Agile Basics

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Understanding the intent of the agile manifesto is the key to being agile

Our agile basics course provides an understanding of what it means to be agile with a hands-on insight into how agile teams work.

It provides provide a concise and robust understanding of the intent of the agile values and principles, it examines why traditional approaches for delivering products and services often fail to deliver value to users and organisations, and why taking an agile approach typically delivers better results.

Being agile is about changing the way we approach solving problems, complex or otherwise. It's not about applying a framework method or technique, but rather a change of mindset that aligns with agile values and principles. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of what it means to be agile and starts you on your agile journey so that agility becomes second nature.

Who's it for?

Our agile basics course, is suitable for anyone and everyone.

It's for anyone new to agile, anyone who needs to understand what being agile is about. It's for individuals, teams and leaders.

It's even suitable (or perhaps most especially important) for anyone who has learned an agile framework or method but is struggling to make it work.

This is the course that demystifies agile, we'll explain the jargon and put it all into context.

Why should I attend?

Unlike most other "basic agile training" that tries to tell people how to be agile, we engage with our cohorts by challenging the way they currently work and think, explaining what it means to be agile so that they can decide for themselves what they need to do to be agile. We show them examples of how they can be agile through the use of appropriate tools and techniques.

This course covers the bare bones of agility - the intent of the manifesto. We help you think differently with an agile mindset to solve problems, work better with others, understand what value means and where to spend your energy.

It covers the things that everyone should know about agile, but which very few (if any) other courses cover.

  • The Here & Now retro - we start by taking stock of everyones current position, what's working for them and what's not.
  • Traditional working - agility requires acceptance of the truth, the truth about how we currently work and why we work that way. We delve into what traditional working typically means and why it might not be working for you.
  • Agile Manifesto - although it's just 4 values and 12 principles, being agile is about really understanding the intent of the values and the principles - this session digs deep to provide that understanding and why being agile helps us work efficiently and deliver value.
  • Scrum overview - scrum is used widely to help us work in an agile way. It provides a good starting point for understanding how to be agile.
  • Scrum in practice - the theory is all well and good, but nothing consolidates learning better than having a go. This session sees the cohort role up their sleeves and start being agile.
  • Scrum vs Kanban - Kanban is also a popular approach for implementing an agile way of working. In this session we provide an overview and look at the main differences between scrum and kanban.
  • Influencing the working culture - by the end of the day a few lightbulbs are likely to have turned on, and the potential of agile starts to be realised. It's implicit nature will change the working culture. Understanding and accepting this helps us to influence the positive uptake of agile and build a truly agile working culture.

Not sure that this is the course for you?

You can check out our other courses here, or get in contact if you need something a little more bespoke.