges with testing during projects
  • Comparing traditional testing to Agile Testing
  • The Agile Tester role
  • How to Plan for Agile Testing
  • Understanding the 4 Agile Testing Quadrants
  • Planning for Automation
  • Test Driven Development
  • Red, Green, Refactor
  • Functional vs. Non-Functional Testing
  • Writing Acceptance Criteria
  • Automated Acceptance Testing
  • FIT & Fitness
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Tools for Exploratory Testing
  • ‘ility’ Testing
  • Continuous Integration Practices and Tools
  • Code Coverage
  • Continuous Builds
  • What Should We Automate
  • Test Metrics
  • Technical Debt
  • Automate Early and Often

Why This Course?

  • This course is 50% highly interactive workshops!
  • You will learn real world Agile Testing techniques you can apply immediately!
  • We can use YOUR own project for private courses.
  • You will receive our most valuable “Agile Testing Cheat Sheet” handout!
  • Taught by our dynamic, seasoned Enterprise Agile Coaches!

11 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Personal Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Top Challenges with Testing
  • Workshop 3 – Traditional vs. Agile Testing
  • Workshop 4 – Developing an Agile Test Plan
  • Workshop 6 – Test Driven Development Simulation
  • Workshop 7 – Writing Acceptance Tests
  • Workshop 8 – What Should We Automate – Why?
  • Workshop 9 – Building our 4 Agile Testing Quadrants
  • Workshop 10 – Your Agile Testing Team Norms
  • Workshop 11 – Retrospective

Advanced ScrumMaster

This is a deep dive course that takes you into some more advanced topics of how to take your ScrumMaster skills to the next level. Participants start by brainstorming many of the real world daily challenges they face as ScrumMasters then we discuss practical ways to address them. This is NOT the entry level ScrumMaster Certification course. The course aims to help new and seasoned ScrumMasters who are transitioning to a ScrumMaster, Agile Coach or Agile Program Manager/Release Manager role learn how to successfully apply Agile methods and lead high performing self-organizing teams. We will cover the key Servant Leadership, Facilitation, and Soft Skills necessary to make this role a success.   This is a must have course for team leaders interested in taking their skills to the next level!

What You’ll Learn

  • The Agile Values and Principles Refresher
  • The Agile Lifecycle End to End
  • Comparing Agile Roles to Traditional Roles
  • What an Effective ScrumMaster Looks Like
  • What are Self-Organizing Teams
  • Top Challenges Leading Self-Organizing Teams
  • Servant Leadership – Letting Go of Command and Control
  • Assessing the Team Structure and Roles
  • Creating a Collaborative Environment
  • Assessing and Coaching on Team Dynamics
  • Protecting the Team from Outside Disturbances
  • Coaching on Basic Agile Practices and Principles
  • Assessing the Backlog and Coaching on Effective Requirements
  • Assessing and Coaching on Agile Engineering Practices
  • Listening for Impediments
  • Effective Tracking and Reporting
  • Running Effective Retrospectives
  • Practical ‘We Should Try’ ‘We Should Stop’ Action Items

Who should attend? New and experienced ScrumMasters, Project managers, Program Managers, Managers and even team members interested in going deeper into the role of a ScrumMaster.

Why This Course?

  • Unique course designed to address real world challenges with leading Agile teams. Provides practical solutions as action items.
  • This course is designed with 60% interactive group workshops!
  • Engage in several workshops that simulate real world team issues!
  • Practice leading a dysfunctional team and receive feedback!
  • For private courses, we can discuss YOUR company projects and develop practical action items for improvements.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources and cheat sheets including our Agile Coaching cheatsheet that will support you on your projects.

