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Agile Leadership Triangle Collaboration

The Leadership Triangle Collaboration 1-day class is a full-immersion course intended for Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Technical/Solution leads and Managers to learn the ins and outs of each key leadership role in a stable team triangle and understand how they can best operate as a leadership team. Participants will do a deep dive into each leadership role, learn collaboration techniques, learn how to handle challenging situations Agile teams commonly experience, gain insights into which role has responsibility for what and how to make decisions as a team.

Pre-Requisites:

A basic understanding of the Agile lifecycle is recommended.

Duration:

1 Day

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of Agile principles and the benefits driving Agile adoption
  • Gain alignment on the Agile lifecycle
  • Deep dive into the Product Owner role
  • Deep dive into the Scrum Master role
  • Deep dive into the Technical/Solution Lead role
  • Expectations of how the Triangle Team works together
  • Come to agreement as to who is responsible for the different parts of the Agile process
  • Learn Best Practices for Collaboration
  • Understand how to handle common team dysfunctions
  • Learn participatory and collaborative decision making techniques
  • Working effectively with Managers and Leaders
  • How to Measure Team Success
  • Being a “Leader” & setting goals together

Why this course?

  • This course is designed with several interactive workshops!
  • You’ll go through real-world team scenarios and how to problem solve common dysfunctions.
  • You’ll experience how to best work together through role-playing and simulations.
  • Learn from a real world-practicing Agile Coach who will share stories and lessons learned!
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources, and cheat sheets that will support you as you work as a team.

Designing Enterprise Agile Stable Teams

Many companies have piloted and adopted Agile methods at the team level but are looking now to mature and take their Agile adoption to the next level. Through this workshop you’ll explore the concept of Stable Teams and why they are more effective than temporary project teams.  This advanced and unique workshop will take your team through a practical, real world and intensive hands-on journey of designing your Enterprise Stable Teams strategy by looking at your current as-is team design and developing a plan for the future. Be prepared to learn some new and innovative methods for looking at enterprise capacity planning by planning around teams, measuring velocity and establishing a pull method from your portfolio backlog. Come with an open mind!

* Client preparation for this workshop is required before delivery.

What You’ll Learn

    • Top Challenges with Enterprise Portfolio Management
    • The Multitasking Problem
    • Why We Need a Different Approach
    • Limiting Work In Progress (WIP)
    • Enterprise Stable Teams Big Picture
    • The Pull vs. Push Concept
    • Understanding Capacity
    • Why Stable Whole Teams?
    • Building Communities of Practice
    • Designing Stable ‘Whole’ Teams
    • Which Team Should Pull What?
    • As-Is Team Current State
    • Roles and Allocation
    • To-Be Team Design
    • Design Considerations
    • Team Transition Plan
    • Next Steps – Piloting Stable Teams

Why This Course?

    • Real World and highly engaging workshop that uses YOUR own Portfolio of Initiatives! 70% Hands on!
    • Taught by highly dynamic expert with real world experience and ability to influence change!
    • Consider this a working session, you will actually use what you create during our intensive workshops!
    • Valuable courseware and handouts to refer to.
    • Get our one of a kind Agile Portfolio Jump Start Toolkit which includes: Business Value Buckets cheat sheet, Portfolio Planning Cheat Sheet, Agile/Lean Portfolio Big Picture, The Levels of Requirements

Real World Agile and Scrum for Teams

This is not your typical Agile and Scrum 101 course. This course is designed to spend 25% of the time on “What” and “Why” behind Agile and Scrum and 75% on “How” you can actually start using it with your team tomorrow. This is TEAM training so ALL roles (including the Business Product Owners) should attend. If you’re interested in learning real world techniques used by dozens of teams then this course is for you! We walk you through an end-to-end lifecycle Agile project journey from Release Planning all the way to Production Release using a sample project or YOUR own.

 

There is a cost to learning Agile and Scrum by trial and error or simply reading a book, and many other courses focus almost entirely on What and Why with little coverage of actual HOW-TO techniques. Our instructor shares how small, medium and Fortune 500 companies have applied Agile in real world projects along with many Tips, Tricks and Best Practices! This course is a pre-requisite for our other Agile courses.
 

