Day 4

Lectures: Ilan Kirschenbaum & Anat Alon

Leading Agile Teams

SM as a servant leader: So, you have no authority over the team members, but you are still expected to change their behavior and even their mindset. An although you understand the Why, you know the What, you still cannot get them to do what you want. Bummer! Or maybe not? In this day we will focus on the challenge of leadership without authority. How to evolve as a leader, learn practical tools to influence and to create a mindset-shift.

This one day workshop is part of the Scrum Master Week. You may choose to attend the entire week, or pick and choose the right days for you.

Target audience:  Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Product Managers, Agile Coaches and others who figured out that telling people what to do may be efficient but is hardly ever effective.

Workshop Outline

  • What we know vs. What we ​thought about leadership? 

  • ​What kind of a leader are you? ​How ​can you channel ​your style effectively? 

  • Common traps of leadership

  • What are the 5 dysfunctions of a team, and ​what to do about them?

  • Delegation – Why delegate? When to delegate?

  • ​How and whom to delegate?

  • How do I do effective 1:1 meeting with team members?

  • Different influence techniques 


 Eventbrite - Scrum Master as a Servant Leader - December 27th, 2017

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Day 3

Lectures: Lior Friedman & Ilan Kirschenbaum

Retrospective Game Retreat

You will experience different games and activities to use in your retrospectives. This toolkit will help you push the team/s forward to continuous improvement.

This one day workshop is part of the Scrum Master Week. You may choose to attend the entire week, or pick and choose the right days for you.

Target audience:  Fresh and experienced Scrum Masters who appreciate the importance of retrospectives, and struggle with making them effective, productive and (not least important) fun.

Workshop Outline

  • Retrospective recommended structure
  • Retrospective goals - on what to focus and on what not to 
  • Different techniques to gather data
  • Different techniques to analyze data and generate insights
  • Different techniques to create effective action items (decide what to do)
  • Traps and pitfalls of retrospectives

 What people that participated say:

"The room was filled with charts of explanations and props for the day, Parking lot, A-ha wall etc.

 The room setup immediately created interest and curiosity what will happen next with each wall chart.

Lior and Ilan are highly professional, generous and relaxed. They conducted the workshop interestingly and effectively.

Dalit was available for any problem and question and gave us a sense of support throughout the day.

No question was left unanswered, no topic was pushed aside.

All in all, a great workshop, exceeding expectations. 

Thank you for everything", Tomer Ayun, Redbend.


Ilan and Lior, The retrospectives day was excellent.

I came in with low expectations to hear yet another boring theory.

I got a dynamic, fun, playful day full of knowledge.

I feel happy to try out the methods in our team.  

Many thanks, Olga Dgani, SAP.


Eventbrite - Retrospective Game Retreat - December 26th, 2017

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Day 2

Lectures: Anat Alon & Naama Gafni-Lifshitz

SM as Facilitator

You will learn how to set the stage and provide clear boundaries within each ceremony. Heck, this practical knowledge will help you in any meeting, not just Scrum. With this knowledge you will get the team to collaborate with each other and with you.

This one day workshop is part of the Scrum Master Week. You may choose to attend the entire week, or pick and choose the right days for you.

Target audience:  Fresh and experience Scrum Masters wishing to acquire additional tools and skills and agile coaches leading organizational change.

Workshop Outline

  • What is the difference between coach ​and facilitator, and why does it matter? 

  • The basic rules ​of facilitation  

  • How to ​get prepared for ​facilitating Scrum ceremonies​?

  • Simulation​s​ - ​Get practical experience ​and peer feedback in facilitating Scrum ceremonies

  • Typical facilitation traps and pitfalls and how to handle ​them? 

What people that participated say:

  • "It was a great day that gave me a good overall understanding of facilitating within the context of Scrum and being a Scrum Master.

    A good mix between theory, tools and learning through simulations" - Yonatan Rand, Cisco 

 Eventbrite - Scrum Master As Facilitator - December 25th, 2017

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5 days

Lectures: Elad Sofer / Ilan Kirschenbaum / Lior Friedman / Anat Alon / Naama Gafni-Lifshitz

Scrum is: Lightweight, Simple to understand and Difficult to master״, according to the Scrum Guide.

So.. Are you the scrum master? You have a big a challenge! The scrum guide itself says your role to master Scrum is difficult.. 

What makes it is so difficult? People! This role is focused on people. Influencing people without power and without authority. And as a people's person you know that being efficient doesn't make you necessarily effective. That's a hard sell.

What turns a good scrum master into a great one?

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Metrics that Matter for Agile Teams: The Measures You Should Use (but Probably Don’t)

Have you ever had a gut feeling a project is about to go off course but no way to validate (or invalidate) that feeling? Has your team ever been burned by an inaccurate estimate or unreasonable expectation? Have you ever wished you could peer a bit into the future? How can metrics be used safely in coaching Agile teams? How can you know whether things are getting better or worse?

Through an interactive simulation, participants will learn how to answer common questions such as, “When will this story be done?” or “What features will I have by the end of the quarter?” In addition, participants will work together to use metrics to design experiments with high information value and impact.

 This workshop won’t  teach you to eliminate all uncertainty or allow you to see the future, but it will provide you with tools to explore and chart a reasonable course through the inherent ambiguity of software design and development by simply measuring units of value delivered over time.  



  • Real examples of balanced metrics for teams and value streams
  • Real examples of visualizations for team members and stakeholders
  • Agile antipatterns caused by common metrics and measures
  • Simple ways to predict outcomes and their likelihoods
  • How good measures can weed out weak hypotheses
  • Tips and tricks for using metrics to shape conversations and articulate options
  • Using metrics to tell a compelling story


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify areas for improvement
  • Describe the predictability of delivery
  • Prioritize work based on economic value
  • Be alerted to the validity of historical data for forecasting future results
  • Use leading and lagging indicators together to communicate with customers
  • Principles of good metrics dashboard design
  • Techniques for smoothing the flow of a team or value stream
  • Understand the effects of increasing the amount of work in process
  • Use Little’s Law to describe process trade offs to stakeholders and customers
  • Understand and explain the effects of flow debt on time in process and predictability of delivery 


Cat Swetel – Bio:

Cat Swetel is a quant, a coach, an activist, and a Principal Consultant at PraxisFlow. She has experience leading Agile transformations and applying Lean and Agile principles in a variety of settings: from startups to very large enterprises, warehouses to e-commerce organizations. She is passionate about increasing diversity in tech, and creating inclusive communities. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about Bitcoin, hiking, and reading radical feminist literature. 


Eventbrite - Cat Swetel: Metrics that Matter for Agile Teams - Sep. 11, 2017

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