Agile Workshop Facilitation
What is This Course?
Participants will be introduced to the facilitation of workshops for business in an Agile context through a highly participative and practical training style. Topics are introduced through facilitated sessions where possible in order to maximise demonstration and experience of useful techniques. Each delegate will also be able to observe, participate in and practice facilitation of workshops within a supportive environment and share feedback for further development. For more experienced or those with a particular issue, there is scope to explore specific areas of interest within facilitation, if desired.
Workshop sessions can be run on targeted areas of interest or to explore particular skills. The flexibility of this approach allows more material to be covered and the course to be tailored to participants’ specific needs or organisational culture. Topics could include:
- Aspects of Agile development - release/sprint planning, requirements prioritisation, kick-off
- Organisational change, strategy, process reconciliation post-merger
- Determining effective environmentally friendly office practices and office environments
Feedback is collected in the form of specific tips for all the participants in the group so that practical advice can be shared among the group members.
What Will You Learn?
The 2 day Agile Facilitation workshop will give you an in-depth understanding of workshop facilitation within the specific Agile context in order that you can:
- Plan, prepare and facilitate Agile workshops
- Generate ideas
- Solve problems
- Prioritise issues arising
- Facilitate decision making
- Create agreed action plans
What Topics Will Be Covered?
You can expect the following topics to be covered during the course:
- What is facilitation? definition, benefits and applications
- Facilitator role, responsibilities and characteristics of an effective facilitator
- Other roles involved
- Process: planning, preparation and follow-up, in addition to running a workshop
- The dynamics of the workshop flow, the group and their facilitation
- Recognising and managing behaviours, group dynamics and interpersonal skills
- A selection of workshop techniques covering:
- Idea generation
- Problem solving
- Prioritisation and decision making
- Action planning
- Facilitator development and available qualifications
What Will You Receive?
- 2 days of high quality instruction from Julia Godwin, DSDM trainer and examiner, APMG AgilePM trainer, International Association of Facilitators CPF (Certified Professional Facilitator), Myers-Briggs assessor and NLP Master Practitioner with over 20 years’ Agile experience
- 14 Category B Scrum Alliance Education Units (SEUs) towards Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). To learn more about the CSP certification, please see here
- Agil8 Community membership including face-to-face and virtual networking and knowledge sharing opportunities, access to industry experts, special offers and invitations to special events
- Course materials (printed bound copy plus access to electronic versions and other reference materials)
- Nourishment! Hot and cold sit-down lunch, breakfast (if required) and refreshments available throughout the day - all dietary requirements catered for (Etc Venues only; Regus provide a cold buffet lunch and snacks)
Who Is This Course Suitable For?
- The course is designed for those new or inexperienced who would like to facilitate.
However, the highly flexible structure also allows more experienced facilitators to gain value
- Anyone involved in Scrum across the full range of roles, particularly Product Owners and/or ScrumMasters
- Those newly setting out on their Agile journey as well as those already using Agile or Scrum but looking to gain some specific Agile-oriented facilitation skill for use with their team or stakeholders
- Those working towards their Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certification where it provides 14 Category B Scrum Education Units (SEUs) of 70 required.
- Those with the following roles within their organisation:
- Product Owners
- Business Analyst
- Agile Coaches
- Team Leaders
- Process Owners and Managers
- Project / Product Managers
- Functional / Departmental Managers
Are There Any Prerequisites For This Course?
There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however participants should be familiar with the concepts of Agile and the basics at least of Scrum. It would be useful for those with any prior facilitation experience to reflect on any specific areas they would like to practice.
How Should You Prepare For This Course?
This course will not cover the Scrum process or other Agile methodologies, but will rather look specifically at the role of facilitation within an Agile context. It is aimed at those with a prior understanding of, or experience using Agile. However, the trainer is experienced in Scrum and other Agile approaches.
What about Certification?
The International Association of Facilitators (est. 1994 in North America as a community to exchange information and ideas, network and provide professional development for facilitation) accredits facilitators to become Certified Professional Facilitators. The scheme assesses competence in the following areas: Collaborative Client Relationships, Appropriate Group Processes, Build and Sustain Participatory Environment, Guide Groups to Appropriate and Useful Outcomes, Build and Maintain Professional Knowledge and Model Positive Professional Attitude. This accreditation is not included in the course as delegates will need to build up the necessary experience to begin the application. For further details: https://www.iaf-world.org/site/professional/Becomi...
This course does provide 14 Category 'B' SEUs (Scrum Education Units) which can be counted towards the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) qualification for those who already have either Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner certification. See here for further information.