Lean/Agile

Lean is a mindset that challenges us to look for ways to deliver value to our guest at faster speeds, with lower cost and better quality. Lean thinking changes the focus of management from optimizing separate technologies, assets, and vertical departments to optimizing the flow of products and services through entire value streams that flow horizontally across technologies, assets, and departments to customers. All activities that do not add value are considered waste.

Agile originated with the Agile Manifesto, a document that outlines the values and principles of Agile Software Development. While Agile has it's roots in Software Development, Target has started applying the same values and principals to non-software work.

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Lean/Agile Offerings

Agile101 Training

During your transformational journey, you may identify a need to inform many people about why you are going to Agile and what it means, but putting them through a formal 2-day training can be overkill. For those that need to understand the high-level concepts without diving deep into the practices themselves, will find our Agile101 training to be a great alternative.

In addition to covering Agile, this training can also touch on the high-level principles and concepts of Product and DevOps if desired.


Agile Leadership Training

Most leaders have gone through leadership classes, but what does it mean to be an Agile leader? Is the leadership style you have in your organization going to get you the same results in an Agile environment? In our experience, leadership is one of the hardest and most important areas to transition to an Agile Mindset. Without Agile leadership, the journey can become very rough or stall out.

In addition to providing leaders with an understanding of Agile, the training provides clarity on what it means to lead an Agile team and how to lead through change.

This training provides a high-level introduction to Product and DevOps, but can go into more depth if requested.


Agile Team Training

Quickly getting teams started on the Agile journey is important in any transformation but conveying a whole new mindset and helping people get started on changing their behaviors is no simple task. Agile Team Training is meant to get teams up to speed on operating as an Agile team and thinking in a new way about how they operate.

Teams go through the class together so that they are able to discuss and decide how they are going to transition to an Agile way of working that they can start now. This is a collaboration between everyone on the team (product owner, scrum master, developers, user experience, etc.) so they come to an understanding, hear the same message, and are able to hit the ground running.

This training provides a high-level introduction to Product and DevOps, but can go into more depth if requested.


Shadowing

Bring your coach(es) into Target to be immersed with our coaching staff in the daily operations and coaching of teams in Target’s Dojo. The engagement includes dedicated time with our coaches, observing our coaches in the Dojo, talking to leaders throughout the company. A variety of topics can be tailored to the specific struggles your company may have.

We recommend shadowing with our team prior to setting up an immersive learning experience or starting coaching in your organization, so that your coaching team can be better prepared to lead at your organization right from the start.


Dojo to Go

Trying to sell your leadership on setting up a full immersive learning experience can be a hard sell. Rather than trying to convince them, show them how much it can help. Let us bring our Dojo to you and have an experience like none other. Target coaches will come to you and provide you with the Dojo experience right at your location for one of your teams.

Dojo to Go will not only show your leadership how great an immersive learning experience can be, but it will also give your coaches an opportunity to observe how to facilitate an experience while giving one team an experience of a lifetime.


On-Site Coaching

Visiting Target's location and shadowing coaches is a great way to learn, but sometimes you need a little extra help back in your space to implement what you learn, or you need a new and different perspective for some of your current activities. Whether it is attempting to skill up your coaches, coaching teams, working with leadership, or a variety of other activities, our coaches can assist you with your coaching needs.

Having one or more of Target's experienced coaches available on-site can be rewarding experience for all those involved. Every coaching experience is different and can be customized to your specific requests.

In alignment with our overall philosophy, we typically limit these engagements to about 2 consecutive weeks or less. The reason for this is that we believe in building self-sustaining organizations versus relying on our coaches. During the on-site coaching, we will skill up your coaches, leaders, etc. to handle future coaching needs within your own organization.


Coaching Q&A

So, you already have coaching set up or are thinking of starting a team of coaches, but you have questions about where to start, what works or doesn't work at a large organization, and a million other questions. How do you get pointed in the right direction? Instead of jumping into a big engagement, what if you could talk to people who have gone through what you are going through now, and get some answers to those questions?

Coaching Q&A is meant to help you through those questions. When you have questions, simply let us know and we will connect you with coaches, leaders, experts within Target to answer your questions. Whether it is Product, Agile, Software Engineering, Architecture, Role Definition, organizational hierarchy & structure, or a slew of other topics, get connected with people who can share their experiences from their journeys and help get you pointed in the right direction.