Facilitating Team Conversations & Decisions

A Workshop for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Team Leads

Learn how to help teams think, learn, and decide together.

Most of us have an image of “facilitator” as the person standing in front of the room with the pen. But that is just one aspect of facilitation. Scrum Master, Agile Coaches, and Team Leads are in a position to facilitate discussions and decisions less formally every day.

Gain a grounding in the purpose of facilitator and the role of facilitator. Learn a flexible method that can be applied to most group discussions and decisions. Learn when and how to test for agreement, and which methods are appropriate for different situations. Working in small peer groups, you’ll have the opportunity to design a structure to support team decision making. You’ll also have the chance to practice facilitating and receive feedback in a safe environment.

Course Objectives

Through simulations and group activities, you will learn:

  • The role of the facilitator
  • A flexible method for designing facilitated sessions
  • The anatomy of a decision
  • How to test for agreement


ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, Team Leads


The workshop’s design and content will prepare you to facilitate discussions and decision-making with your teams. In this session, you will learn a flexible facilitation model that you can adapt to almost any situation where your team needs to think clearly, process different points of view, and arrive at a conclusion. You’ll learn to the anatomy of a decision, how to test for agreement, and reach decisions the team will support.

  1. Welcome and Introductions
    • A definition of facilities for this class
    • Learning by doing and watching
  2. A Flexible Method for Facilitation
    • How people think, when they think clearly
    • Using questions to help groups thing together
    • Practice
  3. Applying the Method to Other Situations
    • Potential uses
    • Divergence and convergence
  4. Anatomy of a Decision
    • Parts of a decision
    • Methods of deciding
    • Testing for Agreement
  5. Wrap up
    • Take-aways
    • Resolutions for action
    • Practicing after class
This two-day workshop is interactive and experiential. In order to have a rich experience with quality interactions, the minimum number of participants is 10, and the maximum is 16.

Please contact me to bring this class to your company.