Workshops and Training

Learn Agile methodologies and frameworks like Scrum, Lean, Kanban, XP.

Experiential and Project Based Learning Training and Workshops

Training and workshops are structured on a “Learning by Doing” model.

Whether it is learning about Agile frameworks and practices, tools and techniques for creative collaboration, modeling projects for value delivery or learning how to effectively lead organizations and teams for greater agility and resilience, PPL’s training and workshops provide a rich classroom experience.  Filled with real-world examples, simulations, learning games, and practical advice taught by an experienced, approachable, and skilled instructor, our classes will get you and your teams on their way to a successful outcome.

Starting up a new team to jump starting a brand new project or reassessing an existing project, PPL custom workshops can be structured for your teams and your projects.

AGILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS

Description:

This two-day training introduces participants to what Agile is, how it differs from the traditional “waterfall” methodology, and why your organization will benefit from implementing Agile processes and practices, and developing an Agile mindset.

This course introduces you to the concepts of Lean, Scrum, XP, and Kanban and how these Agile methodologies and frameworks can be combined to create a very powerful and effective way to ensure that you are building the right thing, building the thing right, and building it fast.

Particpants are led into a deep dive into the Scrum Framework – Understanding the roles and responsibilities, ceremonies, and artifacts that enable cross-functional teams deliver features iteratively and incrementally.

Kanban is explored as a methodology well suited to operations and maintenance work.

This training is highly interactive and conveys concepts through a variety of learning techniques including discussions, videos, learning activities, and role plays.  Students will leave this class with a clear understanding of how to put the Scrum Framework to use for their team.

Length of Session:

2 Days

Target Audience:

Developers, testers, business analysts, product owners, scrum masters, project managers, executives – anyone who want to get a clear understanding of Lean and Agile and the two most popular methodologies of Scrum and Kanban.

Pre-Requisites:

None

Description:

This three-day Workshop offers participants the fundamental knowledge of Agile and Scrum and then builds on that knowledge through hands-on practice of applying it to their project or initiative.

The training starts with building an understanding of what Agile is, how it differs from the traditional “waterfall” methodology, and why an organization benefits from embracing an Agile mindset and implementing Agile processes and practices.

Participants are then introduced to the concepts of Scrum and take a deep dive into the Scrum Framework – Understanding the roles and responsibilities, ceremonies, and artifacts that enable cross-functional teams deliver features iteratively and incrementally round out the foundational elements of the training.  In the process, the team will understand their role on the team and develop the necessary team artifacts.

The next two days are spent immersed in understanding Agile requirements and planning.  They will learn how to develop User Stories including eliciting requirements and progressively elaborating those requirements as vertical slivers of functionality for early and frequent delivery of value to the customer.  Participants will practice using popular and effective Agile techniques likes User Story Mapping, User Story Writing, High Speed Estimating, Planning Poker, Story Splitting and more as they work through their simulation.

Using PPLs proprietary Project Liftoff Canvas and their own real-world project, the team is guided through the process of project discovery and setting the context, release planning, backlog refinement and finally sprint / iteration planning; leaving them with the skills and confidence to tackle their first Agile project.

Length of Session:

3 Days

Target Audience:

A cross-functional Agile team (Any type of project or service, any industry – including executive teams, software delivery teams, operations teams, service delivery teams, marketing teams)

Pre-Requisites:

none

Description:

Effective Product Ownership is critical to the success of a project / product and the development of a high-performing Agile team.  As one of the more challenging roles in the Scrum framework, a product owner requires a unique mindset and a diverse set of skills to envision, prioritize and communicate a product feature set that does not just deliver business value but also delights the customer.   This Product Ownership and Agile Requirements Workshop helps lay the foundation for purposeful Product Ownership and helps product owners identify with that mindset, practices, tools, and techniques that would make them highly effective in their role.

