Agile Fundamentals

Type: Core Agile Training Duration: 2 Days – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Audience: Agile PMs, Team Members, Product Owners Contact Hours/PDUs: 14
Public or Private: Both
Fee: $1,200 * Government Discounts Available
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Agile Fundamentals (2 Days)

Agile Fundamentals is designed for Agile project team members, product owners, project leaders and senior managers looking to acquire a firm grasp of the agile approach to new product development using agile practices. You will learn what is needed to be successful on Agile projects in your organization, from project visioning through planning and iterative development of the product. Application of the fundamental models of the iteration review and iteration retrospectives are also included, as well as the concepts of inspect and adapt, self-assessment, and continuous improvement.

The flexible Agile methodology is ideal for many types of projects including new product development, software development, and others. Agile concepts focus on attributes that exist in in every project. Even if you're currently using other project management methodologies, you will discover how Agile methods can make your projects more successful. Take our 2-day Agile Fundamentals class and see where Agile can benefit you and your organization!

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare the Agile and Waterfall approaches
  2. Determine which method is best suited for their project
  3. Apply the basics of Agile Team Organization
  4. Use Agile Chartering and high-level estimating principles to initiate a project
  5. Create personas and user stories, and perform story-level estimation
  6. Develop and manage a product backlog
  7. Use low-tech, high touch team communication methods on projects
  8. Apply the principles of Servant Leadership
  9. Plan and conduct a basic iteration review and iteration retrospective

Class Materials

Students will receive a copy of the Agile Fundamentals Workbook, and supplemental materials that provide the exercises and case studies that are used and referenced throughout the class.

Course Outline

  • The Agile Value Proposition
    • What is Agile?
    • Comparison of agile and traditional approaches
    • Timeboxing and prioritization
    • Traditional & incremental delivery
    • Early delivery of value
    • Inspect and adapt
  • The Agile Manifesto and Agile Principles
  • Agile Delivery Teams
    • Team environment
    • Team participants & roles
    • Self-organizing team principle
    • ScrumMaster/Team Facilitator
  • Building High Performance Teams
  • Project Initiation
    • Feasibility metrics
    • Project charter and vision
    • Personas
    • Requirements decomposition
    • Progressive elaboration
    • Managing the product backlog
    • Creating user stories
    • Types of estimation
    • High-level estimation
    • The product roadmap
  • Servant Leadership
  • Release Planning
    • Story mapping
    • Decomposing stories
    • Story maps for releases
    • Story level estimation
    • Prioritization factors
    • Kano analysis
    • Pareto analysis
    • MoSCoW prioritization
    • Relative Ranking
    • Risk burndown graph
    • Risk adjusted backlog
    • Creating a release plan
    • Preparing for the upcoming iteration
  • Inside the Iteration
    • Tasks within an iteration
    • Roles within an iteration
    • Planning the iteration
    • Commitment reality check
    • Using Storyboards/Task Boards
    • Communication and team space
    • Daily stand-up meeting
    • Information radiators
    • Agile engineering practices
    • Burndown/burnup tracking
    • Tracking features delivered
    • Velocity per iteration
    • Escaped defects
    • The iteration review
    • The iteration retrospective
    • Self-assessment
  • Overview of Agile Methodologies
    • Scrum core concepts
    • XP core concepts
    • Kanban core principles
    • Lean core concepts
    • Crystal family of methodologies
    • FDD 5-step process core concepts
    • DSDM core principles
  • Your Action Plan
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