About The Scout

Agile Scout is a free online resource and Agile news site designed to help and inform anyone interested in Agile software development methods and Agile tools.

Who is The Agile Scout?

My name is Peter Saddington and I absolutely love my job as an Organizational Scientist and Certified Scrum Trainer. I started out as a developer back in 1997 when lean-thinking XP was growing and picked up on Agile shortly after.

I built this Agile software development news site to be a resource for all. Join us and make sure you check out the ways to subscribe.

Fun Facts About Me:

  • Serial entrepreneur with lots of failures… but with 2 successful companies that were privately acquired (Product/Service)
  • Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) – Find CSM/CSPO courses held by me near your location [here]
  • 2013-Atlanta-Best-Computer-Training-School-Action-InfluenceFounder of Action & Influence, Inc, an organizational design consultancy that won Best Training Training Company in Atlanta in 2013.
  • Find over 50+ testimonials of my work on LinkedIn.com
  • Published Author: Agile Pocket Guide (Wiley, 2012)
  • Won Best Session at Product Camp 2011 on Scaling Product Ownership! #cool
  • One of the most followed Agile Trainer and Scrum Development Coach on Twitter in the world. #win!
  • social entrepreneur and I help leanstartups grow.
  • I love to code in my free time and do two developer faux pas: code in live production and forget code integrity checks. #fail
  • I have a M.A. Counseling, M.A. Education, MDiv in Religion – I speak on the Human Side of Software Development a lot.

See an example of my work with a client below:

The book I published here:

Speaking Engagements & Conferences:

  • July 25-29, 2016 – Agile 2016 – “A Principle-Based Guide to Scaling Agile”
  • July 11-15, 2016 – Humanizing Work – “Using Kano and Modified Theme Screening for Prioritization”
  • July 13-17, 2015 – Humanizing Work – “How to Game Your Metrics” – “Product Owner Remixed” – “Leadership Laws”
  • October 14, 2014 – Atlanta Quality Assurance Association – “Mentoring for High Performance”
  • July 30, 2014 – Agile 2014 – “The Power and Potential of Mentoring”
  • June 6, 2014 – Leadership Summit Agile Development Practices – “Mentoring for High Performance”
  • March 26, 2014 – Atlanta Scrum Meetup – “Establishing a Mentorship Program”
  • February 13, 2014 – Agile Testing Days Keynote – Den Haag, Netherlands – “The High-Performance Team Manifesto”
  • October 29, 2013 – Agile Testing Days Keynote 2013 – Potsdam, Germany – “The Science Behind High-Performance Teams”
  • October 28, 2013 – Agile Testing Days 2013 Tutorials – Potsdam, Germany – “The Most Important Management Decision You’ll Ever Make”
  • August 7, 2013 – Agile 2013 Nashville – Nashville, TN – “Creating and Sustaining High Performance Teams through Cultural Understanding”
  • May 23, 2013 – Axosoft Agile Practices 2013 – Phoenix, AZ – “The Science Behind High Performance Teams”
  • April 22, 2013 – PMI Agile Community of Practice – Atlanta, GA – “Growing High Performance Teams through Coaching & Mentoring”
  • March 6, 2013 – Agile Dev Practices Keynote 2013 – Potsdam, Germany – “Creating and Sustaining High-Performance Teams”
  • March, 4, 2013 – Agile Dev Practices 2013 Tutorials – Potsdam, German – “The Management’s Roles in Scrum”
  • February 27, 2013 – Scrum Meetup Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – “The New Role of Management for High-Performance Teams”
  • August 31, 2012 – Justice Department – Reston, VA – “Optimizing Teams with Team Science and Building Teams for Performance”
  • August 22, 2012 – Agile Richmond – Richmond, VA – “Building and Sustaining High-Performance Teams for Management”
  • August 18, 2012 – Product Camp 2012 – Atlanta, GA – “Building High Performance Teams”
  • August  16, 2012 – Agile 2012 – Dallas, TX – “Scaling Product Ownership at the Department of Defense” – Insight Report and IEEE Paper
  • August 8, 2012 – Agile Tampa – Tampa, FL – “Building the Right Teams with Team Science.”
  • July 25, 2012 – PWWCBA Webinar – Richmond, VA – “Creating the Right Teams with Team Science”
  • June 27, 2012 – PWWCBA Webinar – Atlanta, GA – “Understanding Management Roles for Team Performance”
  • November 14-16, 2011 – Project World & World Congress for Business Analysis – Session Speaker on “Product Ownership, The Role in Enterprise Adoption.”
  • October 26, 2011 – Agile DC 2011 – Washington, DC – Speaker on “Scaling Product Ownership – A Story”
  • September 10, 2011 – Product Camp 2011 – Atlanta, GA – Speaker on “Scaling Product Ownership – A Story” – Winner of Best Session 2011
  • August 8-12, 2011 – Agile 2011 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Speaker on “The Art of Continuing Education for your Agile Teams using Pecha-Kucha 20×20 Technique”
  • July 29-31, 2011 – 13th Annual Korean American Adoptee Network (KAAN) – Atlanta, GA – Keynote Speaker on “Social Media, Technology, and People”
  • June 9, 2011 – Rally Success Tour 2011 – Atlanta, GA – Speaker on “Agile Basics”
  • May 19, 2011 – ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts – Atlanta, GA – Webinar Speaker on “10 Key Characteristics of a Great Agile Product Owner”
  • May 11, 2011 – RallyON 2011 Conference – Boulder, CA – Open space speaker on “Social Media, Technology, and Agile”
  • February 19, 2011 – Product Camp 2011 – Atlanta, GA – Speaker on “The Art of Continuing Growth and Education for your Agile Teams using Pecha-Kucha 20×20 Technique”
  • February 16, 2011 – Startup Riot 2011 – Atlanta, GA – Guest Blogger and Live News Media Sponsor
  • November 15-17, 2010 – Scrum Gathering – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Lighting Talk Speaker for Scrum Gathering Amsterdam on “Growing Your Agile Team Through Servant Leadership”
  • November 8-11, 2010 – Project World and World Congress for Business Analysts – Orlando, FL – Moderator, Speaker on the IT Panel Speaker and Moderator for “IT Leadership”
  • August 9-13, 2010 – Agile 2010 – Orlando, FL – Speaker on “Agile within a Waterfall Environment, It Can Work!”

