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Agile Boot Camp: ICP Fundamentals Certification

This Agile training course makes agility attainable for all professionals, regardless of their backgrounds because the course materials and examples do not require familiarity with software development.

Overview

There is more to Agile than simply a different style of programming. That's often the easy part. Agile methods change your approach for requirements gathering, estimation, planning, team development, stakeholder interactions, and more. In this class, you will explore the leading Agile methods. Whether you develop software or are responsible for other kinds of work, you'll learn the basic premises and techniques behind Agility — so that you can apply them to your work.

To experience the basics of agility, the class will be broken into Agile teams and your expert instructor will drive each team through the Agile process from planning through execution. Then you will choose a project from your own domain to try out these techniques on. Your instructor will answer questions with real-world experience, and you will leave the class with practical knowledge and a clear roadmap for your team's success.

Attendees who successfully complete this course will receive the ICAgile Certified Professional Certification (ICP) after course completion.

ICP courses generally include two full days of instruction and activities. ICAgile encourages instructors and students to take more time to cover the material when possible to let the new ideas marinate. We find that soaking time is key to adoption of the agile mindset. Ultimately, the course duration depends on the training provider’s design.

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$1295 (USD)
2 days/16 hours of instruction
Group (3+): $1195 USD
GSA: $1164.35 USD
Education Credits:
14 PDUs
2 Leadership PDUs
2 Strategy PDUs
10 Technical PDUs
10 ACP PDUs
1 PBA PDUs
1 RMP PDUs
1 SP PDUs
14 PDUs

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Full Course Details

Module 1: Why Agile? 

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, traditional methods of product development cannot always match the business needs. Businesses often experience delivery issues such as long delivery times and failure to adapt to the changing customer demands. We start by making the case for shifting to an Agile approach to solve problems and to gain an overall understanding of the principles and benefits of Agile approaches. 

  • Business Turbulence
  • Agile compared to Traditional Delivery
  • Benefits of adopting Agile

Team Exercises: We will discuss the various challenges that drives business turbulence and how agility helps companies to adapt to changing circumstances. These challenges are tied back to the attendees’ own experiences in a changing environment. 

Module 2: Becoming Agile 

To learn more about Agile we review the Agile Manifesto, Principles, and the Agile Mindset. We start with Lean, which is a foundational component and influences all Agile methodologies. We will visit different agile approaches for both iterative development and continuous flow work and identify different types of work in their own context.

  • Agile Mental Models
  • Agile Manifesto and Principles
  • Types of Work
  • Agile Methods

Team Exercises: Teams will engage in a fun exercise that will improve understanding, and reinforce the importance of, the agile principles. We will also discuss the various types of work that they encounter in their own context.

Module 3: Agile Teams 

Agile focuses on creating a team that can deliver outstanding results on a consistent basis. In this section we will discuss what makes a high-performing team and how to build that team. The section will also cover the team roles associated with an Agile approach.

  • Attributes of Successful Teams
  • Agile Team Roles
  • Team as a System
  • Collaborative Team Environments

Team Exercises: As a class, we will discuss the attributes of a great team based on the attendees’ own experiences. The class will also identify components needed for collaborative environments – physical and virtual.

Module 4: Agile Product Planning 

A common myth is that Agile does not involve planning. In actually, there are five levels of planning on an Agile project including the Product Vision, Roadmap, Release Planning, Sprint Planning and the Daily Standup. Utilizing team projects, we will take a hands-on look at the different levels of planning and how it applies to the team’s work. 

  • 5 Levels of Planning
  • Product Visions
  • Product Roadmaps
  • User Roles and Personas

Team Exercises: Teams will identify a team project and use that project for many upcoming exercises. They will practice creating a Product Vision, identifying Roadmap components, and turn User Roles into full-fleshed personas.

Module 5: Product Backlog 

The Product Backlog contents represent all the work of the Agile Team. We will investigate the different types of items represented in the Product Backlog including how those items are refined over time.

  • Product Backlog Items
  • Writing User Stories
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Story Reviews

Team Exercises: The class will discuss Product Backlog components and how to break Epics into smaller User Stories. Teams will conduct a User Story Writing Workshop to create initial User Stories for their team project. Each team will present examples of their user stories and the Instructor will lead a discussion about where teams hit the mark and areas for improvement (Instructor will not have all of the ideas, this is a great opportunity for team dynamics).

Module 6: Prioritization and Estimation

The Product Backlog contains the work but the way the Backlog is prioritized and estimated is key to building a successful product. We will look at agile practices for prioritization and team estimation. In addition, we will better understand how we deliver product increments through Releases.

  • Prioritization
  • Estimating
  • Story Points
  • Release Planning

Team Exercises: We will review a retailer case study and their approach to prioritization key system features. Team will practice Story Point estimation. Project teams will identify needs for their first product release.

