The Product Backlog: Your Secret Recipe for Bringing Products to Life!

If you were a chef in a busy kitchen, then the pages in your favorite recipe binder could be your Product Backlog. You would not consider this binder to be merely a list of ingredients, right? But more like a prioritized collection of culinary wonders waiting to be cooked up into a delicious masterpiece! So, exactly as a recipe guides you step by step, the Product Backlog steers you towards creating a delightful product. It’s a collection of ideas, features and improvements, all carefully prioritized to make sure you’re working to create the most valuable experiences to your customers. A powerful thought to deep dive on: Is your Product Backlog coming up like a well curated menu, or is it more like a disorganized kitchen drawer stuffed with arbitrary ingredients? Prioritization is the secret dressing! In the same way as an expert chef would skillfully select the finest ingredients for a dish, you need to prioritize the Product Backlog Items (PBIs) that bring the most value to your customers, users and business. This is as kin to finding that perfect balance of flavor and value! Ready for the final gem? Roman Pichler, one of the Agile Product Management Gurus’ wise words echo loud and clear: “The Product Backlog is a prioritized list of work remaining that is necessary to bring the product to life.” To all the Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Agile enthusiasts, I urge you discover the true power of the Product Backlog by embracing the art of prioritization. Craft a delectable menu that delights your customers, and watch as your products come to life in the most amazing way! ✨ Adapted from Agilonomics’ LLC LinkedIn post (June 2023)

Risk: Barrier or Gateway to Opportunity?

Risk: Obstacle or Opportunity?

Do you view risks as just obstacles? Here’s why you should be seeing them as opportunities In product development, risks are often seen as just another obstacle to overcome. But what if you could turn each high-risk item in your project into a potential opportunity? That’s where the concept of “driving a bus through a wide-open window” comes in Each high-risk element is like a bus that needs to be driven through an open window of opportunity. The bigger the bus, the bigger the window needs to be   To make risks work for you, it’s crucial to tackle the biggest risks early on. During the earliest stages of development, the window of opportunity is wide open, making it easier to drive the big buses through    But as each day passes, the window closes a little more, and if you don’t find the big buses in your project early, you’ll end up with a disaster at the end, as the metaphorical bus crashes into the nearly closed window   That’s why it’s so important to focus on the highest-risk elements from the very beginning, building them early and validating them with each sprint By doing this, you can turn risks into opportunities and achieve potentially shippable software with each iteration So, what are the big buses in your project? How can you drive them through the window of opportunity before it’s too late? Remember: The earlier you address the biggest risks, the better the chance of succeeding with your best ideas As each sprint goes by, your window of opportunity becomes smaller and smaller By driving the big buses through early on, you can turn risks into opportunities and achieve success in your product development journey. (Taken from Amit’s Linkedin Post last April 21, 2023)

Agile Principle #2

Agile Principle on Change has been misunderstood for too long. Many orgs and teams view it as an excuse to make rash changes. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, effective change stewardship is critical to succeeding with Agile. Agile Principle #2 states: “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.” This doesn’t mean that changes should be made haphazardly or without involving the right stakeholders. An example of this Principle often being abused is: Product Owner, Engineering manager or an influential stakeholder repeatedly brining in scope creep into a Sprint after the Sprint starts, justifying by saying that team should welcome change. The correct way to do tackle such a change would be to bring it to the Product Backlog; reprioritizing the Backlog working with the team. Such an approach to violating and abusing Agile Principles leads to bad habits and anti-patterns. Remember, as Agile leaders, practitioners, and project managers, we have a responsibility to manage change effectively. This means embracing change as an opportunity, not a burden, and taking a thoughtful and strategic approach to change management. Effective change stewardship, therefore, requires clear communication, collaboration, and a willingness to adapt. It involves not just the project team, but also the stakeholders and customers who will be impacted by the change. As Agile practitioners, we must be willing to challenge ourselves and our teams to think differently about change management. We should ask ourselves: How can we involve stakeholders in the change process in a meaningful way? How can we communicate the impact of change effectively? What risks and benefits are associated with the changes we’re making? Do we understand the deeper meaning of the Agile Principles on change? The truth is, effective change management is not easy. It requires us to be proactive, to seek out feedback, and to constantly adapt to new challenges. But when we manage change effectively, we can deliver more value to our customers, improve our processes, and achieve our project goals. So, Agile practitioners, let’s embrace change as an opportunity for growth and improvement. Let’s challenge ourselves to think differently and to be proactive in managing change. And on a surprising note, the Agile Manifesto Principle on Change is not just about managing change during development. It also applies to our own personal growth as Agile professionals. As we continue to learn, grow, and adapt to new challenges, we are harnessing change for our own competitive advantage. (taken from Amit’s Linkedin post “February 27, 2023”)