Agile Services – Scrum Certification and Coaching

We are dedicated to the full transformation of your company.

We provide Agile Consulting and Scrum Certification Training with most of our clients starting with our popular (1) Agile Maturity Survey to understand your current organization, building an (2) Agile Transformation Plan accompanied with training and rolling out Agile practices, and then (3) Aligning and Understanding the culture for full transformation.

After the Agile Maturity Survey we help companies follow through with:

  1. Product Definition and Vision
  2. Release Planning and Enterprise Coordination
  3. Iterative Product Delivery and Measurement
  4. Organizational Alignment and Cultural Adoption of Agile
  5. Ongoing Support at the Team(s), Program, Portfolio, and Enterprise Level

Certified ScrumMaster Course (CSM)

intimate-CSM-classThis is a hands-on 2-day training with a focus on the role of the ScrumMaster and Agile Coach.

  • Become a CERTIFIED SCRUMMASTER
  • 100% Exam Pass Rate
  • Trained by an industry expert and published author
  • Boredom-free environment, not a death by powerpoint
  • 2 full days of scenarios, simulations, and hands on exercises
  • Maximize your retention and real life application by learning how to be a GREAT ScrumMaster or Agile Leader
  • Learn better facilitation skills and team engagement techniques
  • Understand how to scale Scrum to the enterprise, Agile management techniques
  • Learn about team culture and team optimization
  • Includes TEST PREP GUIDE with over 80+ practice test questions
  • 14 PMI PDUs 
  • 2 Year Scrum Alliance Membership
  • Peter Saddington’s book: The Agile Pocket Guide (Wiley, 2012)

Certified Scrum Product Owner Course (CSPO)

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Become a CERTIFIED SCRUM PRODUCT OWNER – 
A hands-on 2-day training with focus on the role of the Scrum Product Owner and Value Driver for a team.

  • Training by an industry expert and published author
  • Boredom free environment, not a death by powerpoint
  • 2 full days of scenarios, simulations, and hands on exercises
  • Learn how to be a GREAT Product Owner
  • Understand backlog management, user story creation and definition
  • Understand valuation of work and decomposition of work for sprints
  • Learn prioritization techniques and Agile Product Management
  • 14 PMI PDUs
  • 2 Year Scrum Alliance Membership
  • Peter Saddington’s book: The Agile Pocket Guide (Wiley, 2012)

Agile Executive Training

Leaders must understand their role within transitioning to Agile. We provide a 2-3 hour training program that fully envelops Executives and Management into the world of Agile.

