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Agile Boot Camp for Non-Software Work


2 Days Classroom Session   |  
3 Days Live Online
Classroom Registration
Individual:
$1495.00
Group Rate:
$1295.00
(per registrant, 2 or more)
GSA Individual:
$1091.35
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Live Online:
$1495.00
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Professional Credits

IIBA (CDU)

ASPE is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider of business analysis training. Select Project Delivery courses offer IIBA continuing development units (CDU) in accordance with IIBA standards.

PMI (PDU)

Select courses offer Leadership (PDU-L), Strategic (PDU-S) and Technical PMI professional development units that vary according to certification. Technical PDUs are available in the following types: ACP, PBA, PfMP, PMP/PgMP, RMP, and SP.

This course offers:
    10.00 PMP/PgMP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI-PBA Technical PDUs
    7.00 PMI-ACP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI-RMP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI-SP Technical PDUs
    2.00 PMI Strategic PDUs
    2.00 PMI Leadership PDUs

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PMI PDUs
Certification
Overview

Agile methodologies have become a mainstream component in the world of software development. Not surprising, Agile methods can be applied to many other types of business work. In our Agile Boot Camp for Non-Software Work, we apply agile techniques to addressing business processes, infrastructure, operations, and other types of work.

While not a silver bullet, Agile Methodologies have become the most practical way to create outstanding results. We will look at leading Agile methodologies for both discovery and operational work. You will learn the basic concepts behind Agility and how Agile can help you in your daily efforts.

In this course, you will:

Gain knowledge of Agile principles, concepts, and mindset and understand why they are so important for each team
Apply these concepts to work other than software development
Follow the team approach; start as a team, finish as a team — and focus on delivering value to the organization
Understand the power of the teams and typical agile team roles
Learn Agile approaches for sustainability, infrastructure, operations, and non-IT work
Understand when to use methods like Scrum or Kanban
Learn methods that support incremental and emergent projects but also continuous flow work
Embrace Agile planning techniques and recognize the value of continuous planning
Map and visualize workflow to eliminate bottlenecks and streamline capacity
Achieving a continuous improvement culture and Practice and maintain a regular cadence for delivering work
Upcoming Dates and Locations
All Live Online times are listed in Eastern Time Guaranteed To Run
Jan 14, 2019 – Jan 16, 2019    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Jan 15, 2019 – Jan 16, 2019    8:30am – 4:30pm Fayetteville, North Carolina Register
Jan 24, 2019 – Jan 25, 2019    12:00pm – 4:30pm Denver, Colorado

Microtek Denver
999 18th Street
Suite 300 South Tower
Denver, CO 80202
United States

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Feb 13, 2019 – Feb 15, 2019    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Feb 27, 2019 – Feb 28, 2019    12:00pm – 4:30pm Columbus, Ohio

The Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Rd
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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Mar 20, 2019 – Mar 22, 2019    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Mar 27, 2019 – Mar 28, 2019    12:00pm – 4:30pm Austin, Texas

Embassy Suites Austin Central
5901 North IH-35
Frontage Rd
Austin, TX 78723
United States

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Apr 1, 2019 – Apr 2, 2019    8:30am – 4:30pm Boston, Massachusetts

Microtek Boston
25 Burlington Mall Road
2nd Floor
Burlington, MA 01803
United States

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Apr 23, 2019 – Apr 25, 2019    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
May 8, 2019 – May 9, 2019    8:30am – 4:30pm Portland, Oregon

Kinetic Technology Solutions
15495 SW Sequoia Parkway
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97224
United States

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May 29, 2019 – May 31, 2019    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Jun 5, 2019 – Jun 7, 2019    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Jun 12, 2019 – Jun 13, 2019    8:30am – 4:30pm Indianapolis, Indiana

Courtyard Indianapolis Castleton
8670 Allisonville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46250
United States

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Course Outline

1. Why Agile? The Case for Change

Businesses have historically been plagued by many problems, including inadequate requirements, which lead to products that customers aren’t happy with and sometimes can’t use.  We start the class by making the case for a shift to an Agile approach to solve the problems and to gain an overall understanding of the basic principles, and benefits of Agile approaches.

Team Exercise: As a class we will discuss the various problems that the class has experienced in their own projects so that we can then understand how Agile will help them address these problems.  The class will understand from this exercise that they are not alone with a set of problems that others also experience.

