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WORKSHOPS

 

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CONSULTING WORKSHOPS

All consulting workshops include a 30-60 min planning meeting that occurs before the session, and a 30-60 min out brief after the session. The out brief can be done the same day, but it is best to do it a few days after to allow me to organize my thoughts and observations into actionable recommendations that will generate results.

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Need a second set of eyes on a nagging problem? Does it feel like something is just a little "off" but you can't quite put your finger on it? Or maybe you just want to learn more about Agile in general and want to pick someone's brain who has been living and breathing it for nearly their entire professional career. If I just described you, then a one-day session might be just what you are looking for. Give me a call or shoot me an email and let's see what we can accomplish together.
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The two-day session gives you the ability to dive a little deeper into the vast expanse of Agile, and start talking about real Agile strategy. Two days gives me the ability to start doing high-level assessments of current state, and making recommendations on the low-hanging fruit that offers the highest return on investment. In short, two days gives you a clearer understanding about where you are, and how to get where you are going.
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The one-week consulting session is the best bang for the buck. In addition to saving 20% off the daily rate, 40 hours of consulting allows me to do a full assessment of your governance, project management, and engineering capabilities. You will receive a full report of your current state, an impact report detailing where the most meaningful improvements can be made, and an implementation plan that aligns with the Tri-Agile model. If you are serious about Agile, this is the option for you.
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Agile Implementation is used for the organization that knows they are ready to bring Agile methods into their teams. This approach gives you full access to all training workshops, as well as my dedicated time to ensuring you are able to adopt the Agile methods you need to achieve the results you want. I will work with you to scope an implementation project that suits your requirements, and we will move in the only direction successful Agile teams move... Forward!



TRAINING WORKSHOPS

Workshops are highly interactive and hands-on, so participants should come ready to get involved and participate! Training workshops are intended to teach skills and methods that can be immediately integrated into your teams in small doses. This ensures the least amount of disruption to your current day-to-day processes. Pricing for workshops depends on the number of participants and the number of workshops you schedule, so let me know what courses you are interested in and I'll get right back to you.

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Have you ever wondered if it is possible to know what your customers need before they know they need it, and delivering it to them before they realize they wanted it? Not only is it possible, but it actually isn't that hard to do. This game-changing workshop shows you how to transform your teams into empowered machines. Put on your thinking hats and prepare to have fun in this engaging and interactive workshop.
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Successful Agile teams rely on collaboration in order to deliver innovative products. Agile Games are great ways to help new teams break the ice when forming, or help experienced teams discover how to collaborate most efficiently. I'll work with you in advance to choose 3-4 games to teach, as well as the logic behind choosing what game to play to achieve certain results. Come prepared to have FUN!
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An absolute must have for any organization considering Agile techniques or even for those already using Agile. The bottom line is that Agile approaches are different than conventional techniques, and it is important that senior leaders in the company understand those differences. This course reviews Agile from a senior leader perspective, and ensures everyone understands the tremendous value Agile teams bring to the company!
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So many techniques, so little time. Pair Programming, XP, Agile Unified Process, Test-Driven Development, Acceptance Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development, Crystal Clear... all perfectly viable options - but how can you know which one is right for your organization? Well you can start by learning as much as you can about each one! Then think about each technique in the context of your organizations culture, capabilities, and goals. Even the layout of the desks, cubes, and conference rooms plays into selecting the right technique.
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Scrum is by far the most popular Agile development management technique in the industry today, but that doesn't mean it is always the best choice by itself. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. Kanban is a technique that pairs nicely with Scrum and has been proven to increase resource efficiency. Who doesn't want to get more productivity out of their product teams!? Take this opportunity to learn how you can go from functioning to high-performing by adopting complimentary techniques.
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Do people avoid the PMO for fear of weeks and months of paperwork? Does the organization feel project management relies too much on process with not enough emphasis on results? The fact is, Agile Project Management is naturally aligned with how many organizations WANT to do business... but traditional methods rely too heavily on adherence to process as an indicator of project success. Learn how to become lean and results-driven with Agile Project Management. This workshop also teaches you how to bridge the gap between traditional Agile metrics and traditional Project Management metrics to ensure clear visibility when it comes to project status.
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It is the ultimate paradox... those controlling funding want to know the MOST about how much a product or project will cost at the precise time the team knows the LEAST about the factors that enable cost and duration to be estimated! The fact is, all Agile Estimating Techniques work in synergy to estimate only the attributes that are necessary at specific product development phases. Learn about relative mass estimation, t-shirt sizing, complexity, and task estimation in this powerful and interactive workshop.
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Task Estimation is one of many Agile Estimation techniques, but is probably the least understood and applied on Agile teams. However, task estimation is the component of sprint planning that bridges the gap between qualitative estimating and quantitative estimating and measurement. The most high-performing Agile teams understand how to scale and apply task estimation. Task Estimation is also critical to supporting Agile Project Management, reporting project status, resource allocation, and capacity management.
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Ever wonder how Agile teams seem to flow like a river during a sprint? It is because those teams understand how to plan a sprint. Those sprints run like a clock because sprint planning takes every backlog item and looks at it from every possible angle to ensure the team knows the most about the work ahead at that point in time. Too early, and the team forgets. Too late, and the sprint is rocky and difficult. Plan the sprint effectively, and the team will be a well-oiled machine cranking out product features every sprint.
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Release planning is an opportunity for the Product Owner to communicate longer term product strategy goals to the Agile teams. Sprints deliver the product features, but as a collection of sprints, a release is designed to deliver integrated product features that satisfy business goals and objectives. Release planning gives Agile teams a compass that helps increase the effectiveness of sprint planning by ensuring teams focus on the correct product backlog.
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Agile retrospectives or "retros" are part of the continuous improvement concept. Because Agile teams rely less on process and more on communication and collaboration, it is critical to constantly evaluate how the team is performing. Agile Retrospectives focus on identifying "what is working well" - so that teams can analyze how that activity can be replicated in other areas of the team, and on identifying "what does not work" - so that teams can improve a process. However, facilitating the interaction required during a retro can be a complex task, so this highly interactive workshop is a great way to objectively evaluate your teams.
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Team agreements are often created during what is called "Sprint 0". Since Sprint 0 takes place before the product development begins, it is logical to create team agreements at this time. This facilitated event uses a collaborative technique to allow each team member to identify what is important to them as a team member. Each item is analyzed, common ground is identified, and agreements are then formed by team, as a team. This workshop takes the class through a team agreement exercise, and also teaches how to constantly evaluate agreements as part of the sprint process.






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