14 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Learning Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Top ScrumMaster Challenges
  • Workshop 3 – Debate the Agile Principles
  • Workshop 4 – Agile vs. Traditional Roles
  • Workshop 5 – ‘Untangle This’ Self Organizing Game
  • Workshop 6 – Architect Your Team Game
  • Workshop 7 – Assessing the ‘Health’ of Agile Practices Game
  • Workshop 8 – What’s Wrong with the Backlog?
  • Workshop 9 – Dysfunctional Daily Standup
  • Workshop 10 – Mid Iteration Impediments – Are You Listening?
  • Workshop 11 – Assessing the ‘Health’ of Engineering Practices
  • Workshop 12 – What Are these Reports Telling You?
  • Workshop 13 – Fun and Effective Retrospective Games
  • Workshop 14 – Final Retrospective

Real World Agile and Kanban for Agile Teams

Organizations are increasingly moving towards finding ways to cut waste and optimize their processes. More and more companies are adopting Lean and Kanban methods as part of their Agile Transformation.Pure continuous flow Kanban systems work very well when your backlog includes minor enhancements and support related items. There is no need here for strict time-boxes, instead a regular continuous flow optimized process for delivering predictable value with no bottle necks. Scrum mixed with Kanban walls works great for Projects and Initiatives that have a specific Product Owner and require more strict planning and review/demo time-boxed iterations. This course will help you understand how Agile, Scrum and Kanban all fit together to deliver value for your organization!

Kanban Board Example

 

What You’ll Learn

  • Agile Overview
  • What is Scrum?
  • Lean in a Nutshell
  • Eliminating Sources of Waste in Development
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Kanban in a nutshell
  • Real World Examples of Kanban
  • Visualizing the Workflow
  • Limit work to capacity
  • Measuring Lead/Cycle Time
  • Understanding Classes of Service (type of work)
  • Make Measurement Visible
  • Defining Your Team’s Policies and ‘Pull’ Criteria
  • One Day In Kanban Land
  • Lay out a visual Kanban board
  • Moving Stories Through the Process Flow
  • Measuring Avg Cycle/Lead Time – Being Predictable!
  • Optimizing Flow, Relieving Bottlenecks, Optimize WIP Limits
  • Timed Cadences and Event Triggers
  • When to use Kanban?
  • Comparing Kanban and Scrum
  • Using Kanban with Scrum (Scrumban)

Why This Course?

  • This course is 60% highly interactive workshops!
  • You will learn using our very effectiveExplain-Live-Demo-Practice method of teaching!
  • You will receive our most valuable “Value Stream Mapping Cheat Sheet”and “Kanban Cheat Sheet” handouts!
  • Taught by our dynamic, seasoned Enterprise Coach.

11 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Personal Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Major Sources of Waste
  • Workshop 3 – Value Stream Mapping
  • Workshop 4 – Setting Up the Kanban Board
  • Workshop 6 – Team and Capacity Planning (WIP)
  • Workshop 7 – Classes of Service and Pull Criteria
  • Workshop 8 – Kanban Simulation
  • Workshop 9 – Setting Up Event Triggers
  • Workshop 10 – What I Can Apply
  • Workshop 11 – Retrospective

Sally Elatta

Sally Elatta

President, Enterprise Transformation Coach
I’m simply a transformer, someone who is passionate about helping teams and organizations do what they do better. I love seeing the Aha moments when individuals, teams and leaders begin to realize how much more potential they can unlock once they understand why work isn’t flowing the right way and keep an open mind to the cultural and personal change needed for success. I come from a technical background, being a software engineer and architect but now I’m in love with seeing enterprise level transformations succeed within technology teams and beyond. I love strategizing with executives who have the vision, passion and ‘courage’ to make real transformations happen!

Fun Fact: I’m originally from Sudan, bilingual and have the most amazing three young children that I can barely keep up with!

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Bryan Tew

Bryan Tew

Director of Training, Enterprise Transformation Coach
I am a believer in transformation. I am passionate about helping transform teams to deliver immediate value and exceed expectations through building high-performing teams and implementing proven Agile methods

I specializes in the practical and real world implementation of Agile methods with a focus on how to transform processes and people to achieve immediate improvement. I have a unique blend of technical, business, project management, and leadership skills that allow me to reach audiences of all levels and identify appropriate practices to employ in the organization to maximize efficiency and productivity. Bryan enjoys outdoor activities, especially with adrenaline involved and spending time with his wife and four children.

