Agile Fundamentals Training

Level: Foundation
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Learn the importance of being Agile, the key aspects of value-driven development, adaptive planning techniques, and how to be collaborative with customers, clients, and teams. In this training course, you are introduced to several Agile methodologies, including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and XP, to determine what will work best for your team.

This course qualifies for the ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP) certification.

Agile Fundamentals Training

Key Features of this Agile Fundamentals Training:

  • Earn ICAgile's ICP certification
  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • Scrum Guide included
  • Learning Tree end-of-course exam included

You Will Learn How To:

  • Apply the values and principles of the Agile model for product development
  • Compare and contrast the most popular Agile approaches, including Scrum and Kanban
  • Recognize the cultural and mindset challenges of being fully successful with Agile
  • Create a strong focus on the delivery of customer value
  • Grow self-organizing teams that frequently deliver valuable, high-quality products

Certifications/Credits:

ICAgile - Fundamentals Cert CPE 17 Credits PMI 17 PDU

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  • 3 days of instructor-led training — View Schedule
  • Earn 17 PMI PDUs
  • Earn 17 NASBA CPEs
  • One-on-one after-course instructor coachine
  • End-of-course exam included
  • Tuition can be paid later by invoice -OR- at the time of checkout by credit card
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Agile Fundamentals Instructor-Led Course Information

  • Agile Fundamentals Course Description

    Learning Tree’s Agile introduction course includes 17 hours of Instructor-Led Training (ILT) or Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) presented by a real-world Agile expert practitioner. This course is a gateway into Learning Tree's comprehensive training in Agile. As an introduction into many facets of Agile, the course gives all members of an organization a unified foundational understanding of the Agile mindset, and offers where to go for in-depth training, by specific job role.

  • Who Would Benefit From This Agile Training

    • If you are primarily interested in Scrum and not what it means to be Agile, and all the ways to be Agile, we would strongly recommend taking one of the Scrum Alliance entry-level qualification courses instead:
    • This course focuses on what it means to be Agile, and addresses several available opportunities to apply Agile tools.
  • Industry Credits & Certification

    This course can help you earn the following industry credits and certifications:

  • Agile Learning Path

    This course is part of Learning Tree’s Agile Learning Path. Chart your course to success today! View Learning Tree’s Agile Learning Path ›
     

Agile Fundamentals Instructor-Led Course Outline

  • Introduction to Agile Values and Principles

    • Articulating Agile values and principles
    • Understanding the principles of Lean Thinking
    • Comparing Agile with traditional, master plan methods
  • Agile Approaches Compared

    Scrum

    • Recognizing Scrum as a framework for self-managing teams
    • Locating Scrum in empirical process control theory
    • Revealing the mandatory roles, artifacts and events of the Scrum framework

    Kanban

    • Identifying the link between Kanban and Lean’s focus on the removal of waste from the workflow
    • Seeing Kanban as a change management approach rather than as a method
    • Visualizing the workflow by designing a Kanban Board

    eXtreme Programming (XP)

    • Explaining the core values of XP
    • Engineering software with XP’s core practices
    • Running a software development project using the XP process

    Comparing and contrasting Scrum and XP with Kanban

    • Internalizing the differences between Scrum Boards and Kanban Boards
    • Time-boxing with Scrum and XP
    • Understanding why Scrum requires cross-functional teams while Kanban is neutral
  • Value Driven Delivery

    Focusing on business value

    • Delivering business-valued functionality as a priority
    • Explicitly focusing on business value and product quality
    • Evolving requirements and solutions together throughout development

    Iterative and Incremental Delivery

    • Delivering “early and often” for Return on Investment and feedback
    • Comparing Scrum and Kanban as “pull” systems
    • Classifying different types of requirement for value-driven planning
  • Fostering Self-Management within the Development Team

