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Why would I attend this course?

You are a Scrum Master or aspiring Scrum Master who wants to lead teams in this new Agile world. You have heard that engaged, self-organising teams are the key to success, but surely there must be more to it? Some kind of Agile process? What about project management?

We realize this might be bewildering. And we can help.

We invite you on a journey to become a masterful Scrum Master. This course starts where certified Scrum Master training leaves off. It is deep, experiential and requires dedication. We will explore the intricacies of Scrum, of creating happy, healthy high-performance teams, of developing yourself as an Agile leader. Learn how to truly embody the Agile philosophy and bring it to the people you work with. Become practiced in facilitation, mentoring, and coaching. Learn how to work with conflict and resistance, both in your own team and in the broader organisation.

In this course you will get to practice the skills and tools in a safe setting with your fellow students and receive impact feedback. You will also have access to individual coaching by professional coaches.

The 6-month program consists of weekly 2-hour interactive virtual sessions hosted by experienced practitioners. This format allows you to truly live what you are learning, applying it to your team every week, and bringing back your challenges into the learning space.

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Why would I attend this course?

You are a Scrum Master or aspiring Scrum Master who wants to lead teams in this new Agile world. You have heard that engaged, self-organising teams are the key to success, but surely there must be more to it? Some kind of Agile process? What about project management?

We realize this might be bewildering. And we can help.

We invite you on a journey to become a masterful Scrum Master. This course starts where certified Scrum Master training leaves off. It is deep, experiential and requires dedication. We will explore the intricacies of Scrum, of creating happy, healthy high-performance teams, of developing yourself as an Agile leader. Learn how to truly embody the Agile philosophy and bring it to the people you work with. Become practiced in facilitation, mentoring, and coaching. Learn how to work with conflict and resistance, both in your own team and in the broader organisation.

In this course you will get to practice the skills and tools in a safe setting with your fellow students and receive impact feedback. You will also have access to individual coaching by professional coaches.

The 6-month program consists of weekly 2-hour interactive virtual sessions hosted by experienced practitioners. This format allows you to truly live what you are learning, applying it to your team every week, and bringing back your challenges into the learning space.

Who will find it useful?

  • Scrum masters and aspiring scrum masters
  • Agile coaches who develop scrum masters
  • Project managers becoming, or working with, scrum masters

Who will find it useful?

  • Scrum masters and aspiring scrum masters
  • Agile coaches who develop scrum masters
  • Project managers becoming, or working with, scrum masters

What are the prerequisites?

  • The course will deepen your existing Scrum/Agile knowledge and assumes a basic understanding of the framework. You therefore need to have undergone basic Agile training before joining. Examples would be courses accredited with IC-Agile or the Scrum Alliance (eg. CSM). Please provide us with details of the training when you apply, or ask us for guidance.
  • You HAVE to be working with a team whilst attending. This requirement is not negotiable. The value of going on a 6-month journey is lost when you cannot put your learning into practice. It does not have to be a business team – volunteer at your kid’s school or your church or the local pet shelter if you don’t have access to a business team – but don’t sign up unless you have a team. You will rob yourself of the most valuable learning otherwise. And we don’t want you to do that!
  • Please ensure that your schedule allows for attendance of the calls every week, as far as possible. The group is small and there is a lot of team work. Missing more than 3 calls over the 6 months will impact you, your team and the group as a whole, so if you are going to miss more than 3 calls we would ask that you wait for the next course.
  • In addition you can expect another 2 hours homework and team work in preparation for the next lesson. Teams can organise homework calls around their own individual schedules.
  • The need for this course was born out of the dire shortage of great scrum masters in the market at the moment. We want to make sure everyone is ready for the journey and we have learnt through experience that not everyone is. Also, sometime people misunderstand what the course will offer them. We therefore do a brief (15 min) virtual interview with applicants to find out whether we are aligned. Don’t worry, we are not going to quiz you deeply on Scrum or being a Scrum Master – that’s what the course is for! We want to make sure that you are ready for the deep knowledge and growth the course offers you and that we are ready for you!
  • Doing the interview will also give you the opportunity to test whether you have adequate connectivity and can work with the online tool we use – Zoom. As this is a virtual class you need to attend the calls in a reasonably quiet space with adequate bandwidth to have both your audio and video on all the time.

What are the prerequisites?

