HELPING TEAMS THRIVE
Agile and Scrum Coaching
As Agile and Scrum Coaches, we come alongside your Scrum Teams and help them grow through Agile Coaching which includes 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 benefit most from coaching during the first six months. Our experience has shown that after six months, teams are well on their way to effective use of Scrum and 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 (see below).
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 provide Scrum and Agile coaching to your leaders in the form of 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 Adoption or Transformation
Planning for Agile Adoption or Transformation
Taking on an Agile Transformation is a big deal. Our Agile Coaches have experience working with teams and can help with planning for success.
Planning a transformation generally starts with a Transformation Roadmap. We work with you to determine the organizational structures that will support Agile and Scrum adoption as well as to identify organizational impediments. We recommend selection criteria for an Agile pilot project and get started planning that pilot with the right product roadmaps and initial product backlogs.
We 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 Agile pilot team up for success.
Planning your own Agile transformation? Get a jumpstart with our Agile and Scrum Planning checklist.
Agile Stakeholder Satisfaction Surveys
The first Agile Principle states that the highest priority is to Satisfy the Customer with valuable solutions. As organizations adopt Agile and Scrum, one of the key measures of success is the level of customer satisfaction.
Vitality Chicago Inc. recommends quarterly surveys of customer satisfaction with the Agile processes. These surveys provide you valuable insights into whether your Agile Transformation is providing the benefits you are striving to achieve.
Team Assessments and Team Health Surveys
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 on 12 key team dimensions.
Surveys and assessment are designed to 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. will make recommendations to managers and leaders regarding systemic challenges or patterns seen across teams.
Aggregated Team Health Surveys can help coaches and leaders support the teams by removing organizational impediments to agility.