Why SAFe Training and Certification are Important?

Why SAFe Training and Certification are Important?

SAFe training and certification are quite popular today. They are important for anyone who is seeking to work in an environment implementing Agile at Scale. The SAFe concepts will not only come in handy at a large number of companies that have embraced SAFe implementation but will also be beneficial if deeper understanding of these concepts (e.g. SAFe LPM) can be applied in a practical manner to places that want to scale their homegrown organic Agile implementation. Additional reasons why SAFe training and certification can contribute to your success Scaling Agile in a Structured way: SAFe is a structured framework that helps large sized organizations become effective in applying Agile across many teams. The structured setup, processes and practices aligns everyone and guides them to move in the same direction with common goals. Better Career Opportunities: As demand for SAFe (especially in large organizations) is high, the need for SAFe certified personnel is also high in demand. SAFe certification can therefore boost your career prospects. It can help you stand out in a competitive job space and open up opportunities like SAFe Scrum Master, SAFe Product Owner, SAFe Product Manager, SAFe Release Train Engineer, SAFe Developer, and more. Deeper Understanding of Lean-Agile Principles: SAFe training will help you under the deeper aspects of Lean Agile Principles and their effective application in practical real world scenarios. This will empower you to drive outcomes impacting productivity, quality, speed-to-market and organic cost-reduction. High Performing, Collaborative Teams: Alignment, Transparency and Collaboration are encouraged and emphasized in SAFe. Proper training from people who breathe, live, love and work(daily) hands on at enterprises helping implement Agile and SAFe effectively will ensure all Agile team members from developers to executives will be on the same page. This will result in improved team performance and satisfaction. Practical learning from Industry Experts: Training and certifying with coaches who have worked hard over the years to succeed with Agile, will help you receive practical, hands-on learning from experts. Such a real-world experience is priceless and will help you apply your understanding to effectively implement SAFe in your organization. Continuous Learning, Inspection and Adaptation: The modern work landscape is continuously evolving. SAFe training encourages continuous learning and adaptation and enables you to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and practices that work. Don’t embark on a SAFe training and certification to get a stamp, but to enhance your skills, improve your career prospects through deeper understanding of principles and their application and drive meaningful change in your organization. Invest in SAFe training and certification from people who don’t train and certify to just make a living but do so to also share their passion and success in implementing Agile and SAFe over many years. Learn from their experiences – both success and failures – and grow into an effective and impactful Agile professional.

Why SAFe Training with Agilonomics

Why SAFe Training with Agilonomics?

SAFe(Scaled Agile Framework) is more than just a framework. Many consider it heavy-weight. We feel it is a comprehensive approach for guiding Agile practices to scale across an organization. The demand for SAFe expertise continues to rise. It is important, therefore, to invest in high quality training and coaching to empower yourself on how to navigate the complexities of implementing SAFe effectively. Here is why choosing Agilonomics for your SAFe journey will make all the difference. All Round, Hands-on Expertise:SAFe is well known to be heavy and complex. Theoretical knowledge alone isn’t enough to navigate through its intricacies. When you learn with Agilonomics, you get much more than just a certification. You’re investing in gaining insights from seasoned practitioners who have helped many clients (Fortune 100 – Startups) to succeed with SAFe and Agile. Our trainers bring a collective experience spanning well over 1000s of hours – coaching and training – to ensure you receive practical insights to current and real-world challenges Advance In Your Career:Many take certification for getting a badge. It only helps you go so far. In today’s competitive world, investing in training from a trusted provider who understands the game inside out, will not only get you the certification but also help in your career advancement. Choosing Agilonomics will equip you with the skills, insights and confidence to drive successful SAFe transformations. You will gain the ability to grow into a sought after Agile and SAFe transformation leader. Hands-On Learning:Only way to succeed with SAFe is to move beyond theory to deeply understand how to apply its principles in fast paced, complex environments. Engaging with Agilonomics, you will be exposed to hands-on experience with practical real-world challenges and gain the ability to develop powerful solutions and strategies. Our training underscores the importance of collaboration, one-team-attitude, problem-solving and adaptability to ensure you’re well equipped to tackle the complexities of Scaling Agile. Sharing Client Success Stories:We, at Agilonomics, measure our success by the success of our clients. Our coaches and trainers have helped organizations like Sony PlayStation, Blue Shield of CA, At&T, among others, to achieve remarkable results with implementing SAFe through our training and coaching programs. Agilonomics’ Commitment to Excellence:Our purpose is to create greatness in the corporate world, one person, one company at a time. So, we’re committed to excellence in everything we do. This shows up in the quality of our training and the expertise of our trainers. We strive to uphold the highest standards to ensure your learning experience is exceptional. With us, you’re not just investing in training but investing in a partnership that is committed to help you succeed Your choice of SAFe training with Agilonomics is more than just a decision. It’s a strategic investment that will help you grow professionally, and succeed in your career. Our comprehensive knowledge, hands-on experience in many industries, and commitment to excellence will empower you on your SAFe journey every step of the way. Ready to move forward in your journey? Take the next step! Book your seat for a free SAFe webinar today

Agile and AI Development: Bridging Complexity with Flexibility

Why Agile with AI is Important Today? The world of technology is changing as always. Many feel threatened today with the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on their jobs and career. Agile is not spared either. However, building AI products is complex and integrating Agile ways of working with AI development is crucial for organizations to stay competitive. Agile mindset of flexibility and iterative development matches up perfectly for handling complexities and uncertainties inherent to AI development. AI projects often involve a lot of experiments, ongoing learning, frequent changes or adjustments based on emerging data and insights. Agile methodologies promote adaptability, collaboration, and continuous improvement. They provide a lightweight structured framework and are well suited to accommodate these dynamic requirements.By adopting Agile principles and truly understanding their application, organizations can effectively manage the iterative cycles of AI product development. This will help with timely delivery of innovative and valuable AI solutions while staying adaptable to new information and changing markets. This teaming up of Agile and AI will boost the success of AI projects by driving innovation, efficiency, time-to-market and ultimately impacting business value. Why AI Development is Challenging? Developing AI products brings unique challenges to the table; challenges that set them apart from traditional software projects. Here are some common challenges that I see often with AI Despite the above challenges, AI projects have immense potential for success and will bring in high return on investment. They already are, and will continue to shape the future of technological innovation and human evolution.Organizations that effectively tackle these challenges will harness the transformative power of AI to create solutions that will drive innovation, speed-up decision making, and offer competitive advantages. However, to achieve success will need a flexible, adaptive and collaborative mindset that translates to behaviors and practices that can effectively manage the complexities and uncertainties inherent to AI product development. This is where Agile comes into play with its empiricism, inspect and adapt, customer focus, systems thinking on one hand and servant leadership, collaboration, swarming, attention to results, commitment, team ownership (accountability), healthy conflict and foundation of trust on the other (hand). These two sides of Agile can provide a structured, adaptable and safe ground for making AI projects thrive! How Can We Help You? Hernan Tocuyo, my peer Coach and I, worked for a year at a client where we were onboarded with bringing their DATA ART (Agile Release Train) to become effective and high performing. Multiple teams in that ART are engaged in high complexity work, including AI, Machine Language, Data Science, Data Engineering etc. They develop algorithms, test hypotheses, and build models. Their work includes enablers, spikes, and needs cross coordination between domain experts and across ARTs. They use all industry standard data management tools such as Teradata, Apache, Databricks, Hadoop, Informatica, Tableau etc. Using Agile values and Agile and SAFe principles we brought all teams to a high level of effectiveness in a very short time. They figured out better ways to write stories, have conversations, refine work, collaborate and make their PI planning effective. Some data scientists paired with us and brought out an effective way to write their Data Science stories and created and continuously polished templates that everyone could use. Inspired by our work with them and the collaboration between Agile Coaches and Data Scientists, we wrote a blog on this Conclusion: Agile done wisely and sensibly does work and works well enough. The teams from this above client have members across 4 time zones with very little overlapping hours. Despite this and other challenges, they have developed into effective, highly collaborative, high performing teams. The current AI wave is creating a lot of fear about “Agile is dead” and all the noise of Scrum Master jobs being taken away. I would call out to all the passionate Scrum Masters that AI will never be able to replace the need of human beings who inspire greatness in others, create safe environments to work and are true Servant Leaders serving their teams and organizations. Strive to be a powerful Servant Leader Scrum Master; truly imbibe the universal values and principles of Agile and Scrum and you will never find yourself out of job. There will always be a need for humans who can bring positive behaviors out in others through their caring attitude and inspire change for the betterment of an organization. We have done successful end-end organic Agile Transformations for multiple clients using two of the most popular scaling frameworks, Scaled Agile (SAFe) and Scrum@Scale. Contact us to learn how we did it for them. Due to huge success with onsite and client training, we started to offer both SAFe training and certifications and will be starting with Scrum Alliance training and certifications soon. In addition, Agilonomics’ own training workshops with certification are also available. Each of these is taught by an expert coach with many 100s of hours of training and hands-on coaching. Check them all out https://agilonomics.com/safe-training-and-certification/