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Kellie Morrell

Kellie Morrell

Enterprise Agile Coach and Trainer
Kellie’s passion is assisting individuals, teams, programs, and organization in transformations in a way that develops high performing teams that deliver value. She is a believer in servant leadership and the power that Agile thinking and techniques can bring to an organization. She has helped organizations in financial services, transportation and healthcare industries.. Previously Kellie held positions as a PMO leader, Agile champion and helped build up a ScrumMaster Community of Practice.

Interesting Fact: Kellie has an identical twin sister!!

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Randy DelPrince

Randy DelPrince

Agile Coach, Program Manager
Randy is an experienced Agile Coach, Program Manager, Application Development Leader, and Entrepreneur. His achievements include enhancing team performance through a servant leadership approach while leading in the use of processes that produce value early and continuous, towards a vision. His experiences in delivering technology enabled solutions, entrepreneurship, and Fortune 500 cultures, bring capabilities that deliver results while fostering success with fun.

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Samar Elatta

Samar Elatta

Enterprise Agile Transformation Coach & Trainer
I’m a creative, high energy and results-oriented change agent with a passion for translating transformation strategy into reality. Organizational change and especially transformational change is hard, it requires positive energy, strategic thinking, long-term and short-term planning. But above all the ability to work with people day to day to make things happen and deliver value. And that is what I love to do… Through servant leadership, effective facilitation, and infusing the team with positive energy, my goal is to transform work into a place people enjoy coming to everyday…

I see Agile as a transformation tool beyond IT, and I’ve enjoyed working with the enterprise to transform their business units to Agility…

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Elkhair Elkhair

Elkhair Elkhair

Uber Developer
Elkhair is uber developer who has made significant contributions to our AgilityHealth assessment tool. He is a master of Java Script, JQuery, PHP and many other cool technologies that we can’t pronounce. On the personal side he loves gardening and planting unique vegetables and spices. Fun Fact: His first and last name match 🙂

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Kal Omar

Finance Leader
Kal is the man behind the scenes who helps us pay the bills. He leads our finance area including accounts receivable, accounts payable, bookkeeping, payroll and anything else related to money. He also plays a critical role in our operations and strategic direction. Fun fact: Kal and Sally are married 🙂

Registrations

Please register for any of the public courses below or contact us to arrange for a private on-site workshop at your location. Our group rates are very competitive and course evaluations are exceptional! We deliver many of our courses domestically in the US and Internationally.

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NRECA

NRECA

Focus: Enterprise Agile Coaching, Training | Industry: Electric Cooperative

“If you want to learn how to successfully implement agile or want to improve how your organization delivers value, I highly recommend Agile Transformation to guide you on your journey. Twenty-eight co-workers and I attended the Effective Requirements Gathering class and it was a fantastic learning opportunity into the world of requirements elicitation and documentation. With an initial focus on breadth and visioning at a higher level, we then learned practical techniques to deep dive into the depth of the requirements (business rules, acceptance tests, UI prototype, activity diagram). Sally is a gifted trainer with a passion in helping others improve. Her enthusiasm is contagious.” -July 26, 2011

“We’re seeing significantly more meeting invites with a clear purpose, deliverables and agenda. Also seeing people asking for this in the meetings they have been invited to attend. We’re hearing positive feedback from meeting participants on how well meetings are being run. Good Stuff! You’ve made a very positive impact at NRECA, and I suspect that we’re seeing only the tip of the iceberg.” – Oct 28th, 2011

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EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services

Focus: Agile Training | Industry: Electronic & Print Subscription

Bryan is both a passionate and knowledgeable trainer. He has the ability to make complicated topics very clear and presentable to people with a non-technical background. Additionally, he is very personable and willing to take time with class participants as individuals and explain in depth the topics covered in class. He is one of those rare trainers who has both the technical chops and theoretical knowledge that makes for a remarkable training experience. I would recommend him to anyone contemplating implementing Agile in their enterprise. – Sr Software Developer

