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Courses offered by Agile Play Consulting

Facilitation& Training
with Liberating Structures

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Upcoming Classes

January  18, 19, 25, 26 2023
(4 evenings over 2 weeks)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  EST 
(3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST)


Experience 16 Liberating Structures best suited for Agile context, and practice designing your own workshops in our Design Jam. Amplify collaboration in your teams! Join me to learn about disruptive innovation methods that will allow you to shift dynamic of your remote groups for good! Session one - getting started 1) Virtual collaboration basics (7 Rules of virtual engagement, 8 Training from the Back of the Room practices) 2) Most versatile Virtual Liberating Structures (LS) for collaboration, engagement and debriefing (1-2-4-All, MadTea, W3, Impromptu Networking) Session two - expanding your range: LS for Strategy Sessions, Portfolio Management, Big Room Planning (Wicked Questions, Critical Uncertainties, Shift-and-Share, Ecocycle Planning, Spiral Journal) Session three - Improving retrospectives with LS Virtual LS for Retrospectives and post-mortems (Drawing Together, TRIZ, Troika/Wise Crowds, 15 % Solution) Final session - Design Jam Open Space! 1) Bring a topic for your workshop/session and design it in the class with Liberating Structures Design Board, collaborate with other participants and get feedback from the instructor. Solve your real-world problem right here in this class. (Using LS Matchmaker, LS Design Boards and Mural) 2) Liberating Structures for large group collaboration(Open Space, Conversation Cafe) Who is this training for? 1. New Certified Scrum Masters. If you've taken your CSM class, this workshop is your step two. It will help you improve engagement and facilitate Scrum Events like a pro. 2. Product Owners and Product Managers. This workshop will bring a new perspective and systems thinking into your Product Backlog and Portfolio Management. 3. New and experienced Agile Coaches. You will find new ways to assess team effectiveness, facilitate large events with multiple teams and connect with the stakeholder in a fresh new way. 4. UX Designers and Design Thinking practitioners. This will give you new tools to add to your Design Sprints and help you better know your users. 5. Leaders, who want to enable innovation and create robust strategies. 6. Facilitators, looking to bring energy and impact to large online meetings they facilitate. Familiarity with the Scrum frameworks is helpful, but not mandatory. What will you be able to do after this class? - Completely change the dynamic of your workshops with Liberating Structures adapted to the virtual space. - Re-design your meetings/ trainings for remote delivery with Liberating Structures Design Board. - Facilitate impactful large-scale collaboration online with confidence. - Maximize engagement, long term content retention for your learners and NPR scores for yourself.

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Upcoming Classes

Private training is available upon request

Learning about DevOps through a business game makes this technical topic accessible to all. Experience it for yourself with Dana Pylayeva's "Lego and Chocolate" simulation and help everyone in your organization to gain a solid understanding of foundational principles of the DevOps culture as well as connect with the benefits of DevOps transformation. The course is designed for a broad audience, enabling participants to gain the insights into the “Why” and the “What” of the DevOps before jumping into the “How”. Through this powerful role-based simulation, participants experience the benefits of cross-training, learn to eliminate silos, adopt systems thinking and practice optimizing the flow of value from business to development and to IT operations. Unlike some other simulation, this one is 1) short ( you can run it in 2 - 4 hours), 2) effective (received rave reviews from thousands of participants in 15 countries) 3) accessible to technical and non-technical folks. Yes, business stakeholder will love it too! 4) a pre-requisite for the DevOps Culture Practitioner Certificate - DCPC™ from CertiProf. Ideally designed for organizations that are 1) evaluating their approach to DevOps transformation; 2) making their first steps in adopting DevOps practices; 3) noticing the gaps left by “automation only” approach to DevOps. This course: - is based on real-life examples from medium to large size organizations; - includes the latest findings from the State of DevOps report; - delivers key ideas from “The Phoenix Project” by Gene Kim; - provides gamified experiential learning in a short and effective format; - facilitates a number of debriefings to draw parallels between the issues highlighted in the simulation and some of the similar issues the learners may have in their organizations. This unique simulation uses LEGOs, Chocolate, role cards as well as principles of “Training from the Back of the Room” by Sharon Bowman to maximize engagement and enable the shift of the learners’ mindset from reluctant sceptics to supporters and advocates of DevOps culture.

