Wednesday, September 5, 2012

MasterClass: Leadership Storyingtelling with Erwin van der Koogh

No single framework has been more helpful for me as a Scrum Coach than Radical Management. If you taking 'Delighting the Customer' as the primary organizing principle of the organization, Agile suddenly makes complete sense.

Once you realize that stories have through the ages been an effective - no, the most effective - way to motivate people to change, you have a whole new approach to Change Leadership. I watched granite-like organizations transform themselves into bars of wet, slippery soap in a matter of months!

I am proud that the first guest trainer for the MasterClass series is Erwin van der Koogh. Erwin is based in Amsterdam, a committed Stoosian, and a long time coach and trainer with a focus on Leadership Storytelling.

Come to our MasterClass workshop on October 25 and you too can learn how to lead change throught Storytelling!

BTW - if you complete three MasterClass Workshops on Radical Management, you may elect to call yourself a 'Recognized and Committed Radical Manager'.

Continue to Workshop Description or jump directly to Registration!

MasterClass Workshops: Taking Scrum to the Next Level

For years, I have been giving Scrum courses and workshops. These entry-level courses are, above all, eye openers! They introduce people to new ideas about how to organize work, and for some of you, a light goes on! You take Scrum back to your organization and start to do Scrum. Then reality sets in. Confronting the challenges of changing your organization is hard! Doing Scrum well is not easy. To help you overcome these obstacles, I created the MasterClass workshop series.

MasterClasses are about improving your understanding of Scrum.  MasterClasses complement Scrum with other important frameworks – especially Radical Management. MasterClasses are about working through real problems and finding real solutions. MasterClasses are about becoming Agile.

MasterClasses are one-day workshops, so it's easier to get away. I hold one every month, right after my monthly Intense Certified Scrum Master course. They repeat, so you can pick the date most convenient for you. And you can come by yourself, or in a small group, to work through problems together.

Most of them I teach myself, though I often invite renowned experts to lead individual workshops.

I am really excited about the first two MasterClasses. The first, Scrum Performance Workshop, is a combination Retrospective, Scrum refresher and problem solving session. I've integrated some ideas from Siraj Sirajuddin's Temenos Workshops, tested them at the Scrum Gathering in Atlanta, and the result is an intense, productive day to help your team get in the flow.

I'll tell you about the second workshop on Storytelling in a separate blog entry. In the mean time, here is a list of the coming MasterClasses:

I have a special introductory price for the first Scrum Performance Workshop and a surprise planned after work ;-). Check out registration for details...





Sunday, September 2, 2012

Getting Started - Special Prices - Housewarming

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Although I have been teaching Scrum courses in Switzerland since 2008, I now feel like I am the new kid on the block, since I am coming back from my Sabbatical and restarting as an independent trainer. So to get the ball rolling, I have a couple of goodies for you:

MasterClass Workshop on Scrum Team Performance, October 4, 2012, CHF 450 instead of 800.- Register!
 
Intense Certified ScrumMaster: CHF 1'600 instead of 1'900, October 25. Note: This is the early bird price - it go up by CHF 50 after this Friday. Register!

"Housewarming Party" to celebrate my new training room, I will have a housewarming party one evening early in October. If you are on my newsletter list, you'll get an invitation. If not, you can email me or contact me on the web-site, and I'll be happy to send you an invite.

Last-but-not least: I will be talking at the 50th(!) Scrum Breakfast in Zürich on "10 Fazits von agilen Projekten, Führung und anderen Themen aus meinem Sabbatical in den USA" (10 Lessons about agile projects, leaderships and other topics from my Sabbatical in the USA"). Register at the SwissICT!

I'm back... and I am a CST!

My USA-Sabbatical is over. What came out of it, and what's next?

I am pleased to announce that I have been recognized by the Scrum Alliance as a Certified Scrum Trainer. This is very select group of 138 people world-wide whose understanding of Scrum and whose teaching abilities have been vetted by the trainer community. It's an honor to be included in this select group.  As a participant in my Scrum Courses, you can be certain of the quality of training you receive, and you will qualify to become a Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner -- after you pass the test from the Scrum Alliance.

I have also spent the last 6 months working with Steve Denning on Radical Management. Radical Management is essentially the values and practices of Scrum, extended to leading an organization. OK, that's an oversimplification, because there are two essential principles which go beyond Scrum: Delighting the customer as the highest goal of an organization, and Leadership Storytelling as an approach to change leadership.

I consider myself a Committed Radical Manager.  Steve Denning and I held two courses together in Washington, DC, and one-day workshops in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo. Now Steve has recognized me a 'Recognized and Committed Trainer' of Radical Management. So if you train with me, you can be recognized as well (and whether you actually commit being a radical manager is up to you)!

One thing I have observed over the years: small courses delight the participants better than big courses. So my courses in Zurich are strictly limited to 10 participants. I chose the space to enforce that limitation. I will hold a CSM in Zurich course every month, except during the summer vacation.

I also offer the MasterClass Series on Making The Whole Organization Agile. Focused on topics around Radical Management and Scaling Scrum, these are a series of 1 day workshops on topics like Leadership Storytelling, Team Performance Workshop. I also plan to invite distinguished experts to lead Workshops on related topics, like Beyond Budgeting.

I am kicking off the Fall course season with:
  • MasterClass; Scrum Performance Workshop Oct 4 - Special Price: CHF 450 instead of 800.--!
  • Intense CSM October 23-24 - Introductory Special CHF 300 off of regular price.
  • MasterClass: Leadership Story Telling with Erwin van der Koogh, October 25
  • You can register and see the entire course program here.
More about the MasterClasses in upcoming articles.

BTW: I teach all my courses in German, unless someone in the room requires English.  Unless otherwise indicated, all course dates are guaranteed.

I have two other projects worth mentioning: the HappinessApp and WIKISPEED. I'm looking forward to building the first European WIKISPEED car in Switzerland. I'll report on them at a later date.