At The Braintrust Consulting Group, our core mission is to help our clients grow. In addition to offering world-class training and customized coaching, we also strive to provide useful training tools, tips, and continued education. Utilizing our expert coaches and trainers, we are constantly generating new webinars, diagrams, and other tools to help you in every step of your Agile journey.
Have you ever wanted to create your very own conference filled with fascinating sessions focused on the topics that most interest you? Have you ever hoped to find a safe place to engage in a deep discussion with experts on a topic that you are just starting to learn? Using the Open Space Technology (OST) approach, these events encourage agile practitioners to self-organize around topics that are most important to them. Attendees with common issues and interests share their experiences and learn from others. There is no preset agenda for the event; rather, sessions are created “live” by the participants at the start of the day.
Welcome to the second annual Agile Open Iowa event, hosted in Des Moines on November 8, 2019 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST). This isn’t a traditional conference! There are no keynote speakers or PowerPoints! Plan to spend a full day connecting with others who share your passion and are willing to take responsibility for what they believe in and care about around following a path to agility. *REGISTER BY OCTOBER 18, 2019 TO RECEIVE A FREE T-SHIRT.
Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
Presented by Erick Fleming, CSM, CSD, MCSD, JCD | Agile Coach and Trainer
Have you ever wondered what makes a Braintrust training class so different? This short video will give you a small taste of what to expect when you sign up for one of our Certified Agile training classes.
Know before you go! Watch this quick 7-minute video to familiarize yourself with the Scrum framework before class! Recommended for those attending Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) or Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®) class.
Excerpt from Scrum For The Rest Of Us (Rabon 2013, pg 15): The Sprint starts with a Sprint Planning meeting revolving around 2 primary conversations. The first conversation is the Product Owner presenting the highest Priority Product Backlog Items to the Team and the Team deciding which ones they are comfortable getting Done.
The second part of the conversation involves the Team getting technical and figuring out the Tasks necessary to get the agreed-upon Product Backlog Items complete. Once the goal and the scope of the Sprint are set, the Team is ready to start building. Watch the full video!
Excerpt from Scrum For The Rest Of Us (Rabon 2013, pg 15): This meeting is an opportunity for the Team to come together briefly to discuss their progress, ask for help, and synchronize their efforts. Watch the full video!
Excerpt from Scrum For The Rest Of Us (Rabon 2013, pg 26): At the conclusion of the Sprint’s Timebox, the Team Members accompany the Product Owner and ScrumMaster to the Sprint Review meeting. Here, the Team Members demonstrate the new Product Increment for the Stakeholders and provide input and feedback to help make the Product better. Watch the full video!
Excerpt from Scrum For The Rest Of Us (Rabon 2013, pg 26): Team Members conduct a Sprint Retrospective meeting where they Inspect their process and Adapt it for improved performance during the next Sprint. Watch the full video!
Presented by Erick Fleming, CSM, CSD, MCSD, JCD | Certified Scrum Development Leader
Learn the concepts and importance of psychological safety, plus tips on creating it in technical teams. Join us at Braintrust with Coach and Trainer, Erick Fleming
Presented by Kate Megaw, CST, PMP, CAL | President
Are you struggling to size your backlog? Maybe you’re having trouble getting through your to-do list each day. Or maybe you’re struggling with writing good user stories. Braintrust President, Kate Megaw gave helpful tips and tricks for utilizing Scrum tools. Plus you’ll earn 1 free SEU for watching.
Presented by Rikki Schwartz | The Center For Agile Leadership® President
In the book Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows us how much we lose in doing so. Join to learn how to differentiate introverts from extroverts (it’s not as easy as you think), how they work and think (particularly in a team setting), and most of all how to harness the power that they quietly possess.
Ben Floyd, CSP led a discussion on how to measure the health of your scrum team. Ben reviewed 10 separate measurements that give teams a way to track performance, improvements, and regressions over time.
DevOps is the next evolution in Agile software development and has taken the industry by storm. This webinar will provide a brief overview of DevOps and how it is helping organizations deliver value to customers in a safe, reliable and quick fashion. We will highlight some of the modern development practices and “lean thinking” that goes into a good DevOps culture and call out some the misconceptions. Presented by Erick Fleming, CSM, CSD, MCSD, JCD | Agile Coach & Trainer
We know from the Scrum Guide “Three pillars uphold every implementation of empirical process control: transparency, inspection, and adaptation”. Most of us get this at the team level but what about organization-wide?
