Introduction to Agile

Laying the foundations for building your Agile success - Course Outline

I. Agile Overview – In this section we will explore the motivating factors for teams adopting Agile practices.  Further we will examine the various Agile methods and the principles and practices they embrace.  Agile success with real-world examples across many industries will be shared to highlight the benefits that Agile can bring to teams.  Finally, we will explore the power behind Agile teams and how they differ from traditional project teams.

  1. Why Agile?
  2. Agile Methods – Principles and Practices
  3. Agile Benefits – what you can expect
  4. Agile Teams

Exercise: Forming the Agile Team – in this exercise we will explore the unique factors of Agile teams and recognize the key factors for successful Agile teams.

II. Agile Basics – In this section we will establish a foundation of the basic artifacts and forums utilized by Agile teams.  Agile terminology will be reviewed and understood.

  1. User Roles and Personas
  2. User Stories
  3. Acceptance Criteria
  4. Prioritization techniques
  5. Relative Estimating
  6. Iterative approach – thin slices

Exercise: Transition to an iterative approach – teams will engage in a fun exercise that will highlight the benefits behind why iterations work.

III. Agile Process Framework – In this section, we will review the complete process framework Agile teams should utilize to achieve success.  For many, Agile merely means Iterations and Daily Scrum, but that will not suffice!  Again, real-world examples provided by the instructor will give you context for why each level of planning and execution is important.  Forums and artifacts necessary for Agile success will also be discussed and practiced. 

  1. Vision
  2. Roadmap
  3. Release
  4. Iteration
  5. Daily

Exercise: Building cadence - As with any process, the process should not be a distraction.  In order to achieve that desired state, cadence is needed, team members must know what to expect repeatedly and consistently.  This exercise will help reinforce the need for and power that comes with cadence.

IV. Communication – because communication and collaboration are at the heart of Agile success, we will explore in more detail what teams can do to get it right!

  1. Transparency – establish and maintain
  2. Main path communication
  3. Creating Collaboration
  4. Beyond the team

V. Agile Approach – In this section we will communicate clearly the path taken by many teams to achieve success as well as what pitfalls Agile teams should avoid – and how to avoid them.

  1. What to watch for – barriers to success
  2. Agile best practices
  3. Agile Tools
  4. Next steps – specific to your situation!

Exercise: At this point it is time to determine what is next for you!  Teams and individuals will collaborate with each other and with the instructor to determine what you can do to build upon the foundation established during the course.