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:

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

Description:

Agile teams can deliver amazing products and services when the members of the team work with a one team mindset and retain an intrapreneurial spirit.

The foundational element for high performing teams is trust and trust can only develop with each member of the team makes a deliberate effort to understand themselves and each other.

This experiential workshop takes a team through a journey to put them on the fast track to develop into ultrahigh-performing, cohesive, and resilient teams..  Starting with building self-awareness and awareness of each others values, personalities, strengths and goals; the team will develop their shared vision, mission and goals.  The team members will then develop a toolkit for working together effectively through learning and practicing the foundational skills of communication and collaboration.   This journey to mastery, arms every member of the team with the knowledge, skills and emotional intelligence to develop a creative, collaborative, and agile mindset to deliver innovative products, and produce fast and astonishing results consistently.

A skilled coach and facilitator will lead the Agile team through this program over a course of several weeks – allowing the team the time to absorb, reflect and put their learning into practice.

Through this program, your teams will:

  • Unleash their full potential by leveraging and aligning the talents, skills and interests of ever team member to the organization’s goals
  • Have the conversations, and develop the skills to dissipate unhealthy conflict and harness healthy conflict for effective collaboration
  • Establish a culture of trust to work together effectively
  • Learn to communicate effectively for shared understanding, soliciting and giving feedback and customer collaboration and stakeholder engagement.
  • Develop the resilience to work through uncertainty and change
  • Develop the skills to prioritize and manage their work
  • Embrace and promote a culture of continuous learning and improvement
  • Learn how to measure their performance and pave a path towards greater agility

Length of Session:

Multi-week virtual or on-site program

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:

Training in the Foundations of Agile and one of the  Agile Frameworks / Methodologies like Scrum, Kanban or XP)

(Recommended: Introduction to Agile, Lean, Scrum and Kanban)

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:

  • Continued learning through Agile games
  • Scrum Ceremonies Re-visited
  • Metrics That Matter
  • Agile Engineering Practices
  • Agile Testing Practices
  • Customer Onboarding
  • Portfolio Management

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:

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

Description:

Requirements and planning for 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 for an agile approach and value driven way of working through requirements and planning within the context of the Scrum Framework.

Participants will start with gaining a clear understanding of how Agile requirements are different from traditional requirements.  A deep dive into User Stories explains how to capture requirements from the perspective of the user.  They will learn the structural elements of a good user story and how breaking down work into vertical slivers of functionality enables early and frequent delivery of value to the customer.  They will also learn the critical role of the Product Owner introduced by the Scrum Framework, and shifting role of the business analyst that are essential to the success of the project / product.

The experiential nature of the workshop has participants working through a simulation of real-world project. Starting with capturing the requirements, they will plan a project / product iteratively right from the vision down to defining the detail requirements.   They will learn and use 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.

Other important activities of an adaptive planning planning process to ensure the team is building the right thing are the pillars 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:

Basic understanding of Agile, Basic Understanding of the Scrum Framwork

Description:

Traditional methods of big up-front requirements and a well planned and executed strategy, with a few people driving the delivery of the work is no longer a viable option. The complex and volatile nature of projects and changing demands from customers require that organizations learn ways to respond to and create change skillfully – without losing momentum. Agile methodologies offer managers and leaders the lightweight methodologies, tools and techniques to address these new challenges.

In this two-day training leaders will be introduced to what Agile is, and how it differs from the more familiar “waterfall” methodology. Leaders will evaluate the pros and cons of Agile methodologies and understand the criteria to evaluate which types of projects are best suited for Agile. Regardless of chosen methodology, leaders will learn the benefits of promoting an agile way of thinking and working.

Leaders will learn some of the more Agile frameworks and methodologies including Lean, Scrum, Kanban, and XP, the new and shifting roles introduced by these frameworks and the techniques to adaptively and iteratively plan the work and incrementally deliver value regularly – whether in a pure Agile or hybrid environment.

Managing the system and creating the right environment for creative, self-organizing, semi-autonomous teams to flourish are essential skills for any effective leader but particularly for one leading Agile projects. In this class you will learn the steps to developing high performing teams and tools and techniques leaders can use to manage the system effectively.

Expect for leaders to leave this class with a toolbox of new techniques, practices and ideas they can use to boost the performance of their organizations and teams and scale their abilities as effective leaders.

Length of Session:

2 Days

Target Audience:

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 team in today’s highly complex, competitive and volatile environment.

Pre-Requisites:

none

FOR LEADERS AND EXECUTIVES

Description:

Traditional methods of big up-front requirements and a well planned and executed strategy, with a few people driving the delivery of the work is no longer a viable option. The complex and volatile nature of projects and changing demands from customers require that organizations learn ways to respond to and create change skillfully – without losing momentum. Agile methodologies offer managers and leaders the lightweight methodologies, tools and techniques to address these new challenges.

In this two-day training leaders will be introduced to what Agile is, and how it differs from the more familiar “waterfall” methodology. Leaders will evaluate the pros and cons of Agile methodologies and understand the criteria to evaluate which types of projects are best suited for Agile. Regardless of chosen methodology, leaders will learn the benefits of promoting an agile way of thinking and working.

Leaders will learn some of the more Agile frameworks and methodologies including Lean, Scrum, Kanban, and XP, the new and shifting roles introduced by these frameworks and the techniques to adaptively and iteratively plan the work and incrementally deliver value regularly – whether in a pure Agile or hybrid environment.

Managing the system and creating the right environment for creative, self-organizing, semi-autonomous teams to flourish are essential skills for any effective leader but particularly for one leading Agile projects. In this class you will learn the steps to developing high performing teams and tools and techniques leaders can use to manage the system effectively.

Expect for leaders to leave this class with a toolbox of new techniques, practices and ideas they can use to boost the performance of their organizations and teams and scale their abilities as effective leaders.

Length of Session:

2 Days

Target Audience:

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 team 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 navigate 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 2015 State of Agile Survey by VersionOne showed the following results: Lack of management support (38%), company philosophy and culture at odds with Agile values (46%), lack of support for cultural transition (38%), ineffective management collaboration (34%), broader organizational and communication problem (30%).

The new landscape 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, 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 the right environment for people to reach their full potential. They continuously hone their own personal agility to catalyze deep change through their own example.

This virtual program leads each leader through a transformational journey from the inside out.  Through assessments the leader will build deep awareness of themselves, their leadership style, and the mental models and paradigms that shape their current behaviors.   Through case studies, targeted coursework, and peer discussions they will learn the concrete skills, tools and techniques to enhance their organization’s agility and resilience.  Through PeopleTek’s unique coaching model, the leaders will learn to hone the behaviors, embrace the mindset, and develop the competencies to become the Agile leaders that can guide and sustain change.

Each leader will leave with their personal Agile Leader’s Playbook – a roadmap for mastering agile leadership.

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:

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 & Scrum Masters

Pre-Requisites:

Basic understanding of Agile

(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)