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Agile Webinars

Recorded webinars

Coming Soon:
• Design Thinking in an Agile World – April 23, 2021
• What is Lean Coffee? – May 6, 2021

Remote Team Building that reinforces Agile

Presenter: Nick Kramer
Recording date: March 26, 2021
Duration: 1 hour

Description: We are all getting creative on ways of building teams in a remote work place. In this webinar we’ll be covering three topics:
• 5 tips to keep your team engaged on a daily basis
• Review of two of our new 1/2 day remote team building workshops
• Open discussion on sharing your personal favorite tips and tricks for engaging with remote teams

Related courses: Building and Leading High-Performing Remote Teams Training [TP2953]

Design Thinking in an Agile World

Presenter: Nick Kramer
Recording date: August 27, 2020
Duration: 1 hour

Description:Design Thinking and Agile are two sides of the same coin. Design Thinking when implemented correctly can help an organization to identify which products add the most value to their customers. For example, in the world of banking Design Thinking can be utilized to determine which new features should be added to an online banking platform to attract and retain customers. In the restaurant sector we might use Design Thinking to determine which new services will help retain customers that have families.

If Design Thinking is a way to determine what to build or offer next, then Agile is the process that we then use to implement these ideas. Agile uses an iterative approach to building the product and services in such a way that we can provide the customer with something incrementally to generate feedback loops. We can then use these feedback loops to validate that we’re building the correct product, and to reduce our ROI.

Related courses:
TP2707 Essentials of Design Thinking
TP2975 Advanced Product Owner

Agile Leadership in the Crisis

Recording date: July 22, 2020
Duration: 1 hour

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has affected businesses across the world. As leaders, we have worked hard over the past months to execute immediate actions like a pivot to Virtual Everything, and Working From Home (WFH). Even as things have stabilized, we all know that we’re a long way away from the next normal. How can we best use this unprecedented time to prepare our organizations for the future? Agile leaders are investing in three areas:

1. Lean Mindset. Developing a Lean mindset from executives to individual contributors helps drive consistency of purpose, and alignment of action end-to-end across the enterprise.
2. Agile and DevOps Engineering Excellence. Advanced agile engineering practices like Test Driven Development (TDD) help leverage investment in Agile teams, and perfectly complement DevOps CICD platforms. Together, they greatly enhance speed to market.
3. Lean Portfolio Management. Ensuring that we work on building the right things for our customers greatly reduces wasted effort and cost. Lean Portfolio Management also helps us build discipline around Work in Process (WIP) limits, and helps us focus on chunking and prioritizing the right product and services to dramatically improve flow and agility.

Join Sanjiv (CEO) and Roland (SVP, Business Agility) to learn how agile leaders are using the pandemic time to retool their organization for the hypercompetitive future, via the three elements above.

Best Practices for Coaching Agile Teams Virtually in uncertain times

Presenter: Nick Kramer
Recording date: April 16, 2020
Duration: 1 hour

Description: In these uncertain times most organizations are facing challenges on improving how employees work in teams. Team Coaches (Managers, Agile Coaching, Technical Leads) are being forced to adapt too. At Web Age Solutions we have experienced virtual coaches that have been successfully coaching remotely for years. During this one hour session we’ll give the best practices for coaching remotely. We’ll also be reviewing some options for tools and techniques that will help facilitate meetings and events, even if your teams have limited virtual tools.

How Design Thinking Can Grow Your Company

Presenter: Nick Kramer
Recording date: January 7, 2020
Duration: 2 hours

Description: Why Design Thinking?
Design Thinking leads you to innovative new solutions starting with quick low-fidelity experiments that provide learning, and gradually increase in fidelity. In turn this saves money, helps you move faster, and create better products.

Areas where Design Thinking can apply:
Product design
Service and experience design
Business design
Organizational change

What we’ll cover:
Design thinking, Lean Startup, Agile, and Continuous Adaptation

The five steps to Design Thinking:
1. Empathize
2. Define
3. Ideate
4. Prototype
5. Test

Top 5 pain points of Agile organizations

Presenter: Nick Kramer
Recording date: December 19, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes

Description: Have you been doing Agile for a while now but still have challenges with the following: reducing handoffs, gathering effective requirements, testing all stories in a sprint, building the right thing, scaling? These are common problems that some of the most experienced organizations and teams struggle with. At Web Age we have helped organizations overcome many of these hurdles. Join us to learn about these 5 common pain points, and what you can implement to begin to solve these issues.

