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Why Choose Us for Your Agile Transformation

An Agile Transformation is a big deal. Let our experienced Agile Coaches and Agile Trainers help you succeed. We’ve provided Agile Training and Scrum Certification to over 100 teams in various industries. We’ve provided Agile Coaching to support dozens of Fortune 500 organizations through their Agile Transformation.

Our primary focus in an Agile Transformation is on learning and helping leaders create an environment where everyone can do their best work. We help teams streamline process and eliminate waste, and get everyone focused on delivering business value. 

Our Agile Coaches have hands on experience with Agile Transformation and helping companies along their Agile journeys. We will help you to avoid the pitfalls, communication problems, and other breakdowns that might slow your agile transformation down.

Please see below for various training courses what will help you prepare for your Agile Transformation. We have also listed some of the key coaching services that we provide as part of our Agile Transformation Consulting support. Finally, we’ve included some of our most popular blog posts related to Agile Transformation. 

 

Interested in Transitioning from Waterfall to Scrum

Expert in Agile and Project Leadership

“Anthony is a highly-organized, high-touch coach and project leader. His expertise in agile and project leadership and his insightful work with our agile teams has made a significant impact.”

— Jon Berbaum, President of Client Services Delivery, Highland Solutions

Training for Agile Transformation

Agile for Leaders (2 days)

This two-day course provides leaders with the understanding and tools they need to effectively lead Agile and Scrum teams. The course provides a brief overview of Agile Values and Principles, lean concepts, and details on the Scrum framework. Leaders will understand common Agile approaches, why they are used, and how to support teams to master them. The course also explores recommended metrics and reports for Agile teams and how Agile leaders can empower team with measures rather than asking teams to report on the wrong things.

Agile and Scrum for Teams (2 days)

The Agile and Scrum training for teams is designed as a hands-on training workshop delivered to entire teams at the same time, including the Product Owner and the Scrum Master. The benefits of this Agile training approach is that it accelerates team development, the team benefits by using their actual sprint work in the course exercises, and the team can share their specific challenges and make decisions on improvements. There is also a significant team-building benefit of this training approach which accelerates team development.  This course can also include team training on Kanban.

“I absolutely recommend the Agile and Scrum for Teams course. Anthony is an excellent instructor and the curriculum is super understandable and useful. I also liked that it was specifically focused on our project.” 

— Carma S. (April 2017)

Agile Training Overview for Stakeholders 

This two-hour workshop provides an overview of Agile for Subject Matter Experts and other stakeholders that will work or be impacted by Agile Teams in the course of an Agile Transformation. The course provides a summary of the Agile Values and Principles, the benefits expected from Agile, as well as what stakeholders should expect when implementing Scrum in an organization.  This workshop will be tailored to the specifics of the organization who is adopting Scrum and can include hands-on exercises to help participants understand how Scrum Teams work.

Professional Scrum Master (2 days)

The Professional Scrum Master (PSM) training course is a 2-day workshop that covers the principles and empirical process theory of Scrum and agility, the Scrum framework itself, and the specific role of the Scrum Master. The PSM class introduces the principles and empirical process theory underpinning the Scrum framework. These are foundational insights upon which the rules and roles of Scrum are explored and discussed. 

The focus on the Scrum Master role includes advanced thinking tools for servant-­leadership and behavioral shifts, working with people and teams, coaching and facilitation, and scaling Scrum. This Scrum training course includes the fees to complete the PSM I Scrum Assessment.

Professional Scrum Product Owner (2 days)

The Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) Workshop is a two-day agile training course that covers the principles of Scrum and agility, the role of the Product Owner, building and sustaining a product vision, and managing a Product Backlog. This hands-on Scrum training course dives deep into the role of the Product Owner, going beyond simple product backlog management. 

Course participants typically seek the Product Owner Certification. This training course includes the fees to complete the PSPO I Scrum Assessment.

Coaching and Agile Transformation Consulting

Planning for Agile Adoption or Agile Transformation

Taking on an Agile Transformation is not trivial. Engage our experienced agile coaches to help you plan for success. Planning a transformation generally starts with Agile Training for the leadership team and drafting an initial Transformation Roadmap.  We will work with you to determine the organizational design that will best support Agile and Scrum adoption as well as to identify organizational impediments to agility. We can recommend selection criteria for an Agile pilot project and get started planning that pilot with product roadmaps and initial product backlogs.  We also partner with you to  strategize on how to form effective Scrum Teams, identify skill gaps, and develop agile training plans for success.  We can help you to map out appropriate space for your team to co-locate, select tools, and everything else required to set your organization up for success.

Coaching Agile Leaders

As coaches, we work closely with leaders to help them to support and encourage the teams they lead and to maximize the effectiveness of Agile and Scrum in the organization. We come alongside your leaders with mentoring, feedback and powerful questions appropriate to the individual. We also observe or facilitate your meetings and debrief afterwards to provide an environment of learning and growth. We help leaders to have crucial conversations and to express themselves in ways that help them and those they lead to grow.

