Adopting and Adapting Agility

What You Will Learn

Unlike traditional training, the course will challenge participants to listen, practice and even question agile methods. It covers agile values, principles and practices of the most popular agile styles (Lean, Scrum, and XP) into a complete package which is being used by sustainable agile communities.

The instructors have deep and wide experience on large and small projects from a variety of industries. They use these experiences to help explain both successes and failures they have seen in helping people adopt and adapt agile methods to work in their organization.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • An introduction of agile principles and practices
  • Various techniques for effectively blending various agile styles (Lean, Scrum, XP)
  • Tools that help your project readiness for iterative delivery (e.g. chartering)
  • Ideas for setting up creative and informative work places
  • Techniques for creating value based product backlogs with personas and user stories
  • Pragmatic practices for planning and estimating releases and iterations
  • The importance of and skills needed for continuous learning and iterative improvement

What We Will Cover

Course Outline: The session combines presentation and interactive experiences to introduce many aspects of running an agile project.  The course will roughly go as follows, but may be taught over two or three days if there is a desire to go deeper into the company’s product.

Day 1:

Why, How and Who of Agility

  • Introduction to Agile Methods/Why Agile Methods are Helpful
  • Introduction to Agile Values, Principles and Practices/Agile Teams and Programs

Lean Product Design- Products: Context, Use and Agile Design Tools

  • The needs for product design team/Product thinking and Product Backlogs
  • Collaborative Chartering/Pragmatic Personas/Stories, Story Maps and Journeys 

Day 2: 

Planning to Discover and Learn

  • Planning Horizons/Planning to Discover: Constraints, Unknowns and Dependencies
  • Sizing and Planning Across Iterations

Planning for Delivery and Learning from Delivery

  • Getting Ready with Acceptance Tests and Collaborative Work Areas
  • Planning an Iteration or Flow-Based Planning (Kanban)
  • Staying Connected with Stand-Ups

Measuring, Learning and Pivoting

  • Burn Charts, Velocity and Complexity/Getting to Done and Validating Product
  • Product Reviews and Demos/Reflecting and Learning

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in adopting or adapting agile methods. The course has a software focus, but can be adapted for non-software development. The course is offered in various locations, but is most often conducted on-site.

Please note: Cancellations with less than 2 weeks prior notice will not be refunded.

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