Agile Team Enablement covers all operational aspects of Agile. Within this value stream we cover all working methods, tools and practices for teams and individuals to effectively and efficiently deliver value to the customers. By following the right mindset and using the right methods, tools and frameworks, individuals, teams and companies will be able to understand their customer and solutions better and therefore will be able to constantly be able to deliver them faster.

 

Value Delivery through Team Empowerment

Science has shown that teams are more robust and resilient, if they are diverse and empowered. This is not news. However, in organizations and within leadership positions, this sounds much easier than it is to actually implement. Over decades, organizations were measured on how well we can set and then execute goals. We rarely checked back on how much value teams or individuals actually contributed to the valuation of the organization and the organization as a whole. Organizations need to find new ways and aspects on how we look at teamwork and the effect of teamwork for the organization. Organizations should look at how to empower teams as a whole instead of individuals. Besides leaders, each individual in the team need to look at their contribution differently.

 

Agile Delivery

Often, Agile has the reputation of empowering teams and of being a mindset approach, that does not really help to deliver. Any change initiative, transformation or ongoing journey only helps, if it does bring a sustainable value to the organization. And this is, where the Agile Framework, such as Scrum, Kanban or Agile Scaling Framework such as SAFe and LESS come into place. They are focusing on the Agile delivery for organizations and teams.


 

Effective Agile Practices & Tools

One factor for successful agile teams is the way, they are deciding on and practicing the methods and tools as a full team. Often it is argued, that there needs to be a mindset change for us to be able to change the way we work. Especially, when Agile is a sense-making approach, it is true, that the change in mindset is crucial. However, a mindset change is difficult, as our mindset is determined of how we constantly make sense for ourselves in our context. Introducing certain practices & tools into the team can change the way they work. If those tolls and practices work as expected and bring a better work environment and better results to the teams, then also parts of the teams think differently about their work. Slowly, that leads to a different mindset and a sustainable change of collaborating in an Agile way.

 

Individual Agile Mindset

While the Agile mindset is certainly a team approach, which takes system thinking and complexity thinking into account, there is a certain individual stance of a team member, which can contribute to a rather more Agile focused team. The reason for a "missing Agile mindset" is mostly based on systemic or organizational issues. For example, if we are missing teamwork in the team, we might want to revisit our individual performance evaluation and reward system. However, when dealing with newcomers (for example in fast-growing teams), they are often too much influenced from the last company's systemic issues. Therefore, ensuring, that the mindset, values and principles of newcomers fit to the own organizational mindset, values and principles is key. The Talent Acquisition process (which includes an onboarding process) should define, if the candidate or newcomer is the right fit and/or can adapt or not.


 

How we help with Agile Team Enablement

The 1-day training provides everyone in the organization with the proper knowledge and first practices and tools, which teams and individuals can start right away. It is the ideal training to align the Agile knowledge throughout the organization and ensure, that everyone has the same tools and knowledge to implement Agile ways of working in the company.
The half- or full-day training is designed to give participants the foundations, values, events, artifacts and accountabilities within the Scrum Framework. As an introduction for Scrum, the training will help the participants to ensure, that Scrum is known in their team and they can start working within a Scrum approach right away.
Organizations, which are already having several teams working with Scrum might have the challenge, that the Scrum application throughout the teams is extremely diverse and might lead to different results. Without telling the teams how to do their way of working, this workshop is designed to re-align several teams on the important issues for them to focus on cross-team collaboration.
For organizations, it is often obvious, what the priorities are and/or what to work on next. Usually, however, the delivery of activities (e.g. Software features) are taking too long and is dragged out through several sprints. The Story Slicing workshop will give Product or Service Owners ideas, tools and guidelines on how to slice an activity in a way, that it is small enough to be delivered within a time frame, but also still adding value to the organization.
Swarming describes a way of working in Agile, where many team members as possible work on as little activities as possible concurrently. Due to our experiences, we believe, that multitasking and parallel working might increase efficiency. Although, we cannot be efficient without effective. This workshop will give tams tools and mindsets to work effective, and to remind each other daily to swarm on as little activities as possible.
In organizations, usually Team Facilitators (Scrum Masters, Coaches, Leaders, etc.) are hired on a position. This puts the individual and the organization into the challenge to provide a career plan for those roles within the organization. This workshop, therefore, helps participants understand the different roles of Facilitation and gives individuals to check on their possible career opportunities themselves.
Teams often have challenges in their way of Agile working, as not everybody in the team feels empowered. This workshop will introduce tools and practices such as the Work Expo or the Team Canvas, which will help teams and individuals to be more part of the whole and therefore feeling empowered and engaged towards the mission and goals of the organization.
General Coaching is a sub-discipline of Professional Coaching, which uses the awareness of the coachee to make sense of the issues / challenges the organization has. As opposed to Executive Coaching, general coaching rarely comes from a need of the coachee, but rather from a need to solve challenges within their context. Coaching Activities will help to define a sustainable way of solving them as the coachee themselves fixes them. If required (and permitted) coaching can turn into Consulting, Mentoring or Teaching.