Practical Agile Training for the Entire OrganizationEarn 21 PDUs for PMP/ACP*Many organizations adopting agile experience limited success, frustration, or outright failure. In large part, these problems are the result of the lack of a clear understanding across the organization of agile values, principles, and practices. This course is designed to help your agile adoption hit the ground running so that you can begin realizing the value and power of rapid product development and continuous improvement.Course ObjectivesLearn why organizations want to become agileUnderstand agile origins and backgroundAchieve a deep understanding of agile values and principlesEstablish a common domain language for agile adoptionLearn the fundamentals of selected agile frameworks including Scrum and eXtreme ProgrammingUnderstand which types of projects are well suited to agile - and which types of projects are notLearn communication and collaboration skills that enable high-performing teamsLearn about Team growth and maturityLearn the essentials of agile planning and decision makingLearn how to write, groom, and estimate User StoriesUse empirical feedback to achieve continuous improvementDiscussion and practice in dealing with organizational challenges and impedimentsLearn about lean principles and practices and how they compliment and enhance agilityLearn how to scale agile to work in a multi-team environmentUnderstand the challenges of distributed TeamsApproachThis course is modular and flexible, with short presentation sections interspersed with exercises that provide concrete practice to build deeper understanding of and skill with the topics covered. The course uses a sample project that builds practical skill with agile practices, with each workshop building on skills learned in the preceding ones.Who should attend?This course is designed for everyone in an organization adopting agile including:Technical staffBusiness/Product leadersProject ManagersFunctional ManagersOrganizational leadersIn short, individuals and teams new to agile software development or individuals and teams that need to level-set terms, understand the principles that drive agile frameworks and create a common understanding of the roles, meetings, artifacts and planning techniques that help make agile organizations successful.*21 Category B PDUs upon completion of the classCourse OutlineWhy Agile?Problems with traditional product development practicesAgile Values and PrinciplesProcess Control Models: Defined vs. EmpiricalAgile ManifestoAgile frameworks overviewProjects well-suited to agileOrigins and overview of ScrumRoles and ResponsibilitiesThe ScrumMaster roleThe unique role of the Product OwnerHow the Product Owner drives the projectTeams: Ideal size and compositionTeam and Team Member accountabilityTeam maturity and growthAgile Planning OverviewLayered planning approachPlan-driven vs. Planning DrivenPortfolio Planning and Product VisioningWhy bother?Keeping the vision aliveVisioning techniquesRoadmappingWhat is an increment of product value?What do you want to do first? Next?User Stories and the Product BacklogIntroduction to User StoriesThree C'sGrooming and splitting User StoriesINVESTThe Product Backlog in context
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