One of the key activities of a product owner is to drive the process of gathering Agile requirements and iterative planning.  The workshop teaches this within the context of the scrum framework.  It takes participants on a journey – through a series of facilitated, hands-on exercises of planning a project from an idea to getting requirements ‘ready’ to be worked on by the team.

Popular and effective tools and techniques likes Personas, Product Visioning, User Story Mapping, User Story Writing, High Speed Estimating, Planning Poker and more are introduced and utilized in this workshop.

Another important activity of product ownership is ensuring the team is building the right things through the Agile principle of inspect and adapt.  Through the workshop, participants will learn elements of the Scrum framework and beyond that support gathering and applying feedback to the adaptive planning process.

Length of Session:

2 Days

Target Audience:

Product Owners, Business Analysts, Product Managers, Agile Team Members or anyone else interested in learning about Agile requirements and planning

Pre-Requisites:

Knowledge of Agile

Knowledge of the Scrum Framework

Description:

Requirements and planning within the Agile frameworks and methodologies is a value driven, iterative, and adaptive endeavor.  It is a collaborative effort that involves the team doing the work and the stakeholders who impact or are impacted by the work. This experiential workshop will give Agile teams and stakeholders the first hand knowledge, experience, and confidence to an agile approach and new way of working through requirements and planning with particular emphasis on the Scrum Framework.

Participants will start with an understanding of how Agile requirements are different from traditional requirements with a deep dive into capturing requirements from the perspective of the user – with User Stories.  They will learn the structural elements of a good user story and how they can be constructed as vertical slivers of functionality to enable early delivery of value to the customer.  They will also learn the new role of Product Owner introduced by the Scrum Framework and shifting role of the business that are critical to the success of the project / product.

The participants will participate in a simulation of planning a project / product iteratively right from the vision down to defining the detail requirements using popular and effective tools and techniques likes Personas, Product Visioning, User Story Mapping, User Story Writing, High Speed Estimating, Planning Poker, story splitting and more as they work through their simulation.

Another important activity of adaptive planning and ensuring the team is building the right thing is the pillar of inspection and adaptation.  Throughout the workshop, participants will learn elements of the Scrum framework and beyond that support gathering and applying feedback to the adaptive planning process.

Length of Session:

2 Days

Target Audience:

Product Owners, Business Analysts, Product Managers, Agile Team Members or anyone else interested in learning how to gather requirements and plan Agile projects

Pre-Requisites:

  • Knowledge of Agile
  • Knowledge of the Scrum Framework

EFFECTIVE & CREATIVE COLLABORATION

Description:

This workshop is geared to get a new Agile project off the ground.  Using the proprietary Project Liftoff Canvas,  the Agile team is guided through the process of project discovery – developing a shared understanding of the project, developing the necessary project and team artifacts, and developing the initial project backlog.

The team, under the leadership of the Product Owner will go through the exercise of developing a release road map and plan their first release and first sprint / iteration.

The workshop will leave the team with the skills and confidence to tackle any Agile project.

Length of Session:

2+ Days.

Target Audience:

An Agile team starting out a new project.

Pre-Requisites:

Knowledge of Agile and the Scrum Framework

Basic knowledge of Agile Planning and Requirements

Description:

User story mapping is a simple, yet powerful visual and collaborative technique used to gather requirements, capture the full scope of a project, and plan a project roadmap.  A story map can also be used as a visual tool to track progress on a project.

The team will be guided through articulating the goals and business case for the project.  They will identify users and customers and develop personas.  The Story Map is then developed – identifying and grouping the features from the perspective of the user, and walking through the story map to identify any holes or gaps.  Using well defined prioritization criteria, the team, led by the product owner arrives at a minimum viable product or a release roadmap.  The workshop will also provide additional insights on how to use User Story Maps as a useful visual tool to track the project.

Length of Session:

1 Day

Target Audience:

An Agile Team (s) starting a new project

Executives who want to plan out their portfolio using Story mapping.

