Lean and Agile Workshops




Facilitated Workshops

I offer three different half-day, four hour workshops.  They are targeting different parts of the value stream.  Suggested number of attendees at each workshop is 10-15 people.  20 is my maximum, as beyond this number it is very difficult to maintain a meaningful level of participation and focus.


Agile Workshop for Executives

This workshop is intended for members of the executive or senior management.  At least one of your senior technology Agile evangelists should attend.

Very rarely does the entire executive team understand the larger impact of ‘going Agile’.   Even years after Agile is first implemented, organizational problems start to emerge and create friction.  Drawing heavily from my work with Agile governance we’ll investigate the causes of some of the challenges that Agile has brought you and discover ways to overcome them.

Agile Workshop for Product Managers

This workshop is intended for product strategists, marketeers, and product/program managers.  At least one of your senior technology Agile evangelists should attend.

Agile adoption may have been driven by the Technology department, but it is fundamentally intended to solve Product Management challenges.   It’s  common to experience conflict between the upstream, product definition processes and Agile software delivery.  Drawing heavily from my experiences of translating market problems into accepted user stories we’ll investigate the causes of some of the challenges that Agile has brought you and discover ways to overcome them.

Agile Retrospective for Teams

This workshop is intended for teams that have been practicing Agile for a while.

Self-organization is easier said than done, and Scrum practices are more easily learned than understood.  This workshop is a special retrospective where you take two steps back to look at old issues in new ways.  Drawing heavily from my experiences as a ScrumMaster and coach we’ll investigate the causes of some of the challenges that Agile has brought you and discover ways to overcome them.

Sample Four-Hour Workshop Agenda

Your workshop might be slightly different because I tailor the exercises and timings depending on the group.

 

Introductions and Objective Setting – defining what you want to get out of the session 30 minutes
Exploring the Problem Space – a collation of all the issues and challenges that you face 30 minutes
Working with Lean and Agile Principles – presentations and exercises to illustrate one or more relevant Agile principles 60 minutes
Break 15 minutes
Applying the Principles to a Problem – practical problem solving by applying Agile principles to one of your issues 90 minutes
Retrospective, Action Items, & Wrap Up 15 minutes