AGILE COACHING AND TRAINING

  • Agile Coaching

    We are probably best known for our expertise in scrum, Lean, Kanban and XP.  As coaches, we come alongside your teams and help them grow through mentoring, feedback and powerful questions appropriate to their team maturity level.  We also observe key meetings, and provide one-on-one coaching for Scrum Masters and Product Owners.  We also work with the leadership team to help address organizational impediments and support the teams with servant leadership.  Our experience has shown that within 4-6 sprints, teams require little or no coaching and are well on their way to self-organization.

  • Team Assessments and Surveys

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    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 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.

"I recommend this course especially for other divisions, so that there is an ADA-wide understanding of the Agile process. I liked the idea of moving to a more thoughtful and more transparent approach to project tracking. The most useful thing will be the capability to show internal clients and others our current workload — so that they can respect the bandwidth and better plan to avoid rush projects."

— Anonymous (Agile & Scrum for Teams, May 2017)

AGILE TRANSFORMATIONS

  • Planning for Agile Adoption or Transformation

    Taking on an Agile Transformation is a big deal.  Our coaches have experience working with teams and can help with planning for success.

    Planning a transformation generally starts with a Transformation Roadmap.  We will work with you to determine the organizational structures that will support Agile and Scrum adoption as well as to identify organizational impediments.  We can recommend selection criteria for an Agile pilot project and get started planning that pilot with product roadmaps and initial product backlogs.  We can strategize on forming Scrum Teams, identify skill gaps, and develop 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 team up for success.

    Planning your own Agile transformation? Get our Agile and Scrum Planning checklist below.

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  • 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.