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Scrum and Agile Training, Coaching & Agile Transformation Support
Why Choose Us
An Agile Transformation is a big deal. Let our experienced Agile Coaches and 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, creating an environment where everycan do their best work, reducing waste, and maximize the delivery of business value. Our coaches have helped many companies on their Agile journeys and can help to avoid the pitfalls, communication problems, and other breakdowns that might slow you down.
Training Courses and Coaching Support:
- Agile for Leaders (2 days)
- Agile and Scrum for Teams (2 days)
- Agile Training Overview for Stakeholders
- Professional Scrum Master (2 days)
- Professional Scrum Product Owner (2 days)
- Planning for Agile Adoption or Transformation
- Coaching Agile Leaders
- Agile and Scrum Team Coaching
- Agile and Scrum Assessments
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 and Coaching
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.
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. 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. The Agile workshop dives deep into the role of the Product Owner, going beyond simple product backlog management. This Scrum training course includes the fees to complete the PSPO I Scrum Assessment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Carma S. (April 201
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