Agile Team Success Workshop

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Give your teams autonomy, mastery and purpose—and watch them deliver.

Don MacIntyre

Most companies today are not new to Agile. Teams are usually familiar with various Agile practices and have been doing some form of Agile for a while. But, typically, organizations have struggled, falling short of delivering the full benefits Agile can bring. Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Don MacIntyre’s proven approach is team-based training. He focuses on teaching teams to do Agile well, often as part of a larger, “C-level to the team-level” effort to create an Agile culture that allows traceability from the team back to the CEO, and all the associated benefits that result.

The primary objective of Agile team training is to learn how to deliver, as a team, working software every sprint and then continue down a path to continuous improvement. During this workshop, teams bring their actual requirements and—as a team—turn them into user stories, estimate them using relative estimation, and improve how they handle release planning, sprint planning, task breakdown, daily stand-ups, sprint reviews/demos, and retrospectives.

During this two-day workshop, Agile teams—including developers, testers, ScrumMasters, product owners, and first-level managers—develop a common understanding of Agile, Scrum, and the associated practices that are common to successful Agile teams. The goal is to ensure everyone is on the same page, speaking the same language, and are all equally aware of the organization’s challenges and proposed solutions. Cutter Consortium has worked with both novice and advanced teams all over the world, achieving outstanding results. While the topics covered are similar for both groups, the advanced teams generally cover the basics quickly, giving them the opportunity to dive further into areas most important to them.

Agile Team Success agenda

Below is the two-day Agile Team Success outline. There are no set times for when a section starts or ends. This ensures your teams spend the appropriate amount of time on each topic, based on their experience level. A class size of 20-25 people is the ideal target, so multiple teams may attend one workshop.

  • Introductions
  • Why Are We Here?
    • Your reasons for using Agile development
    • Why some Agile projects fail
    • Agile Leadership
  • Agile Overview
    • Brief overview of Agile vs. traditional projects
  • Agile Principles
    • Agile Manifesto values and principles
  • Agile Practices
    • Overview of common Agile practices
  •  Core Scrum
    • Deep dive into Scrum
  • Agile Planning
    • Release Planning
  • Scaling
    • Overview of Scaling frameworks
  • Distributed Teams
    • Challenges and Patterns
  • Problem Solving
    • Teams will brainstorm solutions for challenges identified throughout the workshop
  • Wrap-Up

About Don MacIntyre

Don MacIntyre is a recognized industry thought leader in large-scale Agile transformations. He is a hands-on expert, focused on helping complex organizations achieve gains in productivity, efficiency, innovation, and positive cultural change through Agile. Don is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium’s Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence practice. With experience in both the commercial and government sectors, Don is an accomplished software executive and change agent. Don has been conducting Certified Agile Leadership training for executives across industries. His specialties include Business Transformation, IT Leadership, Organizational Agility, Software Engineering, Scrum, Scaling, Agile, SDLC, SAFe, Kanban, Lean Startup, DevOps, Globally Distributed Teams, Servant Leadership, and Organizational Change.


Don MacIntyre authored the March 2018 Cutter Consortium Executive Update Organizational Agility: Why Agile Leadership Matters. He also served as Guest Editor of the October 2017 issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, Agile Leadership: Foundation for Organizational Agility, which offered valuable guidance in becoming a better Agile leader – crucial since the agility level of an organization will not exceed the agility of its leadership. It examined how leaders across the globe are coming to rely increasingly on Agile principles and practices to achieve their goals – what makes some of these leaders successful with their Agile adoptions while others struggle?

What’s Next?

For more details on creating successful Agile teams at your organization, complete the form below, send an email to your Cutter Account Executive, or call +1 781 648 8700.