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Agile Training: VersionOne Project Kick-off Workshop

Course Information

Who Should Attend

Product Owners, Business Analysts, Scrum Masters, Development team members Limited up to 2 Scrum teams of a single project


5 Days for initial kick-off, 4 additional days for follow-up


Your Location


How do we even start a new Agile Project? Who should be involved in Release planning and what input is expected from each role? Our coaches are agile experts who can help you kick off your new Agile Project. We will coach you through the fundamentals of agile Release planning and Sprint planning by facilitating everything from creating a Vision Statement, Establishing Personas, performing story mapping, and deciding on a release strategy. Additionally, your coach will work with you to leverage the VersionOne features to track all of your work in one place! By the end of day 5 of this agile training, you will have completed your first sprint planning session and be ready to begin your project. Your coach will then return to help facilitate the Sprint Review, Demo, Retrospective, and kick off the next Sprint Planning Session.


  • Basic Agile Knowledge to include understanding of story writing and estimating by all attendees
  • Architectural standards in place
  • Business standards and rules in place
  • VersionOne Tool Training for Team Leads and Team Members


All of our classes are led by agile experts who have years of agile release and sprint planning experience in VersionOne. In consideration of both Agile best practices and your individual constraints, our experts will leverage their experience and knowledge to prepare you for successfully managing your teams€™ projects.

Participants will leave the workshop having a good understanding and practical application for release and sprint planning, as well as the knowledge to help ensure the success of your projects. The end result will be an actual release plan for one release cycle, and an actual sprint plan for one sprint of that release cycle for your own project. Your project team should be able to start its actual sprint the very next day.

On the second visit, your coach will participate through the end-of-iteration ceremony and begin guiding your Scrum Masters though their Sprint Planning Session.

On the last visit, your coach will observe all of the ceremony, offer insight to any changes that might be needed and validate the work that has thus far been completed.

Detailed Course Guide

Sample Schedule[i]

Day 1

  • Establish and publish the Vision Statement. Establish and develop Personas

Day 2

  • Perform Story Mapping Workshop

Day 3

  • Work through a release strategy
  • Create Epics
  • Begin writing stories

Day 4

  • Story Writing and Grooming
  • Estimating Workshop

Day 5[ii]

  • Review Release Plan
  • Prioritize Backlog
  • Sprint Planning Workshop

Day 6-7

  • Return at the end of the Sprint to facilitate Review, Demo, Retrospective and Sprint Planning

Day 8-9

  • Return once again to observe and coach (if necessary) Review, Demo, Retrospective and Sprint Planning

[i] Decision makers should be in attendance to understand the process and be prepared to help make decisions within that week (i.e. sprint lengths, team make-up, etc.).
[ii] For data heavy projects, the data must be available and in usable format by the end of the first sprint planning session.