Strategies for Successful Agile Transformation

Strategies for Successful Agile Transformation

Introduction: What is Agile Transformation? Agile Transformation in simple words means creating effectiveness in teamwork through Agile Mindset that impacts behaviors and culture and organizes people into effective teams (as opposed to working groups)  to deliver high value to users and customers.  A wise Agile implementation will have these 3 characteristics: This is in contrast to bitwise, piecemeal or superficial transformations where teams and employees are expected to follow Agile but leadership behavior is unintentionally disruptive to the new ways of working. As a result, the larger unresolved cultural or environmental issues eventually contaminate or pollute the new Agile Teams. As a result people will be happier, healthier and wiser in their day-day work and interactions. Agile transformation is a continuous journey of cultural shift, where individuals, teams, and organizations evolve to become more adaptive, collaborative, and responsive. Why are Agile Transformations important? Enabling teams and individuals to operate at their best potential while delivering high value to the business is a desired goal of any organization. Agile principles in action help teams improve their responsiveness to customer needs, negotiate market shifts better, and expedite the delivery of high-quality products and services.  Wise Agile transformations cultivate safety, trust, and sustained growth among team members, while also promoting continuous improvement, empowerment for iterative processes, and a culture of learning and evolution.  The modern business landscape is complex and dynamic. Organizations must adopt Agile mindset and behaviors to remain competitive, flexible, innovative, and achieve faster time-to-market. Why do many Agile Transformations fail? Successful and effective Agile Transformation involves: As you can see, an effective Agile Transformation involves the whole village – individuals, teams, managers, leaders and executives. Everyone needs to show up and do their part to positively impact the mindsets, behaviors, culture and results! With this approach the Agile Transformation will not only be effective, but also long lasting and reflect in end-end behaviors (bottom-up and top-down). While all of the above is desirable and may seem easy on paper, it is very hard to achieve. The change agent Agile Coaches often lack necessary skills and fail to grapple with the demands of a holistic end-end Agile transformation. This highlights the importance of selecting Agile coaches who are solid in their foundations and exemplify strong purpose and core values. My Agile Journey: From Frustration to Discovery In my journey as the CEO and Co-Founder of Agilonomics, I’ve experienced the transformative power of Agile time and again. My journey started with a sense of frustration at a large enterprise where I found myself leading a group of people focused on waterfall practices. I vividly remember the days when we met as a team, usually once a week but hardly anyone spoke. Our manager would facilitate, share a few artifacts, ask for status updates and that was it. This was a routine mandatory gathering rather than a meaningful team collaboration session. Something was missing. I realized that we are just a working group and not a cohesive ‘team’. This realization made me research better ways of working. I had an open and honest conversation with my boss, where I expressed my concerns about the team lacking engagement and happiness. His initial response was surprising as he thought salary, bonuses and stocks alone made employees happy!? It took me a few sessions of hard but respectful conversations to help him realize that happiness for humans stems from meaningful connections and shared happiness. The result was permission to attend an Agile Developers Conference and bringing in Agile and Scrum to my team as an experiment to see if it helps boost collaboration, engagement, customer value and team happiness. My Experiment with Scrum I failed miserably at the beginning as team members grappled with new processes and practices. Interference from management dictating how to do Scrum was not helping either. I had to coach my boss to step aside and trust me to work with the team in establishing the process. He then partnered with me supporting and championing our team.  Building a Successful Agile Team Through perseverance, commitment and dedication, we transformed into a high-performing Agile team. The team behaviors reflected Agile values and principles. There was camaraderie, bonding, enthusiasm, warmth and collaboration among team members. The focus shifted from creating outputs to customer value. We committed to Sprint goals as “one team”, took accountability for all work and continuously improved our process through feedback and retrospection. Lessons Learned with Insights Organic Agile transformation begins with a focus on people. Engaging leaders, encouraging transparency and leading by example are important ingredients of a successful transformation. Embracing Agile values and principles, patience and striving for continuous improvement are some factors that contribute to successful transformation. Authenticity and purpose are foundational to effective Agile Leadership. Staying true to core values, striving to grow employees and genuinely caring for people can drive meaningful change. Establishing an Agile Practice Group and supporting a culture of continuous improvement are key to sustaining Agile transformation. By promoting human values and prioritizing transparency, accountability, and learning, organizations can navigate change with confidence and resilience. A final note on what kind of coaching is effective for Agile Transformations When selecting Agile Coaches, look out for the ones that standout with strong core values and purpose. An effective Agile Coach will go beyond just fixing processes to serve as a role model, bringing up greatness in individuals and teams. Coaches must remember that true transformations come from within and cannot be imposed from outside. Effective coaching includes leaders to be part of the transformation. No transformation can be complete by excluding leaders and managers who serve the teams undergoing Agile transformation.At Agilonomics, we offer a proven “Agile Transformation Blueprint” refined over two decades, facilitating impactful transformations across various organizations led by renowned servant leader coaches.

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Data Science Mastery: Agile Strategies for High-Performance Teams in Evolving Industries

This is an informative, educational article and is being written in two parts. Part 1, below is an introduction about Data Science Teams, the challenges they face. Part 2, that comes later,  will cover detailed strategies on how to make Data Science project development effective using Agile ways of working Introduction: Exploring the Intersection of Data Science and Agile for Teams In today’s fast-paced, emerging and evolving digital world, data science and engineering teams play a central role in driving innovation and competitive advantage for organizations. However, the complexity of their work, along with with the dynamic nature of the industry, presents unique challenges that traditional project management approaches struggle to address effectively. As an Enterprise Agile Coach working closely with development teams, I often see the challenges data scientists face in managing the complexity of their projects. From dealing with massive datasets to harnessing the power of AI and machine learning, these teams encounter obstacles that demand a fresh perspective and Agile solutions. In this blog, we’ll look into the complexities of data science work and explore how Agile thinking can offer a pathway to success. Drawing from personal experiences and industry insights, we’ll uncover the importance of embracing Agile principles and practices to overcome the challenges inherent in data-driven projects.  Understanding Challenges: Obstacles Faced by Data Science and Engineering Teams Data science and engineering teams encounter various obstacles that can slow their progress and impact the success of their projects. To gain a better understanding of these challenges, let’s explore the historical evolution of data science methodologies and frameworks. Exploring Data Science Methodologies: A Historical Perspective As data science continues to evolve, so do the methodologies and frameworks that guide its practice. One such approach is the circular model, which forms the foundation for various methodologies employed in the industry. Below is a brief text on the evolution of this approach followed by some of the key methodologies that have emerged over time. Simple Circular Approach to Data Science Evolution of the Circular Approach The circular approach, also known as Agile-ish development within the data science realm, has undergone significant evolution to meet the changing demands of the field. Initially, the focus was on creating a flexible and adaptable framework that could accommodate the iterative nature of data science projects. Over time, this approach has matured, leading to the development of structured methodologies that provide clear guidelines for practitioners. Key Methodologies in Data Science Among the methodologies that have emerged, IBM’s CRISP-DM (Cross-Industry Standard Process for Data Mining) stands out as one of the most widely adopted frameworks. CRISP-DM offers a structured approach to data mining projects, with well-defined stages that guide practitioners through the entire process. The CRISP-DM model defines six crucial phases in the data science life cycle, demanding meticulous attention and expertise at each stage. These six stages are: Business Understanding, Data Understanding, Data Preparation, Modeling, Evaluation, and Deployment. There is well-defined logic for jumping between different (back and forth or from one to another) stages of this model. For example, you could go from “Business Understanding” to “Data Understanding” and back a number of times until data clarity is achieved.  CRISP-DM Diagram In addition to CRISP-DM, several other popular methodologies have emerged to guide data science projects. These include the OSEMN (Obtain, Scrub, Explore, Model, Interpret) model, which emphasizes a systematic approach to data analysis.  The KDD (Knowledge Discovery in Databases) process is another widely used framework that focuses on extracting useful knowledge from large datasets.  Additionally, SEMMA (Sample, Explore, Modify, Model, Assess) offers a structured approach to data analysis, while TDSP (Team Data Science Process) emphasizes collaboration and teamwork throughout the project lifecycle.  Furthermore, KDNuggets CRISP-DM, a modified version of the original CRISP-DM model by KDnuggets, and LIFT (Lightweight Iterative Framework for Text Mining) provide specialized approaches tailored to specific data science tasks and domains.  Each of these methodologies brings its own set of principles and practices to the table, catering to the diverse needs of organizations in the field of data science. Looking Ahead As data science continues to evolve, so too will the methodologies and frameworks used to guide its practice. By understanding the evolution of the circular approach and exploring the key methodologies employed in the industry, data science and engineering teams can gain valuable insights into how best to approach their work and overcome the challenges they may face. Common Challenges faced by Data Science Teams We will primarily focus on the CRISP-DM model to help understand the common challenges faced in Data Science projects.  Splitting Work to Provide Incremental Value: Integrating the six phases of the CRISP-DM model into user stories presents a significant challenge for data science teams. How do we fit all phases into a single 2-week Sprint? How do we show and deliver value when the work is split to fit in the Sprint?  Dealing with Massive Datasets: Data science projects often involve working with massive datasets, requiring teams to develop efficient strategies for data collection, storage, and analysis. Managing and processing such large volumes of data can strain people, resources and infrastructure, posing a significant challenge to teams. Harnessing the Power of AI and Machine Learning: With the increasing adoption of AI and machine learning technologies, data science teams must stay abreast of the latest developments and best practices in these areas. Incorporating AI and machine learning into projects requires specialized knowledge and skills, presenting a challenge for teams that may lack expertise in these domains. Ensuring Data Quality and Integrity: Maintaining data quality and integrity is critical in data science projects, as the accuracy of insights and decisions hinges on the reliability of the underlying data. However, ensuring data quality can be challenging, particularly when dealing with diverse data sources and incomplete or inconsistent data. Managing Project Timelines and Deadlines: Data science projects often operate under tight timelines and deadlines, requiring teams to deliver results within specified timeframes. However, the iterative nature of data science work, coupled with the unpredictability of data-related

Is Demand for collocated teams – A Dead Reality?