Agile and Scrum Team Coaching

As Agile and Scrum Coaches, we come alongside your Scrum Teams and help them grow through teaching, mentoring, and feedback appropriate to the team maturity level.  We observe key Scrum events, and provide one-on-one coaching for Scrum Masters and Product Owners.  Most new Scrum Teams require coaching, especially in the first 6 sprints.  Our experience has shown that within 6-9 sprints, teams require less and less coaching and are well on their way to self-organization. We also work with the leaders in the organization, and the Agile Champions team to help address organizational impediments and support Agile Transformations. Agile Team Assessments Team level assessments provide insights into team health, performance, and maturity.  Vitality Chicago Inc. offers a Scrum Adoption assessment which measures 50 key adoption criteria and provides a gauge of the team’s maturity.  We also offer a Team Health Survey which captures team member opinions about 12 key team dimensions.  Both surveys can be used quarterly to help teams see strengths and weaknesses, areas where they have improved, and areas where they may want to further improve.  Vitality Chicago Inc. can also make recommendations to managers and leaders regarding systemic challenges or patterns seen across teams.

Resources for Your Agile Transformation

If you are looking to learn more about Agile Transformation, these popular blog posts may be helpful to you in understanding the benefits of Agile and Scrum as well as how to lead an Agile Transformation.

Benefits of Agile and Scrum

Agile Projects are More Successful than Traditional Ones – This article talks about project success rates between traditional approaches and Agile. The Chaos studies by the Standish Group has collected a great deal of data about project success. As it turns out, Agile projects tend to be 2X or 3X more successful than traditional ones with significantly lower failure rates.

Why Agile Projects are Better – I came from a traditional/Waterfall background and was not an early adopter of Agile. I had to learn (the hard way) to let go of ineffective approaches and embrace the Agile Mindset. Read about the 12 reasons that I believe Agile approaches are Better than traditional approaches.

Leading an Agile Transformation

As a leader, you play a critical role in the success of an Agile Transformation. Without leadership vision and understanding, a move from Waterfall to Scrum is likely to fail. In fact, the top 5 reasons for Agile failure are all related to lack of management support. 

What is the Leaders Role in an Agile Transformation? – This article talks about how leaders perform during an Agile Transformation.

Leaders Go First – This post describes the importance for leaders to lead by example and learn about Agile approaches. Leaders need to champion the change.

What Characteristics Are Needed to Lead an Agile Transformation? – If you are wondering if you have what it takes, this article describes some of the key characteristics that we have seen successful leaders use. Benchmark yourself.

5 Key Differences Between Agile Adoption and Agile Transformation – After defining the two terms, this blog post highlights 5 key differences between Agile Adoption and Transformation.

Agile Transformation Success Stories

Learn how others have succeeded as they went through their own Agile Transformation journey.  

Bank of America – Client Success Story – Read how Bank of America was able to successfully move from waterfall to Agile. This blog post and the detailed whitepaper that accompanies it provides an in-depth look at how this large and established company succeeded in their Agile Transformation.

Highland Solutions – Client Success Story – This blog post and related whitepaper describe how a small consulting firm moved to Scrum. Leveraging small, dedicated and cross-functional teams and short sprints, they set up a structure that allowed them to deliver across multiple client projects simultaneously.

Getting Started with Agile Adoption or Transformation

How to Successfully Transition from Waterfall to Scrum – This article and whitepaper provide the details you need to plan a successful transition to Scrum. It is our most popular resource.

Things to Consider when Planning a Scrum Pilot or Transformation – Before creating your own plan for an Agile Pilot, you may want to read this article on things to consider.

How to Develop Your Agile Training Plan – This detailed article provides you a framework for analyzing your training needs and developing a training plan. Training can be a major investment – start with a solid plan that provides you the hands-on training you need, when you need it.

If you are serious about an Agile Transformation, you are likely to need some outside help in the form of Agile Coaching. Here are some articles about knowing when you are ready to hire an Agile Coach, what makes them effective, and how to know when to end the outside coaching.

When to Hire an Agile Coach – This article contains 7 different indications that it is time for you to hire an Agile Coach to support your transformation.

What are the top 10 Traits of an Agile Coach – This short blog and infographic highlight what we believe are the 10 more important traits that an Agile Coach should have.

“We needed someone to help us properly use Agile and Scrum. Anthony provided Agile and Scrum Training and follow on coaching for my four development teams. The training classes were great – fast paced with a good mix of theory, videos and hands-on exercises. The coaching helped support new habits and reinforce the mindset change. I recommend Anthony and Vitality Chicago to anyone moving from waterfall to true agile development.” 

— Mark A. (February 2018)

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