Turning Setbacks Into Stepping Stones

The most successful people don’t take setbacks as “The End” but rather as an opportunity to propel them forward.  Thus, they develop this uncanny ability to turn setbacks into opportunities 🏆 They don’t go down to failures;  instead, they use them as springboards to trigger their path forward to success. 🏹 It’s easy to get discouraged or feel low (aka “feeling like the end is here?”)  when things don’t go according to plan, wishes or as desired But did you know that  the most successful people don’t have a magic formula for avoiding failure? They just have a different way of thinking. 💡 [siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Video_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] They see failure not as an end, but as an inseparable step towards the journey to success. 📈  They see every setback as an opportunity to learn, leap and grow and help them move a step or two closer to their goals. 🎯 So the next time you face a setback, remember “giving up” is not an option. Take a few deep breaths, assess the situation, and ask yourself: what am I learning here? How can I use this experience to become better, stronger, and even more resilient? 💪 Remember, success is never going to be a straight line. It will be a winding road with plenty of bumps and detours along the way, and that is what will make it fun, memorable and worthwhile. 😍 Go on, embrace the journey, and don’t be afraid to fail. Remember, the only way to guarantee failure is to never try at all. 💯 (PS: I wrote this with the hope to inspire several friends, networkers and all the people who have been impacted by the economic downturn and/or decisions that were not favorable to their plans) Learn More  

Agile Triangle: Balancing Constraints for Success with Agilonomics

Understanding the Triangle of Constraints

Is your Product delivery approach holding you back? Are you sacrificing quality for the sake of cost and time? It’s time to take a closer look at the Agile Triangle of Constraints (also known as the Project Management Triangle or the Iron Triangle) Refer(left most) In traditional Waterfall project management, the scope is fixed (“required”) and the project timeline and budget are inflexible. This approach is largely plan driven and often results in teams working overtime to finish all the fixed requirements in fixed time with a fixed budget As a result, the fourth constraint quality often suffers. [Refer middle image2] Customers are unhappy, teams look burnt down, there is finger pointing But there is a better way. By turning the triangle upside down (refer to right most image3), Agile product management acknowledges that cost/budget and time are fixed, but the “requirements” are variable(aka “scope”) and are prioritized. By building products with systems thinking in mind, and working closely with users and customers we can focus on the most important items in the backlog and drop or delay less critical items (at the bottom of backlog) And by writing contracts with this updated Agile Triangle of Constraints in mind, we can avoid conflicts between fixed scopes and Agile values and thinking. Let’s break free from the limitations of traditional project management and embrace the flexibility and quality that Agile can offer. Are you ready to turn the triangle upside down?

Agile Principle #1

Transform the way you approach product development with the first Agile Principle – customer satisfaction through continuous delivery! For this a Scrum Team needs to understand: 1. Why this principle is vital? 2. How it’s often neglected? and, 3. What to bear in mind while delivering products? AGILE PRINCIPLE#1: “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software” VITALITY OF THE PRINCIPLE → It is vital because it emphasizes the importance of delivering value to the customer → Value emphasizes focusing on outcomes and not on outputs! → Agile is customer-focused, and success depends on how well the Scrum Team meets the customer’s needs and expectations HOW THIS PRINCIPLE IS NEGLECTED? → One of the most frequent ways this principle is neglected is by prioritizing features over delivering value to the customer → This can lead to an incomplete or ineffective solution that doesn’t meet the customer’s needs WHAT TO BEAR IN MIND WHILE DELIVERING PRODUCTS? → It’s crucial to keep the focus on customer satisfaction → Prioritize delivering value:    ⇾ Early and continuously    ⇾ By listening to and incorporating customer feedback, and    ⇾ Aligning your work with the customer’s needs and expectations This will lead to successful and satisfying product development What are your thoughts on continuously delivering value to the customer keeping in mind principle#1? Please share your thoughts 😊 Check Our post