Is Demand for collocated teams – A Dead Reality? Are collocated teams a relic of the past? Perhaps not entirely. Yet, in my experience as a consultant working with various companies, remote team members have become increasingly common. As businesses expand their global presence, the need for collaboration across multiple sites has intensified. Additionally, consulting firms take advantage of opportunities to serve clients, often deploying consultants across continents for fulfilling roles and skills needed for projects. These dynamics add layers of complexity, sparking debates over which approach (collocation vs. Remote) yields superior ROI. While many leaders lean towards staffing from multiple remote sites for its perceived ease of access to diverse skill sets and cost efficiency, passionate Agile enthusiasts think otherwise. They argue that collocated teams are possible and manageable but demand a broader vision and a deeper understanding of their inherent value. Contrary to common assumptions, collocated teams can yield long-term cost savings, although not much data is available to drive home this point.   Some Interesting Facts about Distributed Teams The word “remote” is so open to interpretation that it is not surprising to see how the definition of “remote teams” has changed over the years as outlined below: One local team and one remote site: Initially, a company might have its main team in one location and a smaller remote team in another. One local team and multiple remote sites: As the company grows, it might establish remote teams in various locations to tap into diverse talent pools. All remote sites in the 2nd time zone: For example, a company based in San Francisco might have all its remote teams located in different cities in India, such as Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai. Multiple remote sites in multiple time zones: As operations expand globally, remote teams might be spread across different countries, each in its own time zone, such as India, Romania, and Argentina. Remote sites from contracting companies: Sometimes, companies partner with external firms to fulfill specific project needs, leading to remote teams with different corporate backgrounds and work practices. However, aligning their ways of working with Agile principles can be challenging.  Example, while Coaching a team for cross functionality, I introduce planning poker for anonymous estimations to have open conversations on every team member’s work. Everyone participates whole heartedly and learns  from one another and eventually begin to swarm and co-own each other’s work. But, a recent team reported that its remote team members were from separate consulting firms and their SOWs did not allow them to share their expertise with members from other consulting firms. This created an impediment to increasing cross functionality. These different setups showcase the diverse ways in which companies adapt to distributed workforces, each presenting its own set of advantages and complexities. Pros and Cons of Collocation and Remote Teams Summarizing the table in words below Collocated teams offer several advantages. Face-to-face communication is easier, fostering better bonding among team members and enabling activities like swarming and pairing. Additionally, managing such teams is often more straightforward, although it may inadvertently encourage a command-and-control management style. However, hiring individuals with all the necessary functional skills for a collocated team can be challenging. On the other hand, remote teams present their own set of challenges and benefits. While face-to-face communication is more challenging, technology can bridge this gap to some extent. Building trust and safety within remote teams can be more difficult, but it’s not impossible with deliberate efforts. Managing remote teams requires more attention to coordination and communication. Interestingly, the remote setup often promotes a more decentralized, empowering leadership style. Hiring diverse talent for remote teams is generally easier, and remote setups can potentially offer cost savings, although the actual return on investment (ROI) varies based on factors like team structure and management approach, safety and trust established among the team members. Watch Out: Unrealistic Expectations Can Lead to Disappointment! It’s surprising how some individuals refuse to be with reality. Take, for instance, a recent conversation I had with a newly appointed Agile Coach at a company undergoing Agile Transformation.  Frustrated, he blamed the leadership’s failure to grasp the significance of collocated teams. He firmly believed that a comparative analysis of funding and ROI between teams with multiple remote members and those comprising solely collocated members would reveal the value and superiority of collocated teams. And he’s not wrong. The seamless workflow, face2face communication, and efficient delivery, among other advantages associated with collocated teams far outweigh the perceived cost savings of hiring remote contractors.  However, what he fails to recognize is the transitional nature of leadership’s understanding. Merely expressing dissatisfaction and complaining won’t get their buy-in. Instead, I advised him to build connections with leaders, demonstrate his value through a few tangible transformations in select teams, find a champion leader to buy into his idea and support him to stand one collocated model team to prove the difference. Convincing leadership demands compassion, intelligence, and above all, patience and servant leadership skills. It’s a journey that requires time and perseverance. Tips for Minimizing Overhead with Remote Teams Here are some key strategies to reduce the challenges associated with remote teams: Maximize Overlapping Hours: Encourage team members to adjust their schedules to ensure there’s significant overlap in working hours. This might mean starting early or working late to accommodate different time zones. Embrace Video Communication: Encourage a culture where team members commit to being on video during meetings and discussions. Seeing each other’s faces adds a personal touch to remote interactions, making them feel more like face-to-face conversations which helps with bonding, swarming and building safety and trust Step Out of Comfort Zones: It’s essential for the Scrum Master to take initiative in facilitating regular meetings with individuals and small groups. These interactions provide opportunities for team members to share updates, address concerns, and build rapport despite the physical distance. Empower Scrum Masters: Allow Scrum Masters to communicate and collaborate with remote member managers to align on new ways of working. This

Success Mantras for Startups: Agile Wisdom in Action

“The startup life is a wild ride; survival demands more than a map—it requires a compass, and that compass is Agile.” In the unpredictable world of startups, where 9 out of 10 face the stormy seas of failure, Agile emerges as a guiding light. From insufficient market understanding to struggles of cash burn, startups wrestle with an array of challenges.  There’s a lot of uncertainty and a wrong step could mean the end. Yet, chances of failure can be minimized; or in fact it can even be an opportunity or stepping stone —  to learn, adapt, and rise stronger. It’s here that Agile mindset and putting it into practice can make a difference. Here is an attempt to unveil the practical application of Agile principles and address some top reasons startups fail.  Top 15 reasons startups fail:  In the relentless journey of startups, failure often looks at you from a close distance. Understanding the terrain of challenges is crucial to move through this uncertain path successfully.  We highlight key reasons that often challenge startups and show how Agile principles can help address each. Although, it is important to know writing is easier than following and executing and a lot of it has to do with culture, environment and management behavior. 1. Lack of Market Demand:  Starting a business involves understanding what your target customers need. This requires a keen understanding of market needs. Agile, with its focus on collaborating with customers and making adjustments through iterations, helps to foresee and fulfill market demands.  Example: Let’s take the example of a hypothetical startup called TechGear Innovations(TGI). TGI is developing a cutting-edge fitness tracker and assumes an initial set of features for its MVP launch. They work closely with potential Customers and users to get feedback, validate their assumptions and identify some holes in their thinking. They go back and modify their requirements. Their MVP, as a result, fares much better than it would otherwise. 2. Go-to-Market Strategy Woes:  Launching your product successfully demands a well-thought-out strategy. Agile’s approach, with its adaptive planning and early delivery, ensures your strategy is not just thorough but also flexible to market shifts. The initial releases and reviews should answer the question, “Are we building the right product?”. Once that is in place, the subsequent releases and reviews should answer the question, “Are we building the product right?” Example: Let’s say TGI’s initial strategy was to focus solely on online sales. Working with an Agile coach, they shifted to adaptive planning. This prompted them to move away from sticking to a fixed, rigid go-to-market strategy. They decided to release the initial version of the product locally before a broader launch. This was a result of  insights gained through the development process and studying the changing landscape through customer collaboration. 3. Poor Product Development:  A flawed product can be a death knell for startups. Agile’s iterative development, collaboration, focus on technical excellence and systems thinking (keeping the big picture in mind approach) ensures continuous improvement. It aligns development with changing requirements and enhances the product as it evolves. Example: Let’s say TGI faced issues with performance when their fitness tracker was released locally. They collaborated with customers, refined technical aspects and ensured the performance improved with iterations and regular firmware deployment ensured customer happiness. Building something great means constant refinement – each iteration is a step towards excellence 4. Bad Business Model:  Agile thrives on adaptability. It encourages constant reassessment and adjustment, providing startups the agility to refine their business models based on real-time feedback and market shifts. Example: TGI’s initial revenue model relied heavily on direct sales. Adaptive mindset encouraged them to experiment with subscription based models and partnerships based on real time feedback. As a result, they were able to positively impact the sales and loyalty for their fitness tracker. 5. Pricing and Cost Issues:  Striking the right balance between pricing and cost (without compromising quality) is important for any company, and more so for startups. Agile’s emphasis on sustainable development and continuous attention to technical excellence can provide startups with ability and insights in making cost-effective decisions without compromising quality. Example: Let’s say TGI was struggling to balance pricing and cost. They worked with a lean approach to identify and eliminate unnecessary waste in their manufacturing process, thereby cutting costs without compromising quality. They also focused on technical excellence and improvised features that truly added value. 6. Not the Right Team:  The success of a startup rests on the shoulders of its team. Agile’s people-centric approach fosters collaboration, transparency, and adaptability, ensuring that the right team dynamics are cultivated for success. Example: TGI’s teams faced communication gaps. There were lapses in accountability and results were impacted. Safety and trust issues came up often. TGI invested in strong Servant Leaders coaching and guiding their teams. The leaders encouraged collaboration and swarming and acknowledged and rewarded people who showed such behaviors. This resulted in transparency, collaboration, and skill development, ensuring the team dynamics were conducive to success. 7. Being Unprepared for Market Changes:  Startups are at the mercy of market fluctuations. Agile, with its responsiveness to change and regular reflection, equips startups to not only weather market changes but also leverage them for growth. Example: TechGear anticipated the volatile nature of the fitness tech market. They utilized Agile principles to remain adaptable, monitored, reviewed and retrospect market trends, and quickly adjusted their product roadmap based on emerging changes.  8. Failure to Learn and Adjust:  Learning from mistakes is a cornerstone of Agile philosophy. It cautions us about the missteps and guides us with adapting and improving. Agile reviews and retrospectives provide a structured way for startups to learn, adjust, and iterate.  TGI instituted regular retrospective rituals where the teams openly discussed failures and successes. This allowed them to learn from mistakes, adapt their strategies, and continuously improve their development and business processes and people behaviors. There is no such thing as failure …. Only Feedback 9. Inability to Raise Capital:  Agile principles encourage delivering value continuously.

Maintaining a balance between predictability and adaptability in Agile methodologies

Exploring the challenge of maintaining a balance between predictability and adaptability in Agile methodologies.

In the Agile world, there’s a constant struggle to find the right mix between sticking to plans and being open to change. This is like walking a tightrope where, on one side, you have the safety of knowing what lies ahead (predictability), and on the other, the thrill of being flexible and responsive (adaptability). Striking this balance is an ongoing challenge for Agile practitioners, and, from my own experience, getting this balance right has been more of a journey, rather than a goal. Predictability brings a sense of security, allowing teams to plan and commit to goals like following a roadmap. But too much focus on predictability can stifle innovation and make it tough to adapt. Adaptability is at the core of Agile. Welcoming change, adapting swiftly, and responding to evolving needs are the behaviors that support this mindset.     However, while, the excitement of adaptability fuels innovation and quick responses, too much adaptability without a solid foundation of predictability can lead to confusion and missed targets. I’ve found that effective communication is the key to maintaining this balance. It involves open discussions about expectations, setting clear goals, and fostering a culture of openness. Creating an environment where predictability and adaptability complement each other, allowing plans to adjust while providing a sense of direction is the way to go! Remember, growing in Agile isn’t just about mastering agile methodologies; it’s about mastering this balance. It’s about becoming a guide through change, knowing when to lean on predictability or adaptability. It’s not about choosing one side but seamlessly integrating both, using predictability and adaptability to drive projects forward in an ever-changing environment. Have you grappled with this balance in your Agile journey? How do you keep it in check in your projects? Please share your thoughts to enlighten others. Do Check Our LinkedIn post.