DETAILED OUTLINE & COURSE EVALUATIONS

What You’ll Learn

  • Why Agile? A background into its evolution.
  • The Agile values and principles
  • What is Scrum? What 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 your company project scenario for maximum learning retention!
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources and cheat sheets that will support you on your projects.

13 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Learning Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Agile vs. Traditional Roles
  • Workshop 3 – Agile and YOUR Organization
  • Workshop 4 – Building the Story Backlog with User Stories
  • Workshop 5 – Prioritize the Stories
  • Workshop 6 – Sizing Complexity
  • Workshop 7 – Estimating Initial Velocity
  • Workshop 8 – Building a Release Plan
  • Workshop 9 – Sprint 0
  • Workshop 10 – The 59 Minute Scrum
  • Workshop 11 – The Daily Scrum Dysfunctions
  • Workshop 12 – Your Course Action Items
  • Workshop 13 – Final Retrospective

Agile/Servant Leadership

Working to empower and serve the people you lead is the main concept behind Servant Leadership. Challenging them to go farther, reach higher, innovate and have fun doing it requires leadership skills that are beyond the traditional “Command and Control” style of management. Through this course, you will learn and practice execution of the most critical skills needed for leading by serving first. We will take you through practical REAL WORLD SITUATIONS and have you practice being a Servant Leader. You will come out of this course feeling energized and have a large number of tools and skills you can start to apply immediately to empower your teams. Bring your entire leadership team to this training! We promise it will be transformational!

DETAILED OUTLINE & COURSE EVALUATIONS

What You’ll Learn

  • Comparing Agile Servant Leadership to Command and Control Cultures
  • Why Lead This Way?
  • The Top Skills of Servant Leaders
  • Understanding the Roots of Command and Control
  • Practical Tips for Shifting to Servant Leadership
  • Self Reflection, Assessment and Gift Giving
  • Building High Performing Teams
  • Team Maturity Stages and YOUR Role as a Leader
  • Top 10 Tips for Forming a Team
  • Defining Team Norms and Expectations
  • Understanding the 3 Decision Making Tools
  • Creating a Shared Vision and Getting Engagement
  • Getting Out of the Weeds (Teach Others How to Fish)
  • How to Coach Others and Gain Trust
  • Addressing Dysfunctional Behavior as a Servant Leader
  • Leading Through Change
  • Assessing TeamHealth
  • Measurement and Rewards that Lead to Teamwork

Why This Workshop?

  • Our course is 60% highly interactive group workshops!
  • You will learn using our very effective Explain-Live-Demo-Practice method of teaching!
  • You will receive our most valuable “The Servant Leader Cheat Sheet” handout!
  • You will leave the course with Action Items you commit to doing to apply your new skills at your organization.
  • Taught by our dynamic, high energy practicing facilitator!
  • Video clips are included to enhance learning.
  • Check out our course evaluations & testimonies!

13 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Command and Control vs. Servant Leadership
  • Workshop 2 – Untangle This – Game
  • Workshop 3 – Mirror Mirror on the Wall – Self Reflection
  • Workshop 4 – Servant Leadership Self Assessment and Gift Giving
  • Workshop 5 – Healthy vs. Dysfunctional Teams
  • Workshop 6 – Ball Point Game – Practicing Forming to Performing
  • Workshop 7 – Defining a Team’s Vision, Customers and  Deliverables
  • Workshop 8 – Building Team Norms, What We’re Known For
  • Workshop 9 – Addressing Dysfunctional Behavior One on One – Demo
  • Workshop 10 – Practicing Team Conflict Resolution Tools
  • Workshop 11 – Personal Growth and Action Plan
  • Workshop 12 – Team Growth and Action Plan
  • Workshop 13 – Final Retrospective

Effective Facilitation and Collaboration Skills

Did you know that many judge your effectiveness and leadership skills by how well you run your meetings? The key to a successful group session is having an effective facilitator who can organize the meeting, control it and skillfully guide the team towards achieving their goal for the session. You may think ‘I already know how to facilitate and participate in group sessions’ but you will be surprised at the statistics and costs of how many meetings we all attend yet how little of them are actually effective in terms of delivering any real value! The goal of this course is to teach you the most effective facilitation, participation and group collaboration skills that will ensure your group sessions are focused and produce value. This course covers several advanced facilitation, emotional intelligence and cultural transformation topics that are guaranteed to have an immediate positive effect in the way you work. We have designed this course to have extensive workshops and live demos to demonstrate the key skills needed.