Cockburn's Communication Effectiveness - Agilonomics

Alistair Cockburn’s Effectiveness of Communication

I recently attended a 2-day training. The trainer was an expert in his field, his talk was engaging but only the trainer and I had our cameras ON. Rest of the participants barely showed their faces There was learning, but the entire 2 days looked very “businessy” and transactional. There was hardly any bonding between the 6 participants. We could have learnt more from one another and engaged in deeper  conversations if we could all see each other At times, the trainer called out an invisible participant’s name and there was no response? It felt COLD! The WARMTH was missing. The RICHNESS of “team-ness” was low It made me think deeply about the importance of face-to-face communication. Why is face to face communication so important? Agile Principle #6 states:  “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation” In simple words, it means: The Most Effective Way of Communication is Face-to-face This is best explained by Alistair Cockburn’s research on: “Effective Channels of communication model” AT THE VERY TOP RIGHT OF THE CURVE IS: 1) FACE TO FACE IN FRONT OF A WHITEBOARD Nothing beats communicating face to face with something to express your thoughts and ideas on Whiteboard, flip chart, index cards, to visibly write or express your ideas and thoughts Your ability to exchange and see – gestures, clues, body language creates richness and increases the effectiveness of communication I have additionally observed that it also leads to empathy and thus increases bonding Bonding leads to a feeling of safety and trust is easily established AT THE SPOT JUST BELOW THE TOP RIGHT IS: 2) FACE TO FACE As your richness of communication cools ( from being hot towards being cooler), the effectiveness of communication drops too Lack of a medium to express your idea simply makes one assume the other person got it The other person also inadvertently does not make much attempt to clarify a point they are not sure of AT THE THIRD SPOT, JUST BELOW FACE TO FACE IS: 3) VIDEO CONFERENCING This is the one that has come a lot into question, starting with the pandemic More often than not, I see team members, even Scrum Masters and so also Agile Coaches continue to keep their videos OFF As a result, the RICHNESS of communication drops further and negatively impacts the effectiveness of communication I’ve seen this resulting into miscommunication, misunderstanding, siloed working, lack of swarming and missed commitments Agile Champions should always be present on video and encourage their team members to do so too Exceptions should always be supported, but it needs one to stretch out of their comfort zone to set a foundation for effective communication while working remotely What has been your experience with participants’ video OFF most of the time? How did it impact communication? Check Out Our Post

Agile vs Waterfall: Methodology Comparison By Agilonomics

Agilized Waterfall vs Agile

Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Scrum Teams will find it useful to download and place it near their team workspace – either on digital (Miro, Mural etc.) or print and tape it on a physical wall (in office)     When working hard to quickly create stories and work items without understanding the big picture, we tend to take the Agilized Waterfall route (see top half of image), which results in: → Components that do not provide much value → They do not fit together when all done separately/sequentially → This leads to rework towards the end → Results in Frankenstein products – whose parts do not fit well → Iterative and incremental – Agile values not quite understood   (All this is represented in the top part of the image – Agilized Waterfall)   The bottom part (Agile) shows: → Early Sprints should show the shape and form of the whole product or feature → Quick prototyping means a rough version to get feedback on the shape and form → Subsequent Sprints provide a revised version of the product/feature which is now being built to quality → True value of what Agile Iterative and Incremental promised → Every stage is (potentially) usable   This visual artifact helps create awareness on what Agile promises if followed wisely and helps challenge a Scrum Team on effective ways to groom and create stories for higher value delivery   Hope you and your teams find it useful! 😊 (Note: Early versions of this artifact were all hand drawn on whiteboards, but now I have created a digital one so it can be used easily)   (taken from Amit’s Linkedin post “January 20, 2023”)

