Agile and Scrum Fundamental Bootcamp

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Introduction

To succeed with agile, teams and organizations should focus first on “being agile” as a foundation for success in “doing agile.” Agile fundamentals learning objectives delve into key concepts such as adaptive planning, value-driven development, team collaboration and frequent feedback for continuous improvement. The course also covers the history of agile, the agile manifesto, the agile principles, and some widely applied frameworks and practices. The workshop will also focus on the most popular Agile Framework, Scrum. Students come away with a solid understanding of core concepts as they prepare to embark on their agile journey. Consequently, participants leave the course more confident in five key areas:

  • The intention behind agile practices
  • Value driven development
  • Adaptive planning
  • Customer engagement in agile
  • Putting Agile framework into action

Course Objectives

  • Origin and History of Agile
  • Agile Values and Principles
  • Clarity about transitioning to the Agile roles
  • What is Empirical Process?
  • Deeper understanding about various agile frameworks
  • Understanding about where to use Scrum, Kanban or both
  • Overview about Scrum framework
  • Scrum Roles, Artifacts and events
  • Definition of Done and Acceptance Criteria
  • Exploring Differences between various frameworks
  • Tools for Agile Project Management
  • Tracking and measuring project success in agile
  • Value delivery vs Fixed Schedule Project
  • Essential elements for Agile Way of Working

Target Audience

  • Team members (especially for newly formed teams)
  • Beginner Scrum Masters and Product Owners and all those preparing for these roles
  • Organization and team leaders
  • Human Resources and administration departments representatives
  • Clients and non-technical collaborators of Scrum teams

Methodology

Participants learn by lots of collaborative activities and training facilitator focuses on individual and interaction than theory. Participants work in small teams to learn and play all the roles to understand importance of Scrum Team.

Agenda will be flexible enough to incorporate class feedback at the end of every sprint. Workshop will have demonstration on how to manage agile project in one of the tools such as Trello or Jira and participants will have opportunity to practice in during training.

Facilitator will use relevant sample project to simulate agile project execution using Scrum and Kanban.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 – Origins of Agile
    Many people entering the Agile world see the Agile Manifesto as the beginning of the world, where it was really the summing up of much previous work. Anchor the ideas of Agile development in earlier work, giving the learners continuity from the past to the present.
  • Module 2 – Agile Manifesto
    The 2001 Manifesto for Agile Software Development is still the anchor document for all forms of Agile development. Make clear that the Agile Manifesto is a set of values, not a prescription for a process. Also, learners should be introduced to the fact that the values on the left are preferable to those on the right.
  • Module 3 – Understanding the Agile Mindset
    Many people come to Agile looking for “the Agile process”. However, while some processes and methodologies may be more supportive or common in Agile organizations than others, the mindset must come first. Introduce Agile as a mindset and explain that agility is achieved through both “being” and “doing” Agile. The Agile mindset is characterized by things like valuing early failure for learning, collaboration, continuous improvement, continuous discovery, etc.
  • Module 4 – Establishing the Agile Mindset
    Experiencing the Agile mindset is the best way to establish it in a learner. It allows the learner to experience situations in which the Agile mindset is likely to be different from their current way of working, so the learner can internalize the difference through experience and not just in concept.
  • Module 5 – Incremental Development
    One anchor of Agile development is incremental development. Introduce the concept and value of incremental development, and how it differs from effort-based or task-based management.
  • Module 6 – Value-Based Work
    Many people, even understanding the idea of incremental development can’t see how to break work into small, value-centered work items and track their progress. Develop and practice techniques for breaking problems into value-based parts and tracking progress against them.
  • Module 7 – Retaining Quality
    It is easy to lose sight of the cost of rework in incremental-iterative development. Introduce and highlight why Agile developers need to keep an eye
  • Module 8 – The Scrum Framework
    How is the Scrum theory implemented through time-boxes events, roles, rules and artifacts? How can these be used most effectively? We will experience why the Scrum framework is constructed as it is and how you as Scrum Master can effectively use Scrum to control risks and create maximum value.
  • Module 9 – Scrum Roles – Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development
    Who supposed to be a good product owner? What Product Owner does in Scrum? Do they write story or maximize value? Why we need Scrum Master? Who decides Scrum Master for team? What’s the meaning of Self-Organized Development Team? Is Self-organizing team good enough or we need self- managed team? Developers are cross-function or Development Team is cross-functional?
  • Module 10 – The Definition of Done & Acceptance Criteria
    Are you able to deliver truly done product? What “DONE” means in Scrum and why it is important? Workshop focus differentiating DONE and UNDONE but also bring discussion about Technical Debts.Participants has to learn meaning of DONE increment by defining definition in workshop. Why not to have technical debt is critical to growing organization? How Acceptance Criteria is different than Definition of DONE?
  • Module 11 – Working with organizational challenges
    Why change is hard and what can be done to make it real? What organizational changes needed to see real benefits of Scrum?
  • Module 12 – Non-functional requirements
    Identifying and responding to non-functional requirements to ensure they don’t get lost in the process of defining product success and lead to hidden risks.
  • Module 13 – Using Agile metrics
    Using key metrics and visualizing them with cumulative flow diagrams to help see where work is and how to improve the flow from concept to reality. Helping product owners to focus upon the right metrics and avoid those metrics that drive undesirable behaviors in development teams and by stakeholders.
  • Module 14 – Working with the development team and stakeholders
    Understand the role of the product in relation to the development team, how best to support them and what they need from a product owner to be effective in their role. Working with stakeholders, keeping them informed of progress and risks, influencing their decision making and managing expectations.  
  • Module 15 – Tracking and Measuring Project Success in Agile
    How to measure success of an agile project in ever evolving requirement? Discussion around key metrics like business values, velocity chart, release burn down and sprint burn down. How to incorporate feedback in forecast and how to forecast project completion date.
  • Module 16 – Agile Transformation
    How to start the Agile Transformation journey.

Get To Know The Trainer

Trainer Satyajit

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An Agile Coach and SAFe Program Consultant with more than 20 years of experience in Agile Transformation, Digital Transformation, Delivery Program Management, Automation, Agile & DevOps Implementation, Cloud Migration and Mobile App Development in product as well as service organizations across domains like e-commerce, banking and financial services, health care, public sector and consulting.

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