MG RUSH Certified Structured Agile Facilitator Training (250) 2.5-Day Curriculum and Agenda

MG RUSH Structured Agile Facilitator Training strengthens leadership skills to prepare Agile Coaches, Agile Product Managers, Agile Program/ Portfolios Managers, Architects, Development Leads, Epic Owners, Iteration Managers, Product Owners, Proxy POs and UEs, Release Train Engineers, Scrum Masters, Solution Train Engineers, Team Coaches, Team Leads, Test Leads, User Experience Leads, and Value Leaders. Not for the faint of heart, this class compresses nearly four days of Agile facilitation and tools curriculum into 2.5 days, plus some required pre-class assignments.  Register Now 

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MG Rush Agile Facilitator Training | Agile Facilitation

Agile Facilitator Course Goals

This course provides accelerated Agile facilitation skills, focusing on:

  • Collaborative meeting design, preparation, and facilitation of Sprint Vision, Iteration Goals, Program Increment Planning, Sprint Planning, Sprint Daily Stand-ups, Sprint Product Backlog Refinement, Sprint Reviews, Sprint Retrospectives, and Product Backlog Iterative Features and Stories
  • Consensual tools and approaches for adaptive planning, decision quality, and prioritization efforts
  • Group performance diagnostics and intervention tools to stimulate creativity, iterative modifications, and problem-solving
  • Immersion and practice of soft skills against a backdrop of simulated conflict, dysfunction, and ‘people with problems’
  • Personal oral and written feedback, confirmation of strengths and remedies appropriate for improvement opportunities


MG RUSH Certified Structured Agile Facilitator

Our Agile facilitator training provides technique and practice to increase the velocity of Program Increments, Sprints, and other Agile initiatives. Our technique fully integrates communication skills and group dynamics to drive consensus-based agreement and higher decision-quality. The training integrates behavioral science approaches to group performance and empirical research about discovery, analysis, and decision-making.

Benefits include:

  • 20 Scrum Alliance SEUs toward the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) level, 20 PMI PDUs, and 20 IIBA CDUs
  • Certification and access to continuing professional development through Advanced Facilitator Workshops
  • Continual updates and improvements to our alumni-only online and community resources
  • Fine-tuning and improvement through transparency, inspection, and adaptation. We practice what we preach!
  • Reference material that accelerates Agile initiate, implement, and retrospective phases
  • Proven templates and visual aids supporting facilitator skills, group dynamics, meeting agendas, and participant engagement


MG RUSH Certified Structured Agile Facilitator

Students who successfully complete our rigorous 2.5-day Agile Facilitator Training qualify for 20 PDUs, 20 CDUs, 20 SEUs and Certified Structured Agile Facilitator (CSAF) status.

MG RUSH Agile Facilitator Training

PMI PDUs – Participants qualify for 20 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from the PMI upon completion.



MG RUSH Agile Facilitator Training

IIBA CDUs – Participants qualify for 20 Continuing Development Units (CDUs) from the IIBA upon completion. We comply with the IIBA BABOK® v2.0.


MG RUSH Agile Facilitator Training

SCRUM SEUs – Participants qualify for 20 SCRUM Educational Units (SEUs) from the SCRUM Alliance upon completion.


250 Certified Structured Agile Facilitation Curriculum


Leadership Consciousness

    • √   Exercise: select reading from Structured Agile Facilitation Body of Knowledge Reference Manual
  • “Nobody is Smarter than Everybody”—capacity of teams and power of change
  • Consensus—the natural sequence and consequence of thoughts, words, and deeds
  • Trivium—logic (WHY), rhetoric (WHAT), and grammar (HOW)
  • Consciousness about roles, titles, and egos
  • Meeting leadership and characteristics—facilitator versus methodologist
  • Group tendencies and clear thinking—output versus outcome
    • √   Test: open book, submitted in advance—written response provided
  • Meeting leadership practicalities
    • Prevent meeting scope creep and extended ramblings unrelated to your objectives and deliverable
    • Lead focused discussions, keep meetings on track, and get everyone involved
    • Manage conflict, ”problem people”, dysfunctional behavior, and mitigate political resistance
    • Transform meeting cultures where your participants show up unprepared, disinterested, or unvested
  • Sprint, increment, program, and business unit goals—holarchial alignment
    • √   Written exercise submitted in advance—what does DONE look like?