Navigating the Rough Waters of Agile Offshore Teams: A Coach’s Playbook

Intro: The Uncharted Waters of Agile Transformation Agile is no longer the new kid on the block. Over the past two decades, it’s been around the block, through the maze, and even found its way into traditional, non-tech sectors. But despite its widespread application, one thing that’s rarely talked about is how Agile fits with offshore remote teams. Businesses are heading toward this model in droves, and yet we’re still stuck on Agile playbooks that advocate for co-location. So, let’s cut to the chase: How do we make Agile work in this complex offshore maze?   A Story Worth Telling: The Offshore Abyss Let’s walk through a common war story.  You’re working with a client in the Midwest, running a Scrum team that’s a cocktail of cultures and time zones. You have folks in India, Argentina, and Romania. Right off the bat, your Scrum Master is struggling. The offshore team members are shying away from the camera, creating a virtual barrier that’s hard to break down. These ‘invisible’ members find themselves swimming in their private ponds, disconnected from the team’s collective objectives. The Scrum Master looks like a helpless spectator, attempting to conduct Scrum events but never really achieving the cohesion Agile demands.   The Elephant in the Room: When Time Zones Attack But what about another beast? The time zones. Forget the cultural barriers and organizational eccentricities for a second. The sheer lack of overlapping working hours between Romania and Argentina, and India and US for example, is a challenge of herculean proportions. Your daily standups turn into an uncomfortable juggle between the early mornings and late nights, and you struggle for more team time but know it can’t come without making someone less happy.   More Than Just Cultural Gaps: The Silent Struggles And, then there are cultural nuances. Imagine having a Product Owner who’s a Westerner—outspoken, assertive, and always open for dialogue. Now pair this person with team members from India or Romania, where the culture might promote more subdued, less confrontational communication styles. You have a fertile ground for misunderstanding and missed opportunities.   The Devil’s in the Details: Misaligned Metrics And let’s not forget, your offshore team members aren’t just juggling multiple tasks, they’re juggling multiple performance metrics. They have their managers and KPIs to answer to, which often don’t align with Agile methodologies. It’s not their fault, but it’s a hurdle, nonetheless.   The Way Out: Strategies that Actually Work So, how did we overcome these challenges in our war story? First, I pulled everyone back to the basics—to the ‘Why’ of Agile. With regular training sessions, we rehashed the essence and importance of every Agile ceremony. When team members understand why they are doing what they’re doing, the ‘how’ becomes easier. It adds a layer of respect and purpose to daily stand-ups and retrospectives. For the Scrum Masters in the room, it’s time to embrace the essence of Servant Leadership fully. No longer can they afford to be mere facilitators; they must be leaders who command respect and are capable of guiding their troops through the Agile labyrinth. This starts with equipping them to have tough conversations, even with the vendor managers of their offshore team members. The key is intimacy. I advised Scrum Masters to conduct more targeted one-on-ones with their team members. If you want to break down barriers, start by building bridges. Forging individual relationships can provide team members the safety to voice out their challenges and concerns, be it time zones or vendor metrics.   Avoiding the Pitfalls: Lessons from the Trenches If you’re a leader navigating these waters, remember that Agile doesn’t just ask for co-located teams; it demands small and stable teams. Offshore or not, team members are humans, not resources. Moving them around like chess pieces can severely destabilize your Agile practices. Another pitfall is stretching your Scrum Master too thin. Serving two teams filled with offshore members from multiple time zones is a recipe for burnout and inefficiency. Take this off their plate. Make it an organizational concern.   Conclusion: Doing Agile Right—Anywhere, Everywhere To be clear, there’s nothing inherently wrong with having offshore team members in Agile teams. It’s the lack of aligned practices and the underestimation of the complexities involved that trip us up. We’re writing the rulebook as we go along, but one thing is crystal clear: Agile can be successfully implemented in remote, offshore settings. It takes a village of committed leaders, empowered Scrum Masters, and engaged team members. Guidelines and working agreements must be in place with clear expectations that all parties agree and adhere to. Otherwise, the complexity of it all will weigh too heavy for Agile to start rolling smoothly

Power of Retrospectives

During our recent ‘immersive Agile and Scrum workshop’, I brought up a thought-provoking discussion with the participants. We were exploring the different Scrum events when I asked a question that triggered quite the conversation. I asked, “which Scrum event would you chose if you could only do one?” The responses were quite interesting and underlined the essence of collaborative teamwork. One participant said “Sprint Planning,” highlighting the importance of a well-thought of plan to ensure a smooth sailing Sprint journey. Another stated “Backlog Refinement,” reinforcing the need for a clear roadmap. Then followed “Daily Scrum,” as a collaborative space to tackle all issues and move forward as a team, I was taken aback. Why had no one called out Sprint Retrospectives? Perhaps, this very scenario points to why retrospectives are often under-appreciated? Finally, it was my turn to contribute. With certainty, I declared that if I had only one event to pick, it would be the retrospectives. Why? Because the retrospectives can have a profound effect. In my view, a team should never lose the sight of retrospectives. Even if retrospectives is the only ceremony a team does but does it well, it has the power to create a ripple effect of positive change. Maybe the team may want to start some planning and work to make it effective over time. And, in doing so, they will figure out the value of regular backlog refinement in making Sprint Planning better and so on …. Do you see where I am going with this? Remember: “Agility is enabled by continuous improvement. The key to continuous improvement lies in retrospection. And, at the heart of retrospection lies individuals and interactions.” Retrospectives guide us like a compass towards excellence, fostering collaboration, and nurturing a culture of perpetual enhancement.

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Jeff Cheeney

Trainer and Coach, Soaring Connections

 

Jeff Cheney is a dedicated trainer and coach at Soaring Connections, focusing on multiple aspects of Business Agility. His training and coaching are grounded in computer science degrees from Baylor University and the University of Southern California, three decades of experience in the efficient and effective delivery of software and hardware products, and a passion for the human element of business. Jeff has led agile transformations at NetApp, Western Union, and Cisco Systems, and has trained hundreds of students worldwide.

Jeff holds numerous SAFe certifications, including SAFe Practice Consultant, SAFe Release Train Engineer, SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager, and certifications in SAFe DevOps and SAFe Lean Portfolio Management. Additionally, he is trained in Lean Startup, Kanban, and holds a Green Belt in Lean. These qualifications enable him to bring a breadth of experience to his training, sharing insights on both successful and misapplied techniques.

His teaching style is hands-on and interactive, emphasizing active engagement and participation. Jeff encourages students to connect course content with their real-world experiences, fostering a deeper understanding. By sharing stories of his professional journey and experiences, he ensures students gain practical knowledge they can apply in real-world situations and on certification exams. Jeff’s approach prioritizes not just certification but the wisdom that comes from practicing the techniques and theories discussed in class, preparing students to excel in their roles.

Zach Bonaker

Benevolent Trouble-maker

Zach Bonaker is a “benevolent trouble-maker” based in San Diego, California, USA and has more than 10 years of experience assisting organizations with achieving their goals through improved working conditions and team-centric systems of work. With experience guiding Fortune 500 companies to multi-million dollar startups, Zach draws upon agile principles, relationships, and systems thinking to redesign structures into safe, collaborative environments. Zach is an international conference speaker, frequent podcast guest, and contributor to the global agile community. When he isn’t thinking about next-generation agile ideas, Zach can be found enjoying the sunny California weather and connecting with people all over the world.

team

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Duration: 1 day workshop
Cost: $475/person

TEAM WORKSHOP

On request this could also be split over 2 days

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Who makes an Agile Team?
    1. Scrum Team vs. Developers
    2. Working group vs. “Team”
    3. Understanding team development stages
  2. A day in the life of the developers (“The Team”)
  3. A Sprint in the life of the developers (“The Team”)
  4. Development Team Role and Responsibilities
    1. Developers working with the Scrum Master
    2. Developers working with the Product Owners
    3. Developers working with the Stakeholders
    4. Development team interactions and behaviors
  5. Agile basics – review
    1. Agile Values and Principles
  6. Scrum framework overview – review
    1. Scrum Values
    2. Scrum ceremonies – review
      1. Developers participation in Scrum events
  7. Understanding technical practices 
    1. TDD
    2. Pair Programming
    3. Whole Product Focus
    4. CI/CD
  8. Open topics
    1. Challenges faced in day to day work
      1. Brainstorm solutions 
  9. What makes a great Development Team member? 
  10. How to grow as a Developer?
    1. Cross functionality
  11. Next steps
agile-refresher

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Duration: 1 day workshop
Cost: $495/person

AGILE REFRESHER

On request this could also be split over 2 days

Learning Outcomes:

    1. Agile 
      1. Agile Origins
      2. Agile Mindset
      3. Agile Methodologies
      4. Agile Core Concepts
      5. Agile Manifesto
      6. When is Agile Effective?
      7. Iterative and Incremental
    1. Scrum 
      1. Scrum Values
      2. Scrum Overview
      3. Empiricism in Scrum – the 3 pillars 
      4. Scrum Framework
      5. Scrum Team
      6. Roles and Responsibilities
      7. Scrum Events
    1. Scrum Artifacts
      1. Product Backlog
      2. User stories – writing good stories
      3. Sprint Backlog
      4. Product Increment
  1. Open Topics
    1. What makes Agile and Scrum effective?
    2. Anti Patterns to look out for?
    3. Scrum vs. Kanban
  

AM/PM
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST OR 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PSTDuration: 3 hour workshop
Cost: $295/person

PROJECT RETROSPECTIVES

Learning Outcomes:

This is a facilitated session where participants are guided to participate in exploring what is going well, what can be further improved and ownership. The session includes a creative visual exercise which includes:

  1. Understanding why retrospectives are important?
  2. Interaction, engagement and ice breakers
  3. Identify what is going well
  4. Identify top impediments
  5. Improvement items and ownership

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Duration: 1 day workshop
Cost: $495/person

KANBAN

On request this could also be split over 2 days

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Lean Principles
    1. Kanban and JIT Manufacturing
    2. Set Capacities in Kanban
    3. Batches Sizes in Kanban
    4. Software
    5. Main Properties of Kanban
  3. Start Enterprise Lean
    1. Value Stream Map
    2. Create a Value Stream Map
    3. Kanban and Pull System
    4. Demand on The Team
    5. Determining Capacity
  4. Putting up a Kanban Board
    1. Visualize the Product Flow
    2. How to Manage Queue Sizes
    3. Limit Work In Progress (WIP)
    4. Cumulative Flow Diagram for Measuring
  5. Set up the Board
    1. Three Classes of Service
    2. Feature Cards
    3. High Level Estimates
  6. Work off the Board
    1. Pitfalls of Kanban
  7. Closing
user-story-map-workshop

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am PST
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PST

Duration: 1 day workshop
Cost: $395/person

USER STORY MAP WORKSHOP

On request this could also be split over 2 days

Learning Outcomes:

This is a comprehensive User Story Map training to immediately get you started with creating your own maps for all your projects. The training includes

    1. A 60 minute part-I (step 1) workshop to understand why it is important to write requirements using story maps approach
      1. Includes real life example 
    2. A 60 minute part-2 (step 2) hands on, step-by-step exercise to help participants understand how to create maps 
      1. Every step is followed by a learning outcome
    3. Open Q&A and the next steps
customize-training

Time: Varies per the request

Duration: 1-2 day workshop
Cost: $495/person
(Up to 8 hours)

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING

On request this could also be split over 2 days

Learning Outcomes:

You name the training and create learning objectives and we will come and deliver it and help meet your outcomes

SERVANT LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

$1075/person

Time: 09:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
01:00 pm – 05:00 pm PST

Duration: 2 day workshop

Learning Outcomes:

SERVANT LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

Mask group

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST 

Duration: 2-day workshop
Cost: $1075/person

Learning Outcomes

    • Introduction to Servant Leadership
      • What is Servant Leadership?
      • Impact of Servant Leadership
      • Servant Leadership Challenges
    • Traits of successful Servant Leaders
      • Responsibility
      • Passion
      • Selflessness 
    • Journey towards Servant Leadership
      • Understanding Life
      • Understanding Humanity
      • Understanding Leadership

 

    • Introduction to science based mental fitness tools to daily life
      • Power of Breath work
      • Breathing practices
      • Group practice
    • Servant Leadership impact on Agile teams
      • Review of Team Progression Model
      • Review of Agile Values and Principles
      • Review of Scrum Values
      • Wisdom Nuggets
  • Review of Breathwork
  • Take Home Instructions
  • Next Steps

Rakesh Sadhwani

Business Strategy Advisor

Rakesh Sadhwani is an entrepreneur, businessman, and technical leader who possesses a wealth of industry experience and know-how.  He currently serves as the CEO of an award winning, Bay Area technical staffing and solutions firm, Vertisystem. Rakesh’s expertise includes on-shoring and off-shoring, staff augmentation, business strategy, business development and creating valued partnerships.

What sets Rakesh apart as a leader is his dedication to the relationship first, his genuine commitment to the community, enabling his staff’, and a commitment to doing what is right.  Rakesh is a true partner who sincerely listens and endeavors to deliver value above and beyond your expectations. Rakesh lives with his wife and two daughters in Fremont, California.

Amitabh Sinha

Execution Strategy Advisor, CTC, ICF-PCC, SPC

Amitabh (Amit) Sinha: Your Catalyst for Agile Transformation

Amitabh (Amit) Sinha isn’t just your typical advisor. He’s the  strategic force behind unlocking the full potential of individuals, teams, and organizations. As an entrepreneur, visionary, mentor, trainer, and coach, Amit is a true servant leader, driven by a passion for Agile and its profound impact on people and principles.

Championing People for Success

Amit doesn’t just manage teams; he elevates them. His leadership is rooted in Agile, Scrum, Kanban, and an innate understanding of what motivates individuals. He’s a people champion, dedicated to nurturing the best in teams, helping them discover their path to both effectiveness and happiness.

Transforming Success Stories

Amit’s track record speaks for itself. He’s spearheaded transformative journeys for countless teams, departments, and organizations. His approach has seen teams evolve into high-performing, ecstatic units. Exuberance isn’t just a word – it’s a common descriptor for teams under Amit’s guidance.

Mastering the Agile Mindset

Amit’s influence doesn’t stop at team levels. He empowers Scrum Masters, Product Owners, leaders, and executives to embrace the Agile mindset fully. Through his guidance, they learn the art of crafting effective products that genuinely delight customers.

Sharing Wisdom with the World

Amit’s contributions extend beyond organizational boundaries. He’s a sought-after speaker at prestigious forums and meetups, including the Agile Alliance conferences in Nashville (AA 2022) and Denver’s Global Scrum Gathering (GSG 2022). At these events, he has captivated audiences with his insights and vision for Agile transformation.

Leadership Coach of Choice

Amit holds the International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential, making him the leadership coach of choice for several senior executives and C-suite professionals. His guidance doesn’t just create success; it fosters excellence.

Amit’s Universe

In the heart of Silicon Valley, Amit resides with his wife and three sons, thriving in an environment that thrives on innovation and possibility.

Amit’s not just a name; it’s a catalyst for Agile transformation. Embrace the change. Engage, partner, and collaborate with the person who can redefine success for you. Amitabh Sinha – your guide to Agile excellence.

Jeff Patton

Chief Troublemaker

Jeff Patton helps companies adopt a way of working that’s focused on building great products, not just building stuff faster. Jeff blends a mixture of Agile thinking, Lean and Lean Startup Thinking, and UX Design and Design Thinking to end up with a holistic product-centric way of working. Jeff is author of the bestselling O’Reilly book User Story Mapping which describes a simple holistic approach to using stories in Agile development without losing sight of the big picture.

Jeff’s a Certified Scrum Trainer, and winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award for contributions to Agile Development. You can learn more about Jeff, and find essays and past writing from his columns with StickyMinds.com, Better Software Magazine, and IEEE Software on his website: jpattonassociates.com. 

Michael de la Maza

PhD, MIT, CEC, Co founder Demingway.com

Michael de la Maza is the founder of Heart Healthy Scrum and a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC). Previously, he was VP of Corporate Strategy at Softricity (acquired by Microsoft in 2006) and co-founder of Inquira (acquired by Oracle in 2011). He is the co-editor of Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners and co-author of Professional Scrum with TFS 2010 and Why Agile Works: The Values Behind The Results. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.

Alireza Boloorchi

PhD in Computer Science

Alireza Boloorchi is passionate about efficiency for the whole. He believes leadership is about the courage in sacrificing localized efficiency for a greater goal. For the last 12 years, he has been helping several large and small organizations to adopt/adapt more efficient process using Agile/Lean values and principles.

He received his PhD in Computer Science and is Certified Scrum Professional by Scrum Alliance. His experience is rooted in software engineering followed up in roles such as Scrum Master, Agile coach, ENT Agile coach, and leadership in Agile organizations.

He has worked/consulted in several industries such as Finance, Game, Semiconductor, manufacturing , etc. Academia has been an important part of his professional life, and He is researching and teaching Agile in the academia as an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma State University. And serves as reviewer for several journals such as Journal of Super Computing, Network Systems, and Information Science.

Kate Gonzales

Principal, Agile Coach

 

Kate Brown Gonzales is a distinguished Agile Coach known for her expertise in guiding organizations through transformation and enhancing team performance by applying Agile and Lean approaches. Kate has become a sought-after consultant, speaker, and mentor in the Agile community.

She has worked with a diverse range of organizations, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, helping them adopt Agile frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban, and SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework). She is certified in SPC 6.0 (SAFe Program Consultant), and her training sessions are known for their practical insights and engaging delivery, making complex concepts accessible and actionable.

Elena Vassilieva

Innovation Leader Coach & Agile Transformation Adviser

Elena Vassilieva is an executive leadership coach who uses virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate sustainable and immersive feedback for conscious leadership development. Elena integrates principles of Conversational and Emotional IQ and Systemic Team coaching with an Agile/Lean empirical approach to create a personalized holistic coaching
experience. Drawing on her years of training, mentoring, and coaching executives and teams in Agile transformation, she now serves as a trusted advisor for thought leaders who engage in digital transformation.
Elena is an experienced people development leader known for her ability to creatively align business strategy to people’s practices while keeping a passionate focus on workplace culture and values.
Elena is an ICF Certified Coach, ORSC, and AoEC Certified Systemic Team Coach, Certified Visionary Leadership Coach.
As the Scrum Alliance Certified Coach and Certified Agile Leadership Educator, Elena is teaching, training, and coaching teams and individuals to become great Agile professionals and Agile leaders. She brings together diverse and passionate voices dedicated to developing thriving workplace cultures, creating joy and value with the Agile approach, and embracing the agile mindset in work and life environments.
Elena works with leaders and teams around the globe, helping them engage in digital transformation and mapping out powerful organizational shifts to create a sustainable culture focused on learning and innovation. She helps executives in global companies find alignment around cultural and social diversity and aligns around shared purpose, shared values, and business goals.
Elena blends her diverse experiences as a trusted advisor, professional consultant, coach, researcher, and VR documentary producer.

Patrick Foster

Agile Coach


Patrick Foster

I’m a leader who serves as an Agile Coach in organizations.

I help senior leadership plan long-term strategic decisions while embracing the Agile mindset.

I also work with teams to help them become self organizing on their journey of providing value to the customers.

I see my clients as creative, resourceful, and whole and I’m here to walk alongside them to achieve business outcomes.

Eric Rapin

Agile Coach and Trainer

Eric Rapin is the founder and CEO of Lucid Agile, Inc. and a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer®, leading efforts to adopt and improve organizations use of Scrum and other Agile methods. He has been working in software product development in various roles for over 30 years. Beginning his career as a software engineer and moving through various product development roles from dev to test to release and performance, Eric has covered the gamut in the software world, half of that time in various management roles. Eric discovered that many things he had started doing were articulated best by the Agile world and found a natural home there. Eric has worked at many leading companies such as Nortel, Apple, Sun Microsystems, Openwave, Adobe, Tableau, and Salesforce.Eric focuses most specifically on Retrospective Facilitation and has been active in the Retrospective Facilitator’s Gathering community for over 10 years.

Scrum Trainer: Eric Rapin
RECOMMENDED BY FORTUNE 100 CUSTOMERS. Taught by a Silicon Valley Technology Executive. Perfect 5-Star Google Rating by Students – “Eric is very knowledgeable in Agile methodology and is a great story teller. He kept the class captivated!”

Virtual CSM (VCSM)- FAQ

Agenda
The Certified Scrum Master Workshop® is divided into 4 Sprints and covers the following topics:

Sprint 1
  • Introduce the Scrum
  • Structure of the Workshop Agile Values and Observable Behaviors
  • Agile Principles and Identifying
  • Challenges Applying Them
Sprint 2
  • Scrum in the Real World
  • Scrum Definition and Values
  • Scrum Roles and Defining Responsibilities
Sprint 3
  • Scrum Artifacts and Events and Designing
  • Effective Ones
  • Introduce the Simulation
Sprint 4
  • Simulation to practice Scrum
  • History of Scrum
Other topics often get covered such as:
  • Estimation and Planning
  • User Stories
  • Definition of Ready
  • Leadership Style Antipatterns of Agile and Scrum Adoption
  • …and topics that emerge during the workshop.
Course
Learn Scrum by using Scrum. This two-day interactive workshop is run using Scrum and you also get to experience Scrum through a fun simulation.