Related courses:
TP2686 Behavior Driven Development
TP2908 agile foundations with Azure DevOps (Tfs)
WA2133 managing agile requirements

BDD Automation with Cucumber and Selenium

Presenter: Nick Kramer
Recording date: November 14, 2019
Duration: 100 minutes

Description: My organization thinks that automating tests is complicated and requires advanced programing skills. In fact almost anyone can do it. During this webinar we’ll demonstrate how to automate your BDD tests using Cucumber and Selenium. We’ll show you real-life examples, and show you just how simple these technologies can be to learn.

Related courses:
TP2686 Behavior Driven Development
TP2908 agile foundations with Azure DevOps (Tfs)
WA2133 managing agile requirements

BDD: The practice that is integral for effective software testing

Presenter: Nickolas Kramer
Recording date: August 19, 2019
Duration: 2.5 hours

Description: Do you struggle to write good acceptance criteria? Do you struggle to incorporate testers into the Agile process? Do you struggle to automate testing? This workshop will introduce Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) and introduce your teams to the tools, techniques, and practices necessary to take software development processes to the next level. Join us for an introduction of BDD concepts as well as a chance to see BDD in action through the use of a requirement specification language that bridges the gap between your business and technical teams.

Related courses: TP2658 Agile Engineering and Quality

Role-Based Professional Development in SAFe

Presenter: Jack Caine
Recording date: July 17, 2019
Duration: 1 hour

Description: During this webinar, we will discuss the following scenarios:

My organization has recently decided to implement the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), so…
• INDIVIDUAL (General): My title doesn’t match up with the SAFe roles, so which SAFe role is most appropriate for me?
• INDIVIDUAL (General): Which SAFe training will I need?
• INDIVIDUAL (Scrum Master): If I start as a Scrum Master, what will be the professional development path?
• INDIVIDUAL (Scrum Master): If I already have the CSM or PSM1, do I need to get the SSM?
• INDIVIDUAL (Product Owner): If I start as a Product Owner, what will be the professional development path?
• INDIVIDUAL (Developer): If I start as a Developer, what will be the professional development path?
• INDIVIDUAL (Architect): I’m an Architect. Which SAFe courses should I take?
• MANAGERS: Which SAFe training will my people need?
• MANAGERS: Which SAFe training will I need?
• EXECUTIVES: Which SAFe training will I need?
• HUMAN RESOURCES: Which SAFe training will I need?
• FINANCE: Which SAFe training will I need?
• LEGAL: Which SAFe training will I need?

Related courses: WA2076 Agile Project Management

Agile Coaching – next 5 to 10 years – the new frontiers and challenges

Presenter: Nick Kramer
Recording date: May 23, 2019
Duration: 1 hour

Description: In our last Agile Coaching webinar we discovered where Agile Coaching started and how we got to where we are today. In this webinar we will be discussing where the profession is headed in the next 5 to 10 years and what are the new frontiers and challenges for an Agile Coach.

Learn the 5 basic skills that every Agile Coach should master today and the 5 new skills that a coach should be prepared to dive into to help their clients and teams to build upon the solid foundation. Hint: DevOps, Agile Engineering, Executive\Managerial Coaching.

Related courses: WA2076 Agile Project Management

Future of Agile coaching

Presenter: Andre Simones
Recording date: March 27, 2019
Duration: 1 hour

Description: Agile Coaching is a relatively new profession in the world of software. In the very beginning of agile, there was no concept of the “Agile Coach” as a role. There were two fan favorites on the scene in the beginning. There was Extreme Programming (XP), with the “Coach” role as the facilitator of the process, Scrum with the “Scrum Master as the facilitator.As people started seeing the benefits of agile, companies wanted to change. Shortly after the signing of the Agile Manifesto, Agile Coaches started to emerge. Companies needed help transitioning to Scrum and/or XP.

At first, Agile Coaches were mostly agile teachers, teaching people the “practices” of the frameworks primarily at the team level. Quickly, as organizations wanted to expand their adoption of agile, the profession grew to be much more than that of a teacher. Now, with scaling frameworks becoming ubiquitous, there is yet even more that is required of the agile coach.

During this Webinar, we will go review where Agile Coaching started, where it is now, and where it should go.

