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5 Simple Steps for Setting Up a New Agile/Scrum Team

By Keith Wilson


For waterfall projects, we have A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Agile projects are not as prescriptive, so you might be wondering:

“Where do we start?”

“How do I know if the team is ready to start Sprinting?”

“Is there a new Agile/Scrum Team set-up checklist?”

The Agile Manifesto states that we value “individuals and interaction over processes and tools” and Principle 10 says, “Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.” As a result, I was told there are no processes, checklists or tools – to just be Agile.

My 25 plus years of consulting with over 200 clients worldwide told me “that dog won’t hunt.” In other words, that just isn’t going to work! So, we built our own “checklist” which I will share with you in this white paper. We’ll break down the details of each step and take a look at the inputs and outputs associated with them.

STEP 1: Discovery Workshop

STEP 2: Collaborative Workspace

STEP 3: Backlog Refine Workshop

STEP 4: Run Iteration 1-3

STEP 5: Inspect & Adapt

About the Author:

Keith Wilson
Keith Wilson (MBA, B.COMM., PMP, MCP, MCT, CSM, CSPO, KMP, SPC) is a Senior Consultant and Trainer with IIL. His background includes over 25 years of successful coaching, training, management, and consulting experience. He is well-known for his public skills and enthusiasm, and he has been a welcomed facilitator at numerous Fortune 500 corporations, universities, and associations worldwide. Keith is consistently rated as a top Coach, Trainer, and Facilitator with outstanding evaluations and comments that include: Very engaging, Energetic, Entertaining, Informative, Interesting, Great presenter, Very enthusiastic; Really humorous, Clear, Concise and Effective, Extremely knowledgeable. The best trainer I have had in 30 years.