Workshop 1
14-16 October 2019, London

Agile Coaching – ICAgile Certified Agile Coaching

Presenter: Graham Dick, Agile Coach

Introduction:

Getting started with Agile is easy, driving to higher performance is hard. This course gives you the tools to help your teams achieve as an Agile Coach.

Agile Coaching clarifies the role of the agile coach, exploring the relationship between Coach and Team. As an Agile Coach you move beyond being the team’s facilitator. You will serve as teacher, mentor, problem solver and conductor – it is a challenging role that needs to be well understood before undertaking it.

Agile Coaching will enable you to gain deep understanding and practice of professional coaching techniques as applied to Agile. You will learn and practice techniques such as presence; active listening; powerful questioning; silence and feedback. You will learn to identify a team’s development stage and adapt your Coaching approach accordingly. You’ll learn how stress can hinder the relationship and how the application of emotional intelligence will help. You will take these techniques to coaching the immediate team and then also learn about mentoring the wider team such as product owner, agile project manager etc. You will learn how to help a team get started so they get to norming and performing as quickly as possible by practicing powerful team startup exercises such as Market of Skills and Values and designing your own team startup. Learn about characteristics of healthy teams such as trust; shared purpose; shared leadership; self organisation and more, and how to help the team better exhibit these.

The course is aligned with the ICAgile Agile Facilitation and Coaching specialty track, which has been designed by leading international experts to outline the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective Agile Coach.

Agile Coaching is deeply experiential, immersing the participants in hands-on coaching exercises and using that experience to apply and reinforce the discussions. It will prepare you to effectively undertake the role of Agile Coach in your organisation.

Certification:

This course covers a number of learning objectives from the ICAgile Agile Facilitation and Coaching specialty track (see content headings below). The remaining learning objectives for this track are covered in our Agile Team Facilitation course.

To become a Certified Agile Expert (within this track), you will need to

♦ Be a Certified ICAgile Professional (or be recognised at this level by ICAgile)
♦ Have obtained real-life experience in the track discipline
♦ Complete a knowledge and competency evaluation (through ICAgile).

Prerequisites:

This is an advanced level Agile course which is not suitable for people brand new to Agile practices.

Participants need to have completed formal Agile training and have at least 12 months experience working in an Agile team. If you are unsure as to your applicability for attending please contact us to discuss.

Objectives:

pon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

♦ Understand the mindset and role of the Agile Coach
♦ Apply techniques to coach and communicate effectively
♦ Effectively mentor and coach people
♦ Start up Agile teams quickly and effectively
♦ Grow and develop teams

Topics Covered By This Course:

The Mindset and Role of the Agile Coach
This topic will:

♦ Foster your (the coach) own self-awareness and understanding of team dynamics and the organisational system
♦ Prepare you to help Agile teams work with these structures to plan and manage Agile adoption
♦ Teach you to understand the relationship between Agile and coaching in order to coach, facilitate, mentor and teach an Agile team
♦ Explain the relationship of a coach to a self-organised team.

Coaching and Communicating Effectively
The coach fosters a safe environment for open communication through setting an example and encouraging others to mimic it.

This topic will explore the value that effective professional coaching and communication brings to the team, including purposeful participation, effective use of silence, how to surface healthy conflict, and conflict management and resolution.

Mentoring and Coaching People
Mentoring and coaching are decidedly different yet complementary.

In the Agile context, mentoring and coaching helps people step into their Agile role fully and to transition to the Agile mindset. As team members transition to (or become more adept at) their Agile roles, the Agile coach is in a position to mentor their personal and professional growth by sharing the knowledge and insights they have learned. In addition, using professional coaching skills, the Agile Coach can help them find their own pathway to agility.

Starting Up Teams
Effective coaching starts by helping Agile team members see what is occurring within themselves, with others, and around them in their environment. The purpose of this topic is to create a level of comfort with exploring individual and team preferences, perform start-up activities such as project and team chartering, self-organisation team constructs, being comfortable in learning through doing, starting before you have all of the answers, creating definition of done and other social contracts, defining roles and responsibilities, etc.

Growing and Developing Teams
An Agile Coach understands how high performing teams are formed and maintained, as well as how to grow and develop teams toward their potential, given each team’s specific circumstances.

The Agile Coach understands the difference between a group and a team, when to build a team, how to facilitate the different stages of team development and how each stage may impact the adoption of certain Agile practices. Effective Agile coaching means understanding when to seamlessly alternate between pushing for results and stepping back to focus on the team’s development, or dancing between teaching, facilitating, mentoring or coaching.

