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AgileDad offers world class coaching and training, working directly with your project management and software development teams, educating them on Agile software development methodologies, ensuring a quicker time to market for your products and projects. Agile development techniques can be valuable for teams when implemented correctly; offering the ability to manage changing priorities, accelerated time to market, increased quality, business and IT alignment as well as improved team morale. Without an experienced coach, however, many teams fail to implement these practices correctly and therefore fail to achieve peak performance. Finally realize the benefits of the Agile development approach for your company and teams by working with the Agile experts from AgileDad.

 

Course Abstract:

One of the most common points of Agile adoption failure comes with the incremental on-boarding of Agile teams and not having everyone starting with the same foundational Agile knowledge. This course is designed to help everyone on the team learn the fundamental principles behind what makes Agile work, and allows them to participate in several real world exercises. This structure allows everyone on the team to learn the ‘Why’ behind the ‘How’, and gives everyone a chance to leave with the tools needed to effectively do their job better.

 

Audience: This session is designed for both new Agile teams and experienced agile teams who are trying to re-align or get started on the same agile footing.

 

Duration: 2 days

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Obtain a common understanding of Agile Principles and why they are important; specifically, how adhering to the Agile principles will help teams achieve the desired benefits
  • Know the importance of transforming from individual goals and expectations to a team approach
  • Transition to a customer oriented, rather than technology oriented, approach to product delivery
  • Appreciate the best practices from a variety of Agile methodologies and how they can be incorporated together to establish the best processes for your team and organization
  • Learn what other teams have done to achieve Agile success
  • Build a consistent cadence for your team throughout product development and delivery
  • Learn the context for the best practices identified, and know when they should be utilized for best results

Course Abstract:

Many teams and organizations have already made the decision and taken the plunge with regards to selecting Agile as a method to better improve their delivery process. These same organizations often become complacent or stagnant in their implementation of Agile processes. They understand the basics, but need to know what to do next to really get the ball moving in the right direction. This course is not for beginning Agile teams. This course is designed for teams who have the foundational Agile understanding in place and are looking to advance their Agile understanding and delivery.

 

Audience: This session is designed for agile teams who already have a foundational understanding of Agile principles and are ready to dive a little deeper and realize the greater benefits of an Agile implementation.

 

Duration: 2 days

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Have a deeper understanding of Agile principles and the desire to apply a more focused approach to achieve a more consistent and higher quality Agile delivery
  • Understand what it takes for a team to reach high performing and know which steps to take next to get there
  • Focus on customer based delivery and work on the outcomes that provide the organization with the greatest value
  • Know how to apply best practices from various Agile methods into the foundation to achieve a higher degree of success with the Agile implementation
  • Have a greater understanding of the term potentially shippable and have the tools in place to deliver
  • Identify technical debt and realize the importance of addressing it
  • Learn the context for the best practices identified, and know when they should be utilized for best results

Course Abstract: Star performers are often sent to a multi-day training session with the expectation that they will be able to return and get their team completely up to speed and moving along like a high performing Agile team. This often proves to be problematic when everyone on the team has not had the opportunity to work together to learn the techniques needed to become high performing. This workshop allows every participant to walk through the entire Agile lifecycle in an abbreviated format using their real work. All aspects of planning, from vision down to daily activities are outlined.  Prioritization and estimating techniques are taught, practiced and understood by the team together.  The entire team shares in learning the importance and best methods of communication, cadence and transparency.  By engaging in this practice and learning together, the team is prepared to execute together and achieve success much more quickly.

 

Audience: This workshop is designed for teams at any stage in the Agile adoption process who need an immersive session in the full framework of Agile practice. They bring their actual work to the course. Teams will gain understanding through practice from establishing a product vision down to facilitating an effective daily standup.

