This workshop is best as a full day off-site for the entire senior leadership team and your organization’s Agile champion. A team of experts who are experienced at guiding organizations through Agile transformations will lead you in:
Building a consensus about the importance of becoming Agile,
Coming to a common and accurate understanding of the Agile mindset,
Exploring the ways in which Agile practices differ from your current practices, and
Determining what you as organizational leaders must do to make the Agile mindset and practices the norm.
At the end of the day, you will have built:
A description of your organization’s Future State with Agile,
A strategic plan for achieving that Future State,
Tactical plans for each area of responsibility to become Agile, and
A commitment to moving forward with these plans to become Agile.
Although it is not mandatory, students who have completed the self-paced Foundations of Agile eLearning course have found it very helpful when completing this course.
Future State with Agile
Actions: We begin by reviewing the results of your Agile Assessment with an eye toward determining how each of the recommendations applies to your organization. We will add to that by brainstorming additional pains, problems, or issues that Agile practices could help correct, and benefits of Agile that the organization is looking to achieve.
Outcomes: We will come to consensus on a list of outcomes from your Agile transformation that represent your desired Future State.
Agile Mindset, Principles, and Practices
Actions: We then build a common understanding about Agility among the workshop participants and begin discussing the senior leader role in embracing the Agile mindset and implementing each practice. We will discuss these topics:
Why Agile?– We look at the benefits of Agility and discuss how they apply to our organization.
The Agile Mindset – We explore the Values and Principles that underpin Agility and discuss the degree to which the organization must change to make each part of the Agile mindset the norm.
How Agile Differs from Traditional Project Approaches – We look at the Agile practices in each of the following categories and discuss the degree to which they differ from our current practices.
Value Delivery and Customer Engagement
Team Structure and Enablement
Project Initiation, Estimating, Planning, Tracking, and Oversight
Requirements Definition and Management
Technical Collaboration and Quality Management
Product Delivery and Acceptance
Transitioning from Waterfall, Becoming Agile – We look at a model for organizational change and discuss how each step of that model could be helpful as our organization embraces Agility.
The Future State of Agile - We end this section by reviewing the Future State with Agile that we built in part one, with the intent of making additions or changes based on our new more complete common understanding of Agility.
Outcomes: At the conclusion of this section, we will have:
Shared understanding of Agile
Appreciation of senior leaders’ roles in adopting DevOps Culture, Practices, and Tools
Future State with DevOps, updated
Part 3: Strategic Agile Plan
Actions: We will look at a Generic Strategic Plan for Agile Transformation, discuss the applicability of each item to our organization, and brainstorm additional items that we may need. Then, based on that discussion, we will build a Strategic Agiler Plan for our own organization and come to consensus on it.
Outcomes: At the conclusion of this section, we will have:
A Strategic Agile Transformation Plan for the whole organization
Tactical Agile Plans
Actions: The workshop participants will break out into small groups or as individuals to build Tactical Plans for their own areas of responsibility. Each Tactical Plan will be based on the Strategic Agile Plan, and will identify concrete, specific actions that are necessary for that particular area of responsibility to become Agile by both embracing the Agile mindset and implementing Agile practices. The workshop facilitator will circulate among the participants to help them build complete and workable plans. The workshop will then reconvene. Each Tactical Agile Plan will be presented and discussed in an effort to improve it, and to ensure that all of the Tactical Agile Plans align, synchronize, and synergize across the organization.
A Tactical Agile Plan for each area of responsibility
Tactical Agile Plans aligned and synchronized across the organization
Next Steps Toward Agile
Actions: We will end by identifying actions that are necessary after this workshop, e.g.:
Make the Strategic and Tactical Agile Plans actionable (dates, metrics, deliverables)
Define how progress against the Strategic and Tactical Agile Plans will be tracked
Obtain the required training, coaching, and tools.
Wrap up with a verbal commitment by all workshop participants to do their part to make the organization’s Agile Transformation successful.
Outcomes: Participants will list steps to take after the workshop to ensure:
The success of the Strategic and Tactical Agile Plans
Achievement of the desired Future State with Agile
Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.
Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?
Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.
How can someone reach me during class?
If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.
What languages are used to deliver training?
Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.
What does GTR stand for?
GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.
Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.
Does ExitCertified deliver group training?
Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.
What does vendor-authorized training mean?
As a vendor-authorized training partner, we offer a curriculum that our partners have vetted. We use the same course materials and facilitate the same labs as our vendor-delivered training. These courses are considered the gold standard and, as such, are priced accordingly.
Is the training too basic, or will you go deep into technology?
It depends on your requirements, your role in your company, and your depth of knowledge. The good news about many of our learning paths, you can start from the fundamentals to highly specialized training.
How up-to-date are your courses and support materials?
We continuously work with our vendors to evaluate and refresh course material to reflect the latest training courses and best practices.
Are your instructors seasoned trainers who have deep knowledge of the training topic?
ExitCertified instructors have an average of 27 years of practical IT experience. They have also served as consultants for an average of 15 years. To stay up to date, instructors will at least spend 25 percent of their time learning new emerging technologies and courses.
Do you provide hands-on training and exercises in an actual lab environment?
Lab access is dependent on the vendor and the type of training you sign up for. However, many of our top vendors will provide lab access to students to test and practice. The course description will specify lab access.
Will you customize the training for our company’s specific needs and goals?
We will work with you to identify training needs and areas of growth. We offer a variety of training methods, such as private group training, on-site of your choice, and virtually. We provide courses and certifications that are aligned with your business goals.
How do I get started with certification?
Getting started on a certification pathway depends on your goals and the vendor you choose to get certified in. Many vendors offer entry-level IT certification to advanced IT certification that can boost your career. To get access to certification vouchers and discounts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I get access to content after I complete a course?
You will get access to the PDF of course books and guides, but access to the recording and slides will depend on the vendor and type of training you receive.
Course was great and the instructor had an answer for anything that was asked during the course.
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