Advanced Scrum Master and Kanban Online Workshop

Scheduled Public Course Offerings

Date Location Instructor
Jan. 28, 2019 Event page Al Shalloway

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Course Overview
Summary: 

Introducing the Advanced Scrum Master and Kanban On-the-Job Online Workshop

Twice the content, half the price and many times more effective than the Advanced Scrum Master class and without losing any days of work.

You don't become an effective Scrum Master or Agile Team Coach (an "Agile coach") by taking one or even a couple two-day courses. You have to learn it by doing it. The Advanced Scrum Masters and Kanban Online Workshop is based on the teaching technique called "flipped classroom." In each lesson, students learn a key aspect of being a great Agile coach, apply what they have learned  with their own teams, and then meet online with an instructor for questions and help. Just as important, the workshop is designed to help Agile coaches create a solid support system for the team. This includes creating a set of templates that will support the team's work.

Here is some more information.

Why you need both Scrum and Kanban

Most people think of Scrum and Kanban as an either or decision. But it isn't. Both are partial implementations of Lean and each has value and works better in different situations. As Agile has spread to larger companies, most teams need a combination of the two. See the issues to be considered in the diagram below:

Designed for both individuals and for companies

Many people become a "Certified ScrumMaster" to improve their resume. This workshop is significantly more advanced than the Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course. An A-CSM merely means that people have taken four days of training and passed two tests. This workshop provides an Agile Team accreditation by the True North Consortium. The Agile Team accreditation means students have worked with Agile teams for three months and have the tools to support them.

Companies can use the workshop to train their own internal Agile coaches and achieve better results, at a lower cost, than bringing in external Scrum Masters or even Scrum Master coaches. This is because your own staff understand your products/services, your organization and culture better than any outsider. 

Note: We have a special licensing program for large companies where you can have as many coaches go through the workshop as you want for as little as it takes to train three or four Scrum Masters.  

Why you should invest in your own people

If you are kicking off new teams, there are two types of coaches you could use. You could use someone to actually help with the work such as a technical or ATDD coach; This can be good; however, when it comes to Agile coaches it is usually better to grow your own. Here are some reasons why this is more effective. Investing in your people pays off big dividends in many ways - morale, demonstration of a commitment to them, and a guaranteed returns.

  • Investing in your people pays off big dividends in many ways - morale, demonstration of a commitment to them, and a guaranteed returns.
  • It is harder to learn your own environment and product that it is to learn the essential understandings of Scrum.
  • You know what you are getting.
  • For the cost of bringing in an outside Scrum Master for a week you can get three of your own people become truly qualified Scrum Masters.

The workshop enables people with a good understanding of Scrum and/or Kanban to become good Agile coaches in 14 weeks. It does this through a combination of lessons, exercises with their own environment, and interactions with Net Objectives staff. It also provides templates and materials to support them in coaching their teams in Scrum.

Consider this: You could bring in an outside Scrum Master coach for three months. Or, by shortening the engagement by one week, you could pay for three of your Agile coaches to be in the workshop!

Please read Why you should grow your own Scrum Masters instead of bringing in outside Scrum Masters.

What it takes to be a great Agile Coach

The workshop is based on the premise that just knowing how to do Scrum is insufficient. An Agile Coach must provide support to their teams and coach them in continuous improvement. The workshop includes a Team-Agile support system that both Agile coaches and the development team can use.  It encompasses both Scrum and Kanban and is designed around Team Agility. Net Objectives believes that coaches should assist the people they are coaching to create new opportunities and better ways of working. The coach metaphor is used for someone guiding teams because, like a coach, they need to be proactive and encourage the people they are working with to make their own decisions.

Being a great coach requires an understanding of how to coach, of how to solve problems, and of the domain in which you are coaching. The curriculum of the workshop incorporates all three of these facets of great coaching. However, the workshop is not just about being a coach. Systems thinking tells us most of the errors made are due to the ecosystem people make. This ecosystem is not just how the team members work with each other but how they interact with the rest of the company. The workshop includes how coaches can identify and define the specific practices their team members should be using. Effective coaching involves a combination of coaching techniques and helping create a well-defined workflow their teams can effectively use.

The workshop goes well beyond teaching you how to be a coach. It includes understanding how to design a tailored Lean-Agile workflow and agreements for your team as well as how teach key mindsets that greatly improve team effectiveness.

There is also a module for Agile Coaches working in a SAFe environment.

Our promise

We promise to be responsive to your questions and promise that you will get value commensurate with the effort you put into this workshop. If you have any concerns or feedback, please send an email to info@netobjectives.com.

Pacing

Sections and lessons are self-paced so there are no lessons to miss. Students should expect to spend two or three hours a week on each section.

If you get behind, don't worry; just do the best you can.

Documents built during the workshop

The workshop is not just about creating better coaches, it is also intended to create an on-boarding and leveling up approach. Coaches will be creating documents to describe the approach they create throughout the workshop. Here is what the documents cover.

  • Practices to be used
  • Roles and their descriptions
  • Reports to be used
  • Agreements to be made

Templates for some of these documents will be introduced at the appropriate session and then updated throughout the workshop. Others should be created by the participants themselves as reminders of their choices. At the end of the workshop these documents will be reviewed to ensure completeness.

Here are some of the templates that are covered.

  • The Team Agility scorecard
  • Objective-Based Thinking
  • The workflow to use to identify and decompose Minimum Business Increments
  • Definitions of Ready and Definition of Done
  • Requirements for a good Scrum/Kanban board
  • Agreements being made with other teams and management and defining them within the guardrails system
  • Variations in workflow from team to team and causes of variation
  • Dependencies on other teams for building software
  • Teams depending on us for building their software
  • Parts of the organization needed in order to realize business value
  • Multi-team challenges and approaches to solve them
  • Types of retrospection to use for the team
  • On-boarding new people: How they can learn the workflow and other things they must know
  • Gaining agreement on new practices
  • Understanding the science of coaching
  • The coaches checklist for addressing challenges

 

Course Objectives: 

The curriculum is designed to take people knowledgeable in Scrum to be good Scrum Masters. It is the equivalent of a three-day course over 14 weeks. The advantages of teaching it at a self-paced, online approach, include:

  • Learning takes place best over time
  • Coaches learn by working with their teams
  • The time of the coach is not lost during the training
  • No travel time/cost is required.

This also allows for the coaches to build their own coaching materials from templates that we provide.

 

 

Target Audience:

Primary Audience: 

The Advanced Scrum Master and Kanban Online Workshop assists team-level coaches to become great coaches and to facilitate the Lean-Agile approach the team should be using. While not anyone can go through the workshoip and become adept at being an Agile coach, those with a medium amount of experience can.

Here are the intended particpants of this workshop.

  • Agilists. Current Scrum Masters, Technical Project Managers, or practitioners who are not currently coaches and want to learn how to become Agile coaches.
  • Inexperienced Coaches. People who are providing some coaching support but lack much experience in coaching.
  • Experienced Coaches. People who are experienced coaches who want to learn the Net Objectives approach.
Learning Objectives: 

Here is what students will focus on.

  • Improving their coaching skills
  • Identifying specific behaviors and agreements that will benefit their teams
  • Creating a clear understanding of these behaviors and agreements
  • Continuously improving the effectiveness of the team they are coaching
  • Learning how to help their teams work in a more effective way with other teams

Any Certifications/PDUs

Yes
28 PDUs
 

Maximum Number in Class

1 000 (Approximate. Depends upon make up and experience level of team.)
Room Setup and Equipment Needed
Online. No setup required.