Challenge and Change, the Foundation of Agile

Presenter: Andre Simones
Recording date: May 16, 2018
Duration: 1 hour

Description: Many companies are trying to make the transition to agile, and in particular Scrum. Transitioning to agile requires challenging the current status quo and strategically inspecting & adapting to find better ways of developing software. Without a solid understanding of agile and the amount of change that is required, there will be an overwhelming amount of resistance from both leadership and the development teams.

In this webinar, we will explore:
• What agile is and what it is not.
• The importance of clearly defining the goals of the agile transition.
• How the current culture, processes and even the current architecture can greatly impact where you start.
• A set of anti-patterns to look for during your agile transition and what to do about them.
This webinar will provide some ideas that can give your agile transition a better chance for success.

Related courses: TP2658 Agile Engineering and Quality

Leading in the Digital Environment

Presenter: Brian Dunn
Recording date: April 4, 2018
Duration: 1 hour

Description: Your team will be facilitated through key areas to define, launch and accelerate a Digital Transformation process. They will learn about the effect the transformation is having on leading teams, and how a focus on the core concepts of Agility, Innovation, Collaboration and Inclusion will help them manage the uncertainties the Digital Transformation creates. They will discuss techniques to to develop digital capabilities, extend networks for innovation, and get “all brains in the game”. Case studies track the digital journey roadmap taken by other global enterprises and in session collaborative teamwork support digital transformation immersion as well as identifies possible paths to success for organizations.

Related courses: WA2648 Digital Transformation for Managers and Leaders

Writing Good User Stories- Agile Work Breakdown Structure

Presenter: Shashi Singh
Recording date: March 22, 2018
Duration: 1 hour

Topics in this webinar:
– Writing good user stories – Agile work break down structure
– Why do we need to breakdown work
– What is breakdown structure
– Agile work breakdown structure explained
– What is user story format and why is the format so important
– What are some of the pitfalls in user stories
– How is user story written and who writes it
– What are different types of user stories
– Benefits of good user stories

Related courses: WA2076 Agile Project Management

Agile and DevOps – how do they play together – common pitfalls and best practices

Presenter: George Niece
Recording date: March 2, 2018
Duration: 2 hours

Description: Agile combined with DevOps enables application development and delivery teams to accelerate the pace of software engineering with quality. Together these technology patterns unify the organization and are the basis for efficient and effective application modernization. The common theme for both Agile and DevOps is Lean, which brings concepts like focusing on value, eliminating waste, and the principles of digital data supply chain to realize agility and velocity in delivery of products and services. This webinar reviews the adoption of Agile and DevOps, lessons learned, and benefits to your workstream, project, or organization.

Related courses: WA2593 Devops for Managers & Leaders

Top 5 pains and frustration experienced by customers in Agile journey

Presenter: Shashi Singh
Recording date: February 21, 2018
Duration: 1 hour

1. Absence of product owner – what do we do about it
2. Scrum Master working as Project Manager –What is the difference in the 2 roles
3. Retrospective produces no improvement – Are we doing it right.
4. Absence of Team loyalty – Do we have the right organization structure
5. Demo elicits no meaningful feedback for the team – Have stakeholders bought into Agile reluctantly

Related courses: WA2469 Introduction to Agile Architecture

Agile Engineering and Quality Overview

Presenter: Kyle Griffin
Recording date: October 27, 2017
Duration: 2 1/2 hours

• Essentials of Agile Engineering
• Unit Testing
• Refactoring
• Static code analysis
• Test quality
• Automated Web Testing
• Automated Service Testing

Related courses:
TP2658 Agile Engineering and Quality

How Agile can Fail

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Presenter: Shashi Singh
Recording date: June 22, 2017
Duration: 1 hour

In this session we’ll list 8 factors that can become an impediment to the Agile journey, starting with lack of clarity on vision/motivations for change, to failure to anchor change. Also we’ll share some of the traps such as absence of guiding coalition when an Agile transformation team rolls out incremental change. Sometimes we declare victory too soon, and hence we see team/team of teams plateau or reverse all gains.

Related courses:
TP2658 Agile Engineering and Quality

Agile Architecture

Presenter: Kyle Griffin
Recording date: June 2, 2017
Duration: 1 hour

An Agile environment changes the way you practice Enterprise Architecture and Solution Architecture. In this presentation, we will discuss how the architecture deliverables, architecture compliance and stakeholder communication adjust to the rhythm of an agile organization. Application modernization and Microservices architecture will be explored.

