Workshops

Agile Team Facilitation

Honing Your Cornerstone Skill

You’re looking to effectively

  • Design meetings that are engaging, purposeful, fun and get desired results every time
  • Create an environment that engages all voices

“It’s a transformational way of leading teams.  I’m continuously surprised at how effective it is in breaking down barriers, speeding up understanding, and getting to consensus quickly!” – Marsha Acker

Overview

Facilitation is a cornerstone skill for successfully leading agile teams. As much of the work in agile teams occurs through face-to-face communication and involves collaboration in nearly all decisions, the ability to facilitate discussion is paramount to success.

In this 3-day course you will develop a greater sense of self-awareness, an improved ability to self-manage, and will be able to continually show-up powerfully with a strong presence.

Takeaways, ready for immediate action:

  • Emerge with the mindset of a facilitator.Know how to achieve it, and maintain it, even under the toughest of environments and with jaded teams
  • Specific tools to deploy in specific scenarios that will break down barriers, get to the heart of issues, and encourage teammates to speak candidly and respectfully
  • An in-depth understanding of the 5 cornerstones of highly productive meetings:
    • hold a group’s agenda,
    • honor the wisdom of the group,
    • maintain neutrality,
    • uphold agile values and principles, and
    • stand calmly in the eye of the storm
  • A comprehensive toolkit to help you prepare productive and useful meetings everytimeso
  • Improved ability to work with conflicts and dysfunctions between team members
  • The objective is for you to leave the course as a trained facilitator — the most critical skill in helping teams be successful.

Detailed Description

This 3-day course is a fast-paced, deep dive into both the mindset and skills of facilitation in the context of agile practices. Participants will explore both the being and doing of facilitation.

Learn by doing
Facilitation cannot be taught in a traditional classroom setting alone.It is a practice that is best learned through doing and learning. Because of this, we place a heavy emphasis on experiential learning.

You’ll have several opportunities to practice the skills and receive feedback throughout the workshop, and you’ll observe as an active participant in others’ facilitated sessions as well..
Many participants describe their experience in this course as transformational, seeing a new way of leading their teams.

What else can you expect?
Through a variety of hands-on experiences and opportunities to practice facilitation you will learn to:

  • Understand the beliefs and assumptions underneath the facilitation mindset that enable you to
    lead collaborative meetings with confidence and ease
  • Explore and practice the art of planning, designing and conducting effective collaborative
    sessions
  • Engage teams in collaborative processes that allow all voices to be heard so that outputs are more effective
  • Define and reach consensus on decisions within the team’s scope of authority
  • Identify and understand the impact of different facilitation techniques and learn the art to making in-the-moment decisions
  • Give and receive feedback to grow your own facilitation skills and those of others

Topics Covered

  • The Role of Facilitators – Understand the role of facilitators and how it differs from other methods of running meetings.
  • The Facilitator Stance – Discover the specific mindset and skills required for team facilitation.
  • The Facilitation Process – Learn a proven, structured process for planning, designing, and
    conducting your facilitated sessions.
  • Planning and Designing Meetings – Explore how to design an outcome-oriented facilitated session
    that is collaborative and meets desired outcomes.
  • Listening and Questioning – Improve these critical skills in working with groups. Learn specific
    techniques for building these muscles and improving group communication and your own
    communication skills.
  • Getting Started – Gather and practice these techniques and tools for kicking off each facilitated session.
  • Exploring and Evaluating – Experience different facilitation tools for exploring and evaluating – before you begin deciding.
  • Deciding – Understand different decision-making models, when to use them, and learn techniques for helping the team move out of the ‘spin cycle’ and reach consensus.
  • Remote Facilitation – Develop key techniques for using facilitation skills in virtual environments.
  • Facilitation Simulations – Get hands-on practice and feedback in designing and facilitating sessions.

Course Materials

You'll receive:

A facilitator’s bag: A black messenger bag, box of markers, large and small post-it notes, blue tape, white tape, play money for activity, and a pen.

Full color, spiral-bound participant guide and toolkit

A Kindle or iBooks copy of the participant guide, available for download after the class

Meeting Planning and Design Canvases, available for download after the class

Certifications:

ICAgile Team Facilitation Certification (ICP-ATF). The course is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile). Participants are eligible for the ICAgile Team Facilitation Certification upon completion of this course. In order to receive the certification participants must attend the full course (not missing more than 1 hour of class time) and complete the simulations on Day 1 and Day 3.

Project Management Institute (PMI) This course is eligible for 21 PMI PDU’s

It’s time to develop and authenticate methods for your teams that will make each meeting valuable, purposeful and fun, and create an environment that engages all voices.

Join one of our public courses or Contact Us about bringing the Agile Team Facilitation Workshop inside your organization.

Training Event Includes:

  • 3 days of facilitation training
  • Breakfast and lunch; all-day beverages and snacks
  • Training Supplies
  • Access to the TeamCatapult Resource Hub

Total Cost:

  • $1,600 Early bird price
  • $2,100 Regular

 

If you are interested in a private in-house class or would like to be notified when the next class is scheduled, please contact us at info@teamcatapult.com

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