Pre-Requisites:

Basic knowledge of user stories is recommended

Combine with the User Story Writing Workshop for a more comprehensive workshop on developing Agile requirements

Description:

This workshop is targeted to Agile teams and particularly product owners and business analysts who want to learn the art of developing and telling a good user story to create shared understanding.  Participants will be guided through the process of developing stories – first as triggers for a collaborative conversation and then progressively elaborating on the stories through techniques such as estimating, decomposition/aggregation techniques, developing conditions of satisfaction and acceptance criteria to gain the necessary clarity to take them into an iteration / sprint to be worked on.

User Stories sometimes need to be supported by architectural and technical work and spikes.  The workshop will address how and when it is appropriate to introduce these additional types of work.

During this 1-day workshop, participants will not just learn how to construct good user stories – but where these user stories come from.  Using some simple models, techniques and practices, product owners, business analysts and other team members participating in the process of writing user stories can ensure that the user stories convey a customer or business need.

Additionally, exposure to a variety of physical and online tools for user story writing and development will round out the knowledge and skills required to write great user stories and develop a robust product backlog.

Length of Session:

1 Day

Target Audience:

An Agile Team (s) starting a new project or an Agile team that want to write better user stories.

Product Owners and Business Analysts

Pre-Requisites:

Basic knowledge of Agile & Scrum

Topics:

Agile Games Workshop

Agile
Agile mindset, values and principles
Organizational Agility
Scrum Ceremonies
Pragmatic Sprint Planning
POWERful Daily Scrums
Pragmatic Sprint Review
POWERful Sprint Retrospective
Pragmatic Backlog Refinement Sessions
User stories
Better User Stories
Splitting User Stories
Estimating and Forecasting
Product Ownership Workshops
User Story Mapping
Release Planning
Prioritization Techniques
Roadmap Planning
Day in the life of a Product Owner
Scrum Master Workshops
Facilitating POWERful Meetings
Day in the life of a Scrum Master
Business Analyst Workshops
Acceptance Criteria vs. Requirements
Eliciting Requirements and Feedback
Managing the Ready Pipeline
Day in the life of a Business Analyst
Productivity
Creating Flow
Time Management & Life Hacks
Agile Managers
Servant Leadership
Emotional Intelligence
Delegation and Empowerment
Coaching Through Change
Portfolio Planning and Roadmaps

MASTERING VALUE DELIVERY

Description:

In an increasingly complex, competitive and changing world, the collaborative effort that is required to envision new products or features to continue to engage and delight our customers is no minor feat!  Once a product vision has been developed, communicating that vision for developing a shared understanding among all stakeholders is the next challenge.  Availing of some lightweight frameworks, tools and techniques can make the process a little more creative and less daunting.

This hands-on, experiential workshop will introduce you to popular and effective tools like the Lean Canvas, Product Canvas, Personas, Story Mapping and more for effectively discovering and communicating a product vision.  Through the process of working through the visioning and discovery of a real-world project, this workshop is structured to offer participants the practical experience of applying many of these tools and techniques.

Length of Session:

1 Day

Target Audience:

Product Owners, Product Managers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Executive leaders, entrepreneurs or anyone interested in developing a toolbox of effective tools and techniques for effective product visioning and discovery.

Pre-Requisites:

Basic understanding of Agile

Description:

The accelerated rate of change brought about by the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous nature of today’s world requires a value driven, iterative, and adaptive approach to requirements and planning.  It requires a deep, creative collaborative and a short feedback loop between the team doing the work, and the stakeholders who are impacted, to discovering and delivering valuable outcomes.

This popular hands-on, experiential workshop offers participants the first hand knowledge, experience, and confidence to tackle the requirements and planning of products, solutions, and services using an Agile, value driven and adaptive approach.

Beginning with a clear understanding of value, what is valuable, who we are creating value for and the role of Product Ownership, including the critical role of Product Owner and the evolving role of the Business Analyst in the discovery and communication of value.  Particpants will then learn the adaptive planning cycle and experience the levels of planning – taking an idea from concept  to value using feedback loops and inspection and adaptation to ensure the solution delivered consistently delights customers and generates value.