Optimizing Workforce Efficiency: Employee Utilization with Agilonomics

Effective “Utilization” of Employees

Have you heard the phrase? – “Watch the Baton, not the runners?” Translated to development work, it means:   “Focus on Idle work, not Idle workers”! (Image 1) I still come across management finding ways to extract most out of their developers by assigning them to multiple projects   The thinking is to get 100% utilization out of each worker So, Joe is made to work: 40% on project A, 30% on project B, and 30% on project C   And, this way Joe is 100% utilized! Such a mindset is flawed Here are two different ideas to explain this: Theory#1: Queueing theory and utilization (Image 2) As you can see, when queue sizes are small(optimum), utilization looms around 70% – 85%. Work continues to flow optimally. A little surge here and there is absorbed easily   With further increase in queue size, utilization shoots over to 100%.  Things slow down considerably and bottlenecks are seen   This means that if Joe is close to 100% utilized, then it will slow down the delivery or completion of all the items he is working on Furthermore, if Joe’s team mates Harry and Nancy are all (also) 100% utilized, then the team cannot handle critical items that suddenly pop up and need attention And, hence, Management needs to focus on idle work and not idle workers!   Theory#2: Context switching 40% + 30% + 30% does not add up to 100%   IT DOES NOT!   Why? Because, Joe is a human being and not a “resource” There is context switching and we know that loss of time due to context switching is pure waste! Image 3 – is from research on multi-tasking done by Clark and Wheelwright (1992) which shows that when working on more than two projects, a person’s time spent on value-adding work drops rapidly   Multitasking is an evil and really speaking, everyone is to be blamed and not only the management   I once met a developer who was asked to divide his time between 4 different projects, and as a result, couldn’t deliver to his Scrum team commitments but was fine working on the 4 projects as it brought him importance and visibility at the cost of impacting all the projects – spread across 3 Scrum Teams   It took several coaching sessions between us that helped him realize that this may negatively impact him in the long run as well and he voiced his new understanding to the management and they set him with just two projects which helped everyone!   With these two well researched theories, management and leaders need to reflect on how they utilize their people and best ways to help them be effective!   What has been your experience with over utilized workers and multi-tasking? How have you dealt with such a mindset and what have you done about it?   (taken from Amit’s Linkedin post “January 12, 2023”)

Crafting Effective User Stories: Understand Expert Advice With Agilonomics

A tip on creating good user stories

Experiment and Believe! So many times while using Agile, we get convinced with popular notions only to find that they don’t provide much value. Perhaps the people who made those notions popular were meaning something else? It happened to me years ago! One such notion I believed for years was, that, if it’s a small story, it’s a good story! I broke down work and large stories (without much thought), into smaller ones so they can fit in the Sprint. My teams worked on them, finished quite a few of them as well and we cherished the burndowns, predictability and velocity   See also; Tackling Unfinished Stories at the end of a Sprint   Then, one day I met Jeff Patton, who asked me [JP] Amit, I see you’re doing great work finishing so many stories. But, how is your team providing value? [Me] Value??, what do you mean? We deliver lots of points every Sprint, have high predictability and look at the nearly perfect burndown charts [JP] Amit, but this does not prove you are delivering high value [Me] Confused? What do you mean? [JP] Let me show you (JP Takes out a $1 bill, rips it into several pieces and hands me approximately 1/4th random pieces of the ripped bill) [JP] Now, tell me. Is that Twenty Five cents (1/4th of $1)? [Amit] Well, er…. No! [JP] Do you see, just breaking work into smaller stories to fit a Sprint isn’t providing value [Amit] Yeah, makes sense [JP] What would be a better approach? [Amit] I got it. I took out loose change. A couple of quarters, few – pennies, dimes and nickels – adding up to $1 [JP with a smile] Exactly. There’s always a way to look at work and breaking it into ways that provide value. If not each, then a few of them should be valuable     Since that time, I learnt to experiment and believe The INVEST acronym for good user stories goes this way: I = Independent N = Negotiable V = Valuable E = Estimable S = Small ??? T = Testable Mike Cohn has also redefined “S” from being “small” to “succinctly small” , which means “brief and clearly expressed” and I believe “clearly expressed” has to do with “valuable” What experiments have you done on busting Agile myths and finding out deeper meaning behind popular notions? What have you learnt from them?

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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.
Aldriff Cruz

Aldriff Cruz

Web Developer

A results-driven Web Developer with 10+ years of experience in web development. A proven track record of architecting, developing, and implementing interactive websites. Adept at leveraging SEO strategies and user-centered design principles to engage users and grow web traffic.

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