Agile Coach Boot Camp - Boston area
The Agile Coach Bootcamp
A 5 day Agile Immersion for Experienced Agilists
The Agile Coach Bootcamp combines the new Agile Facilitator class with the 3-day version of Coaching Agile Teams, taking place over 5 days and evenings in a retreat setting. There will be 3 Bootcamp leaders to guide you on a comprehensive experience, resulting in class certifications in Agile Facilitation & Coaching by International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and 40 SEUs by the Scrum Alliance. The primary class components… Show more of the Bootcamp are:
The Agile Facilitator: Catalyzing Collaboration, Delivering Results
Coaching Agile Teams: The Mindset and Skills of Great Agile Coaching
The two classes are woven together into a single, intensive and immersive experience that will catapult your agile coaching skills and results to new levels. You will leave a different person!
YOU Must Attend All 5 Days including evening practices, to get the full benefit for yourself and to be fair to your fellow colleagues as the skills in the class build on one another. When you are gone, even for a short time, you miss a lot. In addition, this course is accredited by ICAgile as part of the Agile Facilitation and Coaching certification track. To receive ICAgile credit, you must attend the entire time.
You should arrive by 8:30 - 9:00 am on Monday for check-in, to get settled, for breakfast, etc. Class starts promptly at 10 am on Monday. Class will end 5p on Friday.
What's included in the course price:
All Meals - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The two courses
Lodging for 4 nights (double occupancy for Monday - Thursday night)
We suggest you fully immerse in the retreat vibe and the ease of being "there" and being focused by commiting to stay in Lodging at the retreat center.
About the Retreat Center
The Rolling Ridge center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful and historic place. The center is nestled on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Cochichewick in North Andover, Massachusetts, with the 40 room Georgian estate on 38 acres of woods, rolling hills and lakefront. The retreat offers chef prepared delicious meals in the lakeview dining room, two labyrinths, nature trails and lake activities if suited for the weather.
While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or four) to a room and four to a bathroom.
Who Would Benefit from the Bootcamp
Beginning ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers well versed in the agile basics and who have experienced an agile team. You must have actual experience to benefit from the bootcamp because we use your real life experiences throughout.
Experienced ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers.
Agile Coaches who want increased facilitation and coaching skills and the results that can provide.
Any experienced agilist interested in bringing more rigor and structure to their facilitation of Agile ceremonies and other collaborative events.
Any experienced agilist who wants to help people and teams achieve the changes it takes to use agile well.
The Agile Facilitator is a class for experienced Agilists who wish to dramatically increase their facilitation skills in general, especially as applied to Agile ceremonies, collaborative events and other team “moments of truth.” The workshop will focus on professional facilitation skills and techniques as applied specifically within the Agile context. This 2.5-day course is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile within their Agile Facilitation and Coaching track. People completing the full course earn the “Agile Facilitation” class certification.
Outcomes from The Agile Facilitator portion of the Bootcamp
While mastering facilitation skills in the Agile context will require both time and practice, our class will allow you to:
Gain an in-depth and practical understanding of a wide array of techniques practiced by professional facilitators.
Understand and practice the art of collaborative meeting design, including the importance of smart preparation that will reduce overall cost and increase the effectiveness of your meetings.
Practice techniques for skillfully facilitating core Agile meetings and ceremonies with playfulness and a collaborative spirit, while still focused on key deliverables.
Gain rich, well-delivered feedback on your growing facilitation skills.
Give you ideas for designing meetings in which the team interacts with the team so they can do the heavy-lifting.
Understand how to address some of the dysfunctional behaviors you see preventing your team from achieving maximum success.
Learn how to define, discuss, and Achieve consensus with the team for faster and better decision making.
Come away with your own facilitator self-development plan.
Levels of Agile Coaching. How the Agile Team Facilitator fits into a development path for agile coaching.
The Facilitator Stance. A powerful way to “do” and “be” that let’s you serve the team without being their servant.
Designing meetings. Learn how to design agile team meetings that are both full of interaction and discovery, and are able to achieve their purpose in record time.
Aiding Decision-Making. Stop the recycling issues and half-made decisions that plague teams by helping the team reach consensus that sticks.
Facilitation vs. Telling Them What to Do. We’ll help you see how to walk this tightrope with tips and tricks, and also with insights you begin to see about yourself.
Facilitating at the Start. “Well begun is half way done,” as Mary Poppins says. Learn how to facilitate team chartering sessions and get them kicked off the right way.
Facilitating the Agile Practices Throughout. Learn how to design, facilitate and follow-up (without nagging). We’ll go through each agile meeting step-by-step: sprint planning, sprint review, retrospectives, standup, release planning.
The Tricky Parts. Learn to address difficult attitudes, dysfunctional behaviors and unproductive actions that keep meetings from achieving their outcomes. And yes...this includes Your attitudes, behaviors and actions.
Facilitation Practice. We won’t just talk about it. You’ll do it. And, you will receive clear and useful feedback so that you can improve fast!
