Agile at scale for programs and portfolios

Agile at scale for programs and portfolios




Skill Level

1 Day





ZXM’s Scaled Agile Essentials™ is a 1-day course that builds on the basics of agile teams to look at how to use agile to scale-up to large programs and portfolios of work.

During this course, attendees will learn:

  • What is scaled agile?
  • Program and portfolio level agile frameworks and practices
  • Scaled agile roles
  • Escalation paths for impediments and new work
  • Transparency at scale
  • Program roadmaps
  • Forecasting and visualising team-level work across a 3-month period
  • Forecasting team capacity and load
  • Metrics and reporting
  • The cycles of feedback loops at scale (“the flame”)

The course uses a “big room planning” (“PI Planning”) simulation

Zen Ex Machina’s trainers are experienced agile practitioners, trainers, and agile coaches with 10 years’ experience with agile, as well as extensive applied experience with all aspects of agile operations and scaled agile frameworks.


Completing this course will help you:

Who is the course for?

  • Leaders who are supporting agile initiatives
  • Product Managers
  • Program and Portfolio Managers
  • Agile teams working at scale.
  • Business and internal stakeholders who will work with agile programs.

Learning Path

  • Understanding agile product management
  • Product management operating structures
  • Scaled agile governance vs traditional project/program governance
  • Scaled agile frameworks – Nexus, SAFe, Scrum @ Scale, LeSS
  • Continuous integration
  • Continuous discovery
  • Release on demand
  • Promoting self-management and cross-functionality
  • Chief Scrum Master / Release Train Engineer
  • Chief Product Owner / Product Manager
  • Capability leads and legitimate power
  • Building capability with “Guilds” and Communities of Practice
  • Scrum of Scrums
  • Executive Meta Scrum
  • Product Owner (“PO”) Sync
  • “Big Room Planning” / Program Increment (“PI”) Planning
  • Program Showcases and demos
  • Scrum Master’s Retrospectives
  • Communicating the Product Goal and Vision
  • Planning context
  • Team breakouts
  • Visualising the program board
  • Identifying program risks
  • Capacity planning
  • Visualising capacity versus load
  • Presenting team plans

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