February 2013

February 25-28, 2013
February: Agile Coaching Courses
Are you working with teams as a ScrumMaster?
Are you leading agile practices within your team?
Are you aspiring to become an Agile Coach?
If you are given the responsibility of leading agile teams and regularly struggle with inspiring collaboration, struggle with ineffective agile practices and find yourself wondering “How can I do more with what I have?” Then here is a unique opportunity for you.

This February, acquire a wealth of coaching and facilitation skills essential for developing team agile coaches. Our back-to-back classes cover all the topics agile coaches need to enable high-performance. The Learning Objectives covered in both classes were originally defined by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile). See learning objectives.

After these courses you will have:

  • Built a toolbox of Facilitation Skills.
  • Increased your capability to help your team.
  • Learned how to run more efficient; meetings, chartering sessions, retrospectives, release planning sessions, iteration planning sessions and daily stand-ups.
  • Understood what it takes to drive towards a truly Agile ecosystem; built around the Agile Mindset not just the practices and processes.
  • Learnt how to practically maximize the value of agile within the existing constraints of your team and organization.

Moreover you will acquire:

  • 42 PMI-PDU’s
  • Two ICAgile Class Certs: Agile Team Facilitation, Coaching Certification
  • A new professional achievement making you more marketable

Between these courses you will be transformed into a lean, mean, agile coaching machine. Please find the course descriptions below. Envision where you’d like to be six months from now – are you high-performing? How’d you get there?

Facilitating Agile Practices

ACC Pt. 1: Facilitating Agile PracticesAgile Coaching Class Certification Pt. 1:
Facilitating Agile Practices
Feb. 25 – 27, 2013
Course Description:
In this three-day course you will be given multiple opportunities to practice the techniques and concepts of professional facilitation in an agile context. You will learn disciplined techniques for planning and facilitating effective agile team meetings that produce actionable results. Learn to use healthy conflict to produce extraordinary results rather than allowing unhealthy conflict to destroy meetings. Improve team collaboration and communication to make better decisions and minimize the ‘rehashing’ of critical decisions.

Price: $2070 Reg.
Registration Link

Coaching Agile Teams

ACC Pt. 2: Coaching Agile TeamsAgile Coaching Class Certification Pt. 2: Coaching Agile Teams
Feb. 20 – 22, 2013
Course Description:
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 and offer simple, practical ways to get there.

Price: $2050 Reg.
Registration Link

Agile Antipatterns: The Agilist’s Guide to Traps, Tripwires, & Treachery
Date: February 28, 2013
Location: Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, VA 23229

Knowing the basics of being Agile is essential for any team member, but out in the trenches, a good Agilist must be ready to identify and deal with Agile Antipatterns to help his team and organization move forward.

What’s an Agile Antipattern? Something that at first blush may seem benign, but in practice is usually dangerous to an agile initiative. These are often first expressed as harmless sounding quotes from your team such as “Our daily Scrum lasts 45 minutes” or “I was pulled off this sprint and put onto an emergency project. Again.” It’s important to be able to identify these quickly since they can damage your organization, and are often slippery to catch. Once they’re caught, what does one do with them? Don’t worry, we’ll come up with a plan together.

Through this interactive workshop, participants will gather a wealth of Agile Antipattern knowledge and a set of tools that can be used to remedy these troubling but common problems in the field. We’ll use data collected from The Agile Antipatterns Project (http://AgileAntipatterns.com), and the real-world Antipatterns participants bring to the session. If you’re struggling with a problem in the field, there’s a very good chance you’ll leave with a game plan to address it.

Speaker Bio: Adam Weisbart is a passionate Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach based in San Francisco. He has created several training modules including Build Your Own Scrum which is used by trainers around the world to teach Scrum from the back of the room. He’s the creator of the viral video “Sh*t Bad Scrum Masters Say”, the baker of Retrospective Cookies, and author of the upcoming book Agile Antipatterns: The Scrum Master’s Guide to Traps, Tripwires, & Treachery. When he’s not teaching, he’s likely blogging at http://weisbart.com (were you can find out more about his projects), or cycling some ridiculous distance on a hilly California road.


Our Meeting Sponsor: UDig is a Richmond based information technology staffing and consulting firm founded in 2001 with additional offices in Hampton Roads, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh. UDig offers a unique blend of technical expertise and recruitment strategies. As a candidate we understand that you are more than your professional skills. We get to know more than your technical expertise to ensure that we find the best environment to meet your goals. As for our name? It’s our belief that you should “Do what you dig.”

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