DETAILED OUTLINE & COURSE EVALUATIONS

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand the fundamentals of collaboration and facilitation.
  • Understand the main roles required for effective facilitation of group sessions.
  • Learn the ‘House of Skills’ necessary for being an effective facilitator.
  • Understand the concept of Facilitator/Servant Leadership.
  • Learn how to effectively initiate and prepare for a group session.
  • Learn the most effective “Listening” and “Questioning” techniques used to control the meeting process and attendees.
  • Learn the 5 Patterns of Group Collaboration.
  • Learn the most effective “Thinklets” used for gathering and processing information in a small or large group setting.
  • Learn how to handle the most common group dysfunctions.
  • Learn how to manage and resolve conflict and build consensus.

Additional Topics:

  • Facilitating Group Sessions for distributed teams.
  • Facilitating phone conference calls.

Why This Workshop?

  • Our course is 60% highly interactive group workshops!
  • You will learn using our very effective Explain-Live-Demo-Practice method of teaching!
  • You will receive our most valuable “Effective Facilitator Cheat Sheet” handout!
  • You will receive our colored “Thinklet” cards that will guide you step-by-step on when, why and how to use the information gathering techniques you will learn!
  • Taught by our dynamic, high energy practicing facilitator!
  • Check out the course evaluations & testimonies!

15 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Personal Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Collaboration Challenges
  • Workshop 3 – Benchmarking Your Facilitation Skills
  • Workshop 4 – Self Assessment & Action Plan
  • Workshop 5 – Preparing for a Group Session
  • Workshop 6 – Exploring Process Facilitation Techniques
  • Workshop 7 – Facilitating the Process
  • Workshop 8 – Managing Dysfunctional Behavior
  • Workshop 9 – Assessing Your Listening Skills
  • Workshop 10 – Managing Conflict & Developing Inclusive Solutions
  • Workshop 11 – Facilitate a “Generate” Brainstorming Session
  • Workshop 12 – Facilitate a “Converge & Organize” Session
  • Workshop 13 – Facilitate a “Evaluate & Build Consensus” Session
  • Workshop 14 – Closing the Session
  • Workshop 15 – Putting it ALL together

Transforming from Tactical to Strategic Leadership

This is a unique workshop designed for leaders who want to learn how to transform to a strategic mindset and learn the most critical skills for taking a strategy to execution. Many leaders struggle with managing tactical daily work, firefighting and solving problems and find they have no time to take a look at the bigger picture or strategically plan for process improvements or cultural changes needed by the team and organization.

Through this workshop, you will be challenged to think of a few key strategic change initiatives you would like to implement for your teams, and then walk through a series of group and individual activities to define a Vision, Strategy and Execution plan. Come prepared to do some self-reflection and share real world challenges and successes you’ve had relating to translating strategy to execution.

DETAILED OUTLINE

What You’ll Learn

  • Comparing Tactical to Strategic Thinking
  • Why Shift?
  • Vision – Strategy – Execution
  • Emergenetics and Strategic Thinking
  • Top 10 Strategic Leadership Skills
  • Big Picture Dot Connector
  • Visionary
  • Vision Tool: Lean Canvas
  • Strategy Planner
  • Strategy Tool: Force Field Analysis
  • Strategy Tool: Road mapping
  • Value Focus
  • Value Tool: Value Analysis
  • Effective Initiative Owner
  • Using Agile as an Execution Strategy
  • Effective Facilitator
  • Top 10 Facilitation Skills
  • Influential Change Leader
  • Change Management Models
  • Inspiring Others
  • Designing Rewards and Recognitions
  • Transforming the ‘Culture’
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • 6 Step Coaching Process
  • Servant Leadership
  • Understanding the Roots of Command and Control
  • Shifting to Servant Leadership

Why This Course?

  • This course is 70% highly interactive workshops!
  • You will learn the top 10 Real World skills needed for being a strategic leader.
  • You will use YOUR own strategic challenges throughout the course.
  • At the end of this course you will have developed a full strategy for your specific opportunity.
  • You will learn using our very effective Explain-Live Demo-Practice method of teaching.
  • You will receive valuable cheat sheets and handouts for reinforcements post training.
  • Taught by our dynamic, high energy practicing facilitator.

