Agile Forest

Find your path to agility with Renee Troughton

Renee is a highly experienced trainer and with her eleven years practical experience in Agile transformations she has trained over one thousand Australian and New Zealanders.

Learning is best done through practical application. Knowing this, Renee ensures that all of her training sessions involve not just theory, but are heavily influenced through the usage of games that mimic common problems in the workplace.

From two hour overviews to two day deep dives into Agile practices and techniques, training can be tailored to your organisation or provided directly out of the box.

First Steps to Agile and Scrum (1 day)

A one day basics look at the most popular Agile method, Scrum, it’s key practices and activities, roles and artifacts. Along with a firm grounding in Scrum, this course will introduce Agile in general and highlight the importance of behavioural and cultural change in alignment with Agile Manifesto and Principles.

First Steps to Kanban and Systems Thinking (1 day)

An evolutionary change method, this one day dive into Kanban and Systems Thinking highlights the importance of incremental change through visualising work, managing flow, limiting work in progress and pulling work.

Inbox 1 (1 day)

Improve your personal and task workload management with simple techniques that you can use easily. This course focuses on Personal Kanban, breaking work down, limiting context switching and increasing throughput.

Introduction to Lean Startup (1 day)

Do you really know your customer? How quickly can you prove whether your have realised expected benefits when you release value to your customer? This one day course gets to the heart of dealing with experimenting with hypotheses about your customers and shortening the feedback loop down to days through the usage of Lean Startup’s build, measure and learn cycles. We take a look at the different types of hypotheses, what Minimal Viable Product really means, the advantages of A/B testing and how it all relates to complexity theory.

Second Steps to Agile: Product Planning & Inception (1 day)

Agile is often confused as no planning upfront, but it is important before you start sprinting or iterating to have a clear backlog based of features and stories. Participants in this workshop will learn how to drive and facilitate Inception to understand the customer problem, discover potential solutions, set goals, identify features and stories that meet these goals, confirm constraints and plan delivery options.

Second Steps to Agile: Leading Agile Change (2 days)

For leaders and managers who want to better understand their role within an Agile culture, this interactive two day course will arm it’s participants with practical strategies and tips. Learning outcomes include:

  • Identifying common bad smells within Agile teams
  • The difference between doing and being agile
  • Visual Management – what to focus on as a leader
  • Cynefin and complexity thinking
  • Modern motivational theory
  • Identifying waste and reducing sub-optimal process improvements
  • Servant leadership and how to support teams in their growth of self-autonomy
  • Root cause analysis in a world where we want immediate answers now
  • The value of rapid feedback loops

Third Steps to Agile: Advanced Scrum Master (2 days)

For practitioners who have been practicing as a Scrum Master or Iteration Master for at least a few months, this is a step towards refining your craft and becoming more effective in servant leading Scrum teams.

Third Steps to Agile: Portfolio Kanban and Scaling Agile (1 day)

Learn how to best manage portfolios of projects, projects with large numbers of teams, manage risks and escalate issues and decisions within an Agile environment. This course focuses on increasing portfolio throughput through limiting work in progress, reducing waste in the end to end delivery process and understanding when to use product feature teams over component teams.

Third Steps to Agile: Advanced Story Development (1 day)

What is the best way to break down stories? What are some strategies for identifying and grouping like stories together? This one day deep dive into advanced story development will enable anyone who creates stories to make them more independent, value oriented, small, and testable.