Introduction to Agile



Agile success demands a strong and stable foundation.

To incorporate an Agile methodology or practice into your SDLC with anexpectation of shredding the rigid discipline of your current method is a surepath to failure. The common misconception is that Agility means lack of order,which is not the case. Agility in software requires strong discipline. In orderto successfully implement Agility, you must have a solid foundation in thepractices and procedures you wish to adapt and learn how to follow thosepractices correctly while tying them to rigid quality goals.

This workshop will give you the foundation of knowledge and experience youneed. Get the techniques, skills, and tools that enable you to build Agilediscipline.

Define the principles, advantages, and disadvantages of Agile development.Get first-hand experience by organizing and participating in an Agile team. Putthe concepts you learn to practice instantly in the classroom project.Understand and learn how to take advantage of the opportunities for Agile.Finally get a detailed understanding and practice the collaboration andcommunication needed between customer and developers for Agile to succeed.


project managers, analysts, developers, programmers, testers, IT manager/directors, software engineers, software architects, customers

Learning Objectives

  • Agile principles and how to build the discipline to support thoseprinciples in your everyday practice
  • History of Agile and how the collection of principles and practices cametogether to enable customer success
  • Agile methodologies, including Scrum, Extreme Programming, AgileUP,,Feature Driven Development, Lean Development, and DSDM
  • Best practices from the various methodologies that will contribute toyour team success
  • Talk the talk: Agile terminology, roles, and forums with their context
  • Walk, but not run; Walk through the processes that support Agileprinciples to enable the delivery of great products
  • Begin to map the transition of your existing or enterprise-levelprocesses, artifacts, and forums to Agile
  • The power of Agile teams through communication, collaboration, andcadence
  • Pitfalls that teams will encounter in an Agile transition and how toovercome those challenges
  • Lay the foundation upon which you can build a learning team andorganization

1. Agile Overview: Why Agile?

  • Agile Methods: Principles and Practices
  • Agile Benefits: What You Can Expect
  • Agile Teams

2. Agile Basics

  • User Roles and Personas
  • User Stories
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Prioritization Techniques
  • Relative Estimating
  • Iterative Approach: Thin Slices

3. Agile Process Framework

  • Vision
  • Roadmap
  • Release
  • Iteration
  • Daily

4. Communication

  • Transparency: Establish and Maintain
  • Main Path Communication
  • Creating Collaboration
  • Beyond the Team

5. Agile Approach

  • What to Watch for: Barriers to success
  • Agile Best Practices
  • Agile Tools
  • Next Steps: Specific to Your Situation!


Exercise 1: Forming the Agile Team

In this exercise, you will explore the unique factors of Agile teams andrecognize the key factors for successful Agile teams.

Exercise 2: Transition to an Iterative Approach

Teams will engage in a fun exercise that will highlight the benefits behind whyiterations work.

Exercise 3: Building Cadence

As with any process