20 Group Workshops Included!

  •  Workshop 1 – Your Learning Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Traits and Cultural Impact of Tactical vs. Strategic Leaders
  • Workshop 3 – Your Profile
  • Workshop 4 – Your Strategic Challenges/ Opportunities
  • Workshop 5 – Practice Strategic vs. Tactical Thinking
  • Workshop 6 – Where do You Spend Your Time?
  • Workshop 7 – Speed Dating
  • Workshop 8 – Practice Visioning
  • Workshop 9 – Practice Strategy Planning
  • Workshop 10 – Practice Value Justification
  • Workshop 11 – Roadmap Your Deliverables
  • Workshop 12 – Focus/ Concentration Game
  • Workshop 13 – Apply Agile to Your Work
  • Workshop 14 – Let’s Reflect
  • Workshop 15 – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
  • Workshop 16 – What Motivates YOU?
  • Workshop 17 – Coaching Strengths and Challenges
  • Workshop 18 – Practice Coaching
  • Workshop 19 – Self-Assessment
  • Workshop 20 – Reflection & Growth Plan

Agile Overview for Executives and Leaders

This is our executive/management overview course that introduces the main concepts behind Agile, Lean, and Scrum to a leadership team and provides a strategic view of how to successfully transform an organization to high performance.

We will discuss the common drivers for change including:

  • Managing large backlogs of work with constantly changing business priorities
  • Lack of engagement and collaboration between various departments including business customers
  • Ineffective planning and estimating for larger initiatives
  • Slow time to market, long wait cycles to get work completed
  • Errors, rework and miscommunication on expectations
  • And more…

This course will look at the organizational impact Agile may have on various aspects such as roles, moving to Servant Leadership, creating cross-functional teams and providing visibility tracking and measurement at the team, program and portfolio levels. We will also discuss YOUR role in leading this type of change and cover some of the common challenges and best practices real companies have addressed through their Agile adoption. Finally, we end with a discussion on YOUR own roadmap to Agile adoption. This will be a fun and highly engaging workshop!

 

Recommended Videos to Watch:

 

What You’ll Learn

  • An overview of Agile, Lean and Scrum
  • Why is Agile being adopted?
  • A tour of the Agile Roles, Processes and Lifecycle
  • The Servant Leader and Empowerment Transformation
  • Impact to Current Organizational Roles
  • Resource Management in an Agile World
  • Business and IT Collaboration as one Team
  • Creating Cross-Functional Service/Feature Teams
  • Agile/Lean Portfolio Management
  • Agile Performance Reviews
  • How Agile can fail
  • Case Studies and Best Practices for Success
  • Developing Your Transformation Roadmap

Why This Course?

  • This course is designed to address specific executive topics relating to Agile adoption and uses many real world case studies to enhance learning.
  • One of the main reasons for Agile adoption failure is no executive buy-in or understanding of Agile. This course helps mitigate this risk and ensures your company will have a thought-out transition plan.
  • This course is highly interactive with several thought-provoking workshops and team discussion exercises.
  • You will leave the course with many Actionable Ideas and strategies as a result of our brainstorming exercises.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts and cheat sheets that will support you through your transition.

Agile for Managers

This course will give managers an overview of the Agile lifecycle, roles and processes. You will learn the key Agile terms and understand how Agile teams estimate, plan and track their work. We will also take a deeper dive into the new role of managers and address key topics such as transitioning away from daily task management, resource allocation for Agile teams, the concept of Stable teams, Servant Leadership and coaching skills, impediment removal and Agile metrics and reporting. The course will address the most common challenges managers face when transitioning to leading Agile teams.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand the Agile lifecycle, roles and processes
  • Learn the key Leadership Triangle roles and expectations
  • Learn the Role of an Agile Manager and expectations
  • Brainstorm and discuss common challenges with this role transition
  • Learn top ways and models other companies have used to address challenges
  • Understand why Servant Leadership and Facilitation skills are critical to success
  • Learn key skills needed for People Development and Coaching
  • Learn key skills needed for Process Improvement
  • Develop a clear change management plan for this role transition

Why This Course?

