Make your agile team faster and more productive.

Learn how to identify and resolve the things that are holding back your agile/scrum team from being as fast as possible.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 32 mins
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

If you are using an agile approach like Scrum or Kanban, you will know that impediments can prevent your team from reaching their goals. This short course will help you notice many more impediments in your environment, and give you ideas for how to tackle them.

This course will teach you what impediments are, how to recognise them and some techniques to solve them.

We include some videos with exercises, a workbook to use and a short quiz at the end to cement all your learnings.

This course should not take you more than 40 minutes, including time to do the exercises.

What are the requirements?

  • understanding of agile and scrum

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course, you will learn what impediments are
  • how to identify them
  • and how to solve them

Who is the target audience?

  • ScrumMasters
  • Team Leads
  • Managers

What you get with this course?

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Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Our contact details and links to our books.

17 pages

This workbook can be used in conjunction with the course. It has all the exercises we refer to in the videos included as well as some blog posts on impediments. We recommend you download it and print it before starting the impediments module.


Meet Karen and Sam from Growing Agile, your instructors for this course and find out a bit more about this course.

Section 2: Impediments

In this video we ask you to think about what impediments mean to you, and we will give you our definition.


We will teach you to listen for what we call 'impediment words'. This will help you spot hundreds of impediments in your daily Scrum meeting.


We'll help you understand that their might be impediments in some of your team policies and assumptions.


In this video we will teach you to simple questions you can ask your team to find even more impediments

Checking in

Now that you have a long list of impediments, we will teach you a technique to come up with ways to solve impediments.

7 questions

Just a few quick question to make sure the things we have taught you about impediments stick in your mind!

Section 3: Thank You

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Instructor Biography

Samantha Laing, Agile coach and trainer

My passion for agile is lived daily at Growing Agile. My personal motto is ‘be brave’, and I embody this by taking on challenges one small step at a time. On weekends you can find me trail running on a mountain with my 3 dogs.

I regularly speak at international agile conferences and have co-authored a number of books on agile and Scrum. My experience lies mainly in working with teams, Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Managers.

Published Books:

  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Training Scrum
  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Agile Requirements
  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Mastering Backlogs
  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Release Planning
  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Agile Testing
  • Collaboration Games

Instructor Biography

Karen Greaves, Agile coach and trainer

I'm an Agile Trainer and Coach at Growing Agile. I have worked in the software industry for more than 15 years as a tester, developer, project manager, development manager, ScrumMaster and Product Owner, and have be using agile techniques since 2002 when I first worked on an eXtreme programming team.

I have been coaching agile teams and individuals since 2008, and have co-authored a number of books for agile coaches


  • Collaboration Games
  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Training Scrum
  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Agile Requirements
  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Agile Testing
  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Mastering Backlogs
  • Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Release Planning
  • Who is Agile South Africa

Instructor Biography

Growing Agile, Planting Agile Seeds

Growing Agile is a partnership between Karen Greaves and Samantha Laing focused on helping companies and individuals be agile. We provide coaching, support and training to help you find the right path for your organization. Our goal as a company is as simple as our name – to keep growing agile, starting in the beautiful Cape where we live.

If you enjoyed our course, you might like our Coach's Guide book series. The series is aimed at agile coaches, trainers and ScrumMasters who often need to facilitate training courses or workshops on a number of agile topics. The books include nearly everything you need to deliver these workshops or courses from slides, to training plans, to exercises, and handouts. Check them out!

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