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Announcement: New Leadership Training – First in Canada!

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Certified Agile Leadership (CAL 1) Training

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Advanced training for leaders, executives and change agents working in Agile environments.


Your success as a leader in an Agile organization requires looking beyond Agile itself. It requires a deep understanding of your organization and your own leadership path. To equip you for this journey, you will gain a strong foundation in understanding organizational culture. From there, you will learn key organization and leadership models that will allow you to understand how your organizational culture really works.

Now you are ready to start the journey! You will learn about organizational growth – how you may foster lasting change in your organization. Key is understanding how it invite change in a complex system. You will also learn about leadership – how you may show up more effectively. And how to help others.


Learning Objective(s):

Though each Certified Agile Leadership course varies depending on the instructor, all Certified Agile Leadership courses intend to create awareness of, and begin the journey toward, Agile Leadership.


Graduates will receive the Certified Agile Leadership (CAL 1) designation.

See Scrum Alliance Website for further details.

Agenda:

Agenda (Training Details)

We create a highly interactive dynamic training environment. Each of you are unique – and so is each training. Although the essentials will be covered in every class, you will be involved in shaping the depth and focus of our time together. Each learning module is treated as a User Story (see photo) and we will co-create a unique learning journey that supports everyone’s needs.

The training will draw from the learning areas identified in the overview diagram.

Organizational Culture

“If you do not manage culture, it manages you, and you may not even be aware of the extent to which this is happening.” – Edgar Schein

  • Why Culture? Clarify why culture is critical for Organizational Success.
  • Laloux Culture Model: Discuss the Laloux culture model that will help us clarify current state and how to understand other organizations/models.
  • Agile Culture: Explore how Agile can be seen as a Culture System.
  • Agile Adoption & Transformation: Highlight differences between Agile Adoption and Transformation.
  • Dimensions of Culture: Look at key aspects of culture from “Reinventing Organizations”. Where are we and where might we go?
  • Culture Case Studies: Organizational Design: Explore how leading companies use innovative options to drive cultural operating systems.

Leadership & Organizational Models

  • Theory X – Theory Y: Models of human behaviour that are implicit in various types of management systems.
  • Management Paradigms: Contrast of Traditional “Modern” Management practices with Knowledge worker paradigm.
  • The Virtuous Cycle: Key drivers of success emergent across different high-performance organizational systems.
  • Engagement (Gallup): Gallup has 12 proven questions linked to employee engagement. How can we move the needle?
  • Advice Process: More effective decision-making using Advice Process. Build leaders. Practice with advice cards.
  • Teal Organizations: Explore what Teal Organizations are like.

Leadership Development

  • Leading Through Culture: How to lead through culture so that innovation and engagement can emerge.
  • VAST – Showing up as Leaders: VAST (Vulnerability, Authentic connection, Safety, & Trust) guides us in showing up as more effective leaders.
  • Temenos Trust Workshop: Build trust and charter your learning journey. Intro version of 2 day retreat.
  • Compassion Workshop: How to Use Compassion to Transform your Effectiveness.
  • Transformational Leadership: See how we may “be the change we want to see” in our organizations.
  • Leading Through Context: How to lead through context so that innovation and engagement can emerge.
  • Leadership in Hierarchy: Hierarchy impedes innovation. Listening and language tips to improve your leadership.

Organizational Growth

  • Working With Culture: Given a Culture Gap. What moves can we make? Work with Culture or Transformation.
  • Complex Systems Thinking: Effective change is possible when we use a Complex Systems model. Cynefin. Attractors. Emergent Change.
  • Healthy “Agile” Initiatives: How to get to a healthy initiative. How to focus on the real goals of Agile and clarify WHY.
  • People-Centric Change: The methods we use to change must be aligned with the culture we hope to foster. How we may change in a way that values people.
  • Transformation Case Study: Walkthrough of how a transformation unfolded with a 100 person internal IT group.

Audience:
There are two main audiences that are addressed by this training: organizational leaders and organizational coaches. The principles and practices of organizational culture and leadership are the same regardless of your role. Organizational leaders include executives, vice presidents, directors, managers and program leads. Organizational coaches include Agile coaches, HR professionals, management consultants and internal change leaders. “The only thing of real substance that leaders do is to create and manage culture.” – Edgar Schein
Facilitator(s):

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Announcements, Links & Entertainment

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For 10 years, Agile Advice has been providing useful information, Agile-related announcements & entertaining content for Agile ambassadors.