  • Unique course designed to address real world challenges with leading Agile teams. Provides practical solutions and action items.
  • This course is designed with 60% interactive group workshops!
  • Engage in several workshops that simulate real world manager and team issues!
  •  For private courses, we can discuss YOUR company’s specific challenges and develop practical action items for improvements.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources and cheat sheets including our Role of an Agile Manager guide.

16 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Workshop 1: Calendar Analysis (What do you do today?)
  • Workshop 2 : Agile Roles Clarity
  • Workshop 3: Predict the Challenges and Role Confusion
  • Workshop 4: ‘Untangle This’ Self Organizing Game
  • Workshop 5: Assessing Your Team’s Health
  • Workshop 6: Servant Leadership Self Assessment and Growth Plan
  • Workshop 7: Developing Manager and Leadership Triangle Norms
  • Workshop 8 : Vision for My New Role
  • Workshop 9 :Demo – Coaching
  • Workshop 10: Skill Practice – Correcting Unwanted Behavior
  • Workshop 11: Skill Practice – Conflict Resolution (one on one or group)
  • Workshop 12: Handling Impediments and Fires
  • Workshop 13: Demo – Facilitation using Information Gathering Activities
  • Workshop 14: Skill Practice – Building the Process Improvement Backlog
  • Workshop 15: What Are these Reports Telling You?
  • Workshop 16: My Role Transition Change Management Plan

Agile/Lean Portfolio Big Room Planning

Are you frustrated with not having one enterprise view of your organization’s Backlog? Do you have this list but don’t feel very comfortable with the methods you’re using for Portfolio Prioritization? Do you feel like your organization is multi-tasking too many projects at the same time without visibility or understanding into your enterprise capacity?

 

This is an advanced and unique workshop that will take your team through a practical, real world and intensive hands-on journey of applying Agile, Lean and Kanban to YOUR Portfolio Planning and Management! Be prepared to learn some new and innovative methods for planning, prioritizing, sizing and managing your portfolio of initiatives. We will also share a different approach of looking at enterprise capacity planning by planning around teams, measuring velocity and establishing a pull method from your portfolio backlog. Come with an open mind!
* This is a working session that utilizes your own deliverables/teams and thereby requires lots of prep to ensure success. 

CapacityDemand-Management

Additional Resources for Review:

 

What You’ll Learn

    • Top Challenges with Portfolio Management
    • The Multitasking Problem
    • Getting Initiatives Started .. Not DONE
    • Why We Need a Different Approach
    • Intro to Lean Thinking
    • Limiting Work In Progress (WIP)
    • Lean/Agile Portfolio Big Picture
    • The Pull vs. Push Concept
    • Understanding Capacity
    • Why Stable Whole Teams?
    • Supporting Communities of Practice
    • New Metrics to Measure
    • The New Role of an Agile PMO
    • Agile/Lean Portfolio Planning Steps
    • The 6 Levels of Planning
    • Building Your Backlog of Current and Future Initiatives
    • Strategic Alignment
    • Developing Your Business Value Buckets
    • Developing Your Qualification Filter
    • Assigning Business Value Points
    • Dependency, Risk, Sizing
    • Making the Tough Decisions
    • Ranking the Backlog
    • Designing Stable ‘Whole’ Teams
    • Which Team Should Pull What?
    • Measuring Velocity
    • Capacity Planning
    • Creating an Enterprise Portfolio Grooming Team
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Continuous Backlog Grooming
    • Setting Up Your Portfolio Tracking Kanban Walls
    • Where To Go Next

 

Why This Course?

    • Real World and highly engaging workshop that uses YOUR own Portfolio of Initiatives! 70% Hands on!
    • Taught by highly dynamic expert with real world experience and ability to influence change!
    • Consider this a working session, you will actually use what you create during our intensive workshops!
    • Valuable courseware and handouts to refer to.
    • Get our one of a kind Agile Portfolio Jump Start Toolkit which includes: Business Value Buckets cheat sheet, Portfolio Planning Cheat Sheet, Agile/Lean Portfolio Big Picture, The Levels of Requirements Cheat Sheet, Sizing Large Epics Cheat Sheet, Sample Agenda for Your Portfolio Planning Meeting, The Role of the Agile PMO Picture!