This webinar will explore dream statements for your organization and look at tools such as corporate scorecards, holding team members accountable to 1 number and 90-day targets as a way to bring transparency to your entire organization, whether it be IT, business, HR or other teams. Presented by Brian Rabon, CST, PMP
Have you identified the correct stakeholders? Are you working hand in hand with them to iteratively build your product? This webinar will explore ways to identify your stakeholders, facilitate stakeholder discussions, and various techniques to involve them so they support an iterative delivery. Presented by Kate Megaw, CST, PMP
To critically thinking members of the Agile community, there is no such thing as “doing agile.” Agile is a state of being – it really has nothing to do with Scrum, XP, et al. So, what does it mean? We’ll take a critical look at what agility should mean and the types of supporting patterns and anti-patterns that we should look for in an organization that claims to be agile, not doing agile. Presented by Tom Mellor, CST.
When a product development team decides to use an agile approach to implement their projects they must first decide on what agile framework will suit each team best. Although many agile frameworks have been used by different organizations to implement product development projects, Scrum and Kanban seem to be the most popular.
Brett Palmer will use real-life examples from his own extensive agile experience to discuss the differences between Scrum and Kanban to help you and your agile team decide which is better suited to act as a guide for how the team collaborates, learns and performs the work.
Product development is a fickle business.
Everyone wants something, but it's hard to navigate the forest through the trees. Opinions run rampant; needs and demands seem to conflict one another. There is always more functional expectation than there is capacity. Agile product management has provided techniques, patterns, and mindsets that have proven useful in navigating your course through these mazes. Anu Smalley is an experienced guide who has been helping organizations and teams navigate these mazes and find success.
We will explore vision-setting and chartering as critical initial focus points—beginning with the end in mind. Then we will share a set of Do's and Don'ts when it comes to evolving a product. We will also bring a fresh perspective to the notion of an MVP and how to chart your course (pivot) successfully while avoiding those rocks and shoals. And finally, we will explore the lost art of experimentation and finding your customers compass by effective listening towards understanding and delivering what they truly need.
Review the new certification renewal, requirements, and fees that went into effect on February 4, 2019. This session will cover ways to earn SEUs and answer any questions you have about the process. Join Braintrust President Kate Megaw, and Global Certification Manager TJay Gerber, as she talks through the new requirements and ways to earn SEUs to maintain all of your Scrum Alliance Certifications.
Do you find it challenging to keep your retrospectives innovative and creative so you get the maximum feedback from your team? Have you considered doing a personal or family retrospective? Have you done a 2018 retrospective and inspected and adapted for 2019? Whether you are from a traditional or Agile environment, IT or non-IT, there is something in this session for everyone; from beginners with no retrospective experience to experienced coaches wanting to expand their “toolbox”!
In this webinar, Kate Megaw will help us explore giving and receiving personal feedback and feedback for teams. We will look at appreciation, coaching, and evaluation as feedback techniques for individuals. We will also delve into feedback techniques for a team using both team evaluations and retrospectives.
Led by Erick Fleming. In this webinar, you will gain an understanding of TDD, including the pros/cons and strategies for adopting the practice.
Led by Steven Martin. A brief overview of Scrum@Scale. Scrum@Scale focuses on the organization as a whole, emphasizing how to optimize coordination with a “minimum viable bureaucracy.” You will learn the various components of the Scrum@Scale framework, such as scaled roles, scaled events, and enterprise artifacts.
Instructor Erick Fleming, CSM, CSD, MCSD, JCD provides an introduction to the concept of “technical debt”, how it can help and hinder product development, as well as a discussion surrounding strategies for maintaining a reasonable level of debt.
Led by Instructor Anu Smalley, CST, CSP, CSM, CSPO, learn more about the "authentic leadership" approach to management and our recommended steps towards improving your leadership style during this in-depth session.
CEO Brian Rabon explores the ways that authentic, value-driven, cultures make the difference between doing Agile and BEING Agile. Learn specifically what you can do to influence the culture of your organization.
Coach and Trainer, Bill Schiller asks "Do you know why your teams go awry?" In this webinar, Bill looks at Royal Rumble, Crisis Junkie and Bobble Head teams to understand the nature of teams gone awry!
Join Braintrust Trainer and Coach, Fred Mastropasqua as he breaks down real world examples of project status and updates on an Agile project.
Listen as Braintrust President, Kate Megaw reviews her favorite techniques for running more efficient, more effective meetings.