Become a Certified Scrum Master® by attending this well-crafted and engaging workshop taught by a seasoned trainer. This course isn’t just for Scrum Masters and benefits anyone in your organization who needs a solid foundation in Scrum and Agile. It’s also a great refresher if you’ve been practicing Scrum for a while and want to come up-to-date on any improvements to Scrum.

Using the latest tools, the workshop is designed to keep you engaged and provide a high-quality, remote learning experience.

The workshop incorporates Agile and Scrum values, principles, and practices throughout to reinforce the learning. Using real-world examples plus theory, you will receive a thorough grounding in how Scrum works and practical applications to take back to work.

Upon course completion you gain a two-year Scrum Alliance Membership and become eligible for the Certified Scrum Master® exam, required to complete the Scrum Alliance certification process.

To ensure the best possible learning experience, workshop enrollment is limited to 25 students only.
Who should attend
This Certified Scrum Master® Workshop helps everyone in your organization who wants to understand how Scrum and Agile can transform the way you work.

This includes:
  • Leaders at all levels, from C-Suite to 1st line Management
  • Engineers, Analysts, Testers, Design, & Ops
  • Program & Project Managers
  • Marketing, HR, Legal, Support, or any function in your business solving hard problems
  • You?
About the Trainer - Eric Rapin

Eric Rapin, Certified Scrum Trainer® has taught thousands in a wide variety of industries including software product development, where he spent the majority of his career, but also to organizations in banking, finance, insurance, pharma/biotech, hardware storage, non-profits, IT infrastructure teams and many others. Eric has received positive feedback for how he facilitates his remote training, improved from 100+ remote training workshops over 2000+ hours. Eric has played a variety of roles including 15 years in management positions. His experience includes many Fortune 100 companies such as Adobe, Apple, Sun Microsystems with years of managing global software development teams around the world.

Zoom Requirements, Etiquette and Miscellaneous Information

Live-Online Requirements
To participate in the online course, you’ll need the following:

  • A quiet, comfortable place to be for the duration of the class
    • Choose an area without distractions
    • Be mindful of managing potential interruptions (e.g. children, pets, etc).
  • Computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet)
  • Camera and microphone (we’ll have virtual breakout rooms)
  • Headset to filter out room noise
  • Internet connectivity
  • Ability to download the workbook

Attendance
We ask that you participate like you would if you were in class.

  • Punctual arrival
  • Full attention and participation (video is required)
  • Committed to full, 100% attendance and participation during class time
  • Attendees must participate in both two days of class.
    Instructors are unable to certify students who miss more than one hour of class. If you anticipate that you may miss more than one hour, please contact your instructor in advance to discuss your situation and determine if rescheduling the class is the best option.

Engagement

  • Breaks – The course will include frequent breaks to allow time away from the screen, time to stretch your legs, and check on friends/family.
  • Video Required – You’ll be working with others in video breakout rooms. It’s a unique way to engage with your classmates and dive deeper into discussions.
  • Tools – Our coaches have incorporated easy-to-use websites and online collaboration tools to support their lessons.

PDU and SEU Credits
This course provides 16 SEUs of the 70 needed for the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certification. This course also earns 16 PMI PDUs and 16 needed for the PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification and PMP certification.


Frequently asked Questions

  • Where can I contact the organizer with any questions about the course?
    Please email all questions by contacting Support here
  • Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
    Yes. Attendees are allowed one transfer, but it must be to the same class type and can only be transferred for the next upcoming class.
  • Do you offer group discounts?
    Yes! We are happy to accommodate large groups and encourage full teams to sign up. Contact us information@agilonomics.com for more information on discount pricing.

Scrum Trainer: Eric Rapin
RECOMMENDED BY FORTUNE 100 CUSTOMERS. Taught by a Silicon Valley Technology Executive. Perfect 5-Star Google Rating by Students – “Eric is very knowledgeable in Agile methodology and is a great story teller. He kept the class captivated!”

Virtual CSPO (VCSPO) - FAQ

Agenda
The Certified Scrum Product Owner Workshop® is divided into 4 Sprints and covers the following topics:

Sprint 1
  • The Product Owner Role
  • Product Vision
Sprint 2
  • Testing Your Vision
  • Bias and Decision Making
Sprint 3
  • Validated Learning
  • Customer Development/Lean Startup
  • Designing Experiments
Sprint 4
  • Roadmapping using Innovation Games
  • User Stories and Customer empathy
  • User Story Mapping
Other topics often get covered such as:
  • Brief review of Scrum and recent changes
  • Estimation and Planning
  • Definition of Ready/Definition of Done
  • Leadership Style
  • Antipatterns of Agile and Scrum Adoption
  • …and topics that emerge during the workshop.
Course
Learn Scrum by using Scrum. This two-day interactive workshop is run using Scrum. This certification masters the product view of Agile. Create a product vision, build a roadmap, discover your biases, test your assumptions, validate your choices, and deliver exceptional results for your customers

Become a Certified Scrum Product Owner® by attending this well-crafted and engaging workshop taught by a seasoned trainer. This course isn’t just for Product Owners and benefits anyone in your organization who regularly works with a Product Owner, helps refine the Product Backlog, or is generally involved with helping define what the right thing for their customer needs to be.

Using the latest tools, the workshop is designed to keep you engaged and provide a high-quality, remote learning experience.

The workshop incorporates Agile and Scrum values, principles, and practices throughout to reinforce the learning. Using real-world examples plus theory, you will leave with practical tools to help you improve your Product Ownership game.

Upon course completion you gain a two-year Scrum Alliance Membership and become a Certified Scrum Product Owner®.

To ensure the best possible learning experience, workshop enrollment is limited to 25 students only.
Who should attend

This Certified Scrum Product Owner® Workshop by the Scrum Alliance is beneficial for product leaders, strategists, designers, business analysts, and team leads who work on creating product strategy, create requirements, or are responsible for helping prioritize a team’s (teams?) work.  Whether products are targeted for consumers, businesses, internal users, this course will enable more effective product practices.

 

This includes:

  • Product Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Design and User Experience
  • Marketing
  • Executives and Management
  • Technology Leadership
  • Architecture
  • Program and Project Management
  • You?
About the Trainer - Eric Rapin

Eric Rapin, Certified Scrum Trainer® has taught thousands in a wide variety of industries including software product development, where he spent the majority of his career, but also to organizations in banking, finance, insurance, pharma/biotech, hardware storage, non-profits, IT infrastructure teams and many others. Eric has received positive feedback for how he facilitates his remote training, improved from 100+ remote training workshops over 2000+ hours. Eric has played a variety of roles including 15 years in management positions. His experience includes many Fortune 100 companies such as Adobe, Apple, Sun Microsystems with years of managing global software development teams around the world.

Zoom Requirements, Etiquette and Miscellaneous Information

Live-Online Requirements
To participate in the online course, you’ll need the following:

  • A quiet, comfortable place to be for the duration of the class
    • Choose an area without distractions
    • Be mindful of managing potential interruptions (e.g. children, pets, etc).
  • Computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet)
  • Camera and microphone (we’ll have virtual breakout rooms)
  • Headset to filter out room noise
  • Internet connectivity
  • Ability to download the workbook

Attendance
We ask that you participate like you would if you were in class.

  • Punctual arrival
  • Full attention and participation (video is required)
  • Committed to full, 100% attendance and participation during class time
  • Attendees must participate in both two days of class.
    Instructors are unable to certify students who miss more than one hour of class. If you anticipate that you may miss more than one hour, please contact your instructor in advance to discuss your situation and determine if rescheduling the class is the best option.

Engagement

  • Breaks – The course will include frequent breaks to allow time away from the screen, time to stretch your legs, and check on friends/family.
  • Video Required – You’ll be working with others in video breakout rooms. It’s a unique way to engage with your classmates and dive deeper into discussions.
  • Tools – Our coaches have incorporated easy-to-use websites and online collaboration tools to support their lessons.

PDU and SEU Credits
This course provides 16 SEUs of the 70 needed for the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certification. This course also earns 16 PMI PDUs and 16 needed for the PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification and PMP certification.

Frequently asked Questions

  • Where can I contact the organizer with any questions about the course?
    Please email all questions by contacting Support here
  • Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
    Yes. Attendees are allowed one transfer, but it must be to the same class type and can only be transferred for the next upcoming class.
  • Do you offer group discounts?
    Yes! We are happy to accommodate large groups and encourage full teams to sign up. Contact us information@agilonomics.com for more information on discount pricing.
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Scrum Trainer: Amitabh Sinha
November 15-16, 2023
2PM – 4PM PST

"Scrum Mastery" Webinar - FAQ

Agenda

Welcome & Introduction

  • Icebreaker activity
  • Setting expectations & objectives

Understanding the Scrum Master Role

  • Experience a day and sprint in a Scrum Master’s life
  • Explore responsibilities and key stakeholder interactions

Foundations of Scrum

  • Dive into Agile values and principles
  • Understand the Scrum framework, ceremonies, and effective facilitation

Elevating Your Scrum Skills

  • Learn about team development stages
  • Discover online and in-person engagement tools
  • Introduction to DevOps within Agile

Metrics for Success

  • Select and understand key team metrics
  • Techniques to measure and ensure team happiness

Open Forum

  • Discuss common challenges and brainstorm solutions

Becoming an Exceptional Scrum Master

  • Discover the difference between average and great Scrum Masters
  • Dive into the ABCs of Conscious Leadership

Path Forward

  • Plan your growth journey as a Scrum Master
  • Emphasis on continued learning and intermediate workshops

