Agile Practitioner

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The course outline defined below is a proposed Agile Practitioner

Course Detail

Course – Agile Practitioner
Target Group
Delegates can be from all business and technical roles that will be involved in an Agile project or those that will interact with the project both during the after the project lifetime.
To achieve the greatest impact, this course is best run involving the people about to start an Agile project; the course helps with team building and can identify specific issues that need to be addressed before the project starts.
Learning Objectives
Many companies are now considering or have begun to implement an Agile project framework not only for software systems development but also for pure business change projects. Agile projects involve all organisational roles from senior business project sponsors to junior programmers and other roles outside the project team such as operations and helpdesk staff.
It is a tenet of Agile projects that all project team members, whether full-time or not, have equal responsibility to the success of the project. Therefore, it follows that all team members need to have a common understanding of the framework and other role contributions
Agile is a set of common principles and shared techniques amongst several recognised Agile frameworks or methods; an organisation can choose to use just one framework/method or produce a bespoke framework/method based on best practice and terminology from two or more of those available.
This 3 day Agile Practitioner course covers the principles, processes, people and products that Agile practitioners generally subscribe to and gives delegates the opportunity to practice some of the major techniques that will be involved in Agile projects.
It should be noted that the course content does not include any specific technology references or practice.
Pre-requisite Knowledge:
There are no course prerequisites, although any previous exposure to projects would be an advantage.
Pre-requisite Learning Solutions:
Learning Solution Level
Duration 3 Day
Exercises will be used throughout the course to illustrate the concepts and approach, including a case study based around a typical multi-faceted project.

On completion, delegates will be able to
· Understand why Agile frameworks have been developed
· Understand the Principles of agility
· Understand the basics of small-team agile Processes (lifecycles)
· Understand the People aspects of Agile
· Understand common Agile Practices (techniques)
· Understand the type of Products expected in an Agile environment
· Understand how Agile Project Management differs from that in a waterfall environment

Section 1: Introduction to Agile Development
· History
· Agile Manifesto
· Agile Frameworks
· Agile Principles
Section 2: Is your project suitable for Agile?
· Factors to consider:
o Size
o Criticality
o Personnel and environment
Section 3: Building the Team
· Roles and Responsibilities
· Multiple roles and effective communication
· Quality Goals
· Sharing of project management
Section 4: Stakeholder Considerations
· Importance of stakeholders
· User stories
· Envisioning
· Team Vision
· Importance of Scheduling
· Deliverables
· Prototyping
Section 5: Requirements
· Vision, Objectives, High & Low-Level Requirements
· Gathering & Modelling
· Estimating
· Prioritisation (MoSCoW Rules)
· Managing Change
Section 6: Planning & Managing Project Construction
· Objectives and deliverables of construction
· Iteration & Increment Management
· Daily Meetings
· Creating and managing the Backlog / Story List
· Driving the Project with Use Cases
· Estimating work and calculating velocity
Section 7: Risk Management
· Difference between Agile and Waterfall
· The Risk Lifecycle
Section 8: Architecture
· Importance of architecture
· What do we architect
· Need for & cost of refactoring
Section 9: Planning for Quality
· What is quality and how is it measured
· Test driven development
· Test automation
· Coding & testing practices
Section 10: Communication
· Project internal and external communications
Section 11: Transition to Agile
· Preparing for change
· Agile Release Planning
· Support responsibilities during and after transition
· Project closedown

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