Training and Classes

Learn how to apply the practices of Agile and Scrum, effectively guide change, and create engaged teams that deliver outstanding results.

Select one of our courses to learn more:

Certified Scrum Master Training
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Agile 101 – Intro to Agile & Scrum
Enabling Agile Leaders
Guiding Constant Change
Lego4Scrum – Organizational Intro

Why Choose Alluvial?

To ensure you learn critical concepts by hearing, seeing and doing, we intentionally combine numerous learning styles. All of our courses include real-world simulation, traditional learning, discussion, exercises and interactive games.

Each course is taught by a leading Agile practitioner with decades of real-world industry experience. Exercises, demonstrations, facilitated discussions, case studies, tools and template examples are tailored to the class’s needs to illustrate the principles being taught.

Everything we teach is based on real-world experience, not ivory tower theory.

Certified Scrum Master Training (2 days)

This 2-day Certified Scrum Master training will provide you with all the necessary elements to lead or contribute to a Scrum team.

Course Overview

At the end of this training, trainees will be able to:

  • Master the essential concepts as well as the tools of Scrum
  • Identify the differences between agile methods and traditional “waterfall” methods
  • Establish a roadmap for the adoption of agility

Lead by a Certified Scrum Trainer (since 2011) who was taught by Ken Schwaber in 2002, and co-facilitated by an experienced Agile practitioner, this training workshop leverages the latest in virtual training tools, a unique visual style, and extensive hands-on experience to create an engaging class for anyone interested in Scrum and looking to prepare themselves for working in Agile organizations & teams.

Course Methods & Materials

Our virtual courses endeavour to bring in the rich mix of communication, collaboration and learning games that were hallmarks of our in-person classes. With proven approaches and an engaging technology platform, participants are able to share ideas, work in breakouts, practice new ways of working, all from the comfort of their own set-up.

The learning platform we use is as follows:

ZOOM — an industry standard video and collaboration platform that allows for excellent face-to-face communication and facilitates chats, breakout rooms and an overall visual style of teaching.

MIRO –– this real time collaboration board provides the background for many of the learning games and exercises

Notability — in lieu of whiteboards and projectors, the slides are shared through Zoom and annotated using Notability. Blank sheets are created so that the facilitators can draw out concepts in real time or highlight areas as needed.

Graphic Facilitation — a key way of learning in a virtual classroom is being able to see clearly what is being discussed and shaping those artifacts. Both of our facilitators are trained graphic facilitators that brings a unique visual tone and ashetic to all the classes providing students with a very rich experience.

What’s included in the class:

Upon completion of the full two-day class, participants will receive:

  • Annotated slides from their specific class

  • A 2-year membership with the Scrum Alliance

  • Access to complete the online Certified Scrum Master exam

  • A hand out on the “Day in the Life of Scrum Master

Testimonials from Recent Online Classes

“That it uses scrum throughout the course! great showcase of how Scrum works”

“zoom + miro for remote colab”

“Exercises, slides, real life examples”

“Getting hands on time to practice scrum. Visuals to accompany High level points”

“Very satisfied with how current remote session went.”

“Extremely knowledgeable and exper’d course leads”

“Thanks for great content and learning process”

“Using Scrum to teach Scrum was great. Also the use of technology in a remote delivery.”

Course Outline: Day 1

  • Agile Mindset

  • Values

  • The Why of Agile

  • Success & Failure Criteria

  • Agile vs Waterfall

  • Scrum Overview

  • Build The Scrum Framework

  • Roles

  • Scrum Team

  • Development Team

  • Project Managers in Scrum

  • Scrum Events

  • Key Ceremonies

  • Retrospective

Course Outline: Day 2

  • Agile Mindset & Manifesto

  • Scrum Master Deep Dive

  • Servant Leadership

  • Estimation & Planning

  • Artifacts

  • The Product Backlog

  • Definition of Done & Ready

  • Engineering Practices

  • Scaling Scrum

Petra Skapa

Trainer Profiles

For classes being delivered in the virtual world, having two facilitators ensures a smooth delivery of the course as well as better discussions and more insight for participants.

