Modern Agile Workshop

Modern Agile is what we all should be aiming for. We have discovered so much since the early 2000's that sticking to those practices no longer is enough.Vasco Duarte

Much has changed since the publishing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001. Pioneers and practitioners of lean and agile methods have examined weaknesses and friction points, experimented with simpler approaches, and discovered safer, simpler and more capital efficient processes.

We call such processes modern agile. They are driven by four principles: Make People Awesome, Make Safety A Prerequisite, Experiment & Learn Rapidly and Deliver Value Continuously. Modern agile amplifies the values and practices of organizations (like Amazon, AirBnB, Google & Etsy) that have discovered better ways of getting awesome results.

Modern agile is here to help you move beyond outdated agility. Are you managing a backlog without first validating user needs, cramming low-quality work in at the end of each sprint, spending time on low-value planning activities, struggling with growing technical debt, arguing about “definition of done” or frustrated that “management never gives us time to do it right”?

In this 3-day workshop, you’ll learn about the essential practice of psychological safety, what it means to have a just culture, how obsessing on making people awesome is far better than worrying about competitors, how to build a culture of experimentation and learning and the art of delivering value continuously. You’ll also get ideas for how to modernize your current processes.

The workshop is suited to people who manage software development team or departments, as well as people involved in agile leadership or process improvement for their organizations.


  • Day 1: Starting a Project
  • The Agile Manifesto and Modern Agile
  • What Is Antiquated Agility?
  • Risks in Antiquated Agility
  • What Is Modern Agile?
  • Modern Agile’s Four Disciplines - An Overview
  • Modern Agile Stories From Real Companies
  • Transitioning To Modern Agility
  • Modern Agile Radar Charting
  • Day 2: Discovery and Steering
  • The Genius of Paul O’Neill
  • What Google Knows About Safety
  • Who’s Safety?
  • Safely Taking Risks
  • Job Safety Analysis
  • Fail Safe Experiments
  • Tailboarding
  • Respect & Appreciate People
  • The Power of Psychological Safety
  • Crucial Conversations - Safe Ways To Interact
  • Safety Nets: Lessons from the Golden Gate
  • Safety in Modern Agile Disciplines
  • Stop Work Authority
  • The Genius of Kathy Sierra
  • Intuit’s Love Metrics
  • Amazon’s Customer Obsession
  • Minimum Loveable Products
  • Prioritizing Happiness
  • Redefining Done
  • When You Don’t Want To Listen To The Customer
  • Pivoting for People: Lean Startup/UX
  • From User Stories to User Problems
  • Walls of Happiness
  • Day 3: Sustainable Product Development
  • Experimentation Matters
  • Hypotheses Over Requirements
  • Making Experiments Cheap & Safe
  • Learning From Blameless Retrospectives
  • Embracing Failure
  • Forming Product Communities
  • Minimum Viable Experiments
  • Evolutionary Design
  • Collaborate & Integrate Frequently
  • Test & Improve
  • Making Things Always Shippable
  • Continuously Delivering Value - Real World Stories
  • Workshop Conclusion

Course Details

Knowledge: 50%, Skill-Building: 50%
Learning outcomes
  • learn what “antiquated Agile” is,
  • experience how the four principles of modern agile guide decisions,
  • increase safety in your culture, code and products,
  • identify friction points and modernize your process,
  • understand the fundamentals of psychological safety,
  • discover ways to measure whether you are making people awesome,
  • learn how leading companies practice Modern Agile,
  • learn how to make your people and customers awesome,
  • engage the entire team to continually uncover better ways of working,
  • get a roadmap for implementing your own Modern Agile process.
Method of Instruction
Interactive Dialogues, Simulations, Hands-on Exercises and Videos
Target Audience
Primary: Anyone involved in software development work including Executives, Product Managers, Project Managers, Developers, ScrumMasters, Team Coaches, Product Managers, Testers
Course Level
Course Prerequisites
Required: Some experience in software development


General Requirements

To ensure a successful class, we require the following:

  • VGA projector (1024x768 minimum)
  • Projector screen
  • Speakers (to connect instructor's machines. Sound should be audible to the whole class)
  • White board
  • Dry erase markers
  • Flip chart and stand
  • Ample room for students in terms of room size and set up (prefer U-Shape seating)
Class Room Setup

To ensure a successful class, we require the following:

  • Preferred arrangement is small round tables with 6-8 people to support small-group discussion
  • Three additional flip-charts with stands (for small-group use)

Once an agreement for the workshop is confirmed, we will work with your designated contact to ensure a successful workshop setup.

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