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Introduction to Agile
About course

What is Agile? What are fundamental differences between Agile and Waterfall approaches? How does Agile software development approach manifest itself through project management, business analysis, development, testing and end-user involvement? This 2-day course will cover the concepts, principles, and structure of Agile development. This course will explain what Agile is, along with the Agile Manifesto and the cultural shift from a command and control structure to a collaborative leadership. The three primary roles of Product Owner, Scrum Master and Team Members on an Agile project will be reviewed, along with the differences between a traditional and Agile team. The myth that Agile doesn’t require any planning will be debunked, and the five levels of Agile planning will be explained. The use of user stories to define requirements will be described, along with the product backlog. Agile estimation techniques --including the use of a story point scale and planning poker. Seven hands-on exercises are incorporated throughout this 2-day class. Significant time will be spent explaining the elements of scrum-- the most commonly used Agile methodology. The scrum sprint framework will be reviewed, including the sprint planning meeting, daily scrum, sprint review and retrospective. Key scrum artifacts will also be explained including the product and sprint backlog, burn charts and the task board. Other Agile methods will be reviewed including Extreme Programming, Kanban, Lean, Dynamic Systems Development Method and Feature Driven Development. This course will discuss how to build your Agile team including how to deal with multi-tasking and distributed teams. Scaling Agile to large projects and multiple teams will also be explained, along with metrics that can be used with Agile. How to integrate traditional processes with Agile will also be covered.  If you are looking to learn all about Agile, this course will provide the fundamental knowledge needed and a solid foundation for incorporating Agile techniques into your organization. A final review test is also included as part of the course wrap-up.

Who should attend

This course is designed for people who are new to agile, in the early stages of agile adoption or who are curious about how to get started with an agile approach. Business analysts, functional managers, project managers, developers, programmers, testers, IT manager/directors, software engineers, software architects and customers will find this course useful.

Course features

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the history of Agile and the Agile Manifesto
  • Define the roles and responsibilities for the three primary roles on an agile project
  • Describe the five levels of agile planning from vision down to daily scrum meetings
  • Write user stories to define requirements
  • Use Agile estimation methods to size user stories
  • Describe Agile methodologies including Scrum, Extreme Programming, Kanban, Feature Driven Development, Lean Development and DSDM
  • Build an Agile team
  • Prepare scrum artifacts including the product and sprint backlog, burn charts and the task board
  • Apply metrics to Agile project
Course outline

Introduction to Agile Concepts

  • Simple vs. Complex Projects
  • Exercise: The Elevator Description
  • What is Agile?
  • Manifesto for Agile
  • Reducing Risk with Agile
  • The Agile Project Team
  • Levels of Agile Planning
  • Exercise: Define User Roles

The Scrum Framework

  • Done in Scrum
  • Exercise: Requirements
  • The Product BacklogUser Stories
  • Exercise: Write User Stories
  • User Story Prioritization
  • Agile Estimation Techniques
  • Exercise: Prioritizing & Estimating
  • Planning Ahead in Agile
  • Scrum Sprints (planning, work, meetings, review, retrospectives, abnormal termination, testing)
  • Exercise: Sprint Planning
  • Tracking the Agile Project

Other Agile Techniques

  • eXtreme Programming
  • Lean Software Development
  • Exercise: The Lean Penny SCRUM
  • DSDM and FDD Details
  • Kanban
  • Scrumban

Tailoring Your Agile Process

  • Building the Team (boosting performance, multi-tasking, distributed team members
  • Scaling Agile
  • Agile Metrics
  • Integrating Traditional Processes with Agile (integrating traditional Agile process requirements up-front & at-end, integrating Agile & waterfall teams on a project)
Course information
Duration: 14 hours
Earn: 14 PDUs
Delivery Method: Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Knowledge Areas:

  • Scope Management
  • Time Management
  • Cost Management 
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Communications Management