Length of Session:

2 Days

Target Audience:

Product Owners, Business Analysts, Product Managers, Agile Team Members or anyone else interested in learning how to gather requirements and plan Agile projects

Pre-Requisites:

Basic understanding of Agile, Basic Understanding of the Scrum Framwork

Description:

Effective Product Ownership is critical to the success of a project / product and the development of a high-performing Agile team.  As one of the more challenging roles in the Scrum framework, a product owner requires a unique mindset and a diverse set of skills to envision, prioritize and communicate a product feature set that does not just deliver business value but also delights the customer.   This Product Ownership and Agile Requirements Workshop helps lay the foundation for purposeful Product Ownership and helps product owners identify with the mindset, practices, tools, and techniques that would ensure their effectiveness in their role.

One of the key activities of a product owner is to drive the process of gathering Agile requirements and planning iteratively.  The workshop teaches this within the context of the scrum framework.  It takes participants on a journey – through a series of facilitated, hands-on exercises of planning a project from an idea to getting requirements ‘ready’ to be worked on by the team.

Popular and effective tools and techniques likes Personas, Product Visioning, User Story Mapping, User Story Writing, High Speed Estimating, Planning Poker and more are introduced and utilized in this workshop.

Another important activity of product ownership is ensuring the team is building the right thing through the Agile principle of inspect and adapt.  Throughout the workshop, participants will learn elements of the Scrum framework and beyond that support gathering and applying feedback to the adaptive planning process.

Length of Session:

2 Days

Target Audience:

Product Owners, Business Analysts, Product Managers, Organizational Leaders interested in learning the art of capturing good requirements and effectively leading teams to plan and deliver valuable products and services.

Pre-Requisites:

Basic understanding of Agile, Basic Understanding of the Scrum Framwork

FOR LEADERS AND EXECUTIVES

Description:

Traditional methods of big up-front requirements and a well planned and executed strategy, with a few people doing the thinking and driving the delivery of the work, are no longer working. The complex and volatile nature of projects and the ever-changing demands from customers require that organizations learn better ways to respond to and create change skillfully – without losing momentum. Agile methods offer managers and leaders the lightweight methods, tools, and techniques to address these new challenges. Adapting to this new paradigm also requires organizations to be highly collaborative and customer-centric, promote decentralized decision making, and be more open to taking risks and learning – and have leadership that can adapt to this new model

In this two-day training for leaders, the foundation is laid for what Agile is, how it differs from the more familiar “waterfall” methodology, and what opportunities and challenges it presents their organizations as they embrace a more Agile way of thinking and working. A clear understanding the most popular Agile frameworks including Scrum, Kanban, and XP will provide the language for leaders to effectively engage with Agile teams.

Managing the system and creating and nurturing a fertile environment for creative, self-organizing, semi-autonomous teams to flourish are essential skills for any effective leader, but particularly for one leading Agile teams. The rest of the workshop will focus on understanding the role of leadership in an Agile organization and developing the toolbox of new techniques and practices leaders can use to be effective agents of change.

Length of Session:

2 Days

Target Audience:

Directors, Sr. Managers, Project Managers, Program Managers, Functional Managers – Leaders who want to understand Agile and how they can leverage Agile methodologies, techniques, and practices to effectively lead projects and self-organizing teams in today’s highly complex, competitive, and volatile environment.

Pre-Requisites:

none

Description:

In this increasingly complex, changing, and competitive world, organizations need to build the qualities to respond rapidly to changes in their environment while still delivering business and customer value frequently.  They need to develop organizational agility.

Organizational agility requires an acute awareness of the environment, processes that optimize the flow of work, employees who are empowered to think, decide, experiment and learn, a culture that fosters innovation and creativity, and leaders that can lead and thrive in this new landscape.

