14-Hr 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 14-hour 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 does not 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 will also be reviewed including the use of a story point scale and planning poker. Seven hands-on exercises are incorporated throughout this class. Significant time will be spent explaining the elements of scrum; the most common 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. A final review test is also included as part of the course wrap-up.

Who should attend

This course should be attended by those who are new to Agile, those in the early stages of Agile adoption and those 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

The purpose of this course is to provide a complete introduction to Agile.  Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:  

  • Explain the history of Agile and the Agile Manifesto
  • Define 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 projects
Course outline

Module 1: Introduction to Agile Concepts

  • What is Agile?
  • The Evolution of Agile
  • Agile Manifesto 
  • Agile Team Structure
  • Risk Reduction with Agile
  • Business Case for Agile
  • Simple vs. Complex Projects
  • Comparison of Waterfall to Agile - Criteria for When to Use
  • 5 Levels of Agile Planning

Module 2: The Scrum Framework

  • Done in Scrum
  • Collaborative Negotiations for Requirements and Scope
  • Product Backlog
  • User Stories
  • User Story Value-Based Prioritization
  • Agile Estimation Techniques
  • Planning Ahead in Agile
  • Scrum Sprints
    • Sprint Planning
    • Sprint Work and Meetings
    • Sprint Review
    • Retrospectives
    • Abnormal Termination
    • Agile Testing
  • Tracking the Agile Project

Module 3: Other Agile Techniques 

  • eXtreme Programming
  • Lean Software Development
  • Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM)
  • Feature Drive Development (FDD)
  • Adaptive Software Development
  • Crystal Family
  • Test Driven Development
  • Kanban
  • Scrumban

Module 4: Tailoring Your Agile Process

  • Building the Team
  • Boosting Team Performancey 
  • Agile Communications
  • Scaling Agile
  • Agile Metrics
  • Integrating Traditional Processes with Agile

Module 5: Course Wrap-up

  • Debunking Ten Agile Myths
  • Course Summary
  • PMI-ACP Exam
  • Final Review Test
  • Course Evaluations

This course is included in the following tracks at a discounted rate if purchased as a part of a track:

Course information
Duration: 14 hours
Earn: 14 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual or Traditional Classroom