Introduction to Agile

Course Details
Code: INTRO-AGILE
Tuition (USD): $795.00 • Classroom (1 day)
$795.00 • Virtual (1 day)

In this powerful one-day course, you'll grasp the concepts, principles, and structure of Agile development and become empowered to execute on your plans for incorporating Agile techniques into your organization. To incorporate an Agile methodology or practice into your SDLC with an expectation of shredding the rigid discipline of your current method is a sure path to failure. The common misconception is that Agility means lack of order, which is not the case. Agility in software requires strong discipline. In order to successfully implement Agility, you must have a solid foundation in the practices and procedures you wish to adapt and learn how to follow those practices correctly while tying them to rigid quality goals.

  • NOTE: Live Virtual Classroom course length is 2 days.

Skills Gained

  • Understand Agile principles and how to build the discipline to support those principles in your everyday practice
  • Appreciate the history of Agile and how the collection of principles and practices came together to enable customer success.
  • Examine Agile methods, including: Scrum, Extreme Programming, AgileUP,, Feature Driven Development, Lean Development, DSDM
  • Draw best practices from the various methodologies that will contribute to your team success
  • Talk the talk: learning the Agile terminology, roles and forums with their context
  • Walk, but not run; walk through the processes that support Agile principles to enable the delivery of great products
  • Begin to map the transition of your existing or enterprise-level processes, artifacts and forums to Agile
  • Discover the power of Agile teams through communication, collaboration and cadence
  • Uncover the pitfalls that teams will encounter in an Agile transition and understand how to overcome those challenges.
  • Lay the foundation upon which you can build a learning team and organization

Who Can Benefit

This agile software development training course is designed for anyone who is considering the use of Agile Methods for software development, including:

  • Project Managers
  • Analysts
  • Developers
  • Programmers
  • Testers
  • IT Manager/Directors
  • Software Engineers
  • Software Architects
  • Customers

Course Details

This workshop will give you the foundation of knowledge and experience you need!

Define the principles, advantages, and disadvantages of Agile development. Get first-hand experience by organizing and participating in an agile team. Put the concepts you learn to practice instantly in the classroom project. Understand and learn how to take advantage of the opportunities for Agile. Finally get a detailed understanding and practice the collaboration and communication needed between customer and developers for Agile to succeed. Agile processes forming the basis for this course include:

  • Scrum
  • Extreme Programming
  • AgileUP
  • Feature Driven Development
  • Lean Development
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)

Practical, Immediately Useful Information:

This information packed course will expose you to an array of ideas, techniques and tools that you can incorporate immediately — all offered to help you successfully integrate Agile development techniques into your SDLC. You will immediately understand how to:

  • Deliver better products more consistently that will enable your customer's success
  • Establish, empower and protect high-performing teams
  • Eliminate waste from your processes
  • Create transparency in your communication
  • Create collaborative forums with development and customer resources out of which amazing products will emerge
  • Understand the basic structure of Agile processes that will enable success
  • Embrace the ever-changing requirements for your customer's competitive advantage

Agile Overview

In this section we will explore the motivating factors for teams adopting Agile practices. Further we will examine the various Agile methods and the principles and practices they embrace. Agile success with real-world examples across many industries will be shared to highlight the benefits that Agile can bring to teams. Finally, we will explore the power behind Agile teams and how they differ from traditional project teams.

  • Why Agile?
  • Agile Methods – Principles and Practices
  • Agile Benefits – what you can expect
  • Agile Teams
  • Exercise: Forming the Agile Team – in this exercise we will explore the unique factors of Agile teams and recognize the key factors for successful Agile teams.

Agile Basics

In this section we will establish a foundation of the basic artifacts and forums utilized by Agile teams. Agile terminology will be reviewed and understood.

  • User Roles and Personas
  • User Stories
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Prioritization techniques
  • Relative Estimating
  • Iterative approach – thin slices
  • Exercise: Transition to an iterative approach – teams will engage in a fun exercise that will highlight the benefits behind why iterations work.

Agile Process Framework

In this section, we will review the complete process framework Agile teams should utilize to achieve success. For many, Agile merely means Iterations and Daily Scrum, but that will not suffice! Again, real-world examples provided by the instructor will give you context for why each level of planning and execution is important. Forums and artifacts necessary for Agile success will also be discussed and practiced.

  • Vision
  • Roadmap
  • Release
  • Iteration
  • Daily
  • Exercise: Building cadence - As with any process, the process should not be a distraction. In order to achieve that desired state, cadence is needed, team members must know what to expect repeatedly and consistently. This exercise will help reinforce the need for and power that comes with cadence.

Communication

Because communication and collaboration are at the heart of Agile success, we will explore in more detail what teams can do to get it right!

  • Transparency – establish and maintain
  • Main path communication
  • Creating Collaboration
  • Beyond the team

Agile Approach

In this section we will communicate clearly the path taken by many teams to achieve success as well as what pitfalls Agile teams should avoid – and how to avoid them.

  • What to watch for – barriers to success
  • Agile best practices
  • Agile Tools
  • Next steps – specific to your situation!
  • Exercise: At this point it is time to determine what is next for you! Teams and individuals will collaborate with each other and with the instructor to determine what you can do to build upon the foundation established during the course.