• Solutions

    Training & Coaching for Lean Leadership & Agile Teams

    Lean Leadership

    Enterprise managers and executives are ultimately responsible for the ongoing success of the organization, and such a responsibility simply cannot be delegated. Why? Because only leaders can effectively improve the "systems" in which everyone operates.

     

    To achieve this, leaders must not only learn, but truly master Lean/Agile ways of thinking and operating. Not surprisingly, many will also need to adopt a new style of leadership, one that empowers and engages people to perform.

    Collaborative Deployment

    Agile practices improve cycle times from concept to delivery, but many organizations still suffer from slow deployments and infrequent releases, lowering customer satisfaction and delaying feedback. Old IT placed Development, QA, Support, Infrastructure management, Security and Production Operations into separate silos that impede collaboration and confuse accountability for outcomes.

     

    Collaborative deployment tools and techniques will save you time, money, and effort, and thrill your users by realigning parochial silos’ goals to shared customer goals. You will deliver faster and more frequently, enabling fast customer feedback, rapid experimentation and learning.

    Agile Development

    Agile methods. Scaling. Lean Business Processes. Without such practices, businesses struggle to keep up with the pace of technology and change. Mastering these practices requires more than implementation. It requires transformation — of team and organizational structures, management and leadership styles, incentives and governance.

     

    But most of all, your organization needs a mindset transformation.

     

    Built on a foundation of Agile and Lean principles, Agile transformation fosters a culture of engagement, collaboration and innovation that involves all levels of the organization from development teams to portfolio management and leadership. The resulting Agile enterprise is a highly-adaptive, rapid-learning business that is capable of rapidly delivering customer value and responsively pivoting even complex, large-scale programs.

     

    We’ll help you evaluate your current capabilities and help you build a path to become a highly adaptive organization. Throughout Agile Transformation we help you adopt the ideal mix of principles and practices from Lean, Scrum, Kanban, Scaled Agile, eXtreme Programming, and Continuous Delivery to optimize your organizational performance. Through a unique combination of advice, training, coaching, and immersive learning, your organization will learn to:

    • Align around common purpose and shared goals
    • Grow high-performing, highly collaborative, self-organizing teams
    • Deliver products incrementally and iteratively with unparalleled quality
    • Improve predictability and match capacity to demand
    • Create a stronger delivery ecosystem through transparency and co-creation
    • Scale Agile across business units and through value streams

    Agile improves the entire organization, not just development teams. Leaders must become champions of change, cultivating passionate, empowered employees and teams. When your organizational culture values continuous improvement across the entire customer value stream, your business can evolve into a learning organization that provides increasing customer value through rapid experimentation and waste reduction.

  • "Leadership!

    That's what we want from business leaders in an Agile Transformation."

    Dean Leffingwell, SAFe Founder

  • Training

    Scaled Agile Training for Every Role

    Leading SAFe

    Applying a Lean-Agile mindset with SAFe

    Attendees can develop a skillset that’s in demand worldwide—and empower their enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when they become a SAFe® Agilist (SA). During this two-day course, they’ll learn the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. Attendees will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and why it’s so effective in today’s adapt-or-die marketplace. They’ll also get practical advice on supporting Agile teams and programs, empowering a Lean Portfolio, building a continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture, and coordinating large solutions.

    SAFe for Teams

    Empowering teams to deliver value with SAFe

    Build the skills needed to become a high-performing team member of an Agile Release Train (ART)—and learn how to collaborate effectively with other teams—by becoming a SAFe® 4 Practitioner (SP). During this two-day course, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the ART, how it delivers value, and what they can do to effectively perform their role using Scrum, Kanban, and XP. They will also learn how to write stories and break down features, plan and execute iterations, and plan Program Increments. Finally, they’ll learn about the continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture, how to effectively integrate with other teams in the program, and what it takes to continuously improve the train.

    SAFe Scrum Master

    Applying the Scrum Master role within a SAFe enterprise

    In this two-day course, attendees will gain an understanding of the role of Scrum Master in a SAFe enterprise. Unlike traditional Scrum Master training that focuses on the fundamentals of team-level Scrum, the SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master course explores the role of Scrum in the context of the entire enterprise, and prepares individuals to successfully plan and execute the Program Increment (PI), the primary enabler of alignment throughout all levels of a SAFe organization. Attendees learn the key components of Scaled Agile development, how Scrum is facilitated throughout the enterprise, and how to execute iteration planning. They’ll also discover how to build high performing Agile teams by becoming a servant leader and coach, and how to coach those teams to deliver the maximum business value that is achievable through SAFe. The SAFe Scrum Master (SSM) certification signifies that attendees are prepared to perform the role of Scrum Master in a SAFe environment, increasing their value to teams and organizations that are implementing SAFe.

