The Agile Open Practitioner

Credential Earned: OLN-AOP1 (Agile Open Practitioner Level 1)

Course Overview

We often find ourselves in environments where Agile transformations have been imposed on people and teams. Such transformations fail to deliver promised results, and they often create a sense of apathy in the teams we are tasked with helping. Through the use of Open Methods, we have a unique opportunity to stop playing “process police” and instead enable empowered teams through invitation.

In this course you will learn specific Open patterns and practices for coaching Agile teams. You will discover how to avoid problems and gain alignment. You’ll learn how to build engagement and fast improvement at the team level, by using a set of very specific Open coaching techniques.

In this class, you will learn tips and guidance on how to gain alignment, engagement and improvements at the team level using open techniques. We will also begin to look outwards from the team level to management. We will learn how to involve and engage people outside the team using Open Methods, and to empower them in turn to use Open Methods. 

Who Should Attend

  • Scrum Masters
  • Agile Coaches
  • Engineering Managers
  • Team Members
  • Any leader interested in high-performing teams


This class consists of six hours of instruction


  • What constitutes a learning team and how can I encourage my team to be a learning team? 
  • The Power of Invitation as applied to Teams
  • Explicit Agreements
  • Team and Coach-level Boundary Management
  • Clarity of Authorization
  • How to define and use explicit protocols
  • How to leverage Whole-Group process
  • Generating Common Knowledge to Align Groups of Teams
  • What constitutes a learning team and how can I encourage my team to be a learning team? 

What You Will Learn

Students who participate in this course will learn how to apply the concepts and facilities of Invitation-Based Change™ to the task of coaching agile teams. The student who completes this course will learn now how to improve results when coaching teams, by teaching teams how to manage their own decisions, in service to generating great results at the team level.

Everyone who attends the workshop will receive a toolkit of techniques to improve team cohesion and teamwork, including:

  • Team Foundation: Advanced Topics: A list of suggested agreements, activities and discussions to set teams up for success and improve team bonding and teamwork 
  • Outside the Box: Inventive ideas to test in your team or company to improve culture and engagement
  • Exceptional Meetings: Innovative meeting formats that will improve team psychological safety, participation and engagement
  • Guiding questions: A list of questions to use in specific meetings to improve alignment and outcomes

Takeaway Materials

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