Agile Foundations

This highly informative 2-day course is intended to solidify the core principles of Agile, Scrum, and Lean for individuals and teams. It teaches that Agile project delivery is radically different from traditional waterfall methodologies thus requiring understanding, acceptance, and support for a successful transformation. The course explores best practices as it exposes common missteps, increases the awareness of associated symptoms, and provides guidance to avoid the pitfalls commonly encountered during Agile transformations.

This course is appropriate for anyone who is inexperienced with working on or with Agile teams. It is equally suited for teams and organizations exploring how to use Agile, those beginning their Agile journey, and those who are currently struggling with Agile implementation.  This course can be modified to include a certification test if necessary or desired by the organization.   

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Key Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Agile, Scrum, and Lean
  • Discover how to leverage early and continuous feedback to deliver products that delight customers
  • Define key roles and responsibilities of Agile team members
  • Learn how to improve team productivity and quality by removing impediments and highlighting organizational inefficiencies
  • Understand how to improve lead time and throughput by managing the amount of work in progress
  • Learn how to guide continuous improvement of the team and the organization

Course Outline

Agile Overview

  • Agile Framework
  • Agile Advantages and Potential
  • The Agile Manifesto and Principles
  • Can Agile Fail?
  • The Best Agile

Scrum Overview

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • How It Works
  • Artifacts
  • Rules of Scrum
  • Definition of Done

Lean Practices

  • Lean Software Development Principles
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Leveraging Lean Principles in Scrum
  • Lean Labs

Product Backlog

  • Defining the Product Backlog
  • User Stories – Business Functionality
  • Prioritizing the Product Backlog
  • Product Backlog Lab

Agile Estimation

  • Stories and Sizing
  • Relative Sizing
  • Planning Poker
  • Team Estimation Method
  • Estimation Lab

Release Planning

  • Release Planning Preparation
  • Release Planning Meeting
  • Velocity-Driven Release Planning
  • Fixed Schedule Release Planning
  • Measuring and Monitoring Progress
  • Release Planning Lab

Sprints

  • Sprint Planning
  • Sprint Activities
  • Sprint Review
  • Sprint Retrospective
  • Sprint Labs

The Next Steps

  • How Do We Get Started?
  • Common Mistakes in Agile Transformations