MG RUSH Agile Scrum Facilitation Training (2.5-days) strengthens leadership skills to for any business analyst or project manager in addition to roles such as Scrum Master, Product Owner, Development Team, Agile Coach, Agile Product Manager, Agile Program/ Portfolios Manager, Epic Owner, Iteration Manager, Proxy POs and UE, Release Train Engineer, Solution Train Engineer, Team Coach, Team Lead, Test Lead, User Experience Lead, and Value Leader.

Not for the faint of heart, this class compresses nearly four days of professional facilitation and tools curriculum into 2.5 days, plus optional pre-class or in-class assignments.  Register Now 

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  • SCRUM SEUs – Participants qualify for 20 SCRUM Educational Units (SEUs) from the SCRUM Alliance upon completion.
  • PMI PDUs – Participants qualify for 20 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from the PMI upon completion.
  • IIBA CDUs – Participants qualify for 20 Continuing Development Units (CDUs) from the IIBA upon completion. We comply with the IIBA BABOK® v2.0.

APR 15-17, 2020Boston, MA

Rescheduled due to COVID-19

Rescheduled due to COVID-19

Rescheduled due to COVID-19

Agile Scrum Facilitation Training Goals

This course provides advanced Agile Scrum facilitation skills, focusing on:

MG RUSH Certified Agile Scrum Facilitator

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

  • Collaborative meeting design, preparation, and facilitation of:
    • Scrum events such as Sprint Planning, Sprint Goal, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective, along with . . .
    • Scrum Artifacts such as Product Backlog prioritization and refinement, empirical monitoring, and Sprint Backlog as well as additional support for . . .
    • Iteration Goal, Program Increment Planning, and Product Backlog features, stories, and story slicing.
  • Consensual tools and approaches for adaptive planning, decision quality, and prioritization efforts
  • Group performance diagnostics and intervention tools to stimulate creativity, calibrations, 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 Agile Scrum Facilitation

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

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!
  • Proven templates and visual aids supporting facilitator skills, group dynamics, meeting agendas, and participant engagement

250 Certified Agile Scrum Facilitation Training Curriculum


Leadership Consciousness

    • √   Exercise: select reading from Agile Scrum Facilitation 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—will (WHY), wisdom (WHAT), and activity (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 cloud access to resources
    • √   Practice: introductions using avatars and #MeNow ice-breaker tool

Facilitation Skills Competence

  • Servant leadership as a mindset—group focus by removing distractions and impediments
    • 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—ranging from 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
  • What to do if the team cannot agree or a decision is unclear
  • 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)

Agendas: Professional Introduction and Wrap

  • Agenda concepts—building a reusable approach (ie, annotated agenda)
  • Introduction—seven activities that are a MUST for every ceremony/ event
  • Review and wrap—four activities that are a MUST for every ceremony/ event
  • Agenda construction (basics)
    • √   Demonstration: simple versus annotated agenda
    • √   Demonstration: participants package (ie, pre-read) demonstration
    • √   Demonstration: meeting notes sizzle

Meeting Design Confidence

  • The differences between Agile Scrum 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
  • Versatile tools—overview, characteristics, and selection:
    • Ease of use, resource requirements, benefits, and timing
    • ‘Peel the onion’—tools nested within tools:
    • √   Demonstration: break-out sessions, themes, and CEOs
    • √   Demonstration: ice-breakers and team-building
    • √   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
  • Special tools for a facilitator’s hip pocket
    • Definition Tool—five activities and questions to answer
    • Relative estimation techniques (eg, Affinity, Poker Planning, Fist of Five, etc.)
    • Seven Thinking Hats, SCAMPER, and Changing Perspectives

Sprint Event and Activity Support

  • Product Planning (Release) and Sprint Planning:
    • Detailed preparations, agenda steps, and activities for Sprint Planning
      • Purpose, inputs, timing, agenda, tools, and output
    • Stakeholder analysis, team formation, and release planning
    • Building consensual visions through temporal shift (glad we didn’t miss the ‘f’)
    • Using quantitative SW-OT situation analysis
    •    Exercise: flexibility matrix and framing (ie, Scoping)
    •    Exercise: detailing product backlog tasks (using the Categorizing and Coat of Arms tools)
    • √   Exercise: prioritizing product backlog (using Fibonacci, Perceptual Maps, and Alignment tools)
    • √   Practice: knowing what ‘READY‘ looks like 
  • Sprint Refinement:
    • Product backlog iteration and refinement
    • Refining and splitting user stories
    • Applying acceptance criteria: INVEST
    • √   Exercise: general user stories (Purpose is to . . . So That . . .)
    • √   Exercise: preventing omissions (Plan > Acquire > Operate > Control)
    • √   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)
    • √   Exercise: knowing what ‘DONE‘ looks like (Burn Up and Burn Down Trajectories)
  • Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective:
    • Detailed preparations, agenda steps, and activities for Sprint Retrospective
      • Purpose, inputs, timing, agenda, tools, and output
    • Reviewing, confirming, and documenting stakeholder inspection and adaptation
    • Minimizing technical debt
    • Identifying, documenting, and internalizing lessons learned
    • Ensuring continuous improvement and focus moving forward (Kaizen)
    • Exploring various Sprint Retrospective games and activities
    • Building a Communications Plan to update all stakeholders
    • √   Exercise: after action review (WHAT > SO WHAT > NOW WHAT)
    • √   Demonstration: Root Cause Analysis (aka Ishikawa or Fishbone)
    • √   Demonstration: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Other considerations:
    • Coordination among multiple teams
    • Enabling effective product delivery in scaled projects—SAFe, LeSS, Nexus, Scrum of Scrums
    • Applying an Agile mindset toward a Scrum framework to manage programs and portfolios
    • √   Demonstration: gap analysis—problem solving and solutions stacks )
    • √   Practice: prioritizing with Scorecard and Decision-Matrix tools

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

Meeting Management Controls

  • Leading virtual participants (audio-conference and video-presence) and meetings
  • Risk analysis—measuring/ managing event and ceremony risk with team and stakeholders
  • Logistics—archiving, Sharepoint, CoP, CoE, team rooms, and email communication
  • Continuous improvement and feedback methods
    • √   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: Tuition for the 2.5-day Certified Agile Scrum Facilitation Training is USD$2,050.00 per participant and includes course materials and cloth-napkin quality lunches. Additional pricing options available for government and not-for-profit organizations, larger groups, and MG RUSH alumni. (For additional pricing options please choose “Invoice Me” and add your request to the comment section or contact us at 1-630-954-5880). Maximum public class size is twelve. 

Private: Private class fees are negotiable and typically include custom materials that capture or reflect your specific cultural acronyms, glossary, holarchy, and life-cycle methodology. Please inquire for private class pricing and available dates (for on-site, corporate needs). Inquire About Private Class


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