Petra Skapa

Agile Transformation Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer (2011)

Petra has been leading Agile transformations for over 15 years across North America, Europe, the UK and India. As Gap Inc’s Chief Agilist, and as a Scrum Master, Iteration Manager, Agile Project Manager, and Senior Consultant for a variety of global organizations, Petra brings an invaluable breadth of real-world experience to her work.

Certified Scrum Product Owner Training (2 days)

This 2-day training will provide you with all the elements you need to become a productive Product Owner maximizing the ROI of your business. Participants will learn the essential concepts and tools of Scrum, the differences between agile projects and traditional waterfall-type methodologies and how the role of the business is changing vis-à-vis Scrum teams.

Course Overview

Participants will also learn how to effectively manage and lead Product Discovery activities like defining a Product Vision as well as Understanding Users, Assumptions and Hypothesis. Building on this participants will create Product Backlog through Journey Mapping, User Story Mapping, and refine User Stories that are ready to be played.

Lead by a Certified Scrum Trainer (since 2011) who was taught by Ken Schwaber in 2002, and co-facilitated by an experienced Agile practitioner, this training workshop leverages the latest in virtual training tools, a unique visual style, and extensive hands-on experience to create an engaging class for anyone interested in Scrum and looking to prepare themselves for working in Agile organizations & teams.

Course Methods & Materials

Our virtual courses endeavour to bring in the rich mix of communication, collaboration and learning games that were hallmarks of our in-person classes. With proven approaches and an engaging technology platform, participants are able to share ideas, work in breakouts, practice new ways of working, all from the comfort of their own set-up.

The learning platform we use is as follows:

ZOOM — an industry standard video and collaboration platform that allows for excellent face-to-face communication and facilitates chats, breakout rooms and an overall visual style of teaching.

MIRO –– this real time collaboration board provides the background for many of the learning games and exercises

Notability — in lieu of whiteboards and projectors, the slides are shared through Zoom and annotated using Notability. Blank sheets are created so that the facilitators can draw out concepts in real time or highlight areas as needed.

Graphic Facilitation — a key way of learning in a virtual classroom is being able to see clearly what is being discussed and shaping those artifacts. Both of our facilitators are trained graphic facilitators that brings a unique visual tone and ashetic to all the classes providing students with a very rich experience.

What’s included in the class:

Upon completion of the full two-day class, participants will receive:

  • Annotated slides from their specific class
  • A 2-year membership with the Scrum Alliance
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner certification

Testimonials from Recent Online Classes

“That it uses scrum throughout the course! great showcase of how Scrum works”

“zoom + miro for remote colab”

“Exercises, slides, real life examples”

“Getting hands on time to practice scrum. Visuals to accompany High level points”

“Very satisfied with how current remote session went.”

“Extremely knowledgeable and exper’d course leads”

“Thanks for great content and learning process”

“Using Scrum to teach Scrum was great. Also the use of technology in a remote delivery.”

Course Outline: Day 1

  • Agile, Values, Principles & the Manifesto
  • Product Owner Role
  • Empowered Role
  • Prioritization
  • Product Backlog
  • The Burn-up Chart
  • Product Discovery
  • Product Discovery Canvas
  • Product Vision
  • Understanding Users (Empathy Maps, Personas)

Course Outline: Day 2

  • Product Discovery II
  • Declare Assumptions
  • Create Hypothesis
  • Measurable Outcomes
  • Journey Mapping
  • User Story Mapping
  • Release Planning
  • Backlog Refinement
  • User Stories
  • Definition of Ready & Done
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Scrum Overview
  • Scrum Framework
  • Scrum Roles
  • Scrum Artifacts
Petra Skapa

Trainer Profiles

For classes being delivered in the virtual world, having two facilitators ensures a smooth delivery of the course as well as better discussions and more insight for participants.

Petra Skapa

Agile Transformation Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer (2011)

Petra has been leading Agile transformations for over 15 years across North America, Europe, the UK and India. As Gap Inc’s Chief Agilist, and as a Scrum Master, Iteration Manager, Agile Project Manager, and Senior Consultant for a variety of global organizations, Petra brings an invaluable breadth of real-world experience to her work.

