A Checklist of Value

We're running a SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (read, Lean-Agile Program Management) class 29-30 November 2016 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. You can find out more via our posting Practical Agile Program Management.

I'd committed in that article to essentially provide an indication of what the course will provide attendees by way of proven practice and pragmatic toolkit to apply Agile correctly at the team and program/transformation levels.

You can read the official course outline here and by way of formal summary, it reads like this:

"This 2-day course prepares attendees for a leadership role in facilitating Agile team, program, and enterprise success. 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. Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a certified SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)."

As a certified trainer for this course, I don't this summary does it justice or really provides a true sense of 1) why should I attend and 2) specifically, what will I learn / acquire by attending (WIIFM?).

Here a list of things you will explore and learn how to do in the 2-day course:

- Connections: how to enable stakeholder trust, and your interactions and involvement in planning, estimation, governance, metrics, execution and problem solving areas of involvement at team and program levels.

- Decision Making: what decisions you in an Agile Program Management role will need to address, why and how. How to decentralize decision making to the appropriate roles.

- Just in time requirements elaboration across team and program (teams of teams)

- Application of the PDCA model (central to Agile) as it maps to Scrum and Program level practices

- Achieving flow via Kanban: How to design team and program level iterations (and associated WIP limits) to optimize flow at both team (output) and program (outcome) levels. How to split feature development across multiple teams via stories. Video guide re how to build Kanban boards. Techniques to measure flow and how to respond to what the measures indicate following retrospectives. How to optimize value via velocity and why increased throughput does not always equate to increased velocity. How WIP is connected with cross-team collaboration.

- Cadence and synchronization: How to make the program and solution level work “sprint”: and not just teams. How to determine, synchronize and manage team and program velocity, cycle time, cost, risk, dependencies and objective/outcome management.

- Agile anti-patterns and how to identify them/course correct as appropriate. How to adopt technical practices and manage technical debt.

- How to correctly decompose requirements at program scale and the pros and cons of tasking.

- How to build and lead high performing teams and the processes, practices and techniques to apply to relentlessly improve. How to apply formal problem solving toolkits to systematically deal with impediments at team and program levels.

- How to deal with real life scenarios such as one team in the program being late re delivery – what is the best approach to deal with this to ensure the program/overall solution remain Agile/deliver the promised value to the customer?

It you are a Scrum Master, Project, Program, Team or Development Manager, Change Agent, Change Manager, Management Consultant or just interested in securing some pragmatic, proven behaviors, principles, practices and techniques for applying Agile, then book your seat now.

Class size is limited and booking is strictly first-come first-served.

This is the first class of this new certification in Canada so don't miss the opportunity.

More than 3 people attending from your company? Ask about our group rates.

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