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Understanding Agile Development – A Non-Technical Overview

Course Details
Code: TT3550
Tuition (USD): $895.00 • Classroom (1 day)
$895.00 • Virtual (1 day)

When a new system or new functionality for an existing system has to be created and operational in days rather than months, the old waterfall processes become a bottleneck. These Agile Development approaches produce high-quality, low-defect applications that are implemented in short, fixed timeframes. Emphasizing user involvement and lightweight process, the agile approaches offer an alternative method to development of software

Skills Gained

The overall purpose of this class is to provide technical managers or stakeholders with high-level technical education rather than functional training. Through presentations, demonstrations, and discussions, students will explore and come to understand:

  • The concept of development agility and the Agile Manifesto
  • Each of the major agile development methods underscoring their strengths and weaknesses
  • How to manage an agile environment even within a structured organizational approach
  • How to introduce agility into a development organization.

Who Can Benefit

This an overview level presentation of Agile software development practices and benefits, geared for managers, programmers, developers, stakeholders, and anyone interested in learning the benefits of agile development. Knowledge of current development processes, such as structured top-down development and the waterfall method is beneficial.

Course Details

Introduction and Overview

  • Reducing Risk Through Agility
  • The Discipline of Timeboxing
  • Incremental Delivery and Evaluation
  • Agile Method: Scrum
  • Agile Method: XP
  • Pair Programming

The Agile Approach

  • Agile Software Development Manifesto
  • The Agile Principles
  • Identifying Features
  • Managing Features
  • Communication Dynamics

Agile Iterative Development

  • Iterative Approaches
  • Phased Iterative Development
  • Iterating
  • Feasibility & Planning
  • Development
  • Adaptation & Deployment

Prioritizing and Planning

  • Features and Backlogs
  • FDD Process
  • Prioritizing Features
  • Release Planning
  • Assigning Features to Iterations


  • Typical Continuous Integration Process
  • CI Server
  • Automate Source Code Management
  • Automate Build Process
  • Automate Testing
  • Automate Deployment

Transitioning to Agility

  • Agility: Some Process, Some Mindset
  • Characteristics that Enable Agility
  • Characteristics that Inhibit Agility
  • Risks Associated with Migrating
  • Smoothing the Transition

The Bottom Line

  • Agile Migration Patterns
  • Extending the Migration
  • Coding Practices
  • Source Control
  • Pair Programming and Code Reviews
  • Continuous Integration
  • Legacy Code