Adopting and Adapting Agility
Extend beyond the basics of agile by blending product-thinking, technology, and process to truly achieve agility in your organization.
Unlike traditional, team-based Agile 101 courses that teach merely process mechanics, this Agile course takes you beyond the “rules of Agile” to understanding the intent and purpose behind the principles and practices. Students learn how to adopt but also adapt agility in a manner that works for your organization and brings lasting change.
Adopting and Adapting Agility shows students how to blend product thinking, process patterns, and technical practices (e.g. Xtreme Programming tech patterns and DevOps) to unlock the true promises of Agile:
- Better responsive to market and customer needs
- Improved return on investment
Last, but certainly not least, this course emphasizes the use of Agile practices to fuel continuous, product learning. Students are challenged to think in terms of experiments and product horizons versus projects and release timelines. You learn to narrow and focus, adopting MVP-thinking and the creation of a flow of value to your market.
This class explains the nuts and bolts of agile but quickly extends beyond that into how to blend product-thinking, technology, and process to achieve agility within your organization versus just "doing agile." Whether your group is just starting out or has been applying agile practices for years, this course helps you learn, challenge, and tune your way of working so you can improve product impact and customer satisfaction.
Please note: When taken live, online, this class is delivered in three half-day sessions.
Duration2 days/16 hours of instruction
8 Leadership PDUs
8 Technical PDUs
8 ACP PDUs
8 PFMP PDUs
Public Classroom Pricing
GSA Price: $1185
Group Rate: $1195
Private Group Pricing
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Part 1: Agility: The Art of Responding to Change
- Course logistics, attendee expectations, etc.
- Why change?
- Why agility? (more than process)
- Responsiveness to market
- History and Mindset
- How did we get here?
- Purpose based value
- Leverage Competitors' Strengths Against Themselves
- Where does R&D happen?
- The iterative cadence
- Scientific method
- What does iteration look like in the real world?
- Who’s involved?
- Product teams
- Special roles
Part 2: Product Discovery
- What is a product?
- What’s missing?
- Most frameworks have the backlog magically appear
- Product idea -> to actionable backlog
- Product discovery
- Common understanding – who? What? Why?
- Collaborative Framing
- Understanding design targets (who?)
- Day in the life
- Understanding the product experience/story (what?)
- Story mapping
- Value stream mapping
- C4 mapping
- Journeys and slices
- Making product choices to enable focus and learning
- Sequence for dev
- Common understanding – who? What? Why?
- Stories and acceptance tests
- Journeys -> Stories
- Tips for writing awesome stories and acceptance test
- Product horizons and roadmaps
- Making product choices
- Tips for roadmapping
Part 3: Product Delivery
- Preparing to deliver
- More to it than just new features
- Process mechanics
- Iteration-based / Scrum
- Flow-based / Kanban
- Reporting and measurement
- Estimating, sizing, and capacity planning
- Technical Agility and DevOps
- Xtreme Programming technical practice
- Being “continuously ready”
- Continuous technical health
- Getting to value sooner
Part 4: Summary
- Striving for agility versus agile (Product > Progress > Process)
- Continuous learning outcomes
- A culture of experimentation
- Blending discovery and delivery
Anyone interested in adopting or adapting agile methods. The course has a technology, product focus but can easily be adapted for non-software development.
- Product Managers
- Product Owners
- Business Analysts
- DevOps Engineers
- UX Engineers
- Architect and System Analysts
- Leaders and Manager
- Gain a process-agnostic understanding of the basics of iterative product development
- Learn agile values, principles, and practices
- Appreciate the value of blending product, agile processes, and technology versus just “doing agile”
- Gain exposure to a number of different methodologies, learning that each brings different practices that are tools in a toolbox for your organization
- Learn design thinking techniques for creating value-based, product backlogs with personas, story maps, and customer journeys
- Acquire a toolkit of practices and techniques for getting from idea to stories and creating a blended discovery and delivery cadence that fuels continuous product learning
- Understand roadmap definition and thinking in terms of product horizons versus project plans
- Use pragmatic practices for planning and estimating releases and iterations and then reporting on progress and impact