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We love Agile. You should too. For most of you, some version of Agile methodology will eventually replace waterfall SDLC (software development life-cycle) and PDLC (product development life-cycle). For many of you, it already has. ‘Agile’ and ‘facilitation’ are terms so intertwined, they are nearly redundant, yet remarkably powerful.

Agile methodology compelled us to become Registered Educational Providers through the Scrum Alliance. Effective immediately, alumni of our MG RUSH  curriculum may now receive up to 40 SEUs (Scrum Educational Units). Here’s why.

  • Roles, artifacts, and ceremonies align wholeheartedly with our instruction about meeting consciousness (understanding roles), competence (managing artifacts), and confidence (facilitating events).

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  • Both Agile and MG RUSH  structured facilitation stress the importance of rapid planning. We call it the WHY before the WHAT before the HOW. Agile notes three levels of planning sessions, for Agile teams. Therefore, we roughly approximate below with traditional Business Planning. With the conviction that “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools” (Agile Manifesto, 2001), consensual planning becomes essential.

Agile Facilitation Planning Sessions

Business Planning Agile Rapid Planning
Strategy Release
Portfolio Sprint
Product Daily
  • The increasing resolution behind different levels of ‘requirements’ speaks loudly to the MG RUSH  preference, start broad and work narrow.  Prioritization Tools in MG RUSH  have long promoted CRUD, MoSCoW, Story Sizing and other recommended Agile steps. Build user stories using the MG RUSH  Purpose Tool, whereby . . .

. . . important because . . .    so that . . .

  • Agile uses stress tested workshops such as Release Planning structure agendas that virtually ensure success. Meetings, even Daily Scrums, embrace rules to ensure that everyone gets done faster. Remember, you don’t have to have rules. However, without structure the terms ‘discussion’, ‘percussion’, and ‘concussion’ remain closely related.
  • Life cycle meetings such a Design Review encourage the participation of necessary roles, without the redundancy of too many people (7 plus or minus 2) or the gap of missing stakeholders. Retrospectives follow our established Content Management tool with the three questions process leading to changes for the next sprint or release.
  • Significant meetings such as Planning, Design Review, Pre-Planning, Final UAT, and Iteration Retrospectives are structured by clearly defined deliverables from each step in the agenda. We really love that because it is easy to lead when you know where you are going. Perhaps most importantly the Agile Community understand the importance of operational definitions. Critical terms such as “DONE” are clearly defined and not subject to non-productive arguments.
  • Finally, Agile facilitation encourages scenario development and visual support to galvanize consensus. Process or Activity Diagrams, Wireframes, Mockups, Clear Criteria, and Specifications by Example are all encouraged, if not mandated. Love it.

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Don’t ruin your career or reputation with bad meetings. Register for a class or forward this to someone who should. Taught by world-class instructors, MG RUSH  professional facilitation curriculum focuses on practice. Each student thoroughly practices and rehearses tools, methods, and approaches throughout the week. While some call this immersion, we call it the road to building impactful facilitation skills.

Our courses also provide an excellent way to earn up to 40 SEUs from the Scrum Alliance, 40 PDUs from PMI, and 40 CDUs from IIBA, as well as 3.2 CEUs for other professions. (See individual class descriptions for details.)

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Facilitation Expert

Terrence Metz, CSM, PSPO, CSPF, is the Managing Director of MG RUSH Facilitation Training and Coaching, the acknowledged leader in structured facilitation training. His FAST Facilitation Best Practices blog features over 300 articles on facilitation skills and tools aimed at helping others lead faster, more productive meetings and workshops that yield higher quality decisions. His clients include Agilists, Scrum teams, program and project managers, senior officers, and the business analyst community among numerous private and public companies and global corporations. As an undergraduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and MBA graduate from NWU’s Kellogg School of Management, his professional experience has focused on process improvement and product development. He continually aspires to make it easier for others to succeed.

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