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The GROWS Method™ Two Day Workshop

GROWS Skill Stages

There’s a lot more to modern software development and digital transformation than you think. Scrum, Lean, DevOps and agile approaches are each only one small part of the picture. To be successful in the new economy, you need more. You need to fill in the missing pieces. You need the GROWS Method™.

The GROWS Method™ helps you grow software and grow skills using fast-feedback experiments, Tracer Bullet Development, and organizational learning practices. We’ll show you how.

Our combined 100 years of software development and training experience have taught us that workshop participants learn better when they actively engage with the material, and not just sit idly in the stupefying glow of PowerPoint slides. To create the best outcomes, we use experiential activities and group debriefs to share and explore the workshop contents.

The GROWS Method™ Two Day Introduction workshop fee is $20,000USD plus actual travel expenses. Each workshop is limited to 24 participants maximum and is presented by two instructors.

What to Expect

Outcomes of the workshop for each participant include:

  1. Growing Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty in partial-knowledge environments
  2. Growing Code and Delivering User Capabilities with Fast Feedback
  3. Growing Communications, Trust, and Team Culture
  4. Creating a Learning Mindset, Habits and Practices

Who’s Behind This?

  • Andy Hunt: One of the 17 authors of the Agile Manifesto, author and co-author of a dozen books including the classic, The Pragmatic Programmer. Andy has been writing software professionally since 1982, and is currently Publisher in Chief at Pragmatic Bookshelf.
  • Don Gray: Started developing control systems software in 1984, and has been coaching and working with experiential learning since 1995. He currently delivers the well-known Coaching Beyond the Team and Problem Solving Leadership workshops.
  • Tony Brill: Former global head of agile practices for Deutsche Bank and executive leader of the largest agile shop in the world. Tony turns around underperforming organizations, and introduced GROWS to Europe at the Craft conference. He’s currently leading software development efforts for Pacific Western Bank.

The workshop will be presented by two of these experienced practitioners.

Workshop Contents

Day 1 of the workshop covers:

  • I. From Seeds To Success
    • Ideas that Won’t Die
    • Actual Failure Causes
    • Loops not Lines
    • Effective Feedback Techniques
  • II. Comfortable with Ambiguity
    • Working in partial-knowledge environments
  • III. Fast Feedback
    • Feedback as your Speed Limit
  • IV. Communications, Trust
    • Commander’s Intent, Shared Learning
    • Continuous Review
  • V. How to Learn and build a Learning Organization
    • Mindsets
    • The Learning Journal habit
    • Team Learning Practices

Day 2 of the workshop covers:

  • I. The GROWS Development Loop
    • Evaluate → Discovery → TODO → DevOps → Evaluate…
    • Organic not Robotic
    • Intentional not Accidental
  • II. What to Do Next
    • Putting these ideas into effective practice.
  • III. Continuous Review, continued
    • Self-scheduled feedback in 1 month, 6 months
    • Feedback on the workshop itself
    • Presentation of Licenses to Experiment


To schedule a private workshop, please email us at sales at growsmethod dot com with the dates you have in mind.

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