AGILE FACILITATION PROGRAM
Online via Zoom
The Agile Facilitation Program is a 12-week course for those looking to dramatically increase their facilitation skills. While this course has an Agile focus, it is much more than that. Great facilitation skills are necessary to create flow in organizations, and that’s where we’ll be looking as we investigate how to create moments of collaboration within organizations, both in meetings and out of them. This program offers theory, skill building, and real-world practice, all while providing you feedback from course leaders with deep facilitation knowledge, experience, and passion.
Who will benefit from this Program?
Agile Coaches who want increased facilitation skills, knowledge, and practice
Beginning ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers, Release Train Engineers, or Iteration Managers with basic agile knowledge and who have experience working with an agile team
Experienced ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers, Release Train Engineers, or Iteration Managers
Anyone interested in bringing more rigor and structure to their facilitation of Agile ceremonies and other collaborative events
This is decidedly not a beginning agile class, but also not an advanced one. It is an intermediate course for practitioners with at least 3 months of hands-on agile experience. Because the course draws directly on your Agile experience, you should also be grounded in the Agile fundamentals.
Outcomes of this Program
Through a mix of discussions around theory and methodology, real-world practice, and useful feedback, this program will allow you to:
Gain an in-depth and practical understanding of a wide array of techniques practiced by professional facilitators.
Understand and practice the art of meeting design, including a structure for preparing for meetings, that will reduce overall cost and increase the effectiveness of your meetings.
Learn a framework that will allow you to bring more clarity and consistency to your facilitation process.
Practice techniques for skillfully facilitating core Agile meetings and ceremonies with a collaborative spirit, while still focused on key deliverables.
Receive feedback on your facilitation skills from a teaching team of expert facilitators.
Get ideas for designing meetings that provide the collaborative container necessary for your participants to focus on their purpose and outcomes.
Build the ability to successfully facilitate conversations, even during moments of conflict
Learn how to define, discuss, and achieve consensus with the team for faster and better decision making.
Incorporate everything you are learning into your real work as you move through the program.
Come away with your own facilitator self-development plan so your learning can continue well after the program.
How much time will I need to invest?
With a focus on building facilitation competence, our learning is conducted via the familiar structure of sprints. These rapid iterations will allow you to observe, analyze, and iterate on the knowledge and skills you are developing throughout the program. Over the course of 6 sprints, you will explore various methods, models, theories, and practices that will help you define and enact the impact you want to have through your facilitation.
We will meet as a group for faculty-led learning once every sprint for 3 hours.
You will meet with your Pod once every sprint, for approximately 2 hours.
Much of your practice will be part of your regular job - this is how you will do most of your learning!
The typical time commitment is ~4-8 hours per week during the duration of the course. The bulk of these hours will be spent practicing what you are learning in your day-to-day job and life. The remaining time is spent participating in the online sessions, practicing with your pod, and studying materials.
What does it cost?
The tuition for AFP is $2,500 USD. This fee includes tuition for the course (6 sprints) plus a 50-minute coaching sessions with course faculty to support integration and application. Additional coaching sessions with faculty are available for an additional fee. Contact your course faculty directly if you are interested.
Who teaches this course?
The teachers for all courses will be Katrina Ferguson & Tim Cunnane, the creators of TBDAgile.
Katrina began her journey into Agile as a Project Manager in a failing product, in 2010. Agile was brought in to save the day, and Kat was hooked within hours of beginning her CSM training. She went on to train several hundred people in that organization before moving on to the Agile consulting world. She became known as a go-to person for large transformations, and worked with teams at a number of top ten Fortune 100 companies. In 2015, Katrina studied Integral Coaching and is now an ICF certified coach. She has spent 6 years studying Systemic Coaching and Constellations, and is 7 years into a 10 year unfoldment practice program with Aletheia Academy. Katrina is a trained facilitator with practice facilitating groups of several to hundreds. Katrina spent 4 years teaching with Agile Coaching Institute, where she taught many hundreds of people around the world, and was the lead faculty and instructional designer for several years. Kat’s background is diverse, and as well as the teaching and Agile experience mentioned, includes years in deregulated electricity, a successful startup that created a new industry, 2 university degrees, 25 years as a glass artist, and 30+ years as a single parent. Katrina is coach to many Agile Coaches.
Tim has been an Agile Coach & Consultant since 2010. He has led numerous large-scale transformations in organizations ranging from small startups to Fortune 100 enterprises. In addition to his work as an Agile Coach, Tim is an ICF certified coach, a trained facilitator, and has held the positions of senior faculty member and instructional designer at the Agile Coaching Institute. Prior to his roles in the agile space, Tim has been a touring musician, manager for the largest college bookstore in the United States, and a race car driver all before turning 21. Since then, he has had his music compositions featured at numerous new music festivals, helped create the first technology focused senior center in the world, and co-created a remote learning curriculum for AARP to reduce social isolation in low-income older adult populations. He is a certified Integral Coach and serves as a coach to many coaches and leaders.
Together, they launched TBDAgile in 2020 as a platform for offering their developmental methodology and practices to Agile Coaches.