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Agile Awareness Workshop

About the course

The AssistKD Agile Awareness Workshop discusses Agile development and covers the fundamental Agile components including principles, methods and techniques. It is intended for anyone wishing to understand Agile and appreciate how this approach is used in practice.

How is the course structured?

To give you more of an idea of what you’ll learn and how the course will help you, here’s a quick guide to the day.

Day
1
  • The Agile Philosophy
  • Agile Principles
  • Agile Methods
  • User Stories
  • Agile Prioritisation
  • Agile Backlogs
  • Adopting Agile
Course manual

A printed copy of the latest edition of the comprehensive course manual will be sent to your home address in good time for the start of your course. Our delegates tell us that having access to a physical document is beneficial as both a reference document and for taking notes during the course. In addition, a link will be emailed to you to enable you to access an electronic copy of the same comprehensive manual for convenient future reference.

Full course outline

Agile Awareness Workshop (a one-day workshop)

Course Content

The Agile Philosophy

  • What is Agile?
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Agile myths and misconceptions
  • Agile components
  • How service thinking, system thinking & lean thinking relate to Agile

Agile Principles

  • The 12 Agile principles
  • Collaborative working
  • Self-organising teams
  • Continuous improvement 
  • Iterative development
  • Incremental delivery
  • Plan for and build-in change

Agile Methods

  • Elements of a solution development approach
  • Traditional methods versus Agile methods
  • Defined versus empirical approaches
  • Key features of Agile approaches
  • Strengths and weaknesses of Agile
  • Evolution of Agile methods 
  • Agile methods compared: Scrum; eXtreme Programming; DSDM; SAFe; Lean
  • Scrum: lifecycle and roles
  • The BA role in Agile projects
  • Agile prioritisation using MoSCoW

User Stories

  • User roles
  • Personas
  • The 3 Cs
  • Writing user stories: approach and format
  • Guidelines for writing good user stories (INVEST)
  • Writing acceptance criteria and test scenarios

Agile Prioritisation

  • Prioritisation in Agile projects
  • MoSCoW prioritisation
  • The Kano model

Agile Backlogs

  • The solution (product) backlog
  • Hierarchy of user stories
  • The Product Backlog Iceberg
  • Ordering and refining the backlog
  • Release and iteration backlogs
  • User Story Maps

Adopting Agile

  • Benefits of adopting Agile
  • Factors affecting the success of Agile
  • Considerations when adopting Agile 

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Presenters for this course

Jonathan Hunsley
Jonathan Hunsley
Pete Thompson
Pete Thompson