Agile 101 – Introduction to Agile & Scrum (1-day)

This course is an excellent introduction to the values, principles and practices that comprise Agile. Starting with the history of Agile and moving through to today’s state-of-the-art tools and practices, the Agile 101 Training Course can be used as a baseline training or refresher for your group, and enables them on the journey of bringing Agile into their teams and organization.

What you’ll learn:

You will learn the essential concepts and tools of Agile, including an overview of Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean, Kanban and scaling models, while comparing them to waterfall and ad-hoc approaches.

You’ll also learn how to apply proven, practical practices for planning products, projects, releases, sprints, as well as estimation, tracking progress, reporting and facilitating key ceremonies.

Moreso, the anatomy of an Agile team will be explored while addressing the key roles and responsibilities associated with a project’s lifecycle, such as the Product Owner and Scrum Master.

Who Should Attend

  • Business Stakeholders

  • Product Managers

  • Project Managers

  • Line Managers

  • Business & Quality Analysts

  • Developers

  • UX Designers

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Enabling Agile Leaders (1-day)

This one-day class is designed for Directors and Senior Directors who have some experience with Agile approaches and are looking for ways to take their programs and teams to the next level.

With a mix of exercises, facilitated discussions and new concepts, management leaders are given tools and processes that enable them to look at their organization differently and understand which areas they need to focus their time and energy. Ultimately, the goal is to provide tools that enable leaders to developing systematic solutions that directly support the needs of each participant’s organization, as opposed to tactical fixes that simply need to be done over and over again.

What you’ll learn:

  • Leading Agile Teams & Organizations
  • Building Blocks for Agile Initiatives
  • Driving Customer Focus & Implementation
  • Building Agile Teams & Individuals
  • Building an Agile Culture

Who Should Attend

  • Directors & Senior Directors
  • Management Leaders
  • Program Managers
  • Agile Change Agents
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Guiding Constant Change (2-day)

The outcome for this two-day masterclass is for leaders to come away with a new mindset and approach for guiding their organizations in an era of unprecedented and constant change. 

Focusing on developing core skills like influencing and facilitation, organizational leaders are taken on a journey to reimagine how they perceive change, moving away from traditional approaches (e.g. managing change in a linear fashion), and instead leading with an incremental and iterative approach.

By developing a persistent and sustainable change platform within their organization, leaders will be capable of handling whatever new ideas, concepts, challenges or opportunities come their way, responding with a welcoming manner as opposed to resisting these elements. By reflecting on their culture, leaders will become aware of the nuances and biases that may get in the way of their long-term objectives. Through culture shaping, they can gently move their organization into new directions.

This course has been co-design and is co-delivered with Sandra Daniel of the Openfield Institute.

What you’ll learn:

  • Understand the drivers for a new approach to guiding constant change

  • Develop the ability to sponsor and try new approaches to guiding constant change

  • Learn and adopt the various types of skills and abilities required to guide an organization through constant change

Who Should Attend

  • Agents of Change

  • Actionists

  • Process Experts leading change
  • Organizational Leaders responsible for change

  • Product / Program Managers building organizations

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Lego4Scrum – Organizational Intro to Agile & Scrum (½ day)

This workshop is specifically designed for organizations that are either adopting or growing the adoption of Agile.

The Lego4Scrum workshop is designed to interactively explore the core principles of Agile as well as the Scrum roles, meetings and artifacts. Throughout the session, several teams will work together to build a single integrated product that drives towards the overall vision by applying Scrum. It is based on the Lego4Scrum simulation game available under a Creative Commons license.

What you’ll learn:

  • Understand necessity of a product vision
  • Build a customer focused backlog
  • Prioritization of the backlog
  • Estimation: Accuracy vs Effort
  • Explore the collaborative relationship between business and development
  • Plan, build and review product increments
  • Understand the value of inspect and adapt (at a process level)

Who Should Attend

This training workshop is specifically designed for delivery in an organization that is either adopting or growing the adoption of Agile.

  • Business Stakeholders
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Line Managers
  • Business & Quality Analysts
  • Developers
  • UX Designers
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