They will come away understanding:

  • The role of Leadership in Agile
  • The unique value of Agile to program and portfolio work
  • The risk reduction opportunities that Agile avails
  • The value of moving to Agile
  • The process and flow of Agile for their tactical teams
  • The engineering practices behind Agile

Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) 9-Sprint Program

We have an 9-sprint (1 sprint = 2 weeks) program that allows all members to receive the required SEUs for Certified Scrum Professional Designation. This course is a full 7-days over 9 sprints that require the 100% dedication and commitment. Previously executed at several client sites, we are now experimenting this with the general public, requiring at least 8 students in a pull system in which we will notify all individuals who are interested when the student threshold has been met.

The Program consists of:

  • 2 full days of workshops in first and ninth sprint
  • 3 full days spread out over 3 more weeks
  • Dedication to hold at least 1 personal webinar on a topic of your choosing for the rest of the group
  • Dedication to write 8 articles as a guest blogger on AgileScout.com

Please email peter.saddington@agileforall.com for more information, slots are currently open for the next semester program!

Custom Training and Workshops

On-site classes available!

On-site classes available!

We have held many different types of workshops for our various clients including:

  • Scaling Scrum to the Enterprise
  • Kanban 1-Day Workshop
  • Agile Product Portfolio Management
  • User Story Writing
  • Team Estimation
  • Release and Sprint Planning
  • Retrospective Workshops
  • Scaling Product Ownership
  • Team Development and Optimization
  • Executive Training
  • And more

Agile Maturity Evaluation & Coaching

Let Us Help You Implement Agile

We are always excited about helping companies understand their current level of Agile Maturity. This allows us to then help you roll out Agile to your company, whether it be small or large. After an Agile Maturity Survey, we can assign consultants to help you reach your desired level of agility.

During our exploration of your current business we focus on the following areas:

  • Portfolio & Project Environment
  • Organization & Collaboration
  • Planning & Delivery
  • Transparency & Adaptation
  • Quality & Automation
  • Total Maturity Time (Plan Length to adopt Agile)

Below are the definitions of what these maturity areas cover:

Portfolio & Project Environment

Scaling Agile teams utilizes practices that are integrated into the iterative delivery of working features.  The Leaders of an Agile Enterprise remove organizational impediments and align goals.

  • Executive Support and Direction – What is required of your executives to adopt and grow Agile within your business
  • Agile Portfolio Management – Understanding the portfolio of work
  • Organization Continuous Improvement – Agreements to grow a community of practice
  • Sustainable Pace / Morale – Commitment to growing healthy teams
  • Dedication to Cultural Alignment and Cultural Change – Commitment to digging deeper into understanding your people and creating the right teams for the right initiatives (tactical/strategic)
  • Product Ownership Empowerment – Commitment to empowering your Product Owners with the ability to make decisions on behalf of the business
  • Dedicated Product Teams (Focus) – Singular focus of work for teams, understanding the value of focus

Organization & Collaboration

Cross-functional teams facilitate collaboration through direct communication and simple artifacts. This structure allows more efficient knowledge transfer and better alignment across the organization and across roles. 

  • Cross Functional (Whole) Teams – Reduction of risk overall for each team as they learn together
  • ScrumMaster – Finding the right servant leader for your team – Go here for more information on ScrumMaster characteristics
  • Product Owner – Finding the right SME to help drive your product value – Go here for more information on Product Owner characteristics
  • Minimally Sufficient Documentation – Growing a shared experience between business and development on what needs to be done
  • Common Artifacts – Common expectations/understanding of what will be used between teams/business for traceability
  • Customer Collaboration – Commitment to growing client relational equity
  • Colocation and Team (Open) Space – Establishing the right environment for success
  • Self-Organization / Optimization of Teams – A deep commitment to cultivating your people – Find more on this at TeamScience.com

Planning & Delivery

Agile teams utilize practices that are integrated into the iterative delivery of working features.  Feedback from these practices is used to improve the product and the process as the project proceeds.

  • Product Backlog – A common repository for value
  • Sprint Backlog – A commitment by the team for team self-management of work
  • User Stories and Task Breakdown – Behavioral driven development
  • Tracking and Metrics (Burndown) – Transparency for decision making
  • Release Planning – A commitment to looking towards future client value
  • Product Backlog Grooming – A combination of the Team + Product Owner to ensure pre-development is sufficiently considered prior to execution
  • Sprint Planning – A discipline for business/development shared understanding of work
  • Relative Estimation and Tracking – No more time tracking (by hours) – A commitment to consistency over time

Transparency & Adaptation

Agile methods embrace the inevitability of change by facilitating course correction.  Teams must engage in learning and continuous improvement to perform at peak.

