A modular Agile transformation and training program

FOR COMPLEX AND CHAOTIC ORGANIZATIONS

Amazing Scoping & Estimation

Our proprietary Context and Roadmap techniques are proven to deepen collaboration and understanding between teams, departments, clients and stakeholders

Powerful Cross-functional Integrated Teams

Our Workstream methods enable teams of 15 to 50 seamlessly handle multiple clients and projects at the same time, mutually-adapting to balance workloads.

Focused and Productive Days

Our Day Structure method drive the chaos level down dramatically. You'll see how happy people can be when they find their Flow time and truly focus on work.

Integrated Leadership and Team Self-Management

Our Vibrant Leadership training and coaching provides a holistic framework for managers and leaders to empower teams and inspire results.

A DIFFERENT, BETTER AGILE

Our high-performance AgencyAgile methods were first developed by our founder, Jack Skeels, a Rand senior analyst in the management sciences, who studied how optimize complex knowledge-worker organizations.  

Virtually every aspect of traditional Agile has been rebuilt, ground-up, from humanistic and Agile core values, and informed by over five decades of peer-reviewed cognitive, behavioral and evolutionary psychology research.

Our Agile is a dynamic, learning Agile.  We continually revise our "version" of Agile, based on learnings and feedback from working with our 100+ clients.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: WE GO BEYOND AGILE

Traditional Software Agile (SCRUM)

Built for Large, Monolithic Software Projects

  • Single project per team
  • Specialized teams
  • Dedicated/assigned teams
  • Full-time allocation
  • “Wait and see” scope & price
  • MVP and uncertain scope
  • Requires a Product Owner

AgencyAgile's Workstream Agile

Built for Complex, Multi-Project Organizations

  • Multi-project workstream teams
  • Diverse cross-discipline teams
  • Shifting team resources across projects
  • Multi-allocated resources across projects
  • Fixed price and T&M projects
  • Deterministic scope and sequencing
  • No Product Owner needed
“Ask around and you’ll learn that AgencyAgile has been quietly changing the way organizations like ours work. I’m happy we brought them into GTB, where their pragmatic, hands-on training and insights into new ways of working are helping us be an even better partner for our clients.”

- David Murphy

President Global Team Blue USA (WPP)

The speed and agility of an

EMPOWERED ORGANIZATION

Lets crack some numbers

103
Organizations transformed
6492
Happier people
83
Net Promoter Score (2017)
481
Rolls of blue painters tape

Training designed to

FIX THESE PROBLEMS IN ONLY FOUR DAYS

Sell and inspire better than you deliver?

With AgencyAgile methods, you’ll improve your handoff from project intake through delivery, ensuring that you’re on strategy and realize the vision.

Disengaged or disappointed clients and stakeholders?

Struggling to get people to agree to scope or just understand what you’re doing? Transform your client and stakeholder conversations with our team-and-client engagement methods.

Poorly-planned and managed projects flushing cash away?

You can slash your rework rates and project overages with our team-based project estimation and tracking methods.

Capacity surprises creating morale-destroying death marches?

Increase team velocity and work transparency with our research-based productivity and and day structure methods. Eliminate costly and wasteful interruptions by ensuring priorities and status are known

Our holistic approach

IS THE KEY TO ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS

HOW IT WORKS

  
  • Modular one-week (usually 4 day) training packages
  • Priced by delivery/content, with an attendance cap
  • High-intensity, on-site team-based training
  • Hands-on workshop format (your projects and work)
  • Based upon a culture-led transformation model

BASIC PROGRAM DESIGN (click to enlarge)

TYPICAL BENEFITS FROM FULL PROGRAM

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Qualitative benefits

  • Reduced “noise” and meetings
  • Lower attrition, better engagement
  • Better collaboration w/teams and clients
  • Better quality of work
  • Fewer surprises

Quantitative benefits

  • Productive velocity: up 20-50%
  • Client satisfaction: NPS up 30pts
  • Team satisfaction: huge gains
  • Net Margin: 10-20% increase
  • Average ROI: 6 months

Agency Size, Type, and Location

What size agencies do you work with?

Any size, really. We’ve trained small (less than 12 persons) agencies to large, multi-national shops. For medium to large agencies, the key consideration is how to roll out the program. We work with you to figure that out before we start.

Can we be too small?

Too small to be awesome? Nope. Small agencies actually have a big advantage in terms of adopting and adapting our methods. We’ve seen small shops dramatically increase their velocity after only 2 workshops with us.

Does this work for more than just the dev team?

It sure does. Planning, creative, copy, broadcast, and media types all love the opportunities our training provides. We teach them all how to work smarter together; and our workshops drive ground-up collaboration, for much better, more integrated work.

Can this be done with remote people or partners?

It depends on your situation.  We have helped agencies deal effectively integrate everything from solo operators to geo-separated offices.  Video conferencing and cloud-based collaboration tools help, but they are not the core of the solution.

Do you travel to our region?

Yes, we travel anywhere on this wonderful planet.  We’ve trained and coached agencies in Europe and in the Asia Pacific, with Canada, Mexico, South America, and Africa in the works. We do all of our training on-site at your offices.

Teams, Work, and Clients

What do you mean when you use the term "Team?"

These are the workers. The people that you have on staff that actually create all of the stuff you dream up. We believe that they are the barometer of your agency… If they are not working in an optimal way, neither is your agency.

Will your methods work for fixed-price projects?

Yes. In fact, this is what we designed our methods for. Most agencies live with fixed-price constraints because that’s what clients buy. If you can do fixed price well, then all the other methods are easy.

What if my client won't buy or do "Agile?"

We’ll show you how to do it invisibly. You can still commit to interim deliverables and milestones, but as often happens over the course of the engagement, your client might just start loving the “Agile” parts, and convert.

Can you show me how to extend this to contractors and vendors?

Yes, but you will need to contract with us first.

Will your methods work with my existing PM and resource management tools?

Tools are the last thing you should think about when improving process. We’ll teach you how to fix the process first and then you can adapt the tools as you see fit. We can even help a bit with that. We also have some fancy Google Docs we can share that work pretty well.

Case Studies from Successful Transformations

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