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About NextUp Solutions

With headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area, NextUp Solutions is one of the country’s premier Agile transformation service providers. Our broad range of courses and services are conducted by certified trainers and Agile experts with backgrounds from a wide cross-section of industry sectors, non-profits, and government organizations.

As a Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider (REP) with thousands of students certified since 2010, real-world Agile experience informs all of NextUp’s services. All training courses are taught in a business context to create a clear link between Agile and practical everyday workplace situations and led by Agile experts with decades of practical experience. Classes are highly engaging and interactive with exercises, demonstrations, facilitated discussions, games, and videos interwoven throughout to illustrate the principles being taught for all learning types. 

Our courses are certified and accredited by leading organizations in the education and Agile fields, including ScrumAlliancethe International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), Kanban University, DevOps Institute, and Scaled Agile. We are also approved to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). 

NextUp’s coaching and assessment services help clients develop and seamlessly implement the right business agility solution for their unique needs. Whether a startup or Fortune 500 company, new to Agile or mid-transformation, NextUp’s coaches enable all teams to reach peak performance.

In this period of accelerated digital transformation, Agile methods are essential for organizations to maximize current resources and drive new revenue opportunities. Agile methods encourage organizations to create more feedback loops both internally and externally with end users and customers, allowing managers to quickly validate assumptions and for teams to adapt as needed. NextUp alumni report enhanced overall team experiences, collaboration, and performance.

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Our Most Popular Agile Trainings

 

Agile and Scrum in a Day
Understand Agile principles and the practices that make Scrum effective for delivering projects.

Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM)
A full immersion into the concepts and practices of Agile and Scrum.

Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO)
Explore how to transform concepts and goals into a product backlog and ultimately, project deliverables.

Advanced Certified ScrumMaster® (A-CSM)
Get a deeper understanding of Agile principles and focus on building upon foundational knowledge of your Certified ScrumMaster® training.

User Story Workshop
Learn how to maximize return on investment and speed of delivery with this in-depth exploration of how to write effective user stories for your product backlog.

Leading SAFe® – Certified SAFe® 5 Agilist (SA)
Develop a Lean-Agile mindset and apply the principles and practices of SAFe® to support Agile teams, programs, and program portfolio management.

Certified Agile Testing and Automation
Get to know the role of the Agile tester and learn how to successfully test and deliver a quality product.

Team Kanban Practitioner
Understand the core concepts of the Kanban method in this one-day course.

Certified Kanban System Design (KSD)
Understand how Kanban systems can be used to visualize and manage delivery flow and drive continuous improvement.

Certified Kanban Systems Improvement (KSI)
Build on what you learned in KSD and perfect the day-to-day management of your Kanban system

 

Our Agile Coaching Services

 

Enterprise Agile Transformation:
We work with you to plan a custom Agile transformation strategy that best serves every level of your organization or helps turn around an ongoing transition that’s not delivering the results you need. We begin with an enterprise assessment of your value streams, teams, and structure, then shape a partnership-based approach that preserves what’s working and adapts what isn’t.

SureStart: Agile Team Startup Facilitation:
It can take months for a new Agile team to learn the self-organization and continual improvement patterns that lead to high performance. Our experienced Agile coaches accelerate the successful formation of new teams through our “SureStart” methodology, which includes certified training for teams in cohorts, embedded coaching through the team’s first iteration, and continued role-specific coaching for your Product Owners and ScrumMasters for up to six additional sprints.

Agile Leadership Coaching:
Business Agility is significantly higher when company leaders guide the journey, meaning you must change the culture of leadership to ensure teams reach their full potential. Agile teams are best supported by servant leadership that maintains focus on value delivery while creating an environment for experimentation and learning. Our coaches help leaders from the C-suite to those directly managing teams adopt a mindset that nurtures a culture of Agility.

Embedded Team Coaching:
Dedicated, full-time attention from an embedded coach can help teams struggling with their transition or stuck by waterfall-type assumptions in planning, delivery, or performance management. Our coaches partner with your teams to establish a strategy with visible goals and exit criteria, then collaborate with them over successive sprints to overcome obstacles and lay the groundwork for self-improvement.

Agile Coach Assessment:
Is your business well-served by your Agile transition? It can be hard to tell, particularly for enterprises with delays between the actions of teams and business outcomes. Our coaches can assess individual teams, and the enterprise as a whole, with an impartial evaluation of current Agile practices, policies, and tools to give you objective insight into the strengths and challenges of your approach.

Agile Scaling Coaching:
It’s one thing to establish a single high performing Agile team. Larger efforts that involve many teams coordinating often require implementing a formalized Agile scaling framework such as LeSS or SAFe. Our coaches have led and improved scaling practices in many complex environments, and can leverage that experience to tailor a scaling approach that helps you deliver enterprise value and nimbly respond to new challenges.

Technical DevOps Coaching:
Our technical coaching staff has the subject matter expertise to help teams optimize and accelerate software development, testing, and delivery practices. Our approach begins with a DevOps Retrospective that maps out the complete value stream of application delivery from development to production, then works with your teams to identify incremental changes to deploy the tools and practices that make their flow faster and safer.

Public Sector Agility Experts:
Agile transitions in the public sector bring additional challenges not often seen in the private sector. No one has a greater depth of experience leading, coaching, and improving government Agility than the coaches at NextUp. In addition to team and leadership coaching, we can also advise on acquisition approaches to effectively buy Agile services and provide an objective assessment of vendors to ensure you’re getting the best value for taxpayer funds.

Individual Executive Coaching with Leadership Circle 360°:
Great leaders need an array of relational, creative, and introspective competencies to build an environment where people and organizations achieve amazing things. Even when leaders have those tools, their ability to enact positive change can be significantly limited by behavioral patterns that limit our ability to inspire others. NextUp’s executive coaches can help you grow as an individual leader through structured, one-on-one coaching that begins with a Leadership Circle 360 Assessment, then collaboratively defines a path of personal growth.