Who Would We Recommend This Course To?

Scrum Masters who want to improve their agile coaching skills

Experienced agile team members who aspire to the role of Agile Coach

Agile Project Managers who want to build their coaching muscles

How Much Of My Time Will This Take?

3 days

Presenter:

Graham Dick is a highly experienced Agile Coach, Facilitator, Mentor, Trainer, and Consultant with over 25 years’ experience leading and participating in business-critical change programmes and projects delivering complex system solutions combining both hardware and software in Digital service delivery environments. He combines expertise in coaching private and public-sector organisations through the deployment of process change with current and real experience in the organisation-wide introduction of Agile ways of working, Agile behaviour change and lasting culture change.

As an International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) certified instructor he regularly leads highly-interactive and successful classes to help organisations build their agile capabilities. Graham is certified by ICAgile to teach Agile Fundamentals, Foundation Agile Coach, Advanced Agile Coach, Agile Product Ownership, and Agile Project Management.

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Workshop 2
18 October 2019, London

Governing Agile: A Disciplined Agile Approach to Lean Governance

Presenter: Mark Lines, Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile

For a combined price of the conference and the workshop, please contact info@unicom.co.uk

When organizations first adopt agile strategies they focus on software development. This is a good start, but they quickly realize that these teams need to be governed effectively. But then the teams start to learn and evolve the way that they work, and they do this in different ways. And not every team is agile, some are taking a Lean/Kanban based approach instead. Not only have it become obvious that your existing, traditional approach to governance isn’t going to work it’s also clear that you will need a flexible, lightweight approach that can support a range of development strategies. And of course, you must still address the usual regulatory compliance and audit requirements. Luckily the Disciplined Agile Framework has a lightweight, risk-based governance solution.

Audience

♦ IT practitioners who want to learn about how lean governance works in established organizations
♦ Existing agile practitioners who want to take their understanding of how to apply agile in enterprise situations to the next level
♦ Senior IT Management who want to gain a deep understanding of how to take a disciplined and comprehensive approach lean governance

Prerequisites

♦ Understanding of agile software development, and although not required, experience with Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)

What You’ll Learn

♦ The full extent of how lean governance works in established enterprises
♦ Identify how your solution development strategy needs to evolve for DevOps
♦ Discover the potential impact on your operations and support strategies

Benefits

♦ Attendees earn the designation of Disciplined Agilist, with free first year membership (a $50 US value), the first step on the path to Certification in Disciplined Agile.
♦ For existing members, this course provides 7 hours of continuing education credits

Outline

♦ Disciplined Agile principles
♦ What is governance, and why do we need it in an agile world?
♦ Exploring why traditional governance doesn’t work for lean/agile teams
♦ Exploring what it means to govern agile/lean teams effectively
♦ Governing when every team is different and constantly evolving
♦ Governing a value stream
♦ Designing and implementing agile and lean metrics that makes sense for your organization and teams
♦ Surviving an external audit

Workshop Logistics

♦ Level: Introductory – intermediate
♦ Length: One day – 7 hours of classroom time plus breaks.
♦ Approach: For each major topic in the agenda there will be instruction followed by group work.

Presenter:

Mark Lines is an Managing Partner / DA Fellow for Disciplined Agile. He is co-creator of the Disciplined Agile delivery (DAD) framework and co-author with Scott Ambler of several books on the framework. Mark is a frequent speaker at agile conferences around the world and blogs about Disciplined Agile at DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com. He is also President and Founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC), the certification body for Disciplined Agile. He can be reached at mark [at] scottambler.com and tweets @mark_lines.

An agile enterprise increases value through effective execution and delivery in a timely and reactive manner. Such organizations do this by streamlining the flow of information, ideas, decision making, and work throughout the overall business process all the while improving the quality of the process and business outcomes. This talk describes, step-by-step, how to evolve from today’s vision of agile software development to a truly disciplined agile enterprise. It briefly examines the state of mainstream agile software development and argues for the need for a more disciplined approach to agile delivery that provides a solid foundation from which to scale. It then explores what it means to scale disciplined agile strategies tactically at the project/product level and strategically across your IT organization as a whole. Your disciplined agile IT strategy, along with a lean business strategy, are key enablers of a full-fledged disciplined agile enterprise.

Along the way Mark will describe his experience with organizations around the world that have successfully adopted agile and lean for their teams while at the same time transforming their culture across the organization to streamline these agile initiatives.

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