How To Run Effective Agile Scrum Meetings (in 5 Easy Steps)
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How To Run Effective Agile Scrum Meetings (in 5 Easy Steps)

Boost your productivity with awesome Scrum retrospective meetings and supercharge your agile team’s performance
4.2 (36 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,366 students enrolled
Created by Martin Wickman
Last updated 11/2016
Current price: $25 Original price: $95 Discount: 74% off
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create and run effective meetings with the goal of improving productivity and collaboration.
  • Use retrospective meetings to take your team to the next level
  • Handle problematic people in meetings, like dominators or people that change topics
  • Control yourself and keep calm and professional during meetings
  • Free ebook: Powerful meeting activities!
  • Make team decisions everyone can support and live with
  • Learn a powerful 5-step meeting framework for creating retrospectives
  • Create and run effective agile meetings with skill and confidence
  • Take the first steps to becoming a skilled meeting facilitator
View Curriculum
  • To get most out of this course, you should have experience working in a team in a professional environment

Run awesome scrum meetings that boost team performance... and turn yourself into confident facilitator along the way!

Turn Your Meetings Into Valuable Time Savers

  • Stop wasting people's time and energy with highly appreciated meetings
  • Fix your agile Scrum team: run retrospective meetings the way they were meant
  • Learn practical skills and tools to manage your group
  • Turn problems into valuable improvements
  • Learn a 5-step method to create super effective retrospective meetings
  • Add facilitation skills to your CV
  • Deal with problematic people and handle yourself when things heat up

Help Your Agile Team Become More Productive And Engaged With Collaborative Meetings

Running effective meetings is a crucial skill in any workplace today. It saves time, gives immediate results and is highly appreciated: People know you will make their time well spent. This is something you NEED TO KNOW. This course shows you how.

Knowing how to transform your group into a highly productive team is a dream come true for any organisation. It makes your work more fun and rewarding... and also gives you the upper hand in any meeting.

Bonus: Exclusive e-book available only for students!

Handpicked meeting activities with detailed instructions you can choose from based on what you want to achieve.

## Course Overview ##

1. Design: Learn how to design your meetings with ease using a powerful, proven five-step method. This method guides you, step by step with detailed instructions how to kick off the retrospective meeting all the way to wrapping it up.

2. Create: Next, you’ll focus on how to createyour meetings and how you can create effective agendas with a clear purpose and goal.

3. Run: Finally, how to run your meetings without wasting people's time and energy. Practical tips to manage the group, make team decisions and use professional facilitation tools. Deal with people who dominate and how to get others to speak up. And, of course, how to keep yourself calm and focused during the meeting.


"Excellent! This course gives deep insight into how an effective culture can be created and processed. Thumbs up for all practical tips, they will become very useful in my future projects."

"A Collaboration Kickstarter! Martin is delivering a nice set of tools for anyone in need of collaboration improvements. The videos keep a high quality and they were easy to follow. The attached document is also a nice summarization. This will definitely boost my upcoming meetings!"

"Great about fixing teams! I'm impressed with all the details about running meetings. I also liked the step by step section where the instructor talks about how to create the meetings, it's clear he knows his stuff. I'm a Scrum master and yes this is really useful. Highly recommended!"


Bonus: Cheat sheet for each section! A nice and compact summary with all important points from the course -- useful when preparing and running your meetings!

Everything in here is tried and tested, proven by professional facilitators throughout the world. Not many people know about these things, so this is a chance to learn what most people don’t have a clue about! I have yet to meet a team leader, project manager or Scrummaster who uses anything you're about to learn here.

  • Risk-free: Unconditional 30 days money back guarantee!
  • Unlimited lifetime access
  • Certificate of Completion

At the end of this course, you’ll have the skills to create your own awesome meetings that will help you and your team to more productivity and get you started on your journey to becoming an even better meeting facilitator!

So JOIN NOW and Start Fixing Your Agile Meetings Tomorrow!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to create and run effective meetings with a focus on improving team performance and productivity
  • Team members, agile developers, scrum masters or project manager who wants to get the most out of their agile work or retrospective meetings
Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
1 Lecture 03:36

Welcome to the course! This lecture gives you some background and outlines the parts in this course.

  • The first part contains everything there is to know about the retrospective meeting and the five step method
  • The next part is all about planning your meetings and creating the agenda.
  • The final section focuses on running your meetings and contains lots and lots of useful tips and tools

I recommend you take the sections in that order, but if you're mostly interested in running meetings effectively, start with the last section ("Running your meetings") and then go back and watch the other sections if you feel like it.

Again, thanks and I hope you enjoy this course!

Preview 03:36
How To Design Your Meeting Using Five Simple Steps
8 Lectures 17:15

This lecture gives you some background on the meeting before you dive into the 5-step framework. It gives you some background like what it is for, who you should invite etc.

Preview 03:22

This gives you an quick intro of the five steps in the meeting framework. This lecture gets you set up so you're properly prepared for the rest of this section.

The 5-Step Framework: How it Works!

Welcome to the first step of the the meeting! Set The Stage. Here you introduce the agenda and get them to start talking. This lesson shows you what to do in this part of the meeting.

Step 1: Set the Stage

You guessed it! This is the second step of the meeting: Gather Data. We'll cover what this step is about in this lesson. In short, it's about finding out WHAT happened since last time and to find as much data about that as possible.

Step 2: Gather Data

So for the third part, It's time to analyze the data the group found. You'll learn how to look deeper into problems to find root causes and turning problems into solutions.