Related courses:
WA2469 Introduction to Agile Architecture

Agile Primer

Presenter: Kyle Griffin
Recording date: June 1, 2017
Duration: 1 hour

Agility is crucial for the Digital Transformation of a business. In this presentation, we will cover the fundamental concepts. We will also discuss the mechanisms to instill agility in the business as well as the IT side of the company. The common impediments to Agility and the current best practices to overcome these will be explored.

Related courses:
WA2469 Introduction to Agile Architecture

Prepare to Scale Agile

Presenter: Shashi Singh.
Recording date: April 12, 2017
Duration: 1 hour

Q1. Did you know? Most organization hit a wall when applying scrum to team of teams.
SAFe is a lean agile Model to apply agile to team of self-organized team where they can plan together, execute together, review together and in the end create a system increment and not component increment. Retrospective is elevated to team of team called Inspect and adapt where improvements are made at program level instead of applying local optimization at team level.

Q2. Did you know? Scaling agile to team of teams does not happen overnight.
Any change is difficult and hence just like agile product development is based on incremental development, transformation should also be incremental. Remember the old phrase learn to walk before you run. The first step in agile adoption is moving the needle on our mindset from a fixed mindset to an agile dynamic mindset. And embracing this mindset starts with leadership on both IT and business side. Without executive support most agile adoption journey starts with a bang but end in a whimper.

Q3. Did you know that the most common mistake in any agile transformation is failure to generate short term wins?
Generating short term wins in terms of Business results gives credibility that the change is paying off and enhances the credibility of change agents to continue the momentum. Oftentimes transformation efforts take time to produce the promised pay off. Meanwhile non-believers, skeptics and cynics will ask for hard evidence that change is working without draining much of organization resources.

Related courses:
TP2612 Leading SAFe® 4.0: Leading the Lean-Agile Software Enterprise with the Scaled Agile Framework®
TP2616 SAFe® 4.0 Advanced Scrum Master and Certification.
TP2617 SAFe® Product Manager / Product Owner.

Building a Lean Organization – Agile and Devops

Presenter: Andre Simones
Recording date: August 24, 2016
Duration: 1 hour

DevOps was created from a desire to bridge the gap between development (particularly agile development) and operations. During this webinar, we will review the differences, similarities and crossover between Agile and DevOps. In addition, we will reveal that this relationship really points to how organizations can leverage Agile and DevOps to help create a true Lean organization by focusing on the entire Value Stream.

Related courses:
WA2542 DevOps for Architects

Top 10 Trends in 2016 IT Landscape

Presenter: Web Age Solutions Inc.
Recording date: April 14, 2016
Duration: 1 hour

Description: In this webinar, the top 10 trends in 2016 IT landscape will be discussed. The trends covered will include Mobile Development, DevOps, Agile, Cloud and Big Data.

Real World Agile Project Management using JIRA Software

play buttonPresenter: Faheem Javed, Senior Technical Trainer, Web Age Solutions Inc.
Recording date: December 21, 2015
Duration: 1 hour

Description: Do you use agile methods for managing projects? Agile methods can help in accelerating the delivery of initial business value. Continuous planning and feedback ensures that value is maximized throughout the development process. Come and join us for a webinar where we discuss how JIRA Software can assist in managing projects using agile methodology. JIRA Software lets you manage project backlog, plan and execute sprints, and manage releases. It also lets you view useful reports, such as, velocity, various burndown / burn-up charts.

Agile and DevOps

Presenter: Brad Brown
Recording date: November 18, 2015
Duration: 1 hour

Description: Agile development and DevOps practices are redefining how we develop and deliver software. In this webinar, we show how these practices, despite their very different goals, compliment each other. Join us and see the benefits of Agile and DevOps practices, and how they are easier and more effective when followed together.

Introduction to Agile Architecture

Presenter: Christine Thomson, Web Age Solutions Inc.
Recording date: August 19, 2015
Duration: 1 hour

Description: Agile is becoming more and more pervasive as the preferred approach to software development. This, at a time, when organizations around the globe are seeking to provide better structure to technology and alignment with business through the practice of Architecture. On the surface, the two, Agile and Architecture, seem at odds. Many companies are struggling to make both work. Come join this webinar to learn about the training we have put together to understand the relationship between Agile and Architecture and the possibility for a new approach, Agile Architecture.

