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How to Facilitate High Performing Teams

Aligned for Results, LLC

Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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The Workshop:  How to Facilitate High Performing Teams   - Igniting Team Engagement, Alignment, and Results 

Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16, 8 am to 5 pm, Wild Palms Hotel, Sunnyvale, California

Registration limited to 18.

Facilitators guide group process toward shared outcomes with high participation, ownership, creativity, and high value/ return on investiment.  - Adapted from Principles of Facilitation by David Sibbet.

This two-day experiential workshop equips participants with the mindset, strategy, and tools to facilitate Agile and other teams in achieving their intended results. Takeaways include:

  • How facilitation fuels team performance and ignites business results;
  • Design meeting spaces for focused interaction and launch team meetings for success; 
  • Facilitate rapport and team interaction to foster engagement and collaboration;
  • Use questions, listening, rapport, and visual records to focus attention, encourage systems thinking, and document what the team produces;
  • Apply a practical model for forming and sustaining Agile and other teams, clarifying focus at each stage of the team's work, and resolving common impediments in Scrum ceremonies and other team meetings;
  • Develop a facilitation map and agenda for Scrum ceremonies, and for Agile team start-up;
  • Facilitation tools for reaching and sustaining high team performance;
  • Applying these facilitation tools at your company.

Where Does Facilitation Fit in an Agile Team's Journey?

In both Agile and traditional settings, effective facilitation can unlock significant capacity in teams, build ability to self-organize, and supports breakthroughs in quality, throughput, and innovation.

Good facilitation enables greater engagement, trust, alignment, and commitment among team members and their stakeholders. This supports results-focused decisions, team action, feedback, and adaptation, increasing the probability of exceptional team performance in environments of rapid change.

Who Needs a Facilitator’s Mindset, Strategy, and Skill?

  • Product, program, project, or line managers
  • Scrum Masters
  • Agile team leaders or coaches
  • Agile change agents, leaders, and drivers

You may apply for PDUs Available from PMI, and SEUs from Scrum Alliance

Your Agenda...

Day 1 Facilitator’s Role and Tools in an Agile Context

Engaging Purposeful Participation & Collaboration

  • Setting up for success (purpose & environment)
  • Equipping your toolkit (team practice)
  • The Facilitator’s mindset, goals, and skills
  • Releasing the power & potential of Agile values, principles, & practices
  • Visual and verbal language and listening (practice)

Agile Team Challenges & the Path to High Performance

  • Qualities of high performing teams
  • Challenges for Agile teamwork
  • Practice: How to tackle issues with the Drexler-Sibbet Team Performance Model™
  • The Agile X Factor: Facilitating to enable trust, collaboration, and self-organizing teams

Facilitating Scrum Ceremonies

  • Comparing the ceremonies
  • Mapping meeting process to achieve outcomes
  • Practice: Meeting maps for Sprint planning, Sprint review, retrospectives, & stand-ups
  • Outcomes drive meeting format & facilitation

Day 2 How to Create & Sustain High Team Performance

How to Identify Stakeholders & Outcomes for Project or Product Team Meetings

  • Using the language of influence
  • The Facilitator’s role as consultant
  • Pair practice: Conversation to identify outcomes as a target for teamwork

Facilitating Team Start-up or Reboot

  • Agile team chartering: Why and how?
  • Establishing purpose & scope
  • Activities for trust-building 
  • Getting clear on deliverables
  • Goals, roles, & decision-making
  • Confirming ownership & commitment

Growing and Sustaining Agile Team Performance

  • Facilitating team flow
  • Retrospectives & other options for team learning
  • Nurturing an Agile team culture

Putting This Into Practice at Your Company

  • Pair exercise: Application plans and coaching
  • How to keep on learning
  • Takeaways, retrospective, & conclusion 

The Bottom Line: Achieving key business results while building the commitment, performance, and staying power of people on your team is the mark of great leadership. The mindset and tools of a facilitator can help you do this. We welcome your participation!

Refreshments, lunch, and tropical atmosphere included!


About the Workshop Leaders


Susan Berry, MA, and Randy Thomas, PhD, are Partners at Aligned for Results, LLC, where they help people craft a compelling vision for their company, team, or community, and use engaging processes to bring their vision to life.  

S BerryAs an experienced facilitator, instructor, and program manager, Susan’s quest is how to make the most of diversity while unleashing the energy of common intent.  She  draws on prior experience as UN World Health Organization Staff Development and Training Officer, Training Consultant for the US Office of Personnel Management, and Director of Ed/Tech Service for Rural Community Assistance Corporation, as well as training in facilitative leadership, advanced meeting facilitation and interactive conference design from Interaction Associates.  

R ThomasIn addition to his research and technology background (a former Principal Investigator and fellow at UC Berkeley), Randy has taught and facilitated for approximately 30 years during work for UC, the UN, as visiting scholar and adjunct at several European Universities, and in private practice as a partner at Aligned for Results, LLC.  Randy first became interested in team dynamics while working with development and engineering teams in the Bay Area and nationally in the 1970’s and ‘80s, and in subsequent years in both IT and non-IT contexts in the US and abroad.

Both are UC Berkeley Extension Agile Management Program grads, and have CSM®, CSPO®, NLP Practitioner, and Innovation Games® CCA certifications.

© 2014 Aligned for Results, LLC For further information, please contact sberry@aligned4results.com

Refund Policy:  90% of the workshop fee will be refunded for cancellations by August 6, 2014.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations after that date.  You may substitute another person if you can not come, if you let us know us know right away in advance of the workshop, and provide us their name, contact data, and their main aim for the workshop.  Thank you.

Have questions about How to Facilitate High Performing Teams? Contact Aligned for Results, LLC

When & Where

Wild Palms Hotel
910 East Fremont Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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