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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
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.
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.
— Carma S. (April 2017)
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.
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.
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
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)
TRAINING FOR INDIVIDUALS
- Professional Scrum Master
- Professional Scrum Product Owner
- Agile for Practitioners
- Leading and Coaching Agile Teams
- Agile Estimating and Planning
- Supporting an Agile Transformation