Agile Fundamentals Online Learning
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This course takes a look at how you can work in an agile way. It will help you to understand what value is, how to measure progress and what Kanban is, and what a project is. You will also learn more about iterative development, how to estimate, and reflect on your own agile journey.
The objectives of this course are to provide you with and understanding of:
- What value is
- How to measure progress
- What Kanban is
- What agile pm/ DSDM is
- How to delivery in an iterative way
- How to estimate
- Growth through mastery
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.
There are no prerequisites for this course, however, participants should be familiar with the content and rationale in the agile manifesto (http://agilemanifesto.org/ )
We welcome all feedback and suggestions - please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure about where to start or if would like help getting started.
Whenever we start something new, or want to do things in a new way, it can be pretty daunting. We have to learn new rules, change our mindset, adopt new principles, and take on different roles. Of course, this applies to agile, too. If you're feeling this way, there's a cool technique you can use to visualize for yourself and your team where you are, and where you're going. It's called Shu Ha Ri, and the idea comes from Japanese martial arts.
During the first stage, Shu, we need to really immerse ourselves in the discipline. Imagine we want to become musicians. To start with, we need to take lessons from a master, practice, and do exactly what they say if we want to improve. We mustn't change anything to suit ourselves during this stage because we're still learning the ropes and basically, we're not qualified to know what's best yet. After a bit of time, we'll be really familiar with our new way of working. At this point, we can start to question some of the things we've been doing, to make sure they're actually working for us. If we continue with the musician analogy, at this point, we would be able to start experimenting with the way we play. We'll still probably stick to the music, but maybe we'll start to play a little more arrowy and bring our own flair. We won't change anything too much, but we'll start to make a few small innovations and test how well they work for us.
Finally, we reach Ri, and we've become masters of our new way of working. Now, we can fully depart from the laws and rules we followed so closely in Shu, and create our own rules. As musicians, we are now fully in control of our music, and can write songs and perform as experts. We are masters of this new way of working, so we know what works for us, and what doesn't.
Now, this may not seem too complex, and it's not, but it's a great way of thinking about how your agile journey will probably progress. Expect a few hiccups along the way, especially during Shu, when you look to change the way you work. Agile might seem difficult, but as you keep at it, moving through Ha, and eventually Ri, you'll be in a new perspective, and become that much better at what you do.
About the Author
Tony has over 20 years’ experience in Business Development, Business Change, Consulting and Project/Programme Management working with public, private and third sector organisations.
He has helped organisations to design and create process and procedures to align ways of working with corporate strategy. A highly motivated and detailed solution provider utilising 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, Programme 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 Director level advising on best use and practice, as well as tailoring courses to fulfil the exact needs of clients.