When you dissect most Agile practices (e.g. Iteration Planning, Retrospectives, Group Estimation Sessions, Backlog grooming sessions, etc.) you will notice that they are basically collaborative meetings/work sessions where a group of people need to creatively produce an outcome that they agree upon and can all commit to. One of the main duties of ScrumMasters and Team Facilitators is to design these agile practices and run them. Professional Facilitation tools are extremely valuable tools to help ScrumMasters, Product Owners, and Team Facilitators engage all the participants in the meeting, probe into their creativity and help bring them to consensus. Unfortunately many ScrumMasters, Product Owners and Team Facilitators are not aware yet of some of these facilitation tools and skills they need to design Agile practices to truly serve their teams. In this 2 day highly interactive workshop Ahmed will briefly introduce some of the basics of facilitation and some key facilitation tools and techniques such as Home and Away, Brain-writing, Nominal Group Technique, etc. During the workshop Ahmed will engage the audience in the "art" of facilitation and designing new innovative agile practices that can serve the team in the most effective way possible. All the tools introduced in this session will be applied to real agile practices and examples from real-life sessions will be incorporated to show the audience the practicality of the tools and that it is not just theoretical. For example he will show the participants how to use small groups and large groups facilitation tools to engage 50 people in a group estimation session for 300 stories where everyone participated and we finished in 90 mins.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  • The Agile Team Facilitator Mindset
    • Defining Agile team facilitation
    • Agile team facilitator behaviors
  • Development Path for Agile Coaching
    • Defining an Agile coaching development path
    • Assessing one’s ability to serve the team
    • Calling for more advanced Agile coaching skill
  • Facilitation & the Facilitator Stance
    • Definition of facilitation
    • The facilitator stance
    • Agile team facilitator
  • Facilitating Meetings
    • Designing meetings for collaboration
    • Using the meeting organizing tools
  • Facilitating full participation
    • Facilitating Collaboration
    • Facilitating collaborative conversations
    • Facilitating team decision-making
  • Setting the Facilitation Contex
    • Choosing the level of facilitation intervention
    • Protecting the team boundary
  • Facilitating Chartering Activities
    • Project chartering (Hands-on Simulation)
    • Team chartering (Hands-on Simulation)
  • Facilitating Collaborative Meetings
    • Facilitating release planning (Hands-on Simulation)
    • Facilitating iteration planning (Hands-on Simulation)
    • Facilitating retrospectives (Hands-on Simulation)
    • Facilitating stand-ups

Learning Outcome

The ICP-ATF is one of two Continuous Learning Certifications (CLCs) on the Agile Coaching and Facilitation track. It focuses primarily on the mindset and role of an agile team facilitator, while also providing group facilitation tools and techniques for effectively designing meetings and workshops that both engage the entire audience and drive towards agreed-upon outcomes. Through obtaining this certification, the learner will develop an appreciation for the art of facilitation as key to fostering collaboration and enabling self-organizing teams. In addition, participants will update their facilitator toolkits and gain practical experience leveraging them to facilitate specific agile practices towards successful team outcomes. This class will:

  • Explore the basics of group facilitation tools and techniques and provide the learner the skills and knowledge to be able to apply these principles to group interactions for more productive discussions and better management of time and resources.
  • Provide the learner with an understanding of the mindset, role, and responsibilities of an agile team facilitator. The learner will gain the skills needed to help a team reach a set of desired outcomes in a manner that encourages participation, creativity and buy-in from all those involved.
  • Explore the common hurdles to implementing agile practices and provide the learner with skills to help teams overcome them.

Target Audience

Scrum masters, team facilitators, product owners


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