Coaching Agile Teams is a three day class for experienced Agilists who wish to dramatically increase their overall agile coaching skills, including in the areas of Teaching, Mentoring, Facilitation, and Professional Coaching. Further, the class covers basics of team dynamics, team startup/reset, the individual change cycle, helping people through agile role transitions,and working with team conflict. The course is highly interactive and experiential: we have never had anyone complain of being bored! The 3-day course is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile within their Agile Facilitation and Coaching track. People completing the full course earn the “Agile Coaching” class certification.
Outcomes of the Coaching Agile Teams portion of Bootcamp
While mastering agile coaching skills will require both time and practice, our class will allow you to:
Understand and utilize the four key Skill Areas and four Knowledge Areas applied by the best agile coaches (ACI’s Agile Coaching Competency Framework).
Practice techniques for deep listening and asking essential, powerful questions.
Practice the distinction between coaching and mentoring and know when to apply each most successfully.
Observe a live, professional coaching demo on a situation in the agile context.
Understand how to address some of the dysfunctional approaches to conflict team’s sometimes develop.
Understand a model for human change and a method for working with such change.
You’ll walk away from the course with your personal coaching improvement backlog – a tangible plan you can use to thoughtfully improve your coaching when you’re back on the job.
Coaching Agile Teams is a training experience that covers both the being and the doing of agile coaching. There’s a lot to learn, experience and practice! At the end of the course, you will be capable of applying many new tools and techniques, as well as your own mindset changes, to coach agile teams to high performance. As practical as it is provocative, the Coaching Agile Teams course challenges agile coaches to rise to the fullest expression of their role. Topics include:
What is Agile Coaching? :: Why is it Important?
The Being and the Doing of Agile Coaching
Skills for Coaching Teams, Team Members, Product Owners, Managers, Stakeholders
Advanced facilitation techniques for team startups
Basic professional coaching skills and their use
Key role transitions for project managers, testers, tech leads and managers
How people change and what it means for agile role transitions
Coaching Styles and When to Use Them
Setting the Environment for High Performance Teams
Team dynamics & health
Detecting and Solving Problems
Starting up Great Teams :: Repairing Existing Teams
Working with Conflict Rather than Mediating or "Fixing" It
Agile Coach Failure, Recovery and Success Modes
Agiile Coaches as Professionals
Continuing Education Units: Continuing education units can be obtained for ICAgile (Completion of the Facilitation and Coaching Track), Scrum Alliance (40 SEUs), and Project Management Institute (40 PDUs).
Since 2004, Lyssa has taught Scrum to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to many apprentice coaches. In both one-on-one settings and small groups, Lyssa enjoys a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams they coach. Prior to agile, Lyssa had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (she was even a Pmo Director twice!), yet nothing prepared her for the power of agile done simply and well.
Lyssa believes that agile is more than an alternate project management methodology and she is passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression.
Lyssa holds an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB) and Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (Orscc). She is also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader.
In 2010, Lyssa authored Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition .
Michael K. Spayd
In a word, Michael's professional work is about transformation. He seems to be wired to help people–and systems–change. Michael is drawn to cutting edge ‘technologies’ for coaching and developing organizations, leaders and teams. He has worked as an organizational change coach and consultant for more than 20 years, working with Fortune 500, small businesses and non-profits. For 11 years he specialized in large-scale Agile transformation efforts, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and over 75 teams in that time.
Michael was trained as a Team and Organizational Coach and hold a Masters degree in psychology, and is trained in Co-Active leadership, executive coaching, and organizational behavior. He is a Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (Orscc), a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). He currently writing a book in the Mike Cohn series called Coaching in the Agile Enterprise.
David Chilcott has an unusual set of skills that encompasses both the deeply technical and the deeply human aspects of software development. In addition to his background as a system architect, software developer and agile coach, David holds a degree in group dynamics, and has completed formal training in creative problem solving, advanced facilitation, Innovation Games facilitation, non-violent communication (NVC), conflict resolution and Co-Active Coaching, and Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (Orsc). David is the founder of Outformations, a collaborative software design, development, and Agile consulting practice. He is a board member for the National Agile Leadership Network (Aln) and is the founder of the Bay Area Aln. David is a lead coach for ACI’s Coaching Circles and is a co-creator of The Agile Facilitator course.
Leslie has more than a dozen years of leadership, process efficiency, behavioral analysis, professional facilitation and training experience in a number of challenging environments. Her experience includes seven years in the U.S. Army, work in membership sales, television news production and in non-profit and association communities. She is sought-after as a professional facilitator and facilitation trainer. Leslie's company, Full Circle Inspiration, focuses on inspiring groups and individuals to look for new perspectives when the ones they're stuck in just aren't working anymore. Her passion is bringing innovation to teams in order to help them use their own brilliance to improve communication and enhance success. Leslie calls herself a “Life Enthusiast” because if there’s some kind of challenge most people don’t want to tackle…she’ll give it a try. From flying CH-47D Chinook helicopters in the Army, to writing an inspiring book called Penny Perspectives: Let Go of Happily Ever After and Invest in Happily Ever Now!, to completing her first half-ironman to taking lessons on the flying trapeze, Leslie doesn’t know the meaning of the words, “I can’t.” She is a co-creator of ACI's course, The Agile Facilitator.
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