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.
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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.
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
Now that you have a long list of impediments, we will teach you a technique to come up with ways to solve impediments.
Just a few quick question to make sure the things we have taught you about impediments stick in your mind!
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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.
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
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!