    SAFe Advanced Scrum Master

    Advancing Scrum Master servant leadership with SAFe

    This two-day course prepares current Scrum Masters for their leadership role in facilitating Agile team, program, and enterprise success in a SAFe® implementation. The course covers facilitation of cross-team interactions in support of the program execution and relentless improvement. It enhances the Scrum paradigm with an introduction to scalable engineering and DevOps practices; the application of Kanban to facilitate the flow of value; and supporting interactions with architects, product management, and other critical stakeholders in the larger program and enterprise contexts. The course offers actionable tools for building high-performing teams and explores practical ways of addressing Agile and Scrum anti-patterns in the enterprise.

    SAFe Product Owner/Manager

    Delivering value through effective Program Increment execution

    Develop the skillsets needed to guide the delivery of value in a Lean enterprise—and learn about the activities, tools, and mechanics used to manage backlogs and programs—by becoming a SAFe® 4 Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM). During this two-day course, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the Agile Release Train (ART), how it delivers value, and what they can do to effectively perform their role.

    They will also learn how to apply lean thinking to write Epics, break them down into Features and Stories, plan and execute Iterations, and plan Program Increments. Finally, attendees learn about the Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, how to effectively integrate as Product Owners and Product Managers, and what it takes to relentlessly improve the ART.

    SAFe Release Train Engineer

    Facilitating Lean-Agile Program Execution

    Attendees explore the skills needed to facilitate and enable end-to-end value delivery through Agile Release Trains (ARTs)—and learn how to build a high-performing ART through servant leadership and coaching—by becoming a SAFe® 4 Release Train Engineer (RTE). During this three-day course, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of an RTE in the SAFe enterprise.

    Through experiential learning, attendees will examine the RTE role in a Lean-Agile transformation. They will learn how to facilitate ART processes and execution, coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in new processes and mindsets. They will also learn how to prepare, plan and execute a Program Increment (PI) planning event, the primarily enabler of alignment throughout all levels of a SAFe organization.

  • "It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do..."

    Steve Jobs

  • Coaching

    Guidance & Support for all Levels of Leadership

    Enterprise

    Coaching

    Strategic Planning

    An Enterprise Agile Coach can come into an organization with the knowledge, credibility and deep coaching skill needed to work directly with the leadership team on what it means to have agile be a force for good in the organization and what it means to be agile leaders. Enterprise Agile Coaches have deep experience in agile as well as organizational development, change, and culture and can work at all levels in an organization.

    Program

    Coaching

    Release Guidance

    A Program Coach operates at the multi-team level, engaging the forces within and outside teams that hinder agile’s full promise. At this level, honing one’s skill in all four allied disciplines becomes paramount: teaching, mentoring, facilitating, professional coaching. Many people will focus on becoming a great Agile Coach. This is an absolutely legitimate place to “stop” — if we had more skilled Agile Coaches, agile would be much healthier.

    Team

    Coaching

    Delivery Facilitation

    Think of an Agile Team Coach as a ScrumMaster, Kanban Coach or Iteration Manager who helps one or a few teams use agile practices well. At this level, Facilitation is the key skill that unlocks self-organization, empowerment and creativity in a team. Even if one has progressed past this level, it is never too late to get Facilitation skills. They make the difference between ho-hum “participation” to true team ownership and momentum.

  • "Culture eats strategy for breakfast."

    Peter F. Drucker

  • Core Team

    Practice Managers & Engagement Leaders

    Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC4)

    My background includes 20 years as a professional advisor and 8+ years of Agile experience, working with co-located as well as distributed teams on multiple continents. I have been involved in a wide variety of Agile transformation efforts, coaching teams and executives on Agile practices, self-organization, Lean / Agile management, impediment tracking and servant-leadership to boost both morale and productivity across the enterprise. As a former a lawyer and financial advisor for technology startups, I also bring a broad business and coaching background to my advisory practice.

    Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC4)

    I have over 15 years of experience in effectively delivering large-scale IT solutions frequently, with high quality, through small releases and an evolving architecture. My secret sauce to delighting customers is using collaborative approaches to deliver small high quality releases. Quickly we receive feedback to pivot or persist.

    Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC4)

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    Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC4)

    Highly experienced hands-on Methodology Architect and Executive Manager. A talented project leader with a twenty-two year track record of successfully implementing and managing complex IT SDLC/Agile process-focused projects in large organizations.

  • "It’s not enough that management commit themselves to quality and productivity, they must know what it is they must do. Such a responsibility cannot be delegated."

    W. Edwards Deming

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