 

Duration: 3 days

 

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

 

  • Realize the importance of having both a vision and a strategy to achieve the vision
  • Understand how a roadmap is used and how it can help the team stay focused
  • Perform Rapid Release Planning © and understand the benefits it provides
  • Be prepared for the sprint planning session and know what level of detail to expect
  • Create transparency in their tools and techniques for communication
  • Hold a meaningful Retrospective with measurable goals

 

Course Abstract:

Not all Scrum Certification courses are built alike! This is NOT back of the room training! This highly interactive & immersive two day session has been designed to give you the ability to experience first-hand what it is like to be part of a Scrum team. Arrive prepared to face the challenges every ScrumMaster encounters and leave with the knowledge of how to handle each situation. This course is high energy and contains numerous exercises that require attendee full participation. The instructor will help each of you whether brand new to Scrum or adapting to a Scrum implementation identify what is required within each Scrum team member role, learn about Scrum reporting and meetings, and how to return to your organization with a fresh way of approaching complex projects successfully applying the Scrum framework to achieve success.

Upon successful completion of this course and a passing grade on the certification exam, each participant will be enrolled as a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). Your certification will be registered and includes a Scrum Alliance membership. The Scrum Alliance is home to additional ScrumMaster-only material as well as the latest in Scrum information and course offerings.

Professional Development Units (PDUs):

PMPs: You are eligible to receive 14 PDUs for this course.

Audience: This course is designed for individuals who are Managers, Designers, Developers, Testers, Analysts, Executives, Project Managers and IT Professionals.

 

Duration: 2 days

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

Operate as a ScrumMaster

Course Abstract:

Not all Scrum Certification courses are built alike! This is NOT back of the room training! This course provides a chance for Product Owners to interact with a Certified Scrum Trainer to learn best practices with regard to their Scrum implementation. The class will participate in various exercises designed to zoom in on pain points and help bring resolution to the group with regard to the role and responsibilities of the Product Owner.  The team will be invited to participate in multiple exercises where they will be allowed to encounter real-world scenarios that Scrum teams encounter and leave with the knowledge of how to handle each situation.

 

Each participant will leave with a manual to serve as a reference document which can be used to reinforce best practices when it comes to implementing Scrum and a membership to the Scrum Alliance.  Upon successful completion of the course, each participant will be recognized as a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

 

Audience:

This course is designed for individuals who are product owners, managers, or anyone interested in Agile planning and estimating techniques.

 

Prior knowledge of Scrum and Agile methods is required. You should have actively worked on a Scrum team and have a good understanding of the basics in order to gain the most from this Certification Workshop.

 

Duration: 2 days

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

 

  • Embark on any Scrum Engagement in the role of Product Owner

 

Course Abstract:

For Agile implementations to be most successful, it is important to have the appropriate support and trust from leadership & management.  Executives play a key role in removing obstacles, empowering teams, motivating and inspiring the organization to better serve their end consumers.  In order to do that effectively, it is critical that a common understanding exists amongst the executives and across the teams.  This forum will provide a foundation of Agile knowledge, both of principles and practice, which their teams will engage.  Management will know what to expect and how to support the teams most effectively.

 

 

Audience: This course is designed for managers, directors, and executives whose teams will be utilizing Agile methods to deliver new functionality.

 

Duration: 4 hours

 

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize Agile Principles and how these apply directly to managing the delivery of successful projects
  • Clearly define the role of Executives in motivating and supporting Agile teams
  • Learn what to expect with regard to organizational change and what you might see in your organization
  • Recognize how metrics drive behavior and what Agile metrics can influence positive team behavior and drive more effective results
  • Gain a clear understanding of the five levels of planning and execution for Agile teams.
  • Celebrate knowing that going Agile does not mean not knowing your future.

 

Course Abstract: Be prepared to embrace all that fulfills the role of the product owner. Learn all you wish to know about the five levels of Agile planning and where the product owner plays a key role. Focus on how the Product Owner serves the Agile teams through creation and maintenance of a stack ranked product backlog.  Gain insight on how to create effective user stories and how to bridge the gap with the team to get things done.

 

Audience: This course is designed for individuals who are product owners, business analysts, or functional analysts.