But Agile Advice is just one of the many portals to the BERTEIG online network.

For your easy reference here is a list of other 5 links which may bring you to the information you are looking for.

  1. Register for Training & Learning Events 
  2. Sign Up for BERTEIG’s Loyalty Program
  3. Find out More About BERTEIG’s Corporate Experience
  4. Join the 1000+ others in the LinkedIn Worldmindware Group
  5. Visit the BERTEIG-hosted Facebook Scrum Group with 2600+ members

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Announcing: New Course Offerings!

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BERTEIG Provides World Class Training For Agile Teams & Organizations

Join the BERTEIG team for Training in the GTA and throughout Canada.  Register for an upcoming class near you!

Imagine that you could learn the secrets to high performance teams, management and organizations! Double your productivity! Dramatically improve quality! Create great working environments! Delight your customers! Our Learning Events give you the tools and practices to transform your team and your organization. Whether you are a team member in a small startup or an executive in a Fortune 500 organization, we have something for you. Learn about the performance-enhancing methods of Scrum, LeSS, Kanban, SAFe and others!

Types of Training

Scrum Alliance Registered Education ProviderCertified ScrumMaster (CSM)Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)Certified Scrum Developer (CSD)Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
Large Scale ScrumScaled Agile FrameworkReal AgilityProject Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider

See our complete schedule of Learning Events!

Earn PDUs! Earn SEUs!

BERTEIG is a Registered Education Provider with Scrum Alliance and Project Management Institute. Our training courses qualify as professional development units for IIBA, OpenAgile Institute, and others.


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Announcement: BERTEIG is launching the first course of its kind in Canada!

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The Certified Agile Leadership training is a new course. At the Orlando Scrum gathering the program was announced and shortly after, CSTs and CECs with strong leadership coaching background and formal education in this field were invited to apply to teach the class.
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Michael Sahota was one of these selected coaches.
The course is an acknowledgement that Agile transformation can only go so far if it is driven from the grassroots level, or without the full support of the leadership.
As a leader, they are driving a culture change in the organisation to get better results. This goes far beyond corporate mantras and motivational speeches. Participants can expext to learn the intracacies required of a leader to bring about lasting change.
The target audience is C-level executives, VPs and Senior Directors with decision making capability. The training is also for Change Agents who are catalysts in an organisation, who have the drive and willingness to make a difference.
Michael is known by the Scrum Alliance and since he has had taken formal non-Agile related Leadership training, his application was accepted making him the second global trainer to be approved after Pete Behrens (who is part of the creation committee of CAL) and another chap.
BERTEIG is honoured to be a part of this global launch of a brand new training and we look forward to the positive feedback from many more participants!
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Announcement: NEW Certified Scrum Developer Training!

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Reasons Why BERTEIG’s Certified Scrum Developer training stands above all other offerings:

  • Mike is an Agile and technical trainer who has been writing code for over thirty years
  • Berteig Consulting is the premier Canadian Agile services organization
  • team of coaches & trainers to support Mike
  • Excellent hands-on training: focus on participant simulations and discussions, no slides
  • Mike blends his strong technical background with a deep understanding of Agile methods to help teams consistently improve how they deliver value to their customers
  • Mike has been an active member of the Agile community for the last fifteen years (since the beginning)

Praise for Our Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) Training:

“Mike inspires you to want to improve your craft as an individual and as a team. You will learn skills to improve your development instantly, and skills that will allow you to continue improving every day.” – Developer – June 2016

“This is one of the best trainings I have ever had. Learned everything in real-time in much fun way rather than total theory. When taught with live examples, that create more impact. Mike is just so awesome in his teaching style.” – Front-end Developer – June 2016

“The course is very useful and it is relevant to our daily work. Exercises we did in the course helped to understand the agile/ scrum process a lot.” – Technical Specialist – June 2016

“I feel reinvigorated to take my job and team performance to a higher level.” – Developer, Feb-Mar 2016

“Mike is a great instructor and his details in explaining concepts and applying them during the training was a great learning experience.” – Developer, Feb-Mar 2016

