COURSE OFFERINGS


Certified ScrumMaster®

2-Day Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) Course

This intensive two-day course will prepare you to take on the ScrumMaster role and is taught by a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer®. We’ll cover pragmatic, time-tested practices for managing product backlogs, long and short-range planning, project execution, and progress reporting. We’ll also examine many facets of Scrum, including the project lifecycle, roles, events, and artifacts.

You will participate in exercises, in-depth discussion, case studies and techniques to help illustrate practices and principles. After completing the course, you will be eligible for ScrumMaster Certification with the Scrum Alliance®. You will also receive a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance®, an organization that provides valuable materials and resources exclusively to CSMs.

You do not need to have substantial experience working in an Agile environment, but it helps if you have some experience managing projects. Anyone looking to gain an understanding of the Scrum framework will benefit from this course.

This class will cover:

  • The basics of what Scrum is and how it fits into an Agile process
  • How the ScrumMaster role differs from a traditional project manager
  • The process for organizing, planning, and executing a Scrum project
  • Strategies for applying the Scrum framework to your job in the real world

Participants eligible for 14 Education Hours for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner® application and 14 PMI PDUs (Professional Development Units)


Agile Leadership Workshop

Typical Agile introductions focus on training teams or tend to focus on specific roles in an Agile or Scrum adoption.  Having a group of “agile” teams does not provide the holistic change that is required at various levels of an organization looking to improve by adopting Agile, Lean or similar practices.

Managers in the agile organization:

  • Play a critical role in assisting the organization with the changes that will occur to structure, roles and process in beginning an Agile transformation
  • Are instrumental in fostering shared vision, removing obstacles, enabling self-organizing teams, motivating and inspiriting the organization to better serve their customers
  • Will need to undergo a potential shift to a more catalytic management and leadership style

 In order for managers to be successful in the agile organization, it is critical that a common understanding exists across the project teams and leadership team.  This common understanding includes what is agility, the purpose of the continuous pursuit of agility and managers’ roles in this pursuit.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Motivate and Support Agile Teams
  • Influence the Environment to Enable Change and Improvement
  • Support the Complex Nature of Product Development
  • Uncover Gaps between Vision of Teams, Leaders and Current Reality
  • Remove Barriers to Achieve the Organization’s Vision

THIS CLASS COVERS:

Agile Overview

Establish Common Understanding of Organization’s Goals for Agile Adoption
Review Agile and Scrum Refresher:  Understanding the Incremental Nature of Change

Leadership and Agility

Purpose of Leadership in the Complex Organization
Shifting Focus from Traditional Management to Agile Management
The Importance of Shared Vision and Commitment

Management Role

Identifying Vision Gaps within the Organization
Identify Potential Obstacles to Implementing Agile in your Organization
Enabling Self-Organization
The Agile Manager:  Designer of Environments


Certified Scrum Product Owner

2-Day Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) Course

This intensive two-day course will prepare you to take on the Product Owner role and is taught by a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer®. We’ll cover the Scrum framework but more importantly, what it means to function as the Product Owner, or Customer, for a Scrum team.  You will learn about managing stakeholders, creating and refinement the Product Backlog, emerging detail with Product Backlog Items and User Stories including Acceptance Criteria and the Definition of Done.

You will participate in exercises, in-depth discussion, case studies and techniques to help illustrate practices and principles. After completing the course, you will earn the Certified Scrum Product Owner® credential with the Scrum Alliance®. You will also receive a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance®, an organization that provides valuable materials and resources exclusively to CSPOs.

This course will benefitProduct Owners, product managers, business analysts, project sponsors or anyone interested in learning about the Product Owner role in Scrum.

This class will cover:

  • The basics of what Scrum is and how it fits into an Agile process
  • What the Product Owner role is and how it differs from a traditional product manager or project sponsor
  • The process for creating, refining and maintaining a Product Backlog
  • How to collaborate with the Scrum team to maximize business value with each Sprint
  • How Scrum can enable your business to respond more rapidly to changing market, business and customer needs

Participants eligible for 14 Education Hours for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner® application and 14 PMI PDUs (Professional Development Units)


Agile Team Bootcamp

In this three-day course, you will put Agile knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to work. The classroom will consist of simulations providing participants with the opportunity to practice Agile principles and processes working in a team setting.  Your instructor will drive each team through Agile processes from Vision down to Daily planning and execution.

Anyone looking to learn the Agile and Scrum basics will benefit from this course.  It is highly recommended that teams attend together to achieve the maximum benefits and leave the class with practical work product for their projects.

This class will cover:

  • Agile Introduction & Overview:  Why Agile?
  • Popular Agile Methods
  • Forming the Agile Team:  Agile Roles
  • Product Vision and Levels of Agile Planning
  • Creating the Product Backlog
  • Creating the Product Roadmap
  • Relative Estimating vs. Ideal Time
  • Preparing for and Conducting Release Planning
  • Preparing for and Conducting Sprint Planning
  • Sprint Execution:  Collaborating, the Daily Scrum, Reviews and Retrospectives
  • Measuring & Communicating Progress with Agile Methods

Participants eligible for 14 Education Hours for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner® application and 14 PMI PDUs (Professional Development Units)


Scaling Agile & Scrum

Is it just me or has the word “scaling” become a buzz word in the Agile community in the last 5 years? Thinking back to the mid-2000s, I don’t recall this being talked about at User Groups, Conferences, in Certified ScrumMaster courses, etc.