Step 3: Generate Insights

Part four of the meeting: The Actions step. Here you'll learn how to get the group to pick the most important insights from the previous step and then turn them into useful and valuable Action goals and then how to use them.

Step 4: Actions!

Finally, the last part of the meeting! You're almost done learning about the framework! Here you'll look at how to best wrap up the meeting and run a quick feedback session.

Step 5: Wrap up

Let's do a quick review of the framework before moving on to the next section in this course. See if you can answer the questions correctly!

Pop-quiz About the Meeting!
5 questions

A nice and short summary how to design your meetings.

Cheat Sheet
2 pages
How Do You Best Create Your Upcoming Meeting?
8 Lectures 17:20

Let's look at creating your meeting. This lecture gives you an overview of this section of the course and talks about why you should spend some time to prepare it properly.

Introduction to Creating Your Agenda

In this lesson, you'll learn what you should focus on when planning your meeting, specifically the groups day-to-day work. You'll learn techniques for finding input to your meeting based on that!

How to get Input From the Team and Their Work

Another important part when creating your meeting is to look into the personalities of the team itself. The reason for that is so you can tailor the meeting based on that. This lesson gives you lots of ideas for how to do that.

Preview 02:35

Learn what makes a great meeting purpose great + examples of both good and bad purposes.

Learn To Create The Meeting Purpose

Let's look an an actual agenda! This is a case study of an agenda used by a developer team (Scrum/Agile) and shows you each agenda item in details, step by step.

Look at a Real Meeting Agenda

Armed with input from the previous steps (the team, their work and so on...). It's time to create the agenda! Here you'll learn how create your own awesome agenda, based on the framework.

The Secrets to Creating Your Agenda

This is an agenda template you can use to start out with when you create your own agenda.

Use This Template Agenda

Quiz For Creating your Meeting
4 questions

A short and sweet summary how to prepare your meeting.

Cheat Sheet
2 pages
Running Meetings Effectively
14 Lectures 36:36

Welcome back! Let's kick off this section with a message about switching your style and some helpful hints what this part of this part is about

Intro to Running Meetings

The agenda is key to running you meeting. This part shows you how and when you should use it to make you meeting a success

How To Keep the Meeting on Track

Some people are prone to dominate, ramble or take over the meeting. Some people are just shy or quiet. This part shows you how to handle personalities and behavior that drags the meeting down. Like the famous rock star or the naysayer

How You Deal With Problematic People

What are the Ground Rules, how do you create them and how should you use them when running the meeting?

Minimize Distractions With These Rules

This lecture walks you through how to prepare the room. You'll know how to arrange the seating (and how not to!) and what tools you must have available!

The Best Way to Set Up And Use The Meeting Room

In this part, you'll know what meeting facilitation is and then shows you some facilitation methods you can use to manage the group and to help people get a chance to speak

Preview 04:25

Most meetings are about making decisions, so it's important to know how you can help the group reach decisions quickly and without any reservations. Here you'll learn some really great methods how to do that!

Use This Super Effective Method To Make Decisions

This useful tool is crucial to keeping the meeting focused on the current topic. Here is how you use it effectively.

Use This Tool To Handle Off Topic Discussions

After this lecture, you'll know how to pinpoint where your team are in terms of performance. This gives you lots of input how you should use that to adapt your style based on that. Not many people know about this, so this is a treat!

Identify Your Team Level And Use That to Your Advantage

Asking the right questions gives your valuable insights and digs deeper. This lecture shows you how you how to do that and also examples of awesome questions you can use right away

Preview 03:42

At this time in the course, you have studied pretty much everything there is to know about this and it's time to look at how you can handle yourself. You'll first learn how to control yourself and your emotions in the meeting. Then we'll cover how you should interact with the team. Great stuff!

Practical Tips For Controlling Yourself - Don't Miss This!

Quiz For Running Your Meeting
5 questions

A quick and easy summary of how to run your meetings.

Cheat Sheet For This Section
3 pages

This book is exclusive to students who have taken this course! 

It's a 20-page eBook with handpicked meeting activities and how you use them. Feel free to use this in your meetings and good luck!

Bonus Lecture: eBook - Using Activities Effectively!
24 pages

Here is the cheat sheet for the entire course. Extremely helpful in your meetings. Download it now.

Bonus Lecture: Course Cheat Sheet
About the Instructor
Martin Wickman
4.2 Average rating
36 Reviews
1,366 Students
1 Course
Developer, Team Coach

I've been a developer for 20 years now, creating valuable software and improving teams. I'm a senior IT consultant and I get things done.

Started 1995 as a programmer, (barely) survived the dotcom bust 2000.

In mid-2000, I was part of a company that desperately needed to do something to stay alive. Things were really bad and morale was at an all time low. At the brink of total failure, we tried out this new agile thing.

It soon gave results. Incredible results! We turned the ship around and managed to transform the struggling company into a high performance machine that could crank out quality software week after week. Incredible! They are now, ten years later, stronger than ever.

Having Been Part of That is an Awesome Feeling!

I want you to have that success and feeling of triumph and energy that comes from that. And I want to give you the skills you need to make that happen.

And that's what my courses are all about!

Since then... I’ve being working in many teams across many organisations with focus on helping them take the next step to more productivity and more success. I have worked in manufacturing/engineering, banking, internet startups, government agency and private venture companies. See my LinkedIn for details.

So join me and let the magic begin.