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Adopting and Adapting Agility

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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.


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.


Unlike traditional Agile 101 courses that teach merely process mechanics, this Agile course takes you beyond the “rules of Agile” to understanding the intent and purpose behind the principles and practices. Students learn how to adopt but also adapt agility in a manner that works for your organization and brings lasting change.

Adopting and Adapting Agility shows students how to blend product thinking, process patterns, and technical practices (e.g. Xtreme Programming tech patterns and DevOps) to unlock the true promises of Agile:

  • Better responsive to market and customer needs
  • Improved return on investment

Last, but certainly not least, this course emphasizes the use of Agile practices to fuel continuous, product learning. Students are challenged to think in terms of experiments and product horizons versus projects and release timelines. You learn to narrow and focus, adopting MVP-thinking and the creation of a flow of value to your market.

Whether your group is just starting out or has been applying agile practices for years, this course helps you learn, challenge, and tune your way of working, so you can improve product impact and customer satisfaction. The instructors have deep and wide experience on large and small product initiatives from a variety of industries. Instructors use these experiences to share both successes and failures. Instructors explain the nuts and bolts of agile, but this course quickly extends beyond that into how to blend product-thinking, technology, and process to achieve agility within your organization versus just “doing agile.

Gain a process-agnostic understanding of the basics of iterative product development
Learn agile values, principles, and practices
Appreciate the value of blending product, agile processes, and technology versus just “doing agile”
Gain exposure to a number of different methodologies, learning that each brings different practices that are tools in a toolbox for your organization
Learn design thinking techniques for creating value-based, product backlogs with personas, story maps, and customer journeys
Acquire a toolkit of practices and techniques for getting from idea to stories and creating a blended discovery and delivery cadence that fuels continuous product learning
Understanding of roadmap definition and thinking in terms of product horizons versus project plans
Pragmatic practices for planning and estimating releases and iterations and then reporting on progress and impact
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Course Outline

The session combines presentation and interactive experiences to introduce many aspects of running an agile, product initiative. Specifically, the course roughly goes as follows, but it may by taught over two or three days if there is a desire to go deeper into the company’s
product context.

Part 1: Agility:  The Art of Responding to Change

  1. Course logistics, attendee expectations, etc.
  2. Why change?
  3. Why agility? (more than process)
    • Maneuverability
    • Responsiveness to market
  4. History and Mindset
    • How did we get here?
  5. Purpose based value
  6. Innovation
  7. Leverage Competitors Strengths Against Themselves
  8. Where does R&D happen?
  9. Growth rings
    • Stagnation, Order, Complexity, Chaos
  10. The iterative cadence
    • Scientific method
    • What does iteration look like in the real world
  11. Who’s involved?
    • Product teams
    • Cross-team
    • Special roles

Part 2: Product Discovery

  1. What is a product?
  2. What’s missing?
    • Most frameworks have the backlog magically appear
    • Product idea -> to actionable backlog
  3. Product discovery
    • Common understanding – who? What? Why?
      1. Collaborative Framing
    • Understanding design targets (who?)
    • Understanding the product experience/story (what?)
    • Journeys and slices
      1. Making product choices to enable focus and learning
      2. Ordering
        1. Value
        2. Sequence for dev
        3. Learning
        4. Etc.
  4. Stories and acceptance tests
    • Journeys -> Stories
    • Tips for writing awesome stories and acceptance test
  5. Product horizons and roadmaps
    • Making product choices
    • Tips for roadmapping

Part 3: Product Delivery

  1. Preparing to deliver
    • More to it than just new features
  2. Process mechanics
    • Iteration-based / Scrum
    • Flow-based / Kanban
    • Reporting and measurement
    • Estimating, sizing, and capacity planning
  3. Technical Agility and DevOps
    • Xtreme Programming technical practice
    • Being “continuously ready”
    • Continuous technical health
    • Getting to value sooner

Part 4: Summary

  1. Striving for Agility not agile (Product > Progress > Process)
  2. Continuous learning comes
    • A culture of experimentation
      1. Culture, creativity, and thinking
    • Blending discovery and delivery
Who should attend

Anyone interested in adopting or adapting agile methods. The course has a technology, product focus but can easily be adapted for non-software development.

  • Product Managers
  • Product Owners
  • Business Analysts
  • Developers
  • Testers
  • DevOps Engineers
  • UX Engineers
  • Architect and System Analysts
  • Leaders and Manager

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