Agile Business Rule Development using JRules

Presenter: Hafedh Mili
Recording date: February 20, 2013
Duration: 1 hour

Description: Are manufactured homes eligible for residential mortgages? What is the maximum allowable Loan To Value (LTV) ratio for single-family homes used as principal residences? how long, after a loss or damage has occurred, can an insured submit a claim? are chiropractic fees covered by my policy? who is eligible for income support for single parent families? who is eligible for the caregiver tax credit? Business rules, specific to mortgage banking, insurance, social welfare programs, and the tax code, provide the answers to these questions. Do you know them? are they being applied systematically? do they provide you with the intended competitive advantage– where appropriate? are they being enforced by your information system? can you modify them quickly enough to respond to market changes in a timely fashion? The business rules approach addresses these challenges by focusing on the explicit capture, management, and execution of the business rules that underlie your business processes, separate from the other requirements of your information system. It is a key ingredient of decision management, which includes predictive analytics and business event processing which, together, combine to predict, formalize, enforce, and optimize business decisions. Agile Business Rule Development provides an incremental, iterative, and test-driven implementation of the business rules approach. This webinar will go over, 1) the basic tenets of decision management, in general, and the business rules approach, in particular, 2) some key business use cases, 3) principles of Agile Business Rule Development (ABRD), and 4) some of the technology landscape.

Establishing criteria for utilizing agile methodologies

Presenter: Kyle Gabhart, Director of Architecture Mentors, a division of Web Age Solutions.
Recording date: August 29, 2012
Duration: 60 minutes

Description: The broad adoption of agile methodologies within enterprise organizations has given rise to a common pain point. Agile methods are not necessarily the right fit for every project. However, few organizations have established criteria and related governance practices to guide the decision on when to utilize traditional project methodologies vs agile ones. In this session, noted author and public speaker, Kyle Gabhart, explores the subject of criteria for utilizing agile practices and proper governance surrounding solution methodologies more generally.

Agile vs. Traditional Roles

Presenter: Sally Elatta
Recording date: August 17, 2011
Duration: 60 minutes

Description: Have you wondered how different your role would be if you were adopting Agile and Scrum methods in your organization? The goal of this seminar is to explore and contrast the Agile vs. Traditional Roles and Responsibilities in addition to outlining the new skills needed for being part of an Agile team.

Top Reasons Agile Adoption Fails on Real World Projects

Presenter: Sally Elatta
Recording date: June 10, 2010
Duration: 57 minutes

Description: So you heard about Agile and Scrum, someone told you it was the silver bullet, you picked up a book, went to a seminar and maybe even actually dished out a few bucks to go get your team certified to be ScrumMasters. Then, after several attempts at applying all the wonderful bullet proof methods, the big woooha moment didn’t happen. Actually, you’ve faced resistance, some have even told you not to use the ‘A’ word anymore. Teams seem to be struggling with applying the methods and a few have even said ‘Agile won’t work for us’. So if this describes your situation or perhaps you’re getting started with Agile and would like to avoid making it so, then this webinar is for you!Come learn from a real world Agile Coach the top pitfalls and reasons why Agile adoption fails.

Comparing and Contrasting SOA and Agile

Recording date: December 2, 2009
Duration: 60 minutes

Description: Yes, both of them are buzz words, but when you peel back the buzz, what is the true value that lies behind both of these methods? How do they compare and how do they differ? Most importantly, how can we bring about Agility to SOA projects and how can better architecture be applied to Agile projects? We will also discuss some of the challenges with attempting iterative development on SOA projects.Speakers: Your speakers are both experts and practitioners in the area of Agile and SOA.

Kyle Gabhart is subject matter expert in the area of SOA and Enterprise Architecture. He is a popular speaker recognized for his enthusiasm and dynamic analysis of emerging technologies. He has authored several articles and a popular book that serves as a guide on SOA for Executives.

Sally Elatta is an Agile expert and enterprise coach who has helped many organizations transition to Agile methods and improve internal processes. She is a dynamic speaker who is known for preaching practical real world solutions to solve business challenges.

This is a duo you will not want to miss so sign up for this webinar today!

Agile and Scrum – Comparing Traditional Roles vs. Agile Roles

Presenter: Sally Elatta
Recording date: September 17, 2009
Duration: 60 minutes

Description: Come learn from a real world Agile Practitioner and Coach the success and challenges various organizations have faced with the culture change needed for adopting these new roles.

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