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Agile Team Training Camp

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3 Days

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.
This course provides an environment for a Team to learn and experience Agile. 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, and communicating and maintaining transparency will also be covered. Too often teams will send one or two individuals to be trained, expecting them to return and impact performance. 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 immersive session for teams at varying stages of an Agile adoption. Using a simulated product, teams will gain understanding through practice of the full Agile framework. Simulations are primarily based on Scrum, with participants encouraged to explore other Agile approaches. The Team will have an opportunity to identify next steps towards a successful approach to continuous improvement.

In this course, participants will:

  • Explain the key components and principles of Agile and the Lean, eXtreme Programming, Kanban and Scrum Agile approaches
  • Explore the different Agile approaches
  • Build a model for Team success based on shared learning within a common context
  • Communicate successfully with Team members and customers
  • Capture the Vision for your product or service
  • Build a Product Roadmap
  • Conduct Release Planning in Agile
  • Build, estimate, and refine a Product Backlog
  • Plan and conduct a Sprint and hold Daily Scrums
  • Adapt the Agile process to reflect continuous improvement
  • Identify and alleviate common impediments to Agile success
What is Agile?
Agile manifesto: principles and values

Why Agile?
Agile goals, value and experience

How is Agile different?
Traditional process vs. Agile process

Agile Approaches
Lean software development
eXtreme Programming (XP)

Definition of scrum
Scrum flow
Scrum schedule

The Players
Building high-performing teams

Team Building and Collaboration
Team collaboration and transition to Agile
Team dysfunctions
Work agreements and collaboration techniques

Agile Planning: Vision
Understanding the product or project vision: Provides the Team with focus and motivation

Agile Planning: The Roadmap
Understanding the product roadmap: Moving from vision to the approach to achieve that vision

Agile and the Customer
Identifying the customer: Who they are, what’s important to them, and how will they use the product
User roles and personas

User Stories and the Product Backlog
Managing work items via the Product Backlog
Creating and working with User Stories

Definition of Done (DoD)
Defining DoD
Creating a DoD

Manage the Product Backlog
Ordering the product backlog

Estimating the Product Backlog
Relative- and Affinity-based Estimating vs. Estimating in Ideal Time
Using Velocity in your planning

Agile Planning: Release Planning
Release planning readiness
Release planning meeting
Sample release plan

The Sprint
Sprint planning readiness
Capacity vs. velocity
Sprint planning
The sprint planning event
The sprint backlog
Produckt backlog refinement
Daily scrum event
Sprint review
Sprint retrospective

Practice Simulations
A simulation based on a fictitious product that allows attendees to apply and practice what they have learned

Transparency and Information Radiators
Measure Team oriented results: Ensuring value is being delivered to customers
Creating Transparency: Radiating Information within the Team and the Organization

Continuous Improvement
Inspecting and Adapting: Opportunities to improve our approach and process “real time”
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

What Now? (Next Steps)
Determining next steps: Tangible action for the Team to take after training

Brief review of every topic covered.
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