Agile Fundamentals with Scrum
(1 day)


Upcoming Classes

Private training is available upon request

New to Agile and Scrum? Take this highly experiential one day fundamentals primer to learn about the basics of Agile development and the Scrum Framework. After taking this class participants will be able to 1) Explain Agile values, principles and the history behind Agile Manifesto. 2) Name 5 values, 5 events, 3 roles, 3 artefacts of Scrum and articulate what makes Scrum an effective framework for product delivery. 3) Align their development efforts around delivering the highest business value features (agile chartering, product discovery, creation of a user persona, user story mapping, estimation etc). 4) Experience a “day in life” of each of the Scrum Roles (Scrum Master, Product Owner, Development team) 5) Interpret and effectively apply agile metrics to drive improvements and predictability in their real-life projects. 6) Discuss agile development practices that can drive down “technical debt”. 7) Experience a variety of techniques for effective collaboration and self-organization in Agile teams (Team Norms, Retrospectives etc)

Agile Team Facilitation

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Upcoming Classes

March  13,14 2023
(2 days)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  CET
(10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST)

This class focuses on professional facilitation skills pertinent to the Agile context. Improve effectiveness of your Agile events, collaborative workshops, and other team meetings. What is ICAgile – Agile Team Facilitator class? Content focuses primarily on the mindset and role of an Agile Team Facilitator. Participants will take away group facilitation tools and techniques to design effective meetings and workshops that engage the entire audience and drive towards agreed-upon outcomes. Participants of the ICAgile Agile Team Facilitation workshop will develop their facilitation skills and capability to foster collaboration and enable self-organizing teams. They will gain practical experience in facilitating specific agile practices. Agenda for the ICP-ATF class: 1. Setting the Ground for Collaboration 2. Agile Coaching Competency Framework 3. Facilitating Collaboration and Participation 4. Facilitating Problem Solving and Decision Making 6. The Facilitation Process 7. Organizing and Facilitating Agile Meetings As an outcome of this course, you will be eligible for the ICP-ATF certification. The full class must be completed before certification will be issued and full attendance and participation is required Who ICAgile Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF) class is for? - Agile team leaders or aspiring team leaders with a passion for servant leadership and a desire to learn and practice the art of facilitation in the context of team facilitation and coaching. - ICP-ATF relevant roles include ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers, Agile Coaches, and aspiring coaches, Product Owners, Business Analysts, and anyone with the desire to explore the power of facilitation. - Whether you are a seasoned facilitator, or a new Agile Coach the ICAgile Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF) class will help you grow or hone your facilitation skills and will potentially boost your career prospects through earning of a valuable ICP-ATF certification.

DevOps Culture Game.

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Upcoming Classes

Private training is available upon request

Are you a coach, a trainer or a change agent on a mission to help your organization embrace DevOps? Add one of the best DevOps culture simulations to your toolbox! The game simulates dynamics of a large enterprise and scales well to groups from 12 – 50 people. Effective, fun and short - this business game will help you make DevOps accessible to all. Unlike some other games in this space, DevOps with Lego and Chocolate Game can be facilitated in only 1.5 - 3 hours. This Train the Trainer workshop includes all the latest game modifications (2023 version) delivered to you by the game creator! What will you take home with you: 1) DevOps Simulation Starter Kit (Contains all the game components you’ll need to add to your favorite brand of chocolate and your favorite set of plastic bricks) 2) A deck of Role cards for up to 21 players 3) A signed copy of Dana’s “Introduction to DevOps with Lego and Chocolate” book 4) Latest 2019 version of the simulation introduction slides (Power Point) 5) A printed handout with the content covered in facilitator training 6) Certificate of completion

Training from the
Back of the Room (TBR) -
(2 days)

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Upcoming Classes

Private training is available upon request

Developed by Sharon L. Bowman, this official 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) Practitioner Class is a globally-acclaimed, interactive, skills-building train-the-trainer class for anyone who is a trainer, teacher, instructor, coach, or facilitator of learning. In this 2-day TBR Practitioner Class, you’ll explore how the human brain really learns, which is very different from traditional assumptions about learning. And you’ll be introduced to “cognitive neuroscience” concepts – the brain science behind all effective instructional design and human learning. De-facto standard in the Agile/DevOps training world, TBR increases longterm stickiness of learning and helps effectively model Agile mindset principles. What will you be able to do after this training? 1. Apply six learning principles based on current brain science every time you train or facilitate, regardless of the complexity of your topic, size of the group, or level of the participants. 2. Demonstrate a variety of brain science elements important to adult learning, using your own training topics. 3. Increase learners' attention, retention and engagement with learning activities that engage the whole brain. 4. Use the 4C "map" of instructional training design and delivery model. 5. Add to your toolbox over 65 brain-based learning activities for all topics and all instructional formats: classroom, e-learning, one-on-one, small or large group meeting. 6. Access a collection of new brain science resources to enhance your training skills whether you teach in real or virtual classrooms. 7. Create effective training programs that combine your own material with the brain-based strategies from this program. 8. Explain to your colleagues the basic concepts of the psychology of human brain as it applies to learning, training and memory. 9. Become a member of an ongoing "mastermind" group of trainers and continue your TBR journey through collaboration, idea exchange and community support.

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