Numerous organizations and teams claim to have adopted Agile and/or one if its many flavors, such as Scrum or Kanban, and may think they are doing an efficient job. However, when we analyze their performance using our extensive Agile maturity model, we find there are deficiencies in their process and identify areas that can be improved with additional training, coaching or minor adjustments to current processes. On the flip side, some organizations and teams know they are under performing when it comes to implementing Agile processes, but they don’t know why or where the roadblocks are occurring.

This Agile Harmonizer Workshop is designed to be a hands-on learning experience during which nTier’s coaches assess your team’s work and performance and identify the specific processes that are causing roadblocks to agile transformation. Our coaches will help your team fine-tune and adjust the Agile processes that are acting as a bottleneck in order to harmonize the Agile process. Common roadblocks include requirements development, story mapping, estimation, backlog grooming, writing user stories, release planning, task breakdown or distributed team collaboration.

Sometimes we find that the roadblocks come from a misunderstanding, a lack of skill or confusion about certain Scrum roles, such as a Scrum master or product owner who may not be entirely comfortable with his or her tasks. Often times the root cause of the roadblocks above can be attributed to not fully adopting an agile culture within the organization. Whatever the case, our agile coaches will address both the symptoms and the root cause for truly lasting change.

Audience: The Agile Harmonizer Workshop is intended to fine-tune the processes that your teams are already running. This means the workshop should include all scrum team members: Scrum masters, product owners, development teams, QA and any others involved.
Course Duration: 1 to 2 Days

The Agile Harmonizer workshop is designed for organizations and teams who are already working through the Agile processes but are finding inefficiencies in their performance. Although this workshop does not require an individual or team to have taken any course or training, we recommend individuals and teams already know the fundamentals of Agile projects. Our workshops typically follow a coach’s assessment of your team. If your team is not familiar with the basics, we recommend starting with our Agile Foundations class.

Course Objectives:
  • Identify and understand the team’s current impediments or roadblocks to full agility
  • Remove those impediments and their root causes to allow the team and the organization to flourish
  • Additional objectives are customized for each engagement based off team responses to the Agile Maturity Model and goals of the organization and team
Course Outline:

Note: Each workshop is different but the general flow from start to finish will follow the outline below.

  • Assessment
    • Individual Members Respond to the Online Agile Maturity Model
    • Assess Results – Identify Impediments/Roadblocks
    • Understand Root Causes
    • Establish and Prioritize Items to Address in Workshop
  • Team Learning
    • Discussions and Exercises to Address Items Identified During Assessment
    • Typical Items Identified and Addressed Include:
      • Writing Requirements
      • Writing User Stories, Technical Stories or Defects
      • Agile Estimation and Velocity Estimating
      • Product Backlog Development Ranking and Grooming
      • Scrum Role Definitions: Scrum Master, Product Owner, Developers, etc.
      • Scrum Meetings Efficiency: Daily, Sprint, Retrospective
      • Story Mapping
      • Sprint Design and Efficiency
      • Task Breakdown
      • Agile Tool Deficiencies
      • Technical Debt
      • Organizational Cultural Challenges
  • Closing
    • Review Changes to Process and Team Behaviors
    • Develop SMART Objectives for Next 90 Days