Agile teams are self-organizing and highly collaborative. Such environment is challenging in planning and managing group activities in an effective and efficient way. It is important for the team leader or scrum master to understand group dynamics and possess facilitation skills to effectively facilitate group activities.
Agile Team Facilitation is to introduce learners to the concept of facilitating and coaching in the Agile context. It covers the roles and skills needed by an Agile Team Facilitator, to appropriately lead and effectively facilitate, coach, mentor and teach Agile teams.
An Agile Team Facilitator is developing the basic skills of facilitation, mentoring or training and conscious communication, typically within the confines of one or two Agile teams. An Agile Team Facilitator is not responsible for Agile adoption or transformation initiatives but rather they are more suited to facilitate the activities of an Agile team.
This course provides an in-depth understanding of how collaborative activities can be planned, organised and run. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to update their facilitator tool kits and gain practical experience to facilitate specific agile practices towards successful team outcomes.
- 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.
- Introduce the concepts of team development and provide the learner with the knowledge of how to start and grow teams through self-awareness, understanding of team dynamics and the organizational system.
- Provide the learner with an understanding of the mindset, role, and responsibilities of an Agile team facilitator and an Agile coach. The learner will be able to differentiate between mentoring, facilitating, consulting and coaching and will also gain the skills needed to communicate and coach effectively, and create a safe environment for healthy conflict and meaningful collaboration.
- Explore the common hurdles to implementing Agile practices and provide the learner with skills to help teams overcome them.