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Agile Fundamental Bootcamp
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
In order to succeed with agile, teams and organizations should focus first on “being agile” as a foundation for success in “doing agile.” Agile fundamentals learning objectives delve into key concepts such as adaptive planning, value-driven development, team collaboration and frequent feedback for continuous improvement. The course also covers the history of agile, the agile manifesto, the agile principles, and some widely applied frameworks and practices. Students come away with a solid understanding of core concepts as they prepare to embark on their agile journey. Consequently, participants leave the course more confident in five key areas:
• Team members (especially for freshly created teams)
• Beginner Scrum Masters and Product Owners and all those preparing for these roles
• Organization and team leaders
• Human Resources and administration departments representatives
• Clients and non-technical collaborators of Scrum teams
Complete hands-on workshop to deal with organizational challenges and implantation issues. Participants learn by doing and training facilitator focuses on individual and interaction than theory. Participants work in small teams to learn and play all the roles to understand importance of Scrum Team. Workshop will get facilitated using Scrum Itself by dividing whole agenda in 6 Sprints. Agenda will be flexible enough to incorporate class feedback at the end of every sprint. Workshop will have demonstration on how to manage agile project in Jira and participants will have opportunity to practice in during training. Facilitator will use relevant sample project to simulate agile project execution using Scrum and Kanban.
• Origin and History of Agile
• Agile Values and Principles
• Clarity about transitioning to the Agile roles
• What is Empirical Process?
• Deeper understanding about various agile frameworks
• Understanding about where to use Scrum, Kanban or both
• Overview about Scrum framework
• Scrum Roles, Artifacts and events
• Definition of Done and Acceptance Criteria
• Exploring Differences between various frameworks
• Tools for Agile Project Management
• Tracking and measuring project success in agile
• Value delivery vs Fixed Schedule Project
• Essential elements for Agile Way of Working
The 2001 Manifesto for Agile Software Development is still the anchor document for all forms of Agile development. Make clear that the Agile Manifesto is a set of values, not a prescription for a process. Also, learners should be introduced to the fact that the values on the left are preferable to those on the right.
Many people come to Agile looking for “the Agile process”. However, while some processes and methodologies may be more supportive or common in Agile organizations than others, the mindset must come first. Introduce Agile as a mindset and explain that agility is achieved through both “being” and “doing” Agile. The Agile mindset is characterized by things like valuing early failure for learning, collaboration, continuous improvement, continuous discovery, etc.
Experiencing the Agile mindset is the best way to establish it in a learner Allow the learner to experience situations in which the Agile mindset is likely to be different from their current way of working, so the learner can internalize the difference experientially, not just in concept.
One anchor of Agile development is incremental development. Introduce the concept and value of incremental development, and how it differs from effort-based or task-based management.
Many people, even understanding the idea of incremental development can’t see how to break work into small, value-centered work items and track their progress. Develop and practice techniques for breaking problems into value-based parts and tracking progress against them.
It is easy to lose sight of the cost of rework in incremental-iterative development. Introduce and highlight why Agile developers need to keep an eye
How is the Scrum theory implemented through time-boxes events, roles, rules and artifacts? How can these be used most effectively? We will experience why the Scrum framework is constructed as it is and how you as Scrum Master
can effectively use Scrum to control risks and create maximum value.
Who supposed to be a good product owner? What Product Owner does in Scrum? Do they write story or maximize value? Why we need Scrum Master? Who decides Scrum Master for team? What’s the meaning of Self-Organized Development Team? Is Self-organizing team good enough or we need self- managed team? Developers are cross-function or Development Team is cross-functional?
Are you able to deliver truly done product? What “DONE” means in Scrum and why it is important? Workshop focus differentiating DONE and UNDONE but also bring discussion about Technical Debts.
Participants has to learn meaning of DONE increment by defining definition in workshop. Why not to have technical debt is critical to growing organization? How Acceptance Criteria is different than Definition of DONE?
Why change is hard and what can be done to make it real? What organizational changes needed to see real benefits of Scrum?
From concept/idea that may be vague, product owners are taken through the steps to turn this into a tangible and valuable artefact: a product vision statement. In a group exercise, the product vision statement is developed using proven techniques such as Elevator Pitch, Lean Canvas and Product Box. From the product vision statement, a story map is developed, breaking down the vision into a manageable number of steps or functional areas, depending upon what best suits the product. With this initial outline in place, high-level functional requirements are written, introducing the concept of user stories and epics.
The story map is populated by the group writing user stories to fulfil each of the product features, ensuring the stories remain aligned with the product vision and value drivers. Will have understanding about how to split complex features into manageable stories.
The planning exercise is repeated a number of times using different criteria such as risk, value, complexity, size and marketability.
Identifying and responding to non-functional requirements to ensure they don’t get lost in the process of defining product success and lead to hidden risks.
Using key metrics and visualizing them with cumulative flow diagrams to help see where work is and how to improve the flow from concept to reality. Helping product owners to focus upon the right metrics and avoid those metrics that drive undesirable behaviors in development teams and by stakeholders.
Understand the role of the product in relation to the development team, how best to support them and what they need from a product owner to be effective in their role. Working with stakeholders, keeping them informed of progress and risks, influencing their decision making and managing expectations.
How to measure success of an agile project in ever evolving requirement? Discussion around key metrics like business values, velocity chart, release burndown and sprint burndown. How to incorporate feedbacks in forecast and how to forecast project completion date.
Agile way of working has become buzzwords after ING case study and recent adoption at ANZ. Let’s understand pros and cons of agile way of working. Will have discussion around various model for organization agility and way to adopt. Focus will be on owning a roadmap for organization agility vs renting processes.
Naveen Kumar Singh
Naveen focus more on agile engineering practices and support development team in learning and adopting engineering practices such as Test Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Pair Programming, DevOps, Emergent Design, and Specification by Examples, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Agile Testing etc.
Naveen is active in agile community and participate is major events as speaker and volunteer. He has presented papers in Global Scrum Gatherings as well as in many other Scrum Alliance conferences and meet-up. He writes blog on agile, scrum, Kanban and technical practices.Read More