    Mapping Roles and Responsibilities

    • Contrasting the Agile “Feature team” model with traditional “Component teams”
    • Shifting roles and responsibilities towards a self-managing team
    • Leading teams rather than managing tasks

    Transitioning to self-management

    • Facilitating cross-functionality and team learning
    • Empowering the team to control their own development process
    • Navigating conflict so that it drives team behaviors in a positive direction

    Growing Agile teams

    • Developing genuinely collaborative behaviors
    • Acquiring soft skills for servant leadership
    • Adapting coaching styles to the experience and maturity of the Agile team
  • Customer and User Involvement

    Defining customers and Other Stakeholders

    • Regarding customers as individuals or groups who extract or generate business value
    • Viewing other stakeholders as people or groups who exert oversight or impose constraints
    • Prioritizing customers as the most important and relevant stakeholders

    Involving Users

    • Understanding the different ways Scrum and XP teams interface with customers
    • Writing user stories to drive conversations with different classes of customer
    • Splitting user stories so that they fit into inspect-and-adapt cycles
  • Planning, Monitoring and Adapting with Agile

    Planning for business value

    • Envisioning products to establish the “big picture”
    • Planning at release, iteration and daily levels
    • Coordinating work through information radiators

    Monitoring Progress

    • Estimating effort with relative sizing units (e.g., story points)
    • Tracking progress by measuring velocity and/or cycle time
    • Holding reviews and retrospectives to adapt product and process

    Removing Impediments

    • Recognizing impediments as opportunities for continuous improvement
    • Driving down technical debt with test automation, Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Continuous Integration

Team Training

Important Course Information

  • Agile Fundamentals Course Description

    Learning Tree’s Agile introduction course includes 17 hours of Instructor-Led Training (ILT) or Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) presented by a real-world Agile expert practitioner. This course is a gateway into Learning Tree's comprehensive training in Agile. As an introduction into many facets of Agile, the course gives all members of an organization a unified foundational understanding of the Agile mindset, and offers where to go for in-depth training, by specific job role.

  • Who Would Benefit From This Agile Training

    • If you are primarily interested in Scrum and not what it means to be Agile, and all the ways to be Agile, we would strongly recommend taking one of the Scrum Alliance entry-level qualification courses instead:
    • This course focuses on what it means to be Agile, and addresses several available opportunities to apply Agile tools.
  • Industry Credits & Certification

    This course can help you earn the following industry credits and certifications:

  • Agile Learning Path

    This course is part of Learning Tree’s Agile Learning Path. Chart your course to success today! View Learning Tree’s Agile Learning Path ›
     

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Agile Values and Principles

    • Articulating Agile values and principles
    • Understanding the principles of Lean Thinking
    • Comparing Agile with traditional, master plan methods
  • Agile Approaches Compared

    Scrum

    • Recognizing Scrum as a framework for self-managing teams
    • Locating Scrum in empirical process control theory
    • Revealing the mandatory roles, artifacts and events of the Scrum framework

    Kanban

    • Identifying the link between Kanban and Lean’s focus on the removal of waste from the workflow
    • Seeing Kanban as a change management approach rather than as a method
    • Visualizing the workflow by designing a Kanban Board

    eXtreme Programming (XP)

    • Explaining the core values of XP
    • Engineering software with XP’s core practices
    • Running a software development project using the XP process

    Comparing and contrasting Scrum and XP with Kanban

    • Internalizing the differences between Scrum Boards and Kanban Boards
    • Time-boxing with Scrum and XP
    • Understanding why Scrum requires cross-functional teams while Kanban is neutral
  • Value Driven Delivery

    Focusing on business value

    • Delivering business-valued functionality as a priority
    • Explicitly focusing on business value and product quality
    • Evolving requirements and solutions together throughout development

    Iterative and Incremental Delivery

    • Delivering “early and often” for Return on Investment and feedback
    • Comparing Scrum and Kanban as “pull” systems
    • Classifying different types of requirement for value-driven planning
  • Fostering Self-Management within the Development Team

