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Agile: Best Practices for Implementation

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Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

In advance of each session, Tech Training will provide you with a Zoom link to your class, along with any required class materials.


For Agile teams, the goal of the Scrum Master or Agile coach is to get teams through the first three phases (Forming, Storming and Norming) as quickly as possible so that the team can get to Performing.

Psychologist Bruce Tuckman discussed team performance in his 1965 paper, Developmental Sequence in Small Groups, introducing the four phases of team dynamics. The Tuckman model describes the four phases that groups of individuals go through when they first begin working together as a team: Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing.

In this session, we will discuss the tools that are used at each phase of the Tuckman model to coach teams towards peak performance.

Prerequisites: Review Scrum Guide at

Goal/Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how to push new Scrum teams towards peak performance using the Tuckman model.
  • Provide an overview of some of the complimentary practices, such as team agreements, which can help improve the performance of Scrum teams.

Topics Covered:

  • Tuckman model
  • Design thinking
  • Team Agreements
  • Self-Organization
  • Sprint Retrospective

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