Scrum Consulting and Coaching

Rapid Scrum transforms teams

On-site Coaching

It is human nature to fail to the familiar when faced with uncertainty or stress during attempts to learn new behaviors.

With Rapid Scrum onsite Coaching, you never need to worry about your Teams retreating in the face of uncertainty or frustrations. We will provide a steady, pragmatic hand to keep your Teams moving forward with confidence. In the face of difficult business realities, it is critical to your Agile aspirations that your Team does not regress to ineffective behaviors, as many who go it alone tend to do.

Classes & Seminars

Quickly launching your organization into a healthy Agile environment begins with training. Creating consensus, addressing reservations and understanding what Agile actually is (as opposed to what you’ve heard it is!) is fundamental.

Shock Therapy

It’s time to get serious. You may have been trying Scrum on your own for a while. You may have been trying to do what some employees say they did at past companies. Or you may have had other Agile Coaches visit with you Team in the past. No matter how you got here, you have very little to show for your efforts. Rapid Scrum’s Shock Therapy Package is designed to help you cut through the hearsay and quickly put your Team on a productive footing. Equally beneficial for newly formed Teams as well as those whose implementation has struggled to get off the ground (or has stalled out), this package breathes new life into your implementation of Scrum by beginning at the beginning. Almost all failed Scrum implementations can be traced back to misunderstanding or misapplication of the Scrum fundamentals, so we begin by bringing everyone together to demystify the Scrum Framework. We clarify how highly functional Teams implement each of the essential roles in Scrum, how the artifacts are generated, enhanced and consumed, and how to leverage the Scrum Meetings for improved Team function and transparency. We address your specific concerns and complications with advice, real-world examples, practical exercises and hands-on working sessions with an experienced Scrum Expert, who will get your Team engaged and on the path to mature Scrum. Though each Organization is unique, typical, our results show Teams more than doubling their initial Velocity, with dramatic improvements in quality, predictability, and collaboration.

Kick Start

This non-certification course is approximately one full business day in length and is designed to help you quickly bootstrap your Team into a Hyper-Productive implementation of Scrum. We begin with some perspective on why Agile, covering why Waterfall was failing and how Agile evolved naturally from the best practices of highly successful Teams across a range of industries. We then quickly move into Twelve Points of Scrum, discussing each and how the weave together to create a brand new ecosystem of continuous improvement, with ample time alotted for discussions and Q&A.

Measuring Scrum

This non-certification course is approximately four hours in duration and is based on the paper Scrum Metrics for Hyper Productive Teams: How They Fly like Fighter Aircraft, co-authored by Dr. Jeff Sutherland and Scott Downey and presented at Agile 2010 in Orlando, Florida. It is designed to be sure that you have the necessary behaviors of highly successful Teams during Estimation and Metrics collection, guarantees a very light touch on the Delivery Team themselves and helps both Scrum Masters and consumers of Scrum Metrics understand how to use and interpret Team performance data.

Boot Camp

ScrumMaster Boot Camp – We are delighted to help our clients meet specific or unusual needs that may not be adequately addressed by our standard course offerings. Just describe your needs and we will work with you to provide a tailored experience for your unique situation. Product Owner Boot Camp – This non-certification course is approximately one full business day in duration and helps Product Owners understand the essential interactions, empowerments and responsibilities of this new role. Beginning with a comparison/contrast with traditional Product Management, we thoroughly explore the topics of User Stories, Agile Specs, Product Backlog population and management, techniques for establishing a Business Value estimate and how to build realistic Roadmaps based on concrete knowledge about your Team.

Web-based Coaching

Not all questions or surprises warrant the expense of a full day of onsite Coaching.

Sometimes you just need to quickly brainstorm a solution, hear an outside perspective on your Agile performance or consult an expert on a challenge you’re not sure how to conquer. To provide our clients with the very best and most responsible options for ongoing support, we are happy to provide the option of video conferencing through Skype at a very reasonable hourly rate that makes reaching out for assistance a breeze.

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