“The class was incredibly beneficial to help illustrate the benefits of TDD, and improved code quality yields better productivity over time. It also helped emphasize Agile works best for Complex systems.” Senior Developer, Feb-Mar 2016

“The course was really interesting and helpful. Some of the topics were eye-openers. Would recommend to any SCRUM team member (developer or tester).” – Technical Consultant, Feb-Mar 2016

“This course gave a practical experience to most Agile development skills in a short period of time.” – Technical Specialist, Feb-Mar 2016

“This is a very good course for Scrum Developers as you can practise all learning on the spot.” – Scrum Developer, Feb-Mar 2016

“I loved this certification course! What I learned here would have taken lots of time to learn and observe in real life and now I know I can apply it into my job.” — Reynaldo 2015

“I really enjoy learning from Mike. He’s flexible and willing to listen for feedback to adapt his course/agenda to fit our groups needs. I’ve learned a number of topics relevant to what we do in our company and will definitely try them out.” — S/W Developer, November 2015

“I like the time I spent here. It was useful for myself as a software developer. I’ve learned several new techniques and technologies.” – S/W Developer, November 2015

“Opened a new window for doing my job.” – Developer, November 2015

“This was a very fun and useful course because it was delivered by an extremely experienced coach who is a developer. PS and he likes LEGO.” – Developer, November 2015

“Mike is an ‘agile’ trainer w/ for both technical and agile approaches.” – T, November 2015

Bonus #1: attendees get one free book from the list of recommended reading on Agile and Scrum topics. You select a book at the end of the course. The book will be shipped to an address of your choosing after course completion.

Bonus #2: attendees get free Planning Poker decks. Every attendee gets at least two. If you need more, please let us know when you register; if you are from a large enterprise company, we can ship you 100 decks at no charge!

Audience:
This course is ideal for those who desire to create high-performance product development teams. Professional developers will gain tremendous understanding about Scrum’s amazing transformational power and the critical role of the Scrum developer. If you are a member of the Project Management Institute, this course counts for 40 PDUs (5-day) or 21 PDUs (3-day), and can be used as part of the requirements towards the PMI-ACP designation.

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Announcement: David Sabine Featured in Human Code’s Blog

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Testimonial: Senior Agile Coach David Sabine

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Recently, a Senior Agile Coach was interviewed by Human Code and the article was posted on their blog.

David and I took a few minutes to chat on the phone about his positive experience working with Human Code and what led up to the entertaining and inspiring article they posted.

HOW A TEAM TRANSFORMED INTO AUTHENTICITY

David said that he had been hired for a two day training with a digital product development agency in Hamilton, Ontario. At the time, they were calling themselves Imagination Plus.  Since then they have changed their name to “Human Code” and this represents their embracing a new way of working and a new way of seeing themselves after training with David a few months ago.

David explained that Imagination Plus was a name that the founders thought of years ago. Over time, no one on the team really identified with it anymore. They did a workshop around this theme and they came to their collective realization that they do have an identity as an organization, but it’s something else than “Imagination Plus” so they went on a journey to find their identity. And the re-branding is a recognition of their new definition of themselves.

There are 17 people in the “tight-knit” company, David said.

“They are now announcing their new name and new logo, and they realized they wanted to go back to talk to me, to share my thoughts about agility and how that was part of their new identity now. They want to remain agile.”

“This is a positive testimonial not just for our training but we were involved in their transfomration. This is a story of transforming not from something to something else. Transforming from something else to a new thing. They transformed to authenticity.”


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Announcement: Mike Bowler’s CSD course – Spots Still Available

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On September 13 & 14, Mike Bowler is presenting “Writing Defect-Free Code Faster” at the Courtyard Mariot in Toronto, Ontario.

This Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) class gives developers the techniques and methods needed to directly apply Scrum processes to development.

“15 years ago, to develop something in 6 months was okay,” Mike said when I interviewed him on the phone recently. “But now, something can be in production in 20 minutes. The world has changed and we need to go with it.”

The Scrum Alliance website describes the course as aiming to support software developers (programmers) who are building software in a Scrum environment.

“The goal is to expose students to the most important tools and techniques that need to be applied in order to build good software in the iterative and incremental fashion that Scrum requires. These ideas are central to the entire field of Agile software development.”

