Succeeding with Agile

This two-day, advanced course picks up where the Certified ScrumMaster and other introductory agile courses leave off. Drawing and expanding on concepts in Mike Cohn's Succeeding with Agile book, this course will help you move beyond initial success to sustained agility. Attendees should have a solid understanding of agile concepts and the principles and practices of Scrum prior to tackling this material.

Participants will learn advanced teamwork techniques, including ways to subtlety guide a self-organising team and how to ensure that all team members (including designers, architects, and testers) are busy on each day of the sprint. They will discover ways to effectively scale Scrum, in one location or on a globally distributed team. The course will explore what it means to be agile while meeting regulatory compliance requirements, how to overcome common problems, and tools for measuring the benefits of agile.

Agile isn’t a final destination; it’s something you grow towards each day. Learn how to iterate towards a higher level of agility, no matter where you are on your journey.

You will learn:

  • How the same process used during transition can help spread agile or Scrum across the enterprise.
  • How the roles of project managers, functional managers, programmers, testers, data professionals, architects, analysts, and others change in an agile process
  • Ways in which a leader can influence a self-organising team
  • How to incorporate technical design, interaction design, and architecture into agile projects
  • How improvement communities can drive the hard work of organisational change.
  • How to effectively structure teams, including how to make proper use of specialists.

Course Outline

  • Iterating Toward Agility
    • ADAPTing to Agile
    • Improvement communities
    • Your improvement backlog
  • Overcoming Resistance
    • Waterfallacies
    • Diehards, Saboteurs, and Skeptics
  • Think Holistically, Work Incrementally
    • Architecture and design
    • Interaction design
  • Measuring the Benefits
    • How agile are we?
    • A balanced scorecard
  • Team Structure
    • Team size Feature vs. component teams
    • Guidelines for good structure
  • Teamwork
    • The role of specialists
    • Fostering team learning
    • Knowledge waste
  • Leading Self-Organising Teams
    • Subtle control
    • Containers, Differences & Exchanges
    • Attractors, Boundaries, Identities, Diversity, Environment
    • The self-organising path
  • Scaling
    • Proactively manage dependencies
    • Coordinating work among team
    • Communicating across teams
  • Distributed Teams
    • Decide how to distribute
    • Create coherence
    • How to handle distributed meetings
  • Coexisting
    • Mixing agile and waterfall
    • Governance
    • Compliance


For Project Management Professionals, this course may qualify you for 14 PDUs as approved by the Project Management Institute.