Facilitated Agile Working Sessions

Facilitation includes the preparation, setup and use of the necessary tools and techniques required to have productive and efficient working sessions. Your Sliger Solutions facilitator collaborates with participants to understand all business objectives, issues facing the group, and key deliverables or decisions required to declare a successful outcome. The facilitator prepares the agenda, kicks off the meeting, and provides guidance throughout in order to ensure the team remains focused on achieving its goal. While available to facilitate any workshops you may need to schedule, Sliger Solutions specializes in the following:

Enterprise Agile Roll-Out Planning

This facilitated session prepares your executive and management teams for an enterprise-wide transition to Agile. This session enables your team to determine progress and success of your agile adoption, conduct a gap analysis between the current state of your processes and how agile you wish to become, define the time line for the roll-out, and identify the tooling and coaching support you will need. The results of this one-day planning session include the overall agile adoption plan for the organization, a prioritized backlog of management and technology issues to be addressed, and a communication plan for an organization-wide understanding of what’s to come.

Release Planning

This facilitated session helps your team determine their overall velocity and plan for the upcoming release. Once average team velocity is determined, the team will review their prioritized backlog, estimate features, schedule iterations and plan the release, capturing a list of “last responsible moment” decision points, assumptions, constraints, dependencies, and risks throughout the course of the session. Upon completion of this session, your team will have a complete view and schedule for the upcoming release.

Iteration/Sprint Planning

This facilitated session provides a structured approach to help your team determine its velocity, define what “done” means for the team, establish team norms, and define and estimate the tasks for the upcoming iteration. Assumptions, constraints, dependencies, and risks are also identified for the iteration. The end result is an iteration plan that includes the features and tasks that the team commits to completing in the iteration.

Demo, Review, and Retrospective

This facilitated session is the venue for your team to demo the features completed in the iteration and collect feedback that will affect the team’s direction. A review of the metrics, outstanding issues, and a retrospective of the iteration and agile procedures help the team to make decisions about how to improve in the next iteration. Upon completion of this session your team will have a complete understanding of the iteration’s results, a list of new priorities for the next iteration, recommendations and the action items to support their implementation, and an updated set of team practices.

Story Writing

This facilitated session provides your team with a prioritized product backlog consisting of items that are written in “story” format: “As a (user role) I want to (do something) so that (business value).” Starting as a brainstorming session and ultimately converging on a clear definition of the product to be developed, the end result is a ranked backlog of features sized appropriately and estimated by the agile team.

Story Mapping

This facilitated session gives the team a visual timeline of the release options for a minimum viable product. Stories are mapped according to function and criticality, grouped by business processes. Once mapping is complete, teams can begin to make decisions regarding feature sets, target markets, release packages, and release goals. This session is usually combined with story writing for a one-day workshop.