Module 7: Sprint Planning and Execution

In iterative development, the team works in a series of time-boxed events to deliver incremental value. These timeboxes are called “Sprints”. We will look inside the Sprint to understand the way the team works to produce value.

  • Sprint Planning
  • Product Increment
  • The Daily Standup
  • Agile Metrics

Team Exercises: Teams for define a Definition of Done for their team project. Teams will also identify key learnings and critical points about sprint execution. 

Module 8: Inspect and Adapt

The power of Agile comes from the fact that continuous improvement is built into the Agile system. In this section, we will review how People, Product and Process improve through a frequent inspect and adapt process. We will discuss the main Agile ceremonies that help us accomplish this: Sprint Review, Demo and the Retrospective.

  • Sprint Review
  • Demo
  • Retrospective

Team Exercises: The class will engage in an exercise to summarize the key events and artifacts within the Scrum framework. Teams will discuss how they could apply what they have learned to their current work and what they can start doing now so they do not lose what they have learned.

Module 9: Kanban Systems

Not all work fits well into a Scrum framework. Kanban is an Agile method that helps us to improve a delivery process with a focus on continuous improvement. We will cover the foundation of Kanban concepts, properties, and terminology. We will also understand the philosophy behind the Kanban framework and how it originated. The best way to understand Kanban is to go through the process of implementing it. This section goes through the various techniques and ceremonies associated with Kanban.

  • Kanban's Core Practices
  • Kanban concepts, principles, and terminology
  • Visualization of Work
  • Managing Work-in-Progress

Team Exercises: We will use new team projects based on continuous flow types of work. Teams will engage in several exercises to build their own Kanban board that clearly communicates their commitments, encourages collaboration, and enables continuous improvement. We will also engage in discussions on key Kanban concepts and how Kanban may apply to their types of work.

Module 10: Adoption and Scaling

Agile Adoption can be accomplished with different approaches and at different speeds. We will review the best practices of Organizational Change Management as it applies to an Agile adoption and consider some of the primary reasons for adoption failure.  

  • Organizational Change Models
  • Scaling Methods
  • Delivery Self-Assessment

Team Exercises: We will wrap-up the course and attendees will identify concepts they can apply to improve their own product delivery.

Because this is an immersion course and the intent is to engage in the practices every Agile team will employ, this course is recommended for all team members responsible for delivering outstanding results, whether they are developing software, doing other Information Technology projects, or working in other Non-IT parts of the business. That includes, but is not limited to, the following roles:

  • Business Analyst
  • Technical Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Software Engineer/Programmer
  • Development Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Product Analyst
  • Tester
  • QA Engineer
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Or any business professional

The Agile Boot Camp is a perfect place for cross-functional teams to familiarize themselves with Agile concepts and methodologies and learn the basics of how to function as an Agile team. It's also a wonderful springboard for team building & learning. We invite you to bring your team and a team project to work on in class.

It is incumbent upon the trainer to verify that each participant meets the objectives for certification. To ensure participation, trainers will require attendees in this class to turn on their cameras. Attendees not meeting these criteria or who miss a portion of the class may not meet certification requirements, and therefore, will be ineligible to take the exam.

  • Realize benefits from incremental value delivery and how it differs from traditional, effort-based, development.
  • Structure a team with so the team can develop excellent results incrementally.
  • Practice and maintain a regular cadence when delivering customer value in each iteration.
  • Follow the team approach; start as a team, finish as a team — and focus on delivering value to the organization.
  • Understand the Agile principles and why they are so important to each team.
  • Embrace the five levels of planning and recognize the value of continuous planning.
  • Build a backlog of prioritized and estimated user stories that provides emergent requirements for analysis and foster customer engagement and understanding.
  • Engage in more effective estimating (story points) and become more accurate by being less precise.
  • Improve overall effectiveness through continuous improvement and adaptation.
  • Leverage iterative or continuous flow methods to improve delivery results.

Although there is not an ICAgile official exam, ICAgile allows for their course accreditors to determine appropriate means for retention of the learning outcomes. Depending on your provider, there may be some type of assessment in order to earn certification.

Many providers assess via participation, activity and understanding conveyed via exercises and discussion, withholding certification when appropriate.

The course was great! Great overview of the "Why" as well as the "How" of Agile.

-Jay G.

Good content covered all around, interactive exercises were great and could have been more frequent.

-Russell W., Murphy USA

The content was presented in an easy to understand and logical manner. Content covered enough information that I now feel comfortable starting our new Agile adventure with my team.

-Lisa T.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Marc was great at explaining matters in different ways, great for accommodating different learning styles. Visuals were on point, and as a visual learner, helped me understand things in a way I can retain.

-Katherine O.

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