  • The course will deepen your existing Scrum/Agile knowledge and assumes a basic understanding of the framework. You therefore need to have undergone basic Agile training before joining. Examples would be courses accredited with IC-Agile or the Scrum Alliance (eg. CSM). Please provide us with details of the training when you apply, or ask us for guidance.
  • You HAVE to be working with a team whilst attending. This requirement is not negotiable. The value of going on a 6-month journey is lost when you cannot put your learning into practice. It does not have to be a business team – volunteer at your kid’s school or your church or the local pet shelter if you don’t have access to a business team – but don’t sign up unless you have a team. You will rob yourself of the most valuable learning otherwise. And we don’t want you to do that!
  • Please ensure that your schedule allows for attendance of the calls every week, as far as possible. The group is small and there is a lot of team work. Missing more than 3 calls over the 6 months will impact you, your team and the group as a whole, so if you are going to miss more than 3 calls we would ask that you wait for the next course.
  • In addition you can expect another 2 hours homework and team work in preparation for the next lesson. Teams can organise homework calls around their own individual schedules.
  • The need for this course was born out of the dire shortage of great scrum masters in the market at the moment. We want to make sure everyone is ready for the journey and we have learnt through experience that not everyone is. Also, sometime people misunderstand what the course will offer them. We therefore do a brief (15 min) virtual interview with applicants to find out whether we are aligned. Don’t worry, we are not going to quiz you deeply on Scrum or being a Scrum Master – that’s what the course is for! We want to make sure that you are ready for the deep knowledge and growth the course offers you and that we are ready for you!
  • Doing the interview will also give you the opportunity to test whether you have adequate connectivity and can work with the online tool we use – Zoom. As this is a virtual class you need to attend the calls in a reasonably quiet space with adequate bandwidth to have both your audio and video on all the time.

What will I learn?

Scrum framework

  • Explore the nuances of the framework to prepare you for your role as Scrum “referee” and coach

Agile values and principles

  • Understand where it all comes from and how the Scrum practices map to the Agile values and principles
  • Contrast Agile philosophy with traditional ways of doing

Scrum Master role

  • We’ll answer the question – “What does a Scrum Master do all day?”
  • Identify your individual development path

Conflict

  • Sources of conflict
  • Conflict styles and models
  • Working with conflict in teams

Essential skills

  • Listening in the best way, a way to connect and understand
  • Facilitating meetings and discussions that empower teams to do their best work
  • Coaching individuals and teams–learn to coach for growth, not performance
  • Mentoring and problem solving that puts individuals and interactions first and your expertise second

Facilitating change

  • Learn how to make change successful
  • Working with resistance

Creating self-organising teams

  • Conditions for self-organisation
  • Team formation and launch
  • Creating high-performance teams
  • Motivation
  • Creating collaboration

Agile in the organisation

  • Recognising and addressing organisational impediments and opportunities

What will I learn?

Scrum framework

  • Explore the nuances of the framework to prepare you for your role as Scrum “referee” and coach.

Agile values and principles

  • Understand where it all comes from and how the Scrum practices map to the Agile values and principles
  • Contrast Agile philosophy with traditional ways of doing

Scrum Master role

  • We’ll answer the question – “What does a Scrum Master do all day?”
  • Identify your individual development path

Conflict

  • Sources of conflict
  • Conflict styles and models
  • Working with conflict in teams

Essential skills

  • Listening in the best way, a way to connect and understand
  • Facilitating meetings and discussions that empower teams to do their best work
  • Coaching individuals and teams–learn to coach for growth, not performance
  • Mentoring and problem solving that puts individuals and interactions first and your expertise second

Facilitating change

  • Learn how to make change successful
  • Working with resistance

Creating self-organising teams

  • Conditions for self-organisation
  • Team formation and launch
  • Creating high-performance teams
  • Motivation
  • Creating collaboration

Agile in the organisation

  • Recognising and addressing organisational impediments and opportunities

What will it cost?

Africa and other developing countries :  R25 000 (excl VAT)
Other countries : USD 3 000, using PayPal.

The fee can either be paid once off, or it can be spread over 3 payments of R9 000 (excl VAT) / USD 1050 each. The first payment is due on acceptance of the course.

The January 2019 PILOT price (please contact us for details) is R12 500 (excl VAT) or USD 1 500.

The pilot fee can either be paid once off, or it can be spread over 3 payments of R4 500 (excl VAT) / USD 525 each. The first payment is due on acceptance of the course.

What will it cost?

Africa and other developing countries :  R25 000 (excl VAT)
Other countries : USD 3 000, using PayPal.

The fee can either be paid once off, or it can be spread over 3 payments of R9 000 (excl VAT) / USD 1050 each. The first payment is due on acceptance of the course.

The January 2019 PILOT price (please contact us for details) is R12 500 (excl VAT) or USD 1 500.

The pilot fee can either be paid once off, or it can be spread over 3 payments of R4 500 (excl VAT) / USD 525 each. The first payment is due on acceptance of the course.

When is the next course?

The first course starts on Thursday, 17 January 2019.

When is the next course?

The first course starts on Thursday, 17 January 2019.

Is this course certified?

This course is not certified.

Is this course certified?

This course is not certified.

Logistics

  • The duration of this virtual program is 6 months
  • The weekly sessions will be 2 hours each

Logistics

  • The duration of this virtual program is 6 months
  • The weekly sessions will be  2 hours each

Meet the course leaders

Antoinette Coetzee

Antoinette Coetzee - Just Plain Agile - Agile Coaching and Training Cape Town South Africa

William Strydom

WilliamStrydom

Kari McLeod

Kari McLeod - Just Plain Agile

Meet the course leaders

Antoinette Coetzee

Antoinette Coetzee - Just Plain Agile - Agile Coaching and Training Cape Town South Africa

William Strydom

WilliamStrydom

Kari McLeod

Kari McLeod - Just Plain Agile
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