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Northern Natural Gas

Northern Natural Gas

Focus:Agile Coaching – Multiple Projects | Industry: Gas Transportation

“Our Agile Coach brought a great deal of expertise and energy to our company. Her efforts to mentor us in the use of agile development methodologies has been extremely valuable. She did an excellent job applying Agile practices to real-life business problems. In the natural gas transportation business there is a huge learning curve relative to terminology and business processes. Her ability to quickly adapt to this environment and move us forward on several significant development efforts has been very impressive. I highly recommend her.” – Director of Customer Service Administration

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Brandon Rinck, PMP, CSM

Project Manager at Hayneedle

Samar played a very important role, as an agile coach, helping Hayneedle transition into Agile project management. An Agile transition is not an easy process, but her positive attitude, work experience and willingness to have the tough conversations were critical in our success. Samar was a pleasure to work with and I hope to work with her again.

Julie-Peck

Julie Peck

Julie Peck

General Manager/CEO & Integration Executive Wolters Kluwer Corporate Legal Services

Samar is a great example of a rare combination. She brings a high level of domain and process expertise to the table, along with a critical focus on getting results, and great skills in getting teams motivated and moving in the right direction. She’s someone that anyone would be lucky to have on their team!

Peter-Buchanan

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Peter Buchanan

Chief Executive Officer at VIAcode Consulting, LLC

I met Samar when she worked at CT TyMetrix – the largest customer of my company, VIAcode Consulting. She served as a program manager for two projects where we were involved:

1. The development of a key piece of software related to application security.
2. The development of a new UI for TyMetrix’s core application.

Her work as a business leader and technical project manager was outstanding in several ways:

1. She was able effectively organize and drive the performance of teams with minimal contents and maximum productivity.
2. She worked through problems effectively and quickly.
3. She minimized inspired a positive work environment for her teams.

I would recommend her without hesitation if you have a major project to implement and want to get it done right

Robyn-Messerly

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Robyn Messerly

Software Development Manager at Nebraska Furniture Mart

Agile Transformation provided us with quality training that elevated our level of productivity and confidence. They offer training opportunities for all levels of expertise, so I can go to them for all of my ongoing training needs. They are a real pleasure to do business with.

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Dawn Gore

Dawn Gore

Director of Enterprise Project Management at Securities America Member SIPC

This is the second class that I have coordinated at our company taught by Sally. This course was extremely valuable for our attendees. We were able to leave the course and immediately implement some of the techniques in the real world. We were also left with tools that we will be working to implement in the months to come. I received nothing but positive feedback from the attendees and we are seeing the results in the effectiveness of meetings company wide.

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Lisa Fangman

Contract Business Analyst at TD Ameritrade

I’ve been fortunate to attend several on-site training courses, receive one on one coaching for many years, and be a critical part of Agile Transformation rolling out Agile to a large organization. Sally is the most vibrant, knowledgeable, and inspiring instructor and coach I have ever encountered! The facilitation class is particularly amazing and I only wish I’d have taken it at the start of my career! You can’t go wrong with ANY of their services; they will literally set you up for success!

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Jodi Berck

Sr. Method & Procedures Analyst at ConAgra Foods

I can’t say enough about the team at Agile Transformation. They have been our key partner throughout the first year of our Agile journey and continue to help us grow and mature as an organization. The courses are structured in such a way that teams can apply the concepts and principles immediately. I highly recommend Agile Transformation. Thank you Sally, Richard and team!

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Samantha Deines

Samantha Deines

Vice President, Organizational Development at CBE Companies

Agile Transformations provided a “best-in-class” instructor with real world experience in implementing Agile processes which proved to be very valuable in guiding our efforts. The quality of the training along with the knowledge and insight of Michael inspired a level of energy and synergy to our existing Agile efforts. We immediately began implementing processes and techniques that will continue to positively influence our culture, efficiency, and collaboration.

