Introduction to Agile Overview
Our Introduction to Agile training course introduces agile principles and practices so that teams of people can build better products.
The active, workshop-style approach ensures everyone participates and therefore explores the opportunity to improve ways of working for themselves and their team.
Emphasis is placed upon practical use of tools rather than theoretical complexity, getting away from the hype and achieving immediate insight into modern practices.
This course, therefore, is designed to leave delegates more confident in five key areas:
- The intention behind agile ways of working.
- Managing the flow of requirements from vision to reality.
- Organising requirements with user stories and backlogs.
- Roles and interactions.
- Finally, putting agile ways of working into action.
Introduction to Agile Approach
At the start of the Introduction to Agile training course, there is a process simulation in a non-technology environment. As a result, the whole-team understands and experiences accountability, continuous improvement and fast feedback in an exercise that all areas of the business can relate to.
The classroom-based learning is supported before and after through our learning portal Menrva which provides every delegate with:
- Pre-course reading designed to expose questions so that they can be explored in class.
- How to get in touch with the trainer before and after the course.
- Access to a comprehensive set of guidance to support you after the course so that delegates apply what has been learnt.
- Finally, immediate results for measuring the course effectiveness.
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Introduction to Agile Course Content
Product delivery simulation
As part of the active workshop, delegates deliver product to a customer in an engaging, easily understandable simulation. In doing so, many of the issues associated with more complex product delivery are surfaced and can be related to the agile principles discussed throughout the course. Delegates, therefore, are likely to experience:
- Requirements ambiguity.
- Quality issues.
- Understanding customer needs.
- The effect of collaboration rather than working in silos.
- Problems with large batches of work.
- Whole team accountability.
- Fast feedback.
- And, consequently, the need for continuous improvement.
Agile and agility
We introduce the intent of agile practices as a business capability that delivers competitive advantage. The agile manifesto and the Lean principles of software delivery are explained while delegates are invited to relate these ideas to their real working practices.
Scrum and Kanban
The two mainstream agile delivery frameworks and methods are outlined at a high level. We discuss how, when used effectively, these techniques can help to realise the competitive advantages of business agility. Consequently delegates are able to consider which delivery framework may be most appropriate for the work they are managing.
Roles in an agile team
We explore the typical roles found across all implementations of agile delivery, such as:
- Product ownership and product management.
- Development and implementation.
- Agile leadership, coaching, project management and roles such as the scrum master.
Delegates take a product idea and, furthermore, develop it into a plan for delivery using the principles that have been taught throughout the day. During this workshop, delegates gain practical experience with:
- Establishing a product vision.
- Creating an initial backlog.
- Identifying a minimum viable product.
- Writing user stories and epic user stories.
- Valuing backlog items.
- Estimating size and complexity.
- Writing acceptance criteria using techniques such as behaviour driven development (BDD).
- Creating a release plan.
- Tracking progress and forecasting delivery dates.
Introduction to Agile Outcomes
Finally, delegates leave the introduction to agile training course with a shared experience of the terminology, intended benefits and practical application of agile practices. In addition, the delegates can immediately apply the techniques and exercises to their own real world product delivery.