Mike said that in an agile organization if the developers are not aware of the agile process behind Scrum they will not be developing at full capacity. This course gives them the tools they need to be able to develop faster and with less defects.

 


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Announcement: Participation in the PMI Symposium

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Nima Honarmandan 201305 white background - head - 275 squareAt the Best Western Lamplighter’s Inn on June 24, BERTEIG had a booth set up for the annual south west chapter of the PMI Symposium. In the relaxed, resort-like setting, surrounded by palm trees and tropical plants, project managers from across Ontario came together to learn through a series of workshops and seminars about the latest developments in the world of PMI.

I chatted with Director of Business Development, Nima Honarmandan about the experience. Here are a few of the highlights he shared.

WELCOMING COLONEL CHRIS HADFIELD

Photograph official portrait of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield in EMU suit. Photo Date: July 19, 2011. Location: Building 8, Room 183 - Photo Studio. Photographer: Robert Markowitz
Photograph official portrait of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield in EMU suit. Photo Date: July 19, 2011. Location: Building 8, Room 183 – Photo Studio. Photographer: Robert Markowitz

Colonel Chris Hadfield, best known for writing about his travel to the moon and creating YouTube videos while in space like this presented the keynote address to a captivated audience on the topic of “Managing Complexity and Change.”

Nima said the talk was inspiring and had real motivational depth.

Nima’s experience with talking with others in the business area is that unlike previous years, everyone he spoke with had in one way, shape or form had come into contact with agile. He said this is a new trend which shows how much progress agile has made over the years.

Nima’s message to the inspired participants, those managers from across the region who were feeling ready to embrace change, was that “We can help you change!”

It was a well attended event and we look forward to it again next year.


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ANNOUNCEMENT: New Course Offering — Writing Defect-Free Code Faster!

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What?

The ONLY Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) Training offered in Canada! This highly-coveted Scrum offering is certified by the ScrumAlliance and counts toward 21 PDUs or SEUs.

Why?

Writing Defect Free Code Faster! – This 3-Day course will prepare you for all that a Professional Developer will encounter in an Agile environment.

  • – Learn how to write defect free code that will be easy to manage over the long-term.
  • – Understand why test driven development is the key to successful product development.
  • – Delight your stakeholders and customers by giving them exemplary software.

Where?

Toronto, Ontario

When?

September 13 & 14, 2016

Who? Instructed by Senior Agile Coach Mike Bowler!

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Participants also receive two free books after attending the CSD training. The first book is Mishkin Berteig’s collection of the best articles from our blog Agile Advice. This book includes a multitude of useful and insightful articles about all things Agile. The second is a book of your choice from our list of recommended reading! These are the most important books for people using Scrum: books about technical topics, processes, the human side of Agile, and even corporate culture.

REGISTER NOW! 

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More about Certified Scrum Developer Training from Scrum Alliance:

Certified Scrum Developers have demonstrated, through a combination of formal training and a technical skills assessment, that they have a working understanding of Scrum principles and have learned specialized Agile engineering skills. The Certified Scrum Developer® course is aimed at software developers (programmers) who are building software in a Scrum environment. The goal is to expose students to the most important tools and techniques that need to be applied in order to build good software in the iterative and incremental fashion that Scrum requires. These ideas are central to the entire field of Agile software development.” –

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By earning a Certified Scrum Developer® certification you:

  • Learn the foundations of Scrum and the scope of the Certified Scrum Developer’s role from the best minds in Scrum.
  • Demonstrate to employers and peers your attainment of core Scrum knowledge.
  • Expand your career opportunities by staying relevant and marketable across all industry sectors adopting Agile practices.
  • Engage with a community of recognized Scrum experts who are committed to continuous improvement.

As a CSD, you will also have access to a two-year membership with Scrum Alliance. Through this membership you can join local user groups and online social networks, gain access to deep discounts on gatherings and member-only resources.

 

 

 


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The New Scrum Guide: The 5 Scrum Values

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Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland have just announced the new version of the Scrum Guide!  The only change is the addition of two paragraphs about the five Scrum values:

When the values of commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect are embodied and lived by the Scrum Team, the Scrum pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation come to life and builds trust for everyone. The Scrum Team members learn and explore those values as they work with the Scrum events, roles and artifacts.

Successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living these five values. People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team members have courage to do the right thing and work on tough problems. Everyone focuses on the work of the Sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team and its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing the work. Scrum Team members respect each other to be capable, independent people.

