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Private - Introduction to Agile (1 Day)
About course

This course provides the basic knowledge for incorporating agile techniques on projects and will cover the Agile Manifesto and principles. The primary roles on an agile project 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 story point scales and planning poker. 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 described including the product and sprint backlog, burn charts and task board. Other agile methods will be briefly reviewed, along with how to develop an effective agile team. Scaling agile to large projects and multiple teams will be explained, along with typical agile metrics.

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

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to agile.  Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the Agile Manifesto and agile methodologies
  • Define the primary roles and responsibilities on an agile project
  • Describe the five levels of agile planning from vision down to daily scrums
  • Write user stories to define requirements
  • Use agile estimation methods to size user stories
  • Describe agile artifacts such as the product and sprint backlog, burn charts and task board
  • Explain typical agile project metrics 
Course outline

Understanding Agile 

  • Simple vs. Complex Projects
  • Agile Defined 
  • Agile Values and Principles
  • Agile vs. Waterfall Methodology
  • The Business Case for Agile
  • Risk Reduction with Agile


Agile Methodologies 

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


Agile Teams and Planning 

  • The Agile Project Team
  • Scaling Agile
  • Levels of Agile Planning


The Scrum Framework 

  • Done in Scrum
  • The Product Backlog
  • User Stories and Prioritization 
  • Agile Estimation Techniques
  • Scrum Sprints
  • Scrum Artifacts 
  • Tracking the Agile Project


Tailoring Agile 

  • Building the Team
  • Agile Metrics
  • Integrating Traditional with Agile
Course information
Duration: 7 hours
Earn: 7 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual or Traditional Classroom