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This course provides an environment for a Team to learn more about Agile and what it can do.  Too often teams will send one or two individuals to be trained, expecting them to return and impact performance.  Teams will experience all aspects of Planning, from Vision down to the Daily Stand-up as well as Prioritizing and Estimating techniques.  Methods for developing cadence, communicating and maintaining transparency will also be covered.  By engaging in this practice and learning together, the Team is better prepared to execute together outside of the classroom.



This course is designed as an immersion session for teams at varying stages of an Agile adoption. Bringing their actual work to the course, teams will gain understanding through practice of the full Agile framework. Simulations are primarily based on Scrum with participants encouraged to experiment with influence from other Agile approaches as they choose to try. The Team will have an opportunity to identify next steps towards a successful approach to continuous improvement.



No previous coursework is required. Participants who have attended Agile Essentials will experience Agile Value, Principles, and Goals as review. Some experience with Agile may be useful. Ideally participants will bring current work product for use during the class (Product Backlog, User Stories, etc.).



3 Days



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

·         Understand the Importance of Agile Principles and the Benefits of Adopting Agile

·         Identify the Appropriate Agile Approach to Align with their Team and Organizational Goals

·         Build a Model for Team Success Based on Shared Learning within Common Context

·         Understand how Transparency in their Communication Tools and Techniques Matters

·         Inspire the Team to Deliver Outstanding Results for their Customers



Establishing a Foundation

Agile Manifesto:  Principles and Values

Agile Goals:  Key Goals and Values as the Team and Organization begins their Agile Journey

Various Agile Methods:  Deciding Which Approach is best for the Team and the Organization


Agile Process Framework

Identifying the Customer:  Who They Are, What’s Important to Them and How Will They use the Product

Understanding the Product or Project Vision:  Provides the Team with Focus and Motivation

Understanding the Product Roadmap:  Moving from Vision to the Approach to Achieve that Vision

The Product Backlog:  Prioritizing the “To Do List” including User Stories and Acceptance Criteria

Emerging Requirements:  Techniques to Iterate through the Unfolding Detail of User Stories

Estimating Techniques:   Relative and Affinity Based Estimating vs. Estimating in Ideal Time

Agile Planning:  Including Release Planning, Iteration or Sprint Planning & Daily Stand-ups

Sprint Review:  Demonstrating Results and Obtaining Feedback

Retrospectives:  The Team’s Inspect and Adapt Mechanism for Continuous Improvement


Continuous Improvement

Measure Team Oriented Results:  Ensuring Value is being Delivered to Customers

Inspecting and Adapting:  Opportunities to Improve our Approach and Process “Real Time”

Creating Transparency:  Radiating Information within the Team and the Organization

Changing Incrementally:  Building a Sustainable Pace and Making Improvements Along the Way

Recognizing Impediments and Anti-Patterns that may inhibit your Team and Organization’s Success with Agile

Determining Next Steps:  Tangible Action for the Team to Take after Training