Wrap-Up & Feedback

  • Reflect on insights from the session
  • Discuss actionable takeaways and plan next steps
Learning Objectives
  • Recall the fundamental principles of Agile and Scrum.
  • Describe the key responsibilities and stakeholder interactions of a Scrum Master.
  • Distinguish between the characteristics of average and exceptional Scrum Masters.
  • Apply strategies to handle day-to-day challenges in Scrum Master roles.
  • Analyze team metrics to measure and ensure team happiness and productivity.
  • Demonstrate effective facilitation of Scrum ceremonies.
  • Evaluate the utility of online and in-person engagement tools in fostering team collaboration.
  • Integrate the principles of Conscious Leadership (Awareness, Belongingness, Charisma) in daily leadership activities.
  • Formulate a roadmap for continuous growth and learning in the Scrum Master journey.
Who should attend
  • Aspiring Scrum Masters: Individuals looking to transition into the role and understand its depth and breadth.
  • Current Scrum Masters: Professionals seeking to elevate their skills, knowledge, and effectiveness in their current role.
  • Agile Team Members: Developers, product owners, and other roles within Agile teams who wish to understand the Scrum Master’s function better.
  • Project Managers: Traditional project managers considering a move to Agile frameworks or wanting to synergize with Scrum teams.
  • Organizational Leaders: Decision-makers aiming to champion Agile transformations within their organizations.
  • HR & Talent Development Professionals: Those tasked with training and upskilling Scrum teams or understanding what makes an effective Scrum Master.
  • Agile Coaches & Consultants: Professionals guiding organizations in Agile transitions who want a refreshed perspective on the Scrum Master’s evolving role.
  • Stakeholders: Any individual regularly interacting with Scrum teams and wanting to better align their communications and expectations.
About the Trainer - Amitabh Sinha

Amitabh (Amit) Sinha: Mastering the Art of Agile Leadership


In the dynamic realm of Agile transformation, few shine as brightly as Amitabh (Amit) Sinha. With years of hands-on experience, Amit isn’t just a Scrum Master Coach and Trainer; he’s a beacon for teams striving for excellence. His distinctive approach seamlessly blends theory with actionable insights, making even the most intricate Scrum principles accessible to all.


From startups grappling with rapid growth to established enterprises aiming for greater agility, Amit’s guidance has consistently proven invaluable. As a mentor, he’s elevated the capabilities of countless Scrum Masters, fostering an environment of continuous learning and improvement. His webinars aren’t just sessions; they’re immersive experiences that leave attendees empowered, enlightened, and eager to enact change.


Join Amitabh (Amit) Sinha and embark on a transformative journey. Whether you’re new to Scrum or looking to deepen your knowledge, under his tutelage, you’ll discover not just the how, but the why of effective Agile practices. Dive deep into the world of Scrum, demystify its intricacies, and emerge as a more potent, proactive professional.

Zoom Requirements, Etiquette and Miscellaneous Information

Live-Online Requirements
To participate in the online course, you’ll need the following:

  • A quiet, comfortable place to be for the duration of the class
    • Choose an area without distractions
    • Be mindful of managing potential interruptions (e.g. children, pets, etc).
  • Computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet)
  • Camera and microphone (we’ll have virtual breakout rooms)
  • Headset to filter out room noise
  • Internet connectivity
  • Ability to download the workbook

Attendance
We ask that you participate like you would if you were in class.

  • Punctual arrival
  • Full attention and participation (video is required)
  • Committed to full, 100% attendance and participation during class time
  • Attendees must participate in both two days of class.

 

Video Required – You’ll be working with others in video breakout rooms. It’s a unique way to engage with your classmates and dive deeper into discussions.

 

Tools – Our coaches have incorporated easy-to-use websites and online collaboration tools to support their lessons.

Scrum Trainer: Amitabh Sinha
December 13-14, 2023
2PM – 4PM PST

"Scrum Mastery" Webinar - FAQ

Agenda

Welcome & Introduction

  • Icebreaker activity
  • Setting expectations & objectives

Understanding the Scrum Master Role

  • Experience a day and sprint in a Scrum Master’s life
  • Explore responsibilities and key stakeholder interactions

Foundations of Scrum

  • Dive into Agile values and principles
  • Understand the Scrum framework, ceremonies, and effective facilitation

Elevating Your Scrum Skills

  • Learn about team development stages
  • Discover online and in-person engagement tools
  • Introduction to DevOps within Agile

Metrics for Success

  • Select and understand key team metrics
  • Techniques to measure and ensure team happiness

Open Forum

  • Discuss common challenges and brainstorm solutions

Becoming an Exceptional Scrum Master

  • Discover the difference between average and great Scrum Masters
  • Dive into the ABCs of Conscious Leadership

Path Forward

  • Plan your growth journey as a Scrum Master
  • Emphasis on continued learning and intermediate workshops

Wrap-Up & Feedback

  • Reflect on insights from the session
  • Discuss actionable takeaways and plan next steps
Learning Objectives
  • Recall the fundamental principles of Agile and Scrum.
  • Describe the key responsibilities and stakeholder interactions of a Scrum Master.
  • Distinguish between the characteristics of average and exceptional Scrum Masters.
  • Apply strategies to handle day-to-day challenges in Scrum Master roles.
  • Analyze team metrics to measure and ensure team happiness and productivity.
  • Demonstrate effective facilitation of Scrum ceremonies.
  • Evaluate the utility of online and in-person engagement tools in fostering team collaboration.
  • Integrate the principles of Conscious Leadership (Awareness, Belongingness, Charisma) in daily leadership activities.
  • Formulate a roadmap for continuous growth and learning in the Scrum Master journey.
Who should attend
  • Aspiring Scrum Masters: Individuals looking to transition into the role and understand its depth and breadth.
  • Current Scrum Masters: Professionals seeking to elevate their skills, knowledge, and effectiveness in their current role.
  • Agile Team Members: Developers, product owners, and other roles within Agile teams who wish to understand the Scrum Master’s function better.
  • Project Managers: Traditional project managers considering a move to Agile frameworks or wanting to synergize with Scrum teams.
  • Organizational Leaders: Decision-makers aiming to champion Agile transformations within their organizations.
  • HR & Talent Development Professionals: Those tasked with training and upskilling Scrum teams or understanding what makes an effective Scrum Master.
  • Agile Coaches & Consultants: Professionals guiding organizations in Agile transitions who want a refreshed perspective on the Scrum Master’s evolving role.
  • Stakeholders: Any individual regularly interacting with Scrum teams and wanting to better align their communications and expectations.
About the Trainer - Amitabh Sinha

Amitabh (Amit) Sinha: Mastering the Art of Agile Leadership


In the dynamic realm of Agile transformation, few shine as brightly as Amitabh (Amit) Sinha. With years of hands-on experience, Amit isn’t just a Scrum Master Coach and Trainer; he’s a beacon for teams striving for excellence. His distinctive approach seamlessly blends theory with actionable insights, making even the most intricate Scrum principles accessible to all.


From startups grappling with rapid growth to established enterprises aiming for greater agility, Amit’s guidance has consistently proven invaluable. As a mentor, he’s elevated the capabilities of countless Scrum Masters, fostering an environment of continuous learning and improvement. His webinars aren’t just sessions; they’re immersive experiences that leave attendees empowered, enlightened, and eager to enact change.


Join Amitabh (Amit) Sinha and embark on a transformative journey. Whether you’re new to Scrum or looking to deepen your knowledge, under his tutelage, you’ll discover not just the how, but the why of effective Agile practices. Dive deep into the world of Scrum, demystify its intricacies, and emerge as a more potent, proactive professional.

Zoom Requirements, Etiquette and Miscellaneous Information

Live-Online Requirements
To participate in the online course, you’ll need the following:

  • A quiet, comfortable place to be for the duration of the class
    • Choose an area without distractions
    • Be mindful of managing potential interruptions (e.g. children, pets, etc).
  • Computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet)
  • Camera and microphone (we’ll have virtual breakout rooms)
  • Headset to filter out room noise
  • Internet connectivity
  • Ability to download the workbook

Attendance
We ask that you participate like you would if you were in class.

  • Punctual arrival
  • Full attention and participation (video is required)
  • Committed to full, 100% attendance and participation during class time
  • Attendees must participate in both two days of class.

 

Video Required – You’ll be working with others in video breakout rooms. It’s a unique way to engage with your classmates and dive deeper into discussions.

 

Tools – Our coaches have incorporated easy-to-use websites and online collaboration tools to support their lessons.

Scrum Trainer: Amitabh Sinha
December 6 – 7, 2023
2PM – 4PM PST

"Product Ownership" Webinar - FAQ

Agenda

Introduction & Welcome

  • Unveiling the journey: How Amit embarked on the Agile path.
  • The role of the Product Owner: Not just a title, but a commitment to excellence.

Unpacking the Ideal Product Owner

  • Traits and qualities that differentiate good from great.

Deep Dive: Roles & Responsibilities

  • A comprehensive look at the multifaceted duties of a Product Owner.

A Glimpse into the Life of a Product Owner

  • Daily routines, sprint activities, and the challenges they face.

Essential Skills Mastery

  • Key skills every Product Owner needs and how to cultivate them.

Must-Have Tools & Frameworks

  • From story mapping to backlog management: The tools that drive success.

Case Studies: Lessons from the Field

  • Real-world examples of Product Owner success stories.

Interactive Exercises

  • Hands-on activities to embed learning and drive home key concepts.

Q&A Session

  • Your chance to ask Amit about his experiences, challenges, and best practices.
Learning Objectives
  • Define the core roles and responsibilities of a Product Owner within an Agile team.
  • Describe the essential traits that distinguish an effective Product Owner.
  • Apply prioritization techniques to effectively organize a product backlog.
  • Analyze real-world case studies to identify best practices and improvement areas for Product Owners.
  • Construct a compelling vision statement for a hypothetical product.
  • Evaluate various tools and frameworks to choose the most suitable for specific Product Owner scenarios.
  • Design a basic user story map for a given product idea, integrating feedback and insights from the session.
Who should attend
  • Aspiring Product Owners: Individuals keen on transitioning to a Product Owner role and looking for foundational knowledge.
  • Current Product Owners: Those aiming to deepen their understanding, enhance their skills, and stay updated with best practices.
  • Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches: Professionals working closely with Product Owners who wish to gain deeper insights into the PO role to better support their teams.
  • Product Managers: Those seeking to understand the nuances between their role and the role of a Product Owner, especially in organizations adopting Agile methodologies.
  • Business Analysts: Professionals looking to broaden their skillset and understanding of product development within Agile frameworks.
  • Development Team Members: Developers, designers, testers, and other team members who collaborate with Product Owners and want a better understanding of their role and expectations.
  • Stakeholders & Business Leaders: Decision-makers who interact with Product Owners and need a clear understanding of the role to align business strategies and product development.
  • Agile Trainers and Consultants: Those who provide training or consultation services in Agile settings and want to comprehensively understand the Product Owner’s role to better guide their clients.
About the Trainer - Amitabh Sinha

Amitabh Sinha, fondly known as Amit, isn’t just a name in the realm of Agile coaching; he’s an institution. With decades under his belt as a Product Owner Coach and Trainer, Amit has empowered countless professionals to harness the true potential of their roles and drive exceptional outcomes for their organizations.


