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It is critical that the Product Backlog is constantly maintained and reflects reality. Here, you will learn how the Backlog Grooming Meeting helps keep the Product Backlog fresh....

As one of the most challenging Agile meetings, watch how the team breaks it down and discusses the purpose, attendees, duration and tips of success....

Use the Agile Meetings Handout to help you review with the team during the Backlog/Story Writing Meeting. They’ll discuss the purpose and why the length of the meeting may vary, along with some tips to make the meeting a success....

Learn the importance of the Top 10 Agile Meetings and the purpose for each as the students share their experiences. Meetings covered are: Project/Release Kickoff, Backlog/Story Writing, Release Planning and Iteration 0. ...

Have you heard of IKIWISI before? It stands for -I'll KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT- :) Yes, customers don't really know what they want and simply asking them to tell you won't help. That is why Agile advocates using visual modeling techniques to engage your...

Have you wondered how different your role would be if you were adopting Agile and Scrum methods in your organization? The goal of this webinar is to compare and contrast the Agile vs. Traditional Roles, in addition to outlining the new skills needed for being...

This webinar will cover the very important, yet commonly rushed, initial phases of an Agile (or non-Agile) Project. We will walk through Idea Qualification and Project Initiation, where we take the business idea through several activities to justify the project value, define clear measures for...

This webinar will cover the very important, yet commonly rushed, initial phases of an Agile (or non-Agile) Project. We will walk through Idea Qualification and Project Initiation where we take the business idea through several activities to justify the project value, define clear measures for...

Gartner Analysts have reported that 80% of all Software Development projects will be moving to Agile methods in the next few years. PMI has also launched its PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) SM offering as a response to the increase in Agile adoption. So what...

Why are organizations moving towards Agile methods? How can I ensure a successful Agile adoption? What are the most common challenges and problems with adopting Agile methods? What are the key success factors when transforming to Agile methods? If any of these questions interest you...

Are you new to Agile and wondering what the Agile lifecycle looks like? Maybe you've been doing Agile and want to learn how other real world teams have been executing the lifecycle? This webinar will walk through what problems we're trying to solve by moving...

Do you work in a medium or large organization that is wondering how you can adopt Agile successfully across several teams? Many companies have now moved beyond the ‘Does Agile Work’ question and are now looking for direction on how to adopt Agile in a...

A very funny video that shows all the crazy things that could happen during the daily Agile/Scrum Standup meeting! Watch this video with your team and try to identify the dysfunctions, then spark a conversation about your own team Standup meeting. Please note: one thing...

Watch how the Agile Team collaborates with each other during the Iteration! The Product Owner and others are getting ready for the next Iteration, the Architect and developer are designing together and other team members are pairing on solving a problem....

Sprint Planning is a critical meeting that can set the Sprint up for success or failure. Watch as our team goes through the steps of gaining clarity on the top priority stories for the Sprint and then digs deeper into acceptance criteria and other detailed...

A common question/challenge we hear is how to deal with distributed Agile teams. What are the common practices other companies have used to bridge the gaps of communication, trust, time zone differences, planning, etc? This video provides a few real world tips....

Many teams struggle with these two important sessions. Pre-Planning aims to help the Product Owner prepare for the next Iteration Planning Meeting with detailed acceptance criteria and artifacts the team will need to understand each story. Backlog Grooming is a continuous exercise of reviewing, cleaning...

What are the various tools out there for Agile teams to use? This video provides an overview of several. There are many, many more out there, so please search the internet or check out www.AgileScout.com for a list of top Agile tools....

Many teams that adopt Agile skip, miss or underestimate the importance of Release Planning. If you are working on minor enhancements and support type Backlogs then you might not need this meeting, but for any projects with major enhancements or new development, then this session...

Do you have some conflict and baggage sitting below the surface with another team member? Have you tried to let go of this issue but it keeps coming back in your heart/mind or in their actions to where it has now affected your relationship with them...

Prioritization in Agile is not as simple as considering business value alone. An Agile team needs to take dependency and risk into consideration when ranking and ordering the Backlog. Watch our simulation team go through a quick exercise of Backlog Prioritization Ranking....

Agile Executives have some real strategic changes to make to support Agile and the cultural shift it requires to succeed. It also entails rolling up sleeves, removing impediments and learning about Servant Leadership. This video provides an overview of what we expect from Executives and...

One of the most frustrating things teams complain about is having a specific team member who is allowed to get away with dysfunctional behavior that doesn’t align with team norms. Many teams say that dominant team members – or ones who use commanding or abusive...

Too many teams only focus on gathering functional Stories (what their Customer/Product Owner requested) and often forget about other types of Stories such as: Technical/Foundational Stories, Spikes and Proof of Concept Stories, Business Change Management Stories (training, marketing, process changes) and non-functional Acceptance Criteria such...

Traditionally Sponsors and Stakeholders were involved upfront during the project/release and were not expected to stay very engaged during the execution, except for answering some questions and getting status reports. How does this change in Agile?...

