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Collaborating & Communicating Agile Requirements

Course Details
Code: 2502
Tuition (USD): $1,495.00 • Classroom (2 days)

Project failures are often due to poor requirements gathering, analysis and planning. Traditional requirements documents may not contain complete and accurate requirements due to rapidly changing business environments. Agile requirements gathering, by moving detailed requirements closer to implementation, allows for rapid response to change. This user story training course will show you how to define and manage these requirements effectively as well as demonstrate alternative ways of documenting requirements and managing changes. These alternatives can allow for a less "heavy" process in projects that can benefit from quick changes in direction.

Skills Gained

  • Learn how to adapt quickly and positively to rapidly changing business needs and priorities
  • Learn how to collaborate on requirements for a project
  • Align development to business needs to provide business value quickly
  • Learn the benefits of using Agile methods to communicate requirements
  • Understand the five levels of planning in Agile
  • Use agile requirements as an effective basis for planning and testing
  • Understand the characteristics of a well-written agile requirement
  • Understand how to plan frequent releases so that customers can recognize benefit quickly
  • Learn mapping techniques for identifying the stories of larger releases
  • Minimize risks of ineffective solutions by obtaining frequent feedback

Who Can Benefit

This course is beneficial to all members on an Agile team, but will add the most value for those in a Product Owner role or are a part of the development team and have focus on grooming the product backlog.

This course is perfect for:

  • Business Analysts, Requirements Analysts or Business Systems Analysts
  • Product Owners, Business customers, users or partners
  • QA Professionals, Systems Testers or User Acceptance Testers
  • Systems/Application Analysts, Architects, Designers or Developers
  • Anyone that wants to enhance their understanding and ability to author and elaborate on user stories

Course Details

1. Agile Overview

  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Principles
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Agile Benefits

2. Project Initiation

  • Project Charter
  • Project Roles
  • Project Planning
  • Communication

3. Focus on the Customer

  • Customer Involvement
  • Customer Roles
  • Creating and Using Personas
  • Constraints

4. User Stories

  • User Stories
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Acceptance Criteria and Acceptance Tests
  • Non-User Stories

5. Product Backlog

  • Who owns the Product Backlog?
  • Functional and Non-Functional Requirements
  • Story-Writing Workshop
  • Prioritizing the Product Backlog
  • Maintaining the Product Backlog
  • Techniques for further elaboration

6. Estimating and Planning

  • Relative vs. Actual Estimating
  • Using Story Points
  • Planning Poker (Grenning 2002)
  • Five Levels of Planning in Agile
  • Estimating Team Velocity

7. Release Plan

  • Iteration Estimates
  • Prioritization Revisited
  • Ownership and Participation
  • Communication

8. Use Cases

  • Use Case Advantages
  • Use Case Elements
  • Success Path
  • Alternate Paths
  • Exceptions

9. Iteration Plan and Execution

  • Iteration Planning
  • Defining "Done"
  • Test-Driven, Test Often
  • Demonstrate Working Software (Delivered Requirements)
  • Inspect and Adapt applied to Requirements
  • Finding your Rhythm

10. Retrospective on Communicating Requirements

Exercises:

Exercise 7: Teams will discuss and document use cases, including alternate pathsand exceptions, for some of their high-priority stories. As a class, we'lldiscuss the relationship between use cases and stories and how they complementeach other.