  • Daily Standup – Alignment every day
  • Sprint Review and Demonstration – Product Owner sign-off and stakeholder feedback
  • Sprint Retrospective – Continuous improvement for a team
  • Information Radiators – Increasing transparency for the business
  • Story Card Wall – Shared accountability for the team and business
  • Definition of Done – Understanding and establishing quality criteria
  • Working Agreement – The teams discipline for excellence
  • Metrics and Tracking – Growing over time for business value
  • Limiting Work in Progress – Allowing for focus and margin for innovation

Quality & Automation

Continuous testing and review in Agile methods ensure each sprint delivers high quality, working features.  Stakeholders review and “sign off” on features at sprint boundaries. 

  • Simple Evolutionary Design – Building the simplest (with highest value) items first
  • Pairing – Removing team risk – Cross-functionality
  • Refactoring – A team commitment to software craftsmanship
  • Technical Debt Reduction – Reducing system risk
  • Test Driven Development – Building for quality
  • Continuous Integration – Building for speed
  • Automated Regression Testing – Establishing repeatable testing patterns
  • User Story Sprint Testing – Sprint-end quality
  • Recommendations Overview – A written review of what we have found. After our survey, we will provide you with:
  • Key Remediation Approaches – Strategies and plan to start growing Agile at scale for your teams and business
  • Enterprise Backlog of Improvements – Lead your own growth, prioritize appropriately, and have an Action & Influence coach help you grow!

Resources for ScrumMasters

  1. ScrumMaster Job Description – Characteristics of a GREAT ScrumMaster
  2. Essential ScrumMaster Interview Questions – When you’re hiring a ScrumMaster
  3. Career Paths for ScrumMasters in a Company – For Management
  4. Common ScrumMaster Questions for a ScrumMaster Position in a Company – For Management
  5. Top ScrumMaster and Product Owner Questions from Training – For Management
  6. ScrumMaster Manifesto – Great principles to go by
  7. 3 Common ScrumMaster Mistakes – When starting out with a new team or company

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A SCRUMMASTER?

Resources for Scrum Product Owners

  1. 2012 IEEE paper on Scaling Product Ownership on a $20M+ Program
  2. 10 Essential Scrum Product Owner Characteristics
  3. 10 Product Owner Backlog Tips
  4. Enable and Equip your Product Owners
  5. Career Paths for Product Owners in a Company – For Management
  6. Common Scrum Product Owner Questions for a Product Owner Position in a Company – For Management

Resources for Agile Coaches

  1. Review on SAFe – The Scaled Agile Framework
  2. Peter Saddington’s journey on becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)
  3. Review on the PMI-ACP – PMI’s Version of an agile certification
  4. Agile Coach Leadership Traits
  5. The Agile Coach Persona – The Calling + Integrity
  6. The Agile Coach Persona – What We Say Matters
  7. 5 Tips for Agile Workshops and Communication // More here too
  8. 5 Tips for Building Client Relationship
  9. 5 Tips for Multiple Coaches at a Client Engagement
  10. How to Become an Agile Coach + 6 Tips for Mentors
  11. 7 Tips for Client Engagements
  12. The Agile Change Agent
  13. 3 Levels of Change Implementation
  14. Handling Resistance to Change
  15. Making Effective Decisions
  16. Dealing with Conflict
  17. Complexities of Attitudinal Change
  18. Managing Distributed Teams [Part 1][Part 2][Part 3]
  19. The 8 C’s of Agile Coaching
  20. Agile Coaching Requires Fitness of Mind and Body
  21. Preparing Your Organization for Agile Transformation using an Agile Coach

Great Lists!

  1. Top Women in Agile 2012!
  2. Top 200 Agile Bloggers 2012!
  3. Best Agile / Scrum / Kanban Tools List – The Most Comprehensive List of ALL Agile Tools!

A Story:

Agile software development has been around for a while and has proven to be a valuable practice providing organizations with savings when it comes to time, money, and resources.

But the tools, methods, and people who know how to execute well in Agile aren’t cheap; in fact, you are already intimately aware with the costs.

Isn’t it time that everyone benefitted from the time-tested Agile methodologies without the cost of training and expensive “experts?”