2. Becoming Agile

We will understand the Agile Manifesto and Principles. We first visit Lean which is foundational and influences all other Agile methodologies.  Then we will have an overview of Scrum.  Scrum is the most popular Agile methodology and is great for projects.  Scrum or Scrum variants are being used by about 75% of those using Agile, but Scrum is not the only Agile approach.  We’ll then see how Kanban might be a better answer for other types work (e.g. operations and sustainment).

Review Agile methodologies practiced in organizations today (e.g. Scrum, Kanban).

  • Agile Mental Models
  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Principles
  • Agile Practices

Team Exercise: Teams will engage in a fun exercise that will reinforce the importance of, and power behind, self-organizing teams. As with sports teams, individual roles are important, but even more important is the need to work toward a common goal together. At times that means blurring the lines of traditional roles. Great teams will not define themselves by their individual roles.

3. Building an Agile Team

Agile focuses on creating a team that can deliver results over and over.  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.

Team Exercise: We will discuss as a class what makes a great team based on teams we've participated on that were great.

4. Delivery with Scrum

In this section we will review the Scrum framework and the various Scrum techniques. Scrum provides a great framework for building new products, especially when all the requirements are not known. Scrum techniques can also be used with other Agile methods like Kanban.

Agile Project Planning

  • Vision
  • Roadmap
  • User Roles and Personas

Team Exercise: Teams will practice turning User Roles into full fleshed personas.

5. Backlog Planning

  • Writing User Stories
  • Prioritization
  • Estimating

Team Exercise: Each team will conduct a brainstorming session for creating a product backlog in the form of user stories. Each team will present some of their user stories and the instructor will lead 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 dynamic).

6. Iteration Execution

  •  The Daily Scrum
  •  Story Review
  •  Visual Management
  •  Agile Metrics

 

7. 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 themselves through a frequent inspect and adapt process.  We will discuss the main Agile ceremonies that help us accomplish this: Iteration Review/Demo and the Retrospective.

  • The Iteration Review
  • The Demo
  • The Retrospective

Team Exercise: Teams will discuss what things they can do the day after class ends to take what they've learned and implement it immediately so that they don't lose what they've learned.

8. Kanban Overview and Concepts

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.

Topics covered:

  • Kanban's 5 Core Properties
  • Kanban Emergent Behaviors
  • Kanban concepts, principles, and terminology

9. Implementing Kanban

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.

Topics covered:

  • Visualization of Work
  • Work Item Types, Card Walls
  • Workflow, Queues and Buffers
  • Cadences, Work-in-Progress
  • Bottlenecks, Issues and Blocked Items

Team Exercise: Kanban boards are an invaluable communication tool. Each team is tasked with coming up with their board that clearly communicates their commitments and progress against those commitments.

10. Kanban Metrics and Reporting

Kanban uses metrics a little differently than other Agile methods. In this section we will understand how metrics and reporting are leveraged with Kanban.

Topics covered:

  • Tracking Work-in-Process, Cumulative Flow Diagrams
  • Lead Time, Trends, Throughput

11. Scaling Kanban

Applying Kanban techniques to other types of efforts. How to track requirements, decouple work, and leverage the Minimal Marketable Release.

Topics covered:

  • Scaling Kanban for different size efforts
  • Minimal Marketable Release
  • Two-Tiered Card Walls

12. Kanban Improvements

Learn how to recognize opportunities for improvement in your Kanban system and what to do about them.

Topics covered:

  • Three types of Improvement Opportunities
  • Estimations, Class of Service
  • Service Level Agreements, Policies

Team Exercise: Teams will build a cadence calendar to use with their teams to organize work, share learnings, and build a focus on continuous improvement.

13. Agile Adoption

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

Topics covered:

  • Kaizen Culture and Mindset
  • Agile Leadership
  • Kotter's Model
  • Continuous improvement culture

Team Exercise: We will wrap the course up and end with a discussion on “Where do you go from here?”.

Who should attend

This course is designed for anyone who wants to apply agile techniques to their own work, even if it’s not software related.

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.

That includes, but is not limited to:

  • Anyone wanting to apply Agile to their work, even if not software related
  • Business people wanting to apply Agile to their business projects and processes
  • Infrastructure, Operations, Sustainability, Support Services staff
  • Teams and individuals doing non-IT work, projects or continuous flow work
  • Teams and individuals who support or work with other Agile teams
  • Specialty Teams, Transactional Teams
  • Even software developers will benefit!

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