DAY ONE—(NOTE: begins at 1:00PM lasts until 5:00PM)

Launch Activities

  • Welcome—training purpose, scope, deliverables, agenda review, and ground rules
  • Controlling operational definitions; e.g., “consensus”
    • √   Exercise: expectations using Scrum teams and creativity tool
  • Using the reference materials and getting online (cloud) access to resources
    • √   Practice: introductions using avatar and #MeNow ice-breaker tool

Facilitation Skills Competence

  • Servant leadership as a mindset—group focus by removing distractions
    • Presenting and communicating—substance over style, verbal disfluencies
    • Questioning—preparation, rhetorical precision, and sequencing
    • Active listening—contact, absorb, reflect, and confirm
    • Challenging—teaching participants how to make their thinking visible
    • Neutrality—content versus context
  • Neutrality challenges and importance
    • Identifying and removing impediments
    • Coaching without judging
    • √   Practice: active listening laboratory, asking precise questions
  • The ways people think—patterns of perception
    • Cognitive biases and social styles
    • Groupthink and the voting fallacy
    • √   Exercise: intervention challenges and tools
  • Opportunity through conflict—keeping conflict constructive
  • Managing multiple personality types and keeping discussions on task
    • Ground rules, non-verbal tips, and other interventions
    • Special treatment—dominators through quiet people
    • Contributing value of healthy argumentation and debate
    • Application of DISC® and similar personality typing indicators
    • √   Discussion: other personalities and challenges experienced
  • Team personality: forming, storming, norming, and performing
  • Other areas of conflict— self-fears and environmental factors
  • Three methods for resolving arguments while building consensus
  • Scheduling, energy boosters, and other participation tips
  • Summarizing the mandala of facilitator skills, core competencies, and behaviors

DAY TWO—(NOTE: begins at 8:00AM and lasts until 5:00PM)

 Methodological Confidence

  • The differences between structured facilitation and “Kum-Bah-Yah”
    • Sources and examples of team-building tools
  • Helping groups to make more informed decisions:
    • Stacey Matrix: ranging from simple to complicated to complex to chaotic
    • Waterfall versus Agile mindsets
    • Qualitative versus quantitative decisions
    • Decision-making trap #1—the value of ‘more than one’ right answer
    • Decision-making trap #2—what to avoid when making group decisions
  • Tools overview, characteristics, and selection:
    • Ease of use, resource requirements, benefits, and timing
    • ‘Peel the onion’—tools nested within tools:
    • √   Exercise: brainstorming—diverge analyze converge
    • √   Demonstration: how to get agreement on purpose, definition, and simple prioritization
  • Ideation ground rules and value of using the book-end method
  • What to do if the team cannot agree or a decision is unclear
  • Special tools for a facilitator’s hip pocket
    • Seven Thinking Hats, SCAMPER, and Changing Perspectives
    • √   Demonstration: gap analysis— problem-solving and solution stacks