 

Duration: 2 days

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Gain an overview of Agile
  • Discuss the role of the product owner
  • Learn the levels of planning
  • Define the customer
  • Create the product backlog
  • Write user stories
  • Organize a product roadmap
  • Prioritize the product backlog
  • Learn the estimating process
  • Learn Rapid Release Planning ©
  • Learn detail requirements
  • Discuss how product owners can be engaged with the team as they execute the iteration and provide the right deliverables and measurements to make decisions about the product.

 

Course Abstract: Technical debt is a metaphor that refers to the eventual consequences of taking well-meaning shortcuts during software development. This debt attacks organizations in ways such as unachievable schedules, excessive unscheduled backlog, overwhelming defects, and poorly designed code and architecture. When organizations try to get out of debt, testers can be especially impacted. This does not have to be the case. Learn the principles of technical debt as it affects teams. Using an example of the debt to income ratio, learn how to manage and eliminate current technical debt while avoiding additional debt in the future. Using consumer credit card debt as an analogy, you’ll learn how to address business technical debt more like a consumer might address personal debt as a means to financial freedom. We will teach sound principles to adhere to in both your personal and professional lives as a way to regain focus and take charge of our destiny.

 

Audience:

This session is intended for anyone who is practicing Agile in any capacity or role.

Duration:

1 day

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define technical debt
  • Identify key areas where technical debt exists
  • Learn techniques to manage technical debt once it is identified
  • Eliminate technical debt by creating transparency
  • Get past the minimum monthly payment mindset
  • Create & manage a debt storyboard
  • Share your new found techniques

 

Course Abstract: Agile teams often struggle with the transition from traditional project management to a more lean approach. Many are not accustomed to being self organized, self policed, and empowered. This session is designed to assist teams in gaining a higher understanding of what to expect with regard to the organizational transformation that comes along with a complete Agile transformation.

 

Audience: This course is designed for individuals and teams who need the extra boost to jump start their Agile implementation. Increase team morale. Improve delivery expectations. Set realistic expectations. Educate those who need the extra boost.

 

Duration: 1 day

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize and be willing to participate in a self organizing team
  • Understand the key roles in the Agile process and what they are responsible for
  • Acknowledge and understand the definition of done
  • Establish a Survivor mentality around accountability
  • Exhibit an understanding of Servant Leadership
  • Develop a getting things done mentality
  • Understand the definition of potentially shippable and work towards this goal

 

Course Abstract: More money is wasted within organizations by not focusing on having the right people involved in Agile meetings at the right time. This session will walk you through each Agile meeting and teach you the secrets to the most pure optimization of valuable meeting times and people.

 

Audience: Every person and team should at some point take this course! This workshop truly covers what in my opinion is the bread and butter of Agile. This is where you learn the key initiatives that make Agile work within organizations worldwide.

 

Duration: 1 day

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Truly understand the five levels of Agile planning
  • Understand the need for both a vision and a strategy
  • Learn to tie the vision and strategy to sprint level goals
  • Acknowledge the existence of a roadmap and provide technical input
  • Embrace Rapid Release Planning ©
  • Hold meaningful and concise sprint planning sessions
  • Renew their understanding of the review & retrospective and embrace these sessions
  • Establish and understand team norms and standards

 

Course Abstract:

Course Offering will be made available in the Spring of 2012!

Professional Development Units (PDUs):  PMPs: You are eligible to receive 21 PDUs for this course.

Audience:

Duration: 3 days

Learning Outcomes:

 

Course Abstract:

Course Offering will be made available in the Spring of 2012!

Professional Development Units (PDUs):  PMPs: You are eligible to receive 21 PDUs for this course.

Audience:

Duration: 3 days

Learning Outcomes:

Course Abstract:

Course Offering will be made available in the Spring of 2012!

Professional Development Units (PDUs):  PMPs: You are eligible to receive 21 PDUs for this course.

Audience:

Duration: 3 days

Learning Outcomes:

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