The Scrum Guide is the sole and official definition of Scrum.


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Certified LeSS Practitioner with Craig Larman

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In just a few weeks we will be hosting Craig Larman here in Toronto as he facilitates the first-ever-in-Canada Certified Large Scale Scrum Practitioner training!  Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) is about de-scaling.  In simple terms, this is about using Scrum to make the best possible use of the creativity, problem-solving and innovation abilities of large numbers of people, rather than getting them stuck in bureaucracy and management overhead.

Here are the details of this unique learning event:

  • Date and Time: April 11-13 (3 Days), 2016 – 9am to 6pm all three days
  • Location: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto, 475 Yonge St. Phone: 416-924-0611
  • Price: $3990.00 / person (that’s in Canadian Dollars – super great deal if you are coming from the US!)

Check out the full agenda and register here.

Here are some quotes from previous attendees:

“It was inspiring to discuss Large-Scale Scrum with Craig Larman. The content of the course was top-notch.” – Steve Alexander

“The delivery was outstanding and the supporting material vast and detailed.” – Simone Zecchi

“The best course I have ever been on. Totally blown away.” – Simon Powers

Certified Less Practitioner BadgeToronto is a great place to visit (I know many of our Dear Readers are from the United States) – don’t hesitate to consider coming in for a weekend as well as the course!

Register now! (Goes to our BERTEIG / World Mindware learning event registration site.)


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David Sabine to Host Panel Discussion with Strategic Leadership Forum in Toronto

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Hi, David here.

I have been invited to moderate a panel discussion about business agility on March 30 with the Strategic Leadership Forum in Toronto.  Thank you to Jerry Adel for inviting me!

The panelists includes Dave Clark, David Colburn, and Frank Leong.  I’m honoured to share the stage with them.  Please join us.

Register at EventBrite.


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Announcement: BERTEIG partners with Version One and Scaled Agile Inc.

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The past month has been busy!  BERTEIG has officially partnered with both Version One and Scaled Agile Inc.  As BERTEIG grows, our partnerships provide great new resources for our clients.

These partnerships are an outgrowth of our re-branding strategy which saw the launch of our new logo and website early last month.  In the near future we will be announcing more partnerships and relationships to further support our customers and clients.

About VersionOne

VersionOne is a recognized leader and visionary in agile lifecycle management software and services. Our mission is to help companies envision and deliver great software. Since 2002, companies such as Adobe, Capital One, and Oracle have turned to VersionOne. Today, more than 50,000 teams at 1,000 companies, including 37 of the Fortune 100, use our solutions to help them scale their agile initiatives faster, easier and smarter. Whether a small team just starting out with agile or a global enterprise scaling agile, VersionOne customers get the best solutions in the industry backed by the pioneers in agile lifecycle management.

About Scaled Agile Inc and SAFe

Scaled Agile, Inc.’s mission is to help enterprises achieve the capabilities, culture and business benefits that successful implementation of scaled Lean and Agile practices can provide. To achieve this, Scaled Agile provides consulting, training, certification and process tooling based on the Scaled Agile Framework, a proven, publicly-facing knowledge base of effective practices for Lean | Agile adoption at enterprise scale. Visit www.ScaledAgile.com for more details.

The Scaled Agile Framework is a proven, publicly-accessible knowledge base for implementing agile practices at enterprise scale, consisting of approximately 300 pages of guidance. Its primary interface is the “Big Picture” graphic which highlights the individual roles, teams, activities and artefacts necessary to scale agile from the team, to teams of teams, to the enterprise level. It has been successfully applied in programs ranging from only 50-100 people, to enterprises employing thousands of software developers. For more information on the Scaled Agile Framework, visit: www.scaledagileframework.com.

About BERTEIG

BERTEIG is the leading provider of Agile training, coaching and consulting services in the Toronto area.  Agile Advice, World Mindware, The Real Agility Program, The Scrum Team Assessment and OpenAgile are all BERTEIG initiatives and services.  BERTEIG has helped organizations achieve dramatic improvements in time-to-market, near-perfect quality, and 400% boost in overall productivity while at the same time helping people learn to love their work again.  BERTEIG is transforming people, process and culture through the power of Real Agility. (™)


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