Agile and Sprint Support

  • Initiate and Planning (including Sprint Planning):
    • Stakeholder analysis, team formation, and release planning
    • Detailed preparations, agenda steps, and activities for Sprint Planning
      • Purpose, inputs, timing, agenda, and output
    • √   Exercise: creating vision (using the Commander’s Intent, Temporal Shift, and quantitative SWOT approach)
    • √   Exercise: flexibility matrix and framing (ie, Scoping)
    • √   Exercise: creating product backlog (using the Categorizing and Coat of Arms tools)
    • √   Exercise: prioritizing product backlog (using Fibonacci, Perceptual Maps, and Alignment tools)
  • Sprint and Refinement:
    • Backlog iteration and refinement
    • Estimation approaches: planning poker and affinity sizing
    • Applying acceptance criteria: INVEST
    • √   Exercise: structure of the Trivium
    • √   Exercise: preventing omissions (Plan > Acquire > Operate > Control)
    • √   Exercise: general user stories (Purpose is to . . . So That . . .)
    • √   Exercise: detailed user stories (Source > Input > Process > Output > Client)
    • √   Exercise: applying Gherkin syntax: (Given . . . When . . . Then . . .)
    • √   Exercise: verify product backlog (Burn Up and Burn Down Trajectories)
  • Approval and Modification (including Sprint Review):
    • Reviewing, confirming, and documenting stakeholder inspection and adaptation
    • Minimizing technical debt
    • Detailed preparations, agenda steps, and activities for Sprint Review
      • Purpose, inputs, timing, agenda, and output
    • √   Exercise: knowing what “DONE” Looks Like
    • √   Practice: knowing what “READY” Looks Like
    • √   Demonstration: Fist of Five and contextual prioritization tools
  • Retrospective Phase:
    • Identifying, documenting, and internalizing lessons learned
    • Ensuring sole source responsibility
    • Exploring various Retrospective tools and activities
    • Detailed preparations, agenda steps, and activities for Sprint Retrospective
      • Purpose, inputs, timing, agenda, and output
    • √   Exercise: after action review (WHAT > SO WHAT > NOW WHAT)— (using a Roles & Responsibilities tool)
    • √   Practice: prioritizing with Scorecard and Decision-Matrix tools
  • Other considerations:
    • Coordination among multiple teams
    • Enabling effective product delivery in scaled projects–SAFe, LeSS, Scrum of Scrums
    • Applying an Agile mindset and Scrum framework to manage programs and portfolios
  • Today’s review and tomorrow’s preview:
    • √   Assignments—recommended reading and preparation for tomorrow

DAY THREE—(NOTE: begins at 8:00AM and lasts until at least 5:00PM)

Agendas: Professional Introduction and Wrap

  • Agenda concepts—building a reusable approach (ie, annotated agenda)
  • Introduction—seven activities that are a MUST for every sit down meeting
  • Review and wrap—four activities that are a MUST for every sit down meeting
  • Agenda construction (basics)
    • √   Demonstration: simple versus annotated agenda
    • √   Demonstration: participants package (ie, pre-read) demonstration
    • √   Demonstration: meeting notes (from an actual, three-hour workshop) demonstration

Meeting Management Controls

  • Leading virtual participants (audio-conference and video-presence) and meetings
  • Documentation sizzle, “if it’s not documented, it didn’t happen
  • Risk analysis—measuring/ managing risk with project team and sponsors
  • Logistics—archiving, Sharepoint, CoP, CoE, team rooms, and email communication
  • Continuous improvement and feedback method
    • √   Review: alumni online resource—agendas, audio-visual support, etc.

Student Practice Session Immersion

    • √   Capstone: student led practice sessions—facilitating a meeting (audio-video recorded session)
    • √   Discussion: oral student and written instructor feedback
  • Extensive three-page evaluation to provide holistic feedback that integrates with each student’s growth needs, projects, and organizational expectations
  • Class photos, contact information exchange, alumni passwords, alumni-only website and resource review congratulations and CERTIFICATION

Agile Facilitator TrainingSCHEDULE



Public: The cost for our 2.5 Day Certified Structured Agile Facilitator Training is $1,950.00 per participant and includes course materials and cloth-napkin quality lunches. Maximum public class size is twelve. Government and not-for-profit participants may qualify for an additional discount. Private: Maximum private class size is twelve. Private class fees are negotiable and typically include custom materials that capture or reflect your specific cultural methodology, life-cycle, acronyms, and glossary. Please inquire for private class pricing and available dates (for on-site, corporate needs).The on-site fee covers training, materials, and instructor travel. Optimally, on-site classes should contain six to twelve students. Enquire About Private Class


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