Surveys that measure the top reasons for failure of Agile transformations within organizations consistently point to lack of leadership to lead and support the change.  The new business landscape we find ourselves in, requires a fresh take on the traditional leadership model.  An Agile leader is one who while still communicating a vision that paints the picture of a more purposeful future, and is also able to align and mobilize his / her teams and organization to become more adaptive, innovate, and resilient.  They exhibit a high level of emotional intelligence by becoming acutely aware of themselves and their relationships with others.  Through servant leadership, they learn to manage the system and create a safe environment for people to discover and unleash their full potential. They continuously hone their own personal agility to catalyze deep change through their own example.

This program is delivered as a 2-day onsite workshop or through a multi-session virtual curriculum,  when each leader will experience a transformational journey from the inside out and embrace the art of effective Agile leadership.  Starting with developing a greater awareness of themselves, their leadership style, and the mental models and paradigms that shape their behaviors, through case studies, engaging, facilitated activities, and peer discussions, they will uncover and practice the behaviors, mindset and competencies to lead with curiosity, compassion, and confidence to embark on their journey as conscious leaders and creative collaborators.

Length of Session:

2 Days or multi-week Virtual Program

Target Audience:

Managers, directors and executives who find themselves in a leadership role – willing to challenge the status quo and have the courage to lead their teams and organizations towards greater agility.

Agile Coaches

Pre-Requisites:

Basic understanding of the Agile mindset and Practices

(Recommended:  An Executive’s Introduction to Agile)

Description:

Executives and organization leaders who want to effectively promote and support an Agile transformation within their organization.  The first step in an Agile executive’s playbook is a clear understanding of what Agile is and the opportunities and challenges that are unleashed when an organization decides to embrace Agility.  The second, is being able to speak the language to effectively communicate their vision for the transformation.  This introductory class is geared to help executive leaders do just that!

Starting with developing an understanding of what Agile is and why a leader should care about building agility within their organization, the class further explores what it means to be agile – reinforcing the underlying values and principles.  The executive leaders will be introduced to the lightweight methodologies and frameworks that fall under the Agile umbrella, will dive into a deeper understanding of two of the more popular methodologies – Scrum and Kanban.

Lean principles and the value of investing in engineering and testing practices are explored as critical components of speed, efficiency and quality.  The class includes a comparison of several options for scaling Agile within an organization – including the most popular Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

Agile is now embraced beyond IT and Technology and executive leaders will learn what tools and practices may be useful for strategic planning and portfolio management.  Using case studies and real world examples they will review success and failure patterns and be presented with models of organizational structures and culture that have worked for other organizations.

Length of Session:

1 Day

Target Audience:

Executives and organizational leaders interested in understanding the basics of Agile and improving their own effectiveness as supportive sponsors and service leaders in an Agile Transformation.

Pre-Requisites:

None

Description:

This workshop will Introduce your team, department or organization to the current realities of the business world and the need develop skills to respond to changes efficiently and effectively – in other words, develop agility.

Participants will be led through a journey of confronting the realities of our rapidly changing, complex and competitive world and how they can adopt the right mindset, practices and tools to turn those challenges into opportunities and build a thriving organization.

Inspiring in concept and practical in content, the workshop reinforces the foundational skills of communication and collaboration and introduces participants to a variety of lightweight and simple frameworks, practices and tools that they can apply to plan, manage and deliver their work.  By the end of this dynamic, interactive, and fun workshop participants will not only walk away with new ideas and approaches to work that are simple, creative, empowering, and energizing, they will also use their time together to develop an action plan that they can put into effect immediately.

During this highly interactive, engaging and fun workshop, attendees will participate in a series of facilitated discussions, learning games, videos, simulations and real-life stories.

Length of Session:

2 Days

Target Audience:

Any member of an organization interested in learned about the what, the why and the how of business agility.

Pre-Requisites:

None

CURRENT WORKSHOP OFFERINGS INCLUDE: (CUSTOM WORKSHOPS CAN BE CREATED TO FIT YOUR NEEDS)