Alchemy @ NAB

Alchemy Solutions is a professional and learning services organisation who are experts in business reinvention, digital transformation, process improvement, and capability development. 

Alchemy has partnered with NAB to support the uplift of capability across the NAB organisation, enabling staff to grow to their full potential. Explore available courses below and follow the prompts to register your interest for the courses you’d like NAB and Alchemy to deliver so you can acquire new skills, get certified and build your reputation as someone who delivers.

Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

Duration: 2 Days

PSM course introduces the theory and principles behind the Scrum Framework and empiricism. Learners leave this course with an appreciation for Professional Scrum, the agile mindset and how to deal with common myths and impediments to agility. They gain the knowledge and understanding about how to choose and apply the appropriate practices and techniques that will be most beneficial for their Scrum Teams. This course is appropriate for anyone involved in product delivery using Scrum or practitioners looking to improve or start building capability as a Scrum Master

  • Help Scrum Teams deliver value to their organization
  • Understand the theory and principles behind Scrum and empiricism
  • Understand uncertainty and complexity in product delivery
  • Learn what Done means and why it is crucial to transparency
  • Know how to use the Product Backlog to plan with agility
  • Clarify the leadership role a Scrum Master plays on the team

Profession Scrum Master - Advanced (PSM-A)

Duration: 2 Days

PSM-A is intended for Scrum Masters with at least one year of experience who are looking to grow their capability as a Scrum Master. This course focuses students on the stances that characterise an effective Scrum Master, while diving deep on how they serve the Developers, Product Owners and organizations. After taking this course you will be able to have the right types of conversations to service the organization. There will also be time in case for the PST to provide coaching on challenges that you and your classmates may be experiencing today or in the future. 

  • Describe how the Scrum Master works to change the environment to enable greater success of the Scrum Team
  • Learn how to deal with team conflict
  • Be more effective when removing impediments
  • Deeper dive on supporting the Scrum Team
  • Learning ways to be more effective when influencing leaders within an enterprise
  • Learn practices, tools, skills and stances that will improve efficacy of the Scrum Master

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO)

Duration: 2 Days

PSPO is a hands-on, activity-based course where students explore Scrum and develop an understanding of the critical role that the PO plays in the Scrum Team. PO solidify their knowledge of the framework and the accountabilities of being a PO to overcome common challenges that arise day-to-day.  PO will learn better ways to work with the organization, stakeholders, customers and their team to ensure greater value is being delivered.

  • Increase business agility through the proper execution of the Product Owner role
  • Learn how to bridge business strategy to product execution using Scrum
  • Understand the Product Owner accountabilities on the Scrum Team
  • Learn techniques for forecasting, product backlog and release management
  • Identify metrics that can be used to track value creation, and product delivery
  • Discover techniques to interact with stakeholders, customers, and the Scrum Team

Professional Facilitation Skills (PSF)

Duration: 2 Days

PSF is a skills development course where attendees will enhance their facilitation skills to improve interactions with their Scrum Teams, stakeholders, and customers. The emphasis will be on adopting facilitation as an approach and promoting the Scrum Values. Participants will tackle various common Scrum-related situations by employing multiple facilitation techniques, which they can integrate into their agile practices.

  • Develop facilitation skills and a facilitator’s mindset 
  • Apply essential facilitation principles for challenging interactions.
  • Identify facilitation principles and Scrum Values that improve Scrum collaboration
  • Apply facilitation techniques to improve the Scrum events and other interactions
  • Encourage diverse perspectives and unite teams for decision making 
  • Identify the dynamics within groups and their influence on the decision-making process.

Professional Scrum Product Backlog Management Skills (PSPBM)

Duration: 2 Days

PSPBM is an interactive course designed to help Scrum Practitioners improve their ability to manage all aspects of the Product Backlog and stakeholder communication. With a focus on transparency, you will learn how to create a product goal that inspires engagement and will ensure your team are never left wonder what to work on. This hands-on experience will expose learners to refinement techniques such as decomposing and slicing product backlog items, whilst practicing the art of simpilicty.

  • Apply practical techniques to create, refine, and order the Product Backlog
  • Identify and effectively communicate with stakeholders 
  • Capture stakeholder’s needs on a Product Backlog
  • Find better ways to make the Product Backlog more transparent
  • Use empiricism as a competitive advantage

Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK-1)

Duration: 2 Days

PSK teaches experienced Scrum Masters and practitioners how  to improve the way they work using the Kanban method and practices. Naturally complementing organisations using DevOps, CI/CD pipelines. Learn the benefits of optimizing the flow of work in Scrum by leveraging Kanban practices, with a focus on visualizing the backlog and workflow, limiting work in progress (WIP) and continually inspecting and adapting to optimize for flow and predictable delivery.

  • Understand flow and Kanban practices from the perspective of the Scrum Team
  • Explain how Kanban practices can be used to improve flow within a Sprint
  • Increase transparency by helping the Scrum Team visualize their Workflow
  • Use data to improving delivery predictability 
  • Apply the concept of flow and Kanban practices during Scrum Events
  • Assist the team in overcoming common flow challenges by actively managing WIP

Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU)

Duration: 2 Days

PSU teaches how Scrum and User Experience (UX) align and integrate to ensure teams connect more closely with end users and customers.  With a focus on delivery outcomes, this course shows how to more effectively balance both discovery and delivery, ensuring capacity for learning. This course shows how core design and research activities come together with development and delivery with a dual-track agile process to explore, experiment and deliver value-based outcomes.

  • Experience how the UX mindset and the Scrum framework integrate
  • Learn the advantages of thinking of work as problems to solve
  • Understand how the Scrum Team can connect with end users and customers
  • Leave with some UX techniques that can be accomplished within the Scrum Team
  • Realize the importance of incorporating UX work as part of the Product Backlog
  • Learn the value of testing hypotheses with experiments

Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-E)

Duration: 2 Days

PAL-E teaches managers and leaders how best to support, guide and coach their teams to create the conditions for agility and high performance. Deep diving on the shifting role of the leader, participants will learn how to support agile teams to achieve improved results and how to lead the cultural and behavioral changes that an organization must make to reap the benefits of adopting an agile product delivery approach. 

  • Understand how agility can help you improve your organization’s performance
  • Learn how to remove impediments  that teams face during Agile Transformations
  • Discover the shift that a leader must make when leading agile teams
  • Learn how to assess and foster the team’s agile maturity
  • Discover how to connect values and goals to develop high performing teams
  • Identify how to measure the benefits and impacts of agility in your organization

Professional Agile Leadership - Evidence Based Management (PAL-EBM)

Duration: 1 Day

PAL-EBM leverages the Evidence-Based Management TM (EBM) framework as an Agile approach for leaders to guide their team towards continuous improvement and value delivery.  With a focus on customers, growing businesses and organizational capabilities leaders will learn how to use empiricism to adapt quickly to emerging market conditions and customer needs. Leaders will practice techniques that will help them manage the unknown and complexity through experimentation and adapting goals as learning emerges.  With a focus on culture, leaders will learn the link between clear goals and self-managing teams.

  • Understand the essential aspects of goals and how they influence culture
  • Help organizations embrace empiricism as a leadership approach 
  • Use experimentation to incrementally steer toward the organization’s goals
  • Learn how goals and trust work together to enable autonomous delivery
  • Learn how to leverage EBM for growth and improving operational capabilities