Today scaling frameworks appear overnight and promise a one-size-fits-all solution to using Agile approaches “at a larger scale”. Let’s look at the first challenge with that:

What do you mean by “scaling”?

When someone talks about Scaling Agile or Scaling Scrum, I ask them what they mean more specifically as there are a lot of loaded terms in that phrase.

  • Do you mean Scaling Agile or Scrum across a large Product?
  • Do you mean Scaling Agile or Scrum across an enter organization?
  • Do you mean Scaling Agile or Scrum across distributed geographies?
  • Do you mean all of the above? (Yikes!)

In my experience, many of these organizations cannot answer what is meant by “Agile”. Some mean using the Scrum framework, yet others mean eXtreme Programming or just adhering to the values and principles in the Agile Manifesto. Many also cannot answer what they hope to gain by adopting Agile to do work versus the status quo. So how are these organizations going to know that they have achieved their goals? Firstly if they do not understand what the goal is. Secondly, if they do not agree on what is meant by “Agile” or do not have this working successfully (whatever that definition for them is) at small scale. What do they plan to do? Scale something that has not been proven to work at small scale and hope that it somehow delivers better results?

One Size Fits All.

Some scaling approaches offer a prescriptive solution regardless of the size of the company or the type of work being done. Many assume the work is technology based so a number of information technology specific references exist that may not universally apply in every organization.

Some may read this and think “well, isn’t Scrum or Agile one size fits all”? This gets to the heart of the misunderstanding. They are not intended to be “methodologies”. They are frameworks. The Scrum framework asks anyone adopting it to identify who the Customer is and what the Product that will be built for that Customer is. The framework offers a set of “guidelines” to keep the people building the Product for the Customer accountable and adaptive to the Customer’s feedback. By definition the Development Team, the Product Owner, the ScrumMaster and the Organization are meant to do what makes sense for their company, industry etc. The values and guidelines are there to help.

Other Agile approaches, such as eXtreme Programming, assume a technology Product so are slightly more prescriptive in the technology practices but still start by asking “who is the Customer?” A Customer view is adopted as opposed to a System-only view.

If companies have not worked through these questions, chances are the rush to Scale Scrum, or other Agile approaches, may slightly optimize the status quo, but will not achieve the full benefits from using Scrum or Agile at scale.

Click here to learn about opportunities to learn about scaling.


Agile Requirements and Story Writing Workshop

In this two-day course, you will put Agile and Scrum knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to work in order to achieve writing great agile requirements and user stories. The class provides lots of opportunity to practice drafting product visions, product road maps, identifying user roles, writing stories and more all in a learning environment.

This class is ideal for a new Product Owner, a business analyst making the transition to working on an Agile or Scrum Team or anyone who has been tasked with creating the Product Backlog for an Agile project.

This class will cover:

  • Scrum Roles with emphasis on the Product Owner
  • Developing User Roles and Personas
  • Developing the Product Vision
  • Creating a Product Roadmap
  • Creating a User Story Map
  • Refining and Ordering the Emergent Product Backlog
  • Use of Story Writing Workshops to Generate User Stories
  • Techniques for Capturing Acceptance Criteria and Definition of Done

 

Participants eligible for 14 Education Hours for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner® application and 14 PMI PDUs (Professional Development Units)


PMI-ACP® Prep Course  

In this three-day Agile Certified Practitioner® Prep course you will put the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques taught to work. The classroom will be an experiential environment working in teams with other participants.  Your instructor will drive each team through Agile processes from Vision down to Daily planning and execution.

As an active Agile Practitioner, your instructor will also answer questions with real world experiences.  You will leave the class with practical knowledge and a clear roadmap for success in taking the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner® exam.

  • Transition from Project Management and the PMBOK
  • Moving to Agile:  What is it and what are the benefits?
  • Agile Methods Including Scrum, eXtreme Programming and Kanban
  • Agile Project Management Role, ScrumMaster® or Coach?
  • Agile Teams:  Roles, Responsibilities and Practices
  • The Levels of Agile Planning:  Vision, Roadmap, Release Planning, Iteration and Daily Planning
  • Focus on the Customer:  Identifying User Roles and Developing Personas
  • Creating & Maintaining the Product Backlog
  • Relative and Affinity Based Estimating
  • Holding Iteration Reviews
  • Conducing Retrospectives
  • Measuring and Communicating Progress with Agile Methods:  What Happens to Earned Value Management with Agile?
  • Value Stream Analysis
  • User Story Mapping
  • Scaling Agile Teams

Participants eligible for 21 Education Hours for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner® application and 21 PMI PDUs (Professional Development Units)