Are you aware of how you affect other people through your style and your verbal and non-verbal behaviors? Are you able to manage this effectively? Are you socially aware of how others affect you, what relationships you have, which ones you need to improve on...

Did you know that breaking down Epics or slicing/Stories to smaller chunks is probably one of the top things teams struggle with when moving to Agile? Working on large chunks of deliverables (Epics) causes delays, results in more rework and causes missed Requirements (Acceptance Criteria)....

Traditional Testers were not integrated into the team and actually didn’t get engaged until development was done and the whole project was ready for testing. This is not the case in Agile, so this video takes a closer look at the Tester role and skills...

Do you have weekly one-on-one meetings with your manager, or your own employees, and wonder how you can effectively use that time? Many use this meeting for a quick status report or problem-solving but miss the opportunity for coaching. This video provides a simple coaching...

The traditional Developer role was someone who got the coding completed after getting the Requirements from the Analysts. Agile Developers work as part of the team from the beginning of Planning, Estimation and until the project is ‘Done’. This video talks about this role in...

Storming is where all the drama and conflict occurs. So how do we know when we’re in the Storming stage? What is your role as a leader or team member to help your team get out of storming and to the more healthy ‘Norming’ stage?...

Watch our team members as they draw out a Process Diagram and a UI (User Interface) Flow Diagram to better vision and understand their customer’s needs. Using these Agile Modeling techniques is a powerful tool because customers usually don’t know what they want until they...

The traditional BA role was considered the ‘liaison’ between business and the team. Agile says the BA/Analyst needs to be the ‘glue’. This video explores some of the differences in expectations when you transition to an Agile team....

Does your team have explicit norms and agreements that they have defined? If not, then chances are your team does have implicit norms that are emerging based on what your team considers ‘acceptable behaviors.’ Team norms are at the heart of setting up a healthy...

Our team continues their elicitation and visioning of high level Requirements using Agile Modeling techniques. Use Case Diagrams are standard UML Artifacts that are very helpful for analyzing a system that has several ‘actors’ with ‘goals’ they need to achieve. Using this technique, you are...

Moving away from specialists focused on ‘I will only do my task’ thinking and moving them into Generalizing Specialists is a key transformation step for any team learning to self-organize. What does this term really mean and what does it look like?...

Take your understanding of your users’ needs to the next level by going through the exercise of analyzing and developing Personas that represent your target users/audience. Our team will go through and collect the basic information necessary for analyzing Personas for our Agility Insurance project....

Many teams are using an Agile Coach to guide them through the process of learning and applying Agile. What is this role about and what is expected of an Agile Coach?...

This video will cover the most important things you should do as a leader or team member during the Forming stage of your team, to set up the team for success. Many teams survive for years without these elements and suffer from various dysfunctions due...

What motivates your team depends on so many factors, one of them could be the team’s generation or age group. Understanding what motivates each member individually and then aligning people’s private goals with the team and organization goals requires pretty strong leadership skills....

Have you ever executed a project only to find out you are missing an important Stakeholder? This video will cover the team using a Stakeholder Context Diagram to analyze the Stakeholders of a project and determine what level of engagement they should have with each....

Every team needs one, or several, people that can translate the high-level business vision into a technical vision for ‘how’ we can solve the business problem. What is the role of these Technical Leads? What is expected of them?...

This video continues our visioning discussion for the Agility Insurance project and moves into a conversation about Measures for Success (or project level Acceptance Criteria)....

Who makes up the Team and what do we expect of them? This video provides a high-level overview of what is needed to form an Agile Team! ...

Visioning is where it should all start! You shouldn’t dive into a project as a team without understanding what we’re trying to accomplish and why. In this video, we show a sample Vision Statement and also walk through the process of creating a Vision using...

What does it mean to be a self-organizing team? Some think this term refers to a team that doesn’t need any leadership or management … Not True! Through this video, we will discover what this term means and why self-organization is one of the most...

Now that we have discussed what Servant Leadership is about, the question is how do you begin to shift to this style of leadership? This short video will give a few tips on beginning your journey towards becoming a Servant Leader....

Commanding, controlling and directing people down to their task level, or on the other side, allowing team members to do what they want, when they want with no vision or boundaries, are both examples of the two extremes of the leadership spectrum. This video will...

This is a very important topic that relates to understanding team dynamics by understanding the four key maturity stages a team experiences. We will cover the key characteristics of Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing as a foundation for our discussion on Servant Leadership and how...

This video introduces the Scrum Process. We will learn about Sprints, Velocity, Points, Burn Charts, and the four main Scrum Ceremonies (Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Review and Retrospective). ...

Watch this engaging video that introduces the basics of Scrum. We will compare the traditional way of development to the Scrum way and learn the 3 main Scrum Roles. Great place to start if you are new to Agile and Scrum! ...

Before our Agile Simulation team can jump into solving the 'Agility Insurance' business needs, we need to set the foundation of the meetings for success by establishing team/meeting norms and be clear on the purpose and agenda for our meetings. ...

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