Facilitating Effective Agile Workshops
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Great prep is a key part of effective workshop facilitation. This module introduces you to some of the things you need to be thinking about while prepping for a workshop.
The objectives of this course are to provide you with and understanding of:
- What the SMART framework is
- How to set SMART objectives
- Key elements of the workshop planning process
- How to create strong workshop agendas
This course is aimed at Scrum Masters who want to improve their individual knowledge of facilitating workshops in service to their Scrum team and their wider organization.
Prerequisites of the Certifications
There are no specific pre-requisites to study this course.
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While prepping for a workshop, you'll come to a point where you need to set the agenda. At this point, you should have completed all of your other preparation and now you're ready to set the exact activities for the workshop. So, what does a really great agenda look like? First up, good agendas arrive early. What I mean is that you need to send out the agenda as early as possible. This gives everyone who's coming time to think about it, ask questions and give you any input they have about it. Don't leave the agenda to the night before the workshop. The later you leave the agenda, the less time people will have to prepare for it. Next, make sure that your objectives are as clear as possible. You can do this by making sure they're simple, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. To achieve the objectives, you'll have a number of agenda items. Start by prioritizing these. If you understand which agenda items are the most important, it'll become a lot easier to figure out how much time to give each item on the agenda. With the agenda list now ordered in terms of priority, you can give each activity a set amount of time. Once you have a list of prioritized agenda items, break them down into key points. Doing this gives everyone a chance to understand exactly what needs to be discussed or done to complete an agenda item. Some of the now itemized agenda lists will need a decision made about them. Let everyone know exactly which items will need a decision before the workshop to give them time to think about it. The last thing that a good agenda does is letting everyone who's coming know what they need to do to prepare for it. This could be as simple as being aware of the agenda or it might require some team members to present something or do something. If this is the case, they'll need to know about it well in advance to give them the chance to put their best foot forward. And that's it for this video. A great agenda is an important part of the workshop prep as it forms a key part in the pre-workshop communication with everyone who'll be coming. It also gives you, the facilitator, a chance to methodically work through how you want the workshop to go so you aren't just walking into the workshop and winging it.
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Tony has over 20 years’ experience in Business Development, Business Change, Consulting and Project/Programme Management working with public, private and third sector organisations.
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