Upcoming Sessions

Agile Team Development - Stage I (half-day) | Stage I & II (full-day)


Developing teamwork is essential to the success of Scrum and Agile methods. How can you develop as a team toward high-performance?

This half-day or full-day course is designed to help cross-functional teams improve by enhancing their soft skills such as empathy, trust, safety, and creativity. Designed for the whole team e.g. Team Members, Scrum Masters, Product Owners

In successfully completing this workshop you will also earn:

  • 3 or 6 Scrum Alliance SEUs
  • Practical skills that are transferable in all roles
  • Digital access to all materials and handouts
  • Free Agile Advice ebook, estimation cards, and more
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Learning Objective(s): 

Each workshop includes activities and exercises with discussion to explore and improve team dynamics. The workshops can be scheduled on a day convenient for your team during the week. Each workshop duration is 3 hours. A full-day consisting of two 3-hour workshops can be scheduled which provides a more intensive experience: Stages I & II.

Note: After registering, please identify your team's greatest strengths and its biggest challenges by emailing valerie.senyk@berteig.com.

For more information and for scheduling please contact us at: 647-779-9509 | sales@berteig.com

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing these workshops, you will be able to:

  • Experience how to develop trust among teammates.
  • Experience safe failure modes and how to grow comfortable with uncertainty.
  • Experience the spontaneity and discipline required of creative endeavour.
  • Experience the alignment between the principles of team work and the practice of improvisation.

Ideal for those who want to create:

  • High-performing teams.
  • Exceptional teams that are customer focussed.
  • A culture of continuous growth for individuals & teams.
  • Efficient work practices that builds capacity in running experiments.

Everything you need will be provided by the facilitator. Wear comfortable clothing. Just bring yourself and a readiness to have fun.


Praise for Our Agile Team Development Education

"Enjoyed immensely - very atypical
— Sr. Content Innovation Specialist, May 2017

"I learned some really cool activities that I will use again.
— Specialist, May 2017

"Great team building exercises - fun and engaging.
— Strategist, May 2017

"Overall I thought it was very good
— Sr. Content Innovation Specialist, May 2017

"What I enjoyed most: the improv based exercises that Valerie guided us on.
— Sr. Project Manager, December, 2016

"Fun and informative.
— Manager, December, 2016


About Your Instructor


Valerie Senyk's Portrait

Valerie Senyk


Valerie Senyk is a published author, a teacher of theatre (acting, directing) and a voice coach for public-speaking. Valerie is a Scrum Master, a Certified Agile Leader, and holds a Masters Degree in Theatre – with over twenty years’ experience working with production teams and casts of large-scale public performance.

Valerie has consulted with many organizations and is an active, enthusiastic practitioner among the Agile community.  She has published numerous articles on AgileAdvice.com.



Morning - Stage I (3 hr)

  • Intro and ground rules
  • What are team skills?
  • Personal team evaluation
  • Guided meditation
  • Name game
  • What’s in the box?
  • Status recognition
  • Medicine bag
  • Active listening
  • Stick passing & gesture stories


Afternoon - Stage II (3 hr)

  • Instant theatre / role playing scenes
  • The successful mindset
  • Team name/symbol
  • Stick art
  • Notes of appreciation
  • Address personal evaluation
  • Questions/ reflections
  • Workshop evaluation

Additional Benefits

Planning Cards

All attendees receive as many decks of Estimation Cards as they want! You're guaranteed at least 1 deck but the instructor often brings extra. Each deck includes four sets, therefore most Scrum teams need 2 or 3 decks. Feel free to ask for as many decks as you need.

Agile Advice book cover

All attendees receive a free electronic copy of Mishkin Berteig's book "Agile Advice". In addition, everyone gets 1 other book of their choice from our list of recommended reading. You will choose a book at the end of the course. We offer free books because we encourage continuous learning!

Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider


As Registered Education Provider with Scrum Alliance®, BERTEIG instructors regularly facilitate Certified Scrum training seminars. BERTEIG is a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute: our Certified ScrumMaster® and Certified Scrum Product Owner® courses have been approved by the PMI as "Technical Education" PDUs | Details at CCRS.PMI.org.


A whole team that is currently using Agile methods and trying to improve their performance, communication, creativity and collaboration.