Paul-Steimel

Paul Steimel, PMP

Paul Steimel, PMP

Director of the Global Program Management Office at Spirent Communications

I worked with Samar when I was the Global Program Management Office Director. She was originally brought in to provide Agile training for my group. However, the training she provided was so well received, she was asked to continue training and coaching in other divisions in the company. Of all the workplace training I have had in the last 30 years,Samar’s stands out as the best. She is a not only an expert in Agile methodologies, but also with project management. Samar’s knowledge, experience and boundless enthusiasm make her a very strong asset for any company that is interested in moving to Agile methodologies.

Glenn-Peterson

Glenn Peterson

Glenn Peterson

Agile Evangelist/Coach at ConAgra Foods

Our organization has utilized Agile Transformation extensively for activating Agile principles and processes at our organization. Agile Transformations has been with us since month one of our Agile Implementation effort and we continue to leverage them to support our growth as we mature in Agile. The consulting services, training, guidance and materials provided are all of the highest quality.

Jennifer-Richardson

Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson

VP Claims at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Agile Transformation provided the catalyst to tranform the culture of my team. The Servant Leadership course starts the transformation by focusing on the essential characteristics and skills of a leader dedicated to supporting and developing their team. Further Facilitation classes and team building address more specific skills. Agile Transformation worked with us to help develop strategy, resolve conflict and consistently produce high performing teams. Agile Transformation willingly adjusted their strategy and course work to accommodate our service team and our Lean Program. I strongly recommend them.
Transformation!!!

Susan-Courtney

Susan Courtney

Susan Courtney

SVP Technology and Operations & CIO at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

I could not more strongly recommend Agile Transformation. They were absolutely critical to a very successful transformation of our Information Services department. We worked with them to define our vision, roadmap and supporting execution plan – and it has paid off. We have bridged the gap that we previously had between IS and our business partners, we have a much more empowered and high performing enterprise, and we have truly transformed our culture! Thank you Agile Transformation!!

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What You’ll Learn

  • Why Agile? A background into its evolution.
  • The Agile values and principles
  • What is Scrum? Who are the Roles? What is the Process?
  • Compare and Contrast Agile and Scrum roles to traditional roles and responsibilities.
  • The Agile Lifecycle – Big Picture
  • Planning your Release and building the backlog
  • Identifying and writing good stories
  • Methods for prioritizing and sizing stories
  • Sprint 0 – The critical one!
  • Sprint Planning and task estimating
  • Daily Scrum Meeting
  • Sprint Review and retrospective
  • The pre-release sprint
  • Why Agile and Scrum are Adopted
  • How Agile can fail!

Why This Course?

  • This course is designed with 60% interactive group workshops!
  • You will practice all the core Scrum practices end-to-end.
  • You will learn real world creative techniques for estimating, story identification and prioritization that our real world practitioners use on their projects!
  • We use an end to end example project scenario for maximum learning retention!
  • For private courses, we can use YOUR company project as our sample.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources and cheat sheets that will support you on your projects.

Scrum Process

Intro to Scrum Videos

This is the most popular and most watched series that introduces you to the core of Scrum including the main roles, process, artifacts and important terms used. If you are new to Agile this is where you should start!

Agile Team Videos

Agile Team Videos

Dig deeper into the various Agile Roles, including the 3 Scrum Roles. You will explore how traditional roles such as Sponsors, Management, Project Manager, Analyst, Developer, Tester change on an Agile Team.

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What Our Customers Say

Susan Courtney

SVP Technology and Operations & CIO at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

I could not more strongly recommend Agile Transformation. They were absolutely critical to a very successful transformation of our Information Services department. We worked with them to define our vision, roadmap and supporting execution plan – and it has paid off. We have bridged the gap that we previously had between IS and our business partners, we have a much more empowered and high performing enterprise, and we have truly transformed our culture! Thank you Agile Transformation!!!