His journey, rooted in hands-on experience, has seen him wear multiple hats – from an influential Product Owner navigating complex product landscapes to a transformational coach sculpting the next generation of Agile champions. Amit’s unique blend of deep functional knowledge, real-world anecdotes, and magnetic teaching style makes his sessions an immersive experience.


Amit’s credentials go beyond the traditional. While he’s equipped with a slew of certifications and accolades, it’s his results-driven approach, unwavering commitment to continuous learning, and genuine passion for elevating every Product Owner he mentors that truly set him apart.
By choosing to learn from Amit, you’re not just attending another workshop. You’re embarking on a transformative journey, guided by one of the industry’s brightest luminaries.

Zoom Requirements, Etiquette and Miscellaneous Information

Live-Online Requirements
To participate in the online course, you’ll need the following:

  • A quiet, comfortable place to be for the duration of the class
    • Choose an area without distractions
    • Be mindful of managing potential interruptions (e.g. children, pets, etc).
  • Computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet)
  • Camera and microphone (we’ll have virtual breakout rooms)
  • Headset to filter out room noise
  • Internet connectivity
  • Ability to download the workbook

Attendance
We ask that you participate like you would if you were in class.

  • Punctual arrival
  • Full attention and participation (video is required)
  • Committed to full, 100% attendance and participation during class time
  • Attendees must participate in both two days of class.

 

Video Required – You’ll be working with others in video breakout rooms. It’s a unique way to engage with your classmates and dive deeper into discussions.

 

Tools – Our coaches have incorporated easy-to-use websites and online collaboration tools to support their lessons.

Scrum Trainer: Amitabh Sinha
November 7 – 9, 2023
4PM – 7PM PST

"The ABC Conscious Leadership Workshop" - FAQ

Agenda
  • Introduction to
  • Conscious Leadership
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Leader Mindset People &
  • Connection Growth
  • Mindset & Action Plan
Learning Objectives
  • Explore ABC Conscious Leadership Principles for Excellence.
  • Apply Mindfulness for Self-Aware, Relatable Leadership.
  • Develop Charismatic Leadership Presence.
  • Create ABC-Infused Leadership Strategies.
  • Evaluate Conscious Leadership Impact on Teams.
Who should attend
  • CEOs and CxOs
  • Executives and Senior Leaders
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Aspiring Scrum Masters
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Visionary Entrepreneurs
  • Professionals at All Levels
  • Anyone Who Aims to Evolve into an All-Round, Powerful Conscious Leader
About the Trainer - Amitabh Sinha

Prepare to be guided on your transformational journey by Amitabh Sinha (Amit), a visionary leader and seasoned mentor in the realm of conscious leadership. With a wealth of experience, Amit has inspired and empowered countless individuals and organizations to unlock their true potential.

 

As a dynamic force in the world of leadership development, Amit brings a unique blend of wisdom, charisma, and mindfulness expertise to the table. His passion for fostering awareness, belongingness, and charisma (ABC) in leaders has ignited positive change on a global scale. Join Amit in this transformative workshop and embark on a journey toward becoming a powerful, conscious leader who makes a profound impact on your team, your organization, and the world.

Why Should You Take This Workshop?

In a world where leadership is more than just a title, where success is measured by the positive impact you make, and where conscious choices drive meaningful change, this workshop is your gateway to transformation.

 

Imagine leading with an unwavering sense of Awareness, a deep connection of Belongingness, and an irresistible Charisma that draws others toward your vision. Envision a leadership journey where mindfulness becomes your superpower, where selflessness is your strength, and where servant leadership is not just a concept but your way of life.

 

This workshop is your opportunity to not only grow as a leader but to thrive as an all-rounded, conscious leader who leaves an indelible mark on the world. Join us and discover the extraordinary leader within you. Your journey to greatness begins here.

Zoom Requirements, Etiquette and Miscellaneous Information

Live-Online Requirements
To participate in the online course, you’ll need the following:

  • A quiet, comfortable place to be for the duration of the class
    • Choose an area without distractions
    • Be mindful of managing potential interruptions (e.g. children, pets, etc).
  • Computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet)
  • Camera and microphone (we’ll have virtual breakout rooms)
  • Headset to filter out room noise
  • Internet connectivity
  • Ability to download the workbook

Attendance
We ask that you participate like you would if you were in class.

  • Punctual arrival
  • Full attention and participation (video is required)
  • Committed to full, 100% attendance and participation during class time
  • Attendees must participate in both two days of class.

Video Required – You’ll be working with others in video breakout rooms. It’s a unique way to engage with your classmates and dive deeper into discussions.

Tools – Our coaches have incorporated easy-to-use websites and online collaboration tools to support their lessons.

Scrum Trainer: Amitabh Sinha
December 19 – 21, 2023
4PM – 7PM PST

"The ABC Conscious Leadership Workshop" - FAQ

Agenda
  • Introduction to
  • Conscious Leadership
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Leader Mindset People &
  • Connection Growth
  • Mindset & Action Plan
Learning Objectives
  • Explore ABC Conscious Leadership Principles for Excellence.
  • Apply Mindfulness for Self-Aware, Relatable Leadership.
  • Develop Charismatic Leadership Presence.
  • Create ABC-Infused Leadership Strategies.
  • Evaluate Conscious Leadership Impact on Teams.
Who should attend
  • CEOs and CxOs
  • Executives and Senior Leaders
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Aspiring Scrum Masters
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Visionary Entrepreneurs
  • Professionals at All Levels
  • Anyone Who Aims to Evolve into an All-Round, Powerful Conscious Leader
About the Trainer - Amitabh Sinha

Prepare to be guided on your transformational journey by Amitabh Sinha (Amit), a visionary leader and seasoned mentor in the realm of conscious leadership. With a wealth of experience, Amit has inspired and empowered countless individuals and organizations to unlock their true potential.

 

As a dynamic force in the world of leadership development, Amit brings a unique blend of wisdom, charisma, and mindfulness expertise to the table. His passion for fostering awareness, belongingness, and charisma (ABC) in leaders has ignited positive change on a global scale. Join Amit in this transformative workshop and embark on a journey toward becoming a powerful, conscious leader who makes a profound impact on your team, your organization, and the world.

Why Should You Take This Workshop?

In a world where leadership is more than just a title, where success is measured by the positive impact you make, and where conscious choices drive meaningful change, this workshop is your gateway to transformation.

 

Imagine leading with an unwavering sense of Awareness, a deep connection of Belongingness, and an irresistible Charisma that draws others toward your vision. Envision a leadership journey where mindfulness becomes your superpower, where selflessness is your strength, and where servant leadership is not just a concept but your way of life.

 

This workshop is your opportunity to not only grow as a leader but to thrive as an all-rounded, conscious leader who leaves an indelible mark on the world. Join us and discover the extraordinary leader within you. Your journey to greatness begins here.

Zoom Requirements, Etiquette and Miscellaneous Information

Live-Online Requirements
To participate in the online course, you’ll need the following:

  • A quiet, comfortable place to be for the duration of the class
    • Choose an area without distractions
    • Be mindful of managing potential interruptions (e.g. children, pets, etc).
  • Computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet)
  • Camera and microphone (we’ll have virtual breakout rooms)
  • Headset to filter out room noise
  • Internet connectivity
  • Ability to download the workbook

Attendance
We ask that you participate like you would if you were in class.

  • Punctual arrival
  • Full attention and participation (video is required)
  • Committed to full, 100% attendance and participation during class time
  • Attendees must participate in both two days of class.

Video Required – You’ll be working with others in video breakout rooms. It’s a unique way to engage with your classmates and dive deeper into discussions.

Tools – Our coaches have incorporated easy-to-use websites and online collaboration tools to support their lessons.

Hernan Tocuyo

Advisor / Collaborator
Global Consulting Group US

 

MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Business School) Generating Business Value; PMP, SAFe SPC6 / LPM6 & RTE6


Hernan is seasoned Agile Coach, Trainer, and Transformation Leader with extensive experience in Fortune 2000 organizations. Hernan possesses strong leadership skills that facilitate effective change management, transformation, and process improvement. He is recognized for executing and implementing innovative strategies, successfully leading global IT operations in supply chain, distribution, operations, and logistics. With hands-on experience in transitioning organizations from a transactional mindset to an agile one, Hernan also brings consulting expertise across various industries including manufacturing, retail, insurance, telecommunications, media, financial services, energy management & automation, non-profit, franchise networks, and hospitality. Hernan has been teaching SAFe classes private and public since 2018.

Expertise:

  • DevOps & program Agile Coach & Trainer

  • Business Agility / Innovation & Transformation

  • Value Stream Mapping

  • Vendor Packages Implementation / Integration

  • Customer Centricity / Design Thinking

  • IT & Business Strategy Development & Implementation

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Cloud & Digitization Evaluation & Implementation

  • Sales / Marketing / Hospitality / Financial & HR Applications

  • Financial Management

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Duration: 1 day workshop
Cost: $475/person

SCRUM MASTER WORKSHOP

On request this could also be split over 2 days

Learning Outcomes

  1. Who is a Scrum Master?
  2. A day in the life of a Scrum Master
  3. A Sprint in the life of a Scrum Master
  4. Scrum Master Role and Responsibilities
    1. Scrum Master serving The Team (Developers)
    2. Scrum Master serving Product Owner
    3. Scrum Master serving Stakeholders
  5. Scrum Master as a Servant Leader change agent
    1. How to coach your Scrum Team?
    2. How to coach the larger organization?
    3. How to challenge the status quo?
  6. Agile basics – review
    1. Agile Values and Principles
  7. Scrum framework overview – review
    1. Scrum Values
    2. Scrum ceremonies – review
      1. Facilitation in Scrum events
  8. Tools 
    1. Understanding team development stages
    2. How to create engagement using online and in person tools?
    3. Understanding DevOps
  9. Metrics
    1. How to choose the best metrics for your team?
    2. Understanding Team Happiness
  10. Open topics
    1. Challenges faced in day to day work
      1. Brainstorm solutions 
  11. What makes a great Scrum Master? 
  12. How to grow as a Scrum Master
  13. Next steps