Scrum Master Week


5 Days Event

Lectures: Lior Friedman / Ilan Kirschenbaum / Elad Sofer / Anat Alon / Naama Gafni-Lifshitz / Erez Cohen / Alon Linetzki / Tova Averbuch

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.

Our next event – December 15th-19th, 2019

What turns a good scrum master into a great one?

First, she should want to be the best scrum master ever. For that she needs to master agile and scrum theory. And in order to do that she needs to understand that this journey is endless. That is a hard change for her. Secondly, she will need to learn every day how the system thinks, acquire new practices, and then help the system act as one. Make it an integrated unit with a single goal. 

This is why we came up with Scrum Master week: to help Scrum Masters to become their best versions of themselves.

In this week you will focus both on the desired state of mind and on practical tools that will help you in this journey. After this week, you will experience being a Scrum Master as easier and more fun. 

Pick and choose any of the right days for you

What you will learn during this week:

Day #1: Mastering Sprint Planning

Trainers: Lior Friedman & Alon Linetzki

You will learn how to conduct an effective Sprint Planning. Together, we will go over the different phases of a Sprint Planning. We will explore the things that need to be prepared before the meeting start, we will experience with various technique for improving the actual planning, and we will discuss how to move from the planning phase into actual execution.

Target audience: Scrum Masters, leading team members and Managers wishing to acquire skills & techniques to effectively plan their sprints. 

Day #2: Building an “A-Team”

Trainers: Anat Alon & Naama Gafni-Lifshitz

You will learn how to build a winning team, one that drives the organization forward. Together, we will learn and understand the Five Dysfunctions of a Team that hold us back from getting the results we want. Through this workshop you will acquire practical tools that help overcome these dysfunctions and help us build an “A-Team”.

Target audience: Everybody who wishes to acquire additional tools and skills to lead teams; fresh and experience Scrum Masters; Team Leaders at any level; and agile coaches leading organizational change.

Day #3: Facilitation workshop for Scrum Masters

Trainers: Tova Averbuch & Ilan Kirschenbaum

During this workshop we will jointly learn and uncover facilitation resources that we already have. Together we will surface these resources so they are available for us where it matters – at real life meetings.

Target audience: Scrum Masters, and other leaders, experienced in facilitating Scrum (and other) events, who wish to try out new ways of facilitation. For those who wish to jointly learn how to let-go of the default and boring meetings.

Day #4: Coach Retreat

Trainers: Naama Gafni-Lifshitz & Anat Alon

Being a Scrum Master is about influencing people. On this day you will learn basic coaching techniques, and practice then with different day to day situations.

Target audience: Advanced Scrum Masters and Agile coaches.

Day #5: Retrospective Retreat

Trainers: Elad Sofer & Erez Cohen

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.

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.

Workshops Outline

Day #1: Mastering Sprint Planning

  • Introduction
  • Spring Planning Basics
    • What are the goals of planning sprint and of the “Sprint Planning” meeting?
    • The basics of planning a project from the big vision, through the release planning all the way into planning the actual work
  • How to prepare to a sprint planning in order to make it effective
    • Discussing the upcoming stories with the Product Owner
    • Pre-Planning and backlog grooming
    • DoR and DoD
  • Techniques for Task Splitting
  • Creating a true work plan for a sprint
  • Techniques for improved tasks estimations
  • Planning in a Multi-Tean setting
  • Moving from planning to execution
  • Using the plan to track progress

Day #2: Building an “A-Team”  

  • What is the definition of a team? 
  • Overview of the 5 dysfunctions of a team model
  • Building trust within a team
  • Mastering conflict facilitation
  • Achieving team commitment
  • Embracing team accountability
  • Focusing on results
  • Common traps in team building activity
  • Team Building roadmap

Day #3: Facilitation workshop for Scrum Masters

Day #4: Coach Retreat

  • Different techniques for coaching
  • Traps and pitfalls in coaching 
  • Practical experience in coaching (with feedback)
  • Whay does the scrum master need to be a coach?

Day #5: Retrospective Retreat

  • 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

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