Let’s even the playing field, shall we? Let’s democratize the information, tools, and resources. Let’s pool our collective brain-power, and share the historical wealth that exists so abundantly. Let’s break down the walls and make everyone an “expert.” Let’s become agents of change.

This is our manifesto. This is our time, and this is our mission:

We exist to democratize agile.

Will you join us?

Agile Scout Law and Order of Agility

An Agile Scout is:

  • Collaborative
  • Self-Organizing
  • Introspective
  • Communicative
  • Facilitative
  • Invested
  • Guiding
  • Empowering
  • Trusting
  • Inquisitive
  • Mentor
  • Servant-Leader

An Agile Scout follows the Order of Agility:

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty, to Inspect and Adapt and Obey the Agile Scout Law;
To help my client, my business, and my community at all times;
To keep myself learning, growing, and responding to change with excellence.

Read more in-depth about these characteristics here.

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Certified ScrumMaster Course Outline

  • Become a CERTIFIED ScrumMaster
  • Training by an industry expert and published author
  • Boredom free environment, not a death by powerpoint
  • 2 full days of scenarios, simulations, and hands on exercises
  • Maximize your retention and real life application
  • Includes TEST PREP GUIDE with over 80+ practice test questions
  • 14 PMI PDUs + Scrum Alliance 2 Year Membership

ACCELERATE HIGH PERFORMANCE

  • Be a GREAT ScrumMaster
  • Team engagement techniques
  • Learn better facilitation skills
  • Scaling Scrum to the enterprise
  • Team and enterprise optimization
  • Agile management
  • Learn about team culture
  • And much more

ALL CERTIFICATION COURSES INCLUDE EXAM PREP REVIEW
After the successful completion of this course you will be submitted to the Scrum Alliance for certification. Upon registration you will have the option to take an examination. Certification is valuable because employers are looking for people like you who have the right designation. While certification doesn’t mean you’ll be 100% effective, it’s a great start.

  • 80+ practice exam questions
  • Full review of each question in class
  • Be prepared for your certification exam

EVERY STUDENT RECEIVES FREE COPY OF THE AGILE POCKET GUIDE!

Peter Saddington’s latest book: The Agile Pocket Guide
Features include:
  • The basic tennets of the Scrum framework
  • How to apply the processes and steps required to become Agile
  • The dynamics of a successful Agile environment
  • How to build an environment of communication and collaboration for the entire organization

REAL AGILE TRANSFORMATION EXPERIENCE

Come train with an experienced Scrum Trainer and Consultant who has overseen multi-million dollar Agile Transformation initiatives. From small shops to 90+ team business units. From private companies to large government agencies. From highly regulated environments to multi-national complex systems.

  • Organizational Counselor and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)
  • 15+ years in software development
  • Published author – The Agile Pocket Guide (Wiley, 2012)
  • 3 Masters degrees (Counseling, Education, Religion/Psychology)
  • Co-founder of a research and analytics platform measuring human behavior

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Do you work for a company that makes a product or service? Then this class is for you!
The course is built for leaders in mind. Leaders who want to bring their teams and companies to a higher level of performance. At the team level, this role often falls on a ScrumMaster, but this class is great for anyone taking part in helping their organization succeed and become more Agile.

  • Architects
  • Board Members
  • Business Analysts
  • Developers
  • Directors
  • Engineers
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Marketers
  • Operations Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sales
  • Trainers

AGENDA

  • Definition of Scrum: Basic Scrum background and framework, principles and values which ensure the correct understanding of Scrum.
  • Scrum theory: the three legs of Scrum theory (transparency, inspection, and adaptation) are explained: responsibility, self-organization, self-management, sense of urgency, commitment, technical excellence, rhythm, discipline, respect, and courage.
  • Scrum framework: The meetings, artifacts and roles that make up the Scrum process.
  • Scrum practices: Estimation, planning, user stories, planning poker, prioritization techniques and other practices which are commonly used in Scrum.
  • Agile leadership: What it is and why it is important for a ScrumMaster. Common models of leadership.
  • Coaching and facilitation: Coaching definition, coaching scenarios, and facilitation techniques used by ScrumMasters.
  • Team Dynamics and Management’s Role for teams: The role of culture in teams and how to lead teams to high-performance.

CLASS DETAILS

  • 2 full days
  • From 9:00am to 5:00pm daily for the two days of the course
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Materials and handouts will be provided
  • Come ready to have fun and open to new ideas
  • Wear comfortable clothing (simulations and exercises)
  • Bring business cards (A great time to network)

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