Providing Technology Training and Mentoring For Modern Technology Adoption
This is not your typical Agile and Scrum 101 course. This course is designed to spend 25% of the time on “What” and “Why” behind Agile and Scrum and 75% on “HOW” you can actually start using it with your team tomorrow! This is TEAM training so ALL roles (including the Business Product Owners) should attend! If you’re interested in learning real world techniques used by dozens of teams then this course is for you! We walk you through an end-to-end lifecycle Agile project journey from Release Planning all the way to Production Release using a sample project or YOUR own.
There is a cost to learning Agile and Scrum by trial and error or simply reading a book, and many other courses focus almost entirely on What and Why with little coverage of actual HOW-TO techniques. Our instructor shares how small, medium and Fortune 500 companies have applied Agile in real world projects along with many Tips, Tricks and Best Practices! This course is a pre-requisite for our other Agile courses.
Project Managers, Team members (developers, testers, BAs, DBAs, etc.), business users and Product Owners are all invited to learn the core skills they will need to be on an Agile team.
Workshop: Teams will participate in a Pennies Exercise to demonstrate a transition from traditional to Agile methods.
Workshop: Teams will determine an appropriate project to work on throughout the course. Teams will then create a Vision Box to initiate the project and establish a common vision across the team.
Workshop: Teams will identify user roles and personas for their project to help understand customer needs, priorities and goals.
Workshop: Teams will create product themes for their project by mapping out a use case diagram of a customer persona.
Workshop: Teams will create a product backlog by writing user stories they break down from product themes and features.
Workshop: Teams will break down a few of their large stories, or Epics, into smaller stories.
Workshop: Teams will prioritize their backlog utilizing Business Value pointing to determine the relative priority of each story.
Workshop: Teams will size the stories in their backlog in story points using the Complexity Buckets technique.
Workshop: Teams are tasked with building a release plan by incorporating priority, story point estimates, team velocity and customer/product owner input to map stories to appropriate sprints with desired release points.
Workshop: Teams will plan out their first sprint by determining the team capacity, breaking down their top stories into tasks based on their “Definition of Done”, estimating in ideal hours and committing to a realistic sprint goal.
Workshop: Teams will build a task board showing their planned sprint. Teams will then run a Standup meeting to identify potential dysfunctions.
Workshop: Teams will hold a retrospective on their experience during the course, specifically on what they learned during the exercises with their team. Each team is then tasked with identifying what things they plan to incorporate into their work environment. Further, teams will establish a roadmap for adopting all of the items identified. The larger group will discuss how this Improvement Roadmap will be maintained as part of ongoing retrospectives.