    Mapping Roles and Responsibilities

    • Contrasting the Agile “Feature team” model with traditional “Component teams”
    • Shifting roles and responsibilities towards a self-managing team
    • Leading teams rather than managing tasks

    Transitioning to self-management

    • Facilitating cross-functionality and team learning
    • Empowering the team to control their own development process
    • Navigating conflict so that it drives team behaviors in a positive direction

    Growing Agile teams

    • Developing genuinely collaborative behaviors
    • Acquiring soft skills for servant leadership
    • Adapting coaching styles to the experience and maturity of the Agile team
  • Customer and User Involvement

    Defining customers and Other Stakeholders

    • Regarding customers as individuals or groups who extract or generate business value
    • Viewing other stakeholders as people or groups who exert oversight or impose constraints
    • Prioritizing customers as the most important and relevant stakeholders

    Involving Users

    • Understanding the different ways Scrum and XP teams interface with customers
    • Writing user stories to drive conversations with different classes of customer
    • Splitting user stories so that they fit into inspect-and-adapt cycles
  • Planning, Monitoring and Adapting with Agile

    Planning for business value

    • Envisioning products to establish the “big picture”
    • Planning at release, iteration and daily levels
    • Coordinating work through information radiators

    Monitoring Progress

    • Estimating effort with relative sizing units (e.g., story points)
    • Tracking progress by measuring velocity and/or cycle time
    • Holding reviews and retrospectives to adapt product and process

    Removing Impediments

    • Recognizing impediments as opportunities for continuous improvement
    • Driving down technical debt with test automation, Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Continuous Integration

Agile Fundamentals Training FAQs

  • How do I receive my ICP certification?

    To obtain ICAgile Certified Professional certification, students will need to pass the end of class exam. Please allow Learning Tree's customer service 10 business days from the date you have taken the exam to submit registration with ICAgile

  • How do I receive my PMI PDU credits?

    Follow the directions on our PMI PDU page for instructions on how to submit for PDU credit.

  • Is this the best Agile training course for someone who is new to Agile?

    If you are looking to learn Agile methodology to develop value-laden, high-quality products using proven Agile principles, this is the right course for you. You do not need an Agile background for this course, though familiarity with project management concepts can be helpful.

  • What’s the difference between Agile and Scrum?

    Scrum is the name of a popular methodology of applying Agile. Scrum is a thin framework of roles, artifacts, and events that support self-organizing, cross functional development teams. More than three quarters of Agile teams claim to be using Scrum.

  • What is Agile software development?

    Agile software development is a product engineering approach that delivers high-quality, working software product early and often. This allows the customer to generate business value earlier, and provide feedback to the developers. Agile methods emphasize constant, open, honest and real-time communication between developers and their customers.

  • What are the different types of Agile methodology covered in this course?

    This course covers some of the most popular methodologies for performing Agile work, including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and XP.

  • What is the difference between Agile and waterfall (traditional) programming?

    The traditional waterfall method of software development treats the analysis, design, coding and testing as separate phases in a linear software development plan. Agile, on the other hand, is an iterative software development methodology, focused on flexibility in adapting to changes and delivering value early and often.

Agile Fundamentals Training Reviews

Brenton M. - NOAA

“I really enjoyed the class. The material presented really helped me piece together some of the aspects of Agile that I have seen used or heard of prior to attending the class. It was a great overview of Agile.”


Ana B. - Computer Analyst

“This was a great course. I definitely learned a lot and look forward to implementing the material covered with an upcoming project.”


Iryna H. - Sr. Business Analyst, ATPCO

“It was a very informative class with lots of great examples. Class material is for the objective of the class.”


Temi B. - Social Security Administration

“Hamid always does a very good job teaching. I knew that I would learn a lot.”


Aimee K. - Manager, American Public University System

“Michael was very enthusiastic and kept everyone interested and engaged in the material.”

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