Forming, or Launching, a new Agile Team is a critical step that is very often skipped due to lack of knowledge, time pressure or just eagerness to get on with work as soon as possible. This workshop discusses and demonstrates the importance of taking the time to launch teams and provides hand-on knowledge on how to Form a Team. This technique has been used by several organizations in the US and Australia. The last being the 2nd largest bank in Australia launching teams in an organization of 4500 people.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

During this session we will take people through the first five practices of our delivery team transformation road map. People will be asked to form teams and will provide a 'vision statement' . We will guide them through the first five practices using our gemPowers Knowledge Base and team self-assessment tool. Please see presentation deck for screen shots of the tool we will be using. This session helps people understand how to use a road map, agreed expectations and short, self-assessed feedback loops to help launch teams on their journey to new ways of work.

  • Break into teams and provide "Vision Statement" (5 min)
  • Discuss the importance of Forming a Team and assign roles (5 min)
  • Workshop:
    • Team purpose, working agreement, new member onboarding (5min)
    • Intake Work (5min)
    • Manage Work (5min)
    • Delivery Team Event Schedule (5min)
    • Manage Backlog (5min)
  • Q&A

Learning Outcome

At the end of the session attendees will be able to:

  • Understand and articulate the importance of forming a team.
  • Understand and articulate why it is important for teams to agree on how work comes into the team.
  • Understand and agree to how the team will manage their work.
  • Understand and articulate why it is important to create an events schedule and the norms for the events.

Target Audience

Coaches, Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Agile team members

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic knowledge of agile principles and practices.

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  • Shane Hastie
    By Shane Hastie  ~  6 days ago
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    Hi Mihal and Teri

    Thanks for submitting this proposal. 

    Please can you provide some additional information about the tool you mention you will be using in this workshop.  Is it a proprietary product or something that is freely available to the community? 

    Looking at the proposed timeline it seems to me that the pace will be very fast to cover the 7 elements you identify - do you feel that this is achievable and will there be sufficient time for the participants to reflect on their learning before moving on to the next activity? 

    Many thanks

    Shane

    • Teri Christian
      By Teri Christian  ~  5 days ago
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      Hi Shane,

      Thanks for the questions. The tool we are using is a fluency framework that has been developed for large and small organizations to transform to new ways of working, learning and measuring progress. I can send you our user guide if that will help? We have found it to be particularly useful with teams that are distributed. Also keeps the entire transformation on the same roadmap. 

      The tool is propriatory and available to the community. We have two models: 1. Organizational Subscriptions for large transformations and 2. Individual subscriptions. The individual subscription is about $20 per month and very accessable. We have coaches using it on their own right now. 

      We have done this session with other groups in a similar time frame. We don't really aim to have people walk away and be able to impliment immediatly, it is more around the concept of thinking about actually launching teams. This is a different approach to the traditional get training in mechanics approach. We are focusing more on the individuals and interactions over process and tools. This is often overlooked. So the learning is what do you need to do beyond Scrum, SAFe, Kanban, LeSS, DaD, etc... to first focus on team work, individuals and interactions. This is the proposed outcome of the session. 

      Hope this helps. 

      Thanks,

      Teri


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