2017 Training Opportunities

In order to make your conference experience as robust and beneficial as possible, we are working with training providers to bring Agile training to central Virginia during the week of InnoVAte Virginia.


Certified Scrum Master Training
Provider: Vizdos Enterprises, LLC
Mar 15, 2017
Richmond, Virginia

Come experience Certified Scrum Master training from a local training who has been delivering CSM training in Richmond for the past eleven years! You’ll walk away with an action plan from the experience that has been personalized by you — ALSO — this is not death by power point slides. Actually… I do not even use slides (or even a projector) anymore.

It is different than any training you have attended. Really! You may see play-dough and pipe cleaners show up for your learning enjoyment. Yeah.. it’s THAT different.
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CSPO + Innovation Games
Provider: Kevin Rosengren and Jason Tanner
March 15-16, 2017
Richmond, Virginia

The Certified Scrum Product Owner course is a two-day, interactive class introducing the concepts of Agile business leadership using the Scrum framework. Successful participants will become Certified Scrum Product Owners, a first step in the journey towards a more adaptive form of business leadership. This course is based on over 24 years of industry experience, including nearly 10 years of experience in the role of Product Owner/Agile Customer and teaching/mentoring others in this role.
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Leading SAFe 4.0 with LEGO Serious Play
Provider: trainIT
March 15-16, 2017
Richmond, Virginia

This two-day course teaches the Lean-Agile principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). You’ll learn how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, how to build an Agile Portfolio, and how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. You will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and how to apply the principles and practices of SAFe to support Agile teams, programs, program portfolio management, and to coordinate large Value Streams.

Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® Agilist (SA) 4.0
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Leading Agile Testers – Successfully Making the Leap
Provider: Bob Galen and Mary Thorn
Date: March 16, 2017
Richmond, Virginia

There’s a terrible error being made today across many agile organizations. They’re assuming there is no place for test management and leadership in agile, self-directed team contexts. We beg to differ with this view and believe there is a strong need for testing leadership in agile organizations, just not the way we’ve always approached it.

In this class, join agile coaches and trainers Bob Galen and Mary Thorn as they explore what excellent test team leadership look like in agile contexts. First we’ll explore the aspects of self-direction teams and the implications to your previous leadership styles.  Next we’ll look under the covers of Scrum and see where you should be engaging, and importantly, where you should give the team space. Then we’ll cover agile tools, planning & iterative execution, metrics, and reporting so that you have a solid sense for day-to-day agile operational excellence.

Next we share a well-rounded set of critical leadership patterns that to help guide your personal transition to an agile mindset.  And finally, we’ll use out 3-Pillars framework as a baseline for assessing and continuously improving your quality.

Learning Objectives:

  • A quick, intense view of how it “feels” to be in an agile team
  • How leadership and “leading” is different in agile contexts and how to transition your style
  • Explore a gamut of critical and useful test leadership patterns
  • Review “Traditional” vs. the shift to more Agile-centric metrics
  • Introduce the 3-Pillars model for guiding agile quality and testing transformations
  • Explore intricacies of agile testing at scale and within distributed teams

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Certified Agile Leader
Provider: Jesse Fewell
Date: March 15-16, 2017
Richmond, Virginia

Increase your Agility as a Leader
The world of work is transforming, becoming increasingly complex and uncertain. Organizations and leaders must deliver more innovative products and services on a more frequent basis in order to survive. This retreat is designed to equip leaders to guide their organizations through modern challenges to achieve organizational agility.

Patterned after Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) program, Agile Leadership Essentials is an education and practice-based program with the goal of developing Agile leadership competency and maturity in order to increase the effectiveness of a leader in these rapidly changing conditions.
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Team Kanban Practitioner Certification
Provider: Vikas Kapila, AKT & SPCT
March 18, 2017
Richmond, VA

The essence of Kanban is – “start where you are”, and start with “small pragmatic actionable steps” that you can start implementing next Monday! In other words, Kanban favors an evolutionary change approach rather than a big-bang, disruptive change.
This program is highly interactive introductory class on Kanban Method that is accredited by the Lean Kanban University (LKU). It is a great way to get started with Kanban on a team level. It focuses on actionable practices and techniques that can improve the flow of work in your team.
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Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) With Agile Business Analysis (BA)
Provider: Excella Consulting, Richard Cheng
March 23-24, 2017
Arlington, VA

The Excella Consulting Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) with Agile Business Analysis course covers the fundamentals of being a Product Owner while focusing on the role of the Business Analyst working in an Agile context. This includes discovering the business need to ensuring the product or system is delivered according to business expectations. This interactive and engaging two-day session will highlight techniques used to elicit requirements and validate functionality against acceptance criteria. Common agile analysis best practices and challenges will be addressed and supplemented by group discussion with fellow analysis practitioners.
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Implementing SAFe® 4.0 with SPC4 Certification
Provider: Vikas Kapila, AKT & SPCT
May 9-12, 2017
Richmond, VA

The goal of this course is to prepare internal change agents and external consultants to lead an enterprise agile transformation. Successful candidates who pass the certification will be able to implement the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), train managers and executives in Leading SAFe and act as a SAFe Agilist (SA) certifying agent, and train teams in SAFe ScrumXP for Teams and act as a SAFe Practitioner (SP) certifying agent.
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Innovation Games Workshop
Provider: Jesse Fewell + Luke Hohmann
February 6-8, 2017
Reston, Virginia

Innovation Games certification course will teach you how to use a variety of collaboration frameworks with your customers to: Uncover unspoken needs & breakthrough opportunities, understand where your offerings fit into your customers’ operations, clarify exactly how & when customers will use your product or service, deliver the right new features & make better strategy decisions, increase empathy for the customers’ experience within your organization, improve the effectiveness of the sales & service organizations, identify your most effective marketing messages and sellable features & discover what customers don’t like about your offerings.
More information: Innovation Games Training – February


(Last updated 02/14/17)