Introduction to Agile

COLLABORATIVE TEAMWORK

Agile is a well-established way of working in some organisations, yet still very novel within others. 

Teams which are happy to challenge, support, question and hold each other to account are built on an ability to have open and honest conversations about their own performance and a purposeful desire to improve.

The Change Maker Programme

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This programme will help unlock thinking as to what you can do to be more agile in projects and raises some questions which will help reveal deeper considerations. 

This is for individuals who are just starting out on their Agile journey and want to see if the Agile is for them. 

The Change Maker Programme will be delivered in a virtual learning environment through an easy to use system.  

Each of the 6 sessions will be the perfect blend of real-time facilitator-led theory and practical and participative tasks and activities, with virtual breakout rooms to optimise learning. 

The flexible module-based sessions are 3 hours long. There will be some short pre-course reading to complete prior to some of the sessions.

Module 1: Introduction to Agile - 5th November 2021

The workshop helps organisations and teams focus on what’s really important and achieve results more quickly than other ‘traditional’ ways of working. This can lead to a considerable reduction in wasted effort and, for many, leads to a more enjoyable working experience. The workshop is for all members of staff who want to experience a taster of how Agile approaches work. 

Content:

  • Introducing Agile: A light overview, revealing where Agile has come from and showing how it can offer significant impact within teams and organisations. 
  • Principles: What are the building blocks for Agile environments to operate in? 
  • Agile process: A simple structure that Agile teams use to keep things moving 
  • Communication: How can Agile teams easily track their progress, report accurately and ensure effective collaboration exists? 
  • Agile in practice: A group-based discussion considering how Agile approaches can be introduced. 

Module 2: Introduction to Scrum - 12th November 2021

The workshop is a combination of learning the principles of Scrum and team-based exercises. During the exercises, you will work in Scrum Teams over a series of Sprints to learn Scrum while using Scrum. They experience first-hand how the Scrum framework improves their ability to deliver value compared to traditional methods.

  • Learn (or relearn) the fundamentals of Scrum and how to apply them correctly
  • Develop an understanding of what it is like to use Scrum and if it is right for your team
  • Identify common pitfalls and how to avoid them

Module 3: Product Owner - 19th November 2021

The breadth of the role’s responsibilities in delivering a successful product will become more clear from an Agile perspective. Metrics are identified to track the creation of value and the successful delivery of the product to the marketplace.

  • Know how the Product Owner fits into Scrum
  • Successfully work with Scrum Teams and stakeholders

Module 4: Scrum Master - 26th November 2021

In previous sessions, we have looked at the principles and some process theory that underpins the Scrum framework, At the heart of the Agile and Scrum movement is that of the Scrum Master.  This session looks specifically at the definition and the responsibilities of the role from a leadership and coaching perspective moving a team toward increased efficiency and effectiveness.  We will take a look at the thinking for servant-leadership and behavioral shifts.

  • The role of the Scrum Master
  • Clearing obstacles. 
  • Establishing an environment where the team can be effective.
  • Enabling the team to self-organise and empowering to create, innovate, and make decisions for themselves as one team.

Module 5: Application and Culture - 3rd December 2021

Companies with an Agile environment typically accept and promote change, innovation, and process improvement. They understand the different Agile frameworks and support important Agile practices, such as planning in sprints and working collaboratively. These workplaces support their team members. They also view engaged employees and customers as more important than following documented processes and contracts.

The four pillars of Agile that any Agile environment needs to support are:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

In this session, we take a critical look at our organisations to see what could change to support the successful application of Agile PM

Module 6: 1-1 Coaching Session

Date to be arranged by the delegate with the tutor. 

Please complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch or alternatively you can book via our online booking form


Please note that places on this programme are highly competitive.


One Module  - £95 

Three Modules - £270 

All 6 modules - £520

The change maker BLOG

We will be sharing blogs from our trusted thought leaders. They will complement the range of topics that you’ll delve into during the virtual delivery of the Change Maker Programme. 

The Change Management Podcast

The Change Management Podcast, hosted by Dr Louise Bright, Director of Research and Business Engagement at USW, will give you exclusive access to USW’s thought leaders who are at the helm of supporting organisations to solve their business problems. We’ll also feature special guests who will give honest reflections on their experiences of change, the impact it has had on themselves, their teams and their organisations.