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This Course introduces the basics of agile, including the agile mindset, values, and principles. It also focuses on the history of agile, the importance of rich communication, an overview of some agile frameworks. This Course is all about the what, why, and when of agile.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this course are to provide you with and understanding of:

  • What agile is
  • What the agile principles are
  • What the history of agile is
  • Why rich communication is so important
  • Why agile is such a flexible way of working
  • When agile working makes sense

Intended Audience

This Course is suitable for anyone with no prior knowledge of agile who is considering, evaluating, or involved in a move towards working in (or with) an agile environment.

Prerequisites of the Certifications 

There are no prerequisites for this Course, however, participants should be familiar with the content and rationale in the Agile Manifesto (http://agilemanifesto.org/).


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Making any kind of change to the way we work can be scary so we should always have good reasons for doing so. So, why do you want to work in an Agile way? In this video, we'll discuss some of the reasons organizations around the world have been adopting Agile to give you a benchmark to see how your reasons compare. Stateofagile.com is a great place to start this conversation. They've been publishing annual reports for over a decade and gather feedback from all over the world on people's reasons for adopting Agile ways of working and other Agile rated stuff. Check out the website when you have a moment.

In the most recent report, the top four reasons for adopting Agile were accelerate software delivery with 74%, enhance ability to manage changing priorities with 62%, increase productivity with 51%, and improve business and IT alignment with 50%. There are a bunch of other reasons too and interestingly, these numbers are not stable. For instance, improving team morale went from 28 to 34% while increase productivity went from 55 to 51%. Also, the kind of reasons are pretty varied, from management, to risk, to quality and morale, people are turning to Agile to improve pretty much everything about their working environment. To understand more of this, we've called a resident Agile expert to get her opinion about why organizations are adopting Agile.

"Why Agile? Well, organizations are finding to be competitive in today's market, they need to innovate which means they need to bring out new products relatively more quickly than the competition and that invariably entails them covering new territory and covering new ground and it means that the customer will generally at the outset not know exactly what they want. Today's businesses don't have the luxury of time with technology reducing the barriers to entry. At a much quicker rate, industries across the board are finding that they are being disrupted by smaller companies who are coming to the market with technology that reduces the barriers to entry. So another key benefit of Agile and what they look to Agile to do is to be able to deliver value a lot more quickly. Because Agile is iterative and is incremental, it allows businesses to deliver value a lot more quickly than traditional methods of delivery."

That's it for this video. There are loads of reasons why people around the world are adopting Agile which should give you a lot of confidence in doing so yourself. Even if you adopt Agile ways of working for one specific reason, you'll probably end up improving other areas of the work environment as Agile touches in pretty much every part of it and in the end, we think this is probably the best reason to adopt Agile ways of working.

About the Author
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Tony has over 20 years’ experience in Business Development, Business Change, Consulting, and Project/Program Management working with public, private, and third sector organizations.

He has helped organizations to design and create processes and procedures to align ways of working with corporate strategy. A highly motivated and detailed solution provider, utilizing a wide range of methods and frameworks to provide structure whilst promoting creativity and innovation.

As a confident and self-motivated professional with excellent communication skills, Tony is able to bring people together and get them working as a team quickly.

Tony is an Agile and Scrum trainer with a vast knowledge spanning IT Systems, Business Change, Program and Project Management. With excellent presentation skills and a solid background, he ensures that all clients gain maximum benefit from his training. He has successfully guided those new to the industry through their initial training, helped experienced staff as they progress in their careers, and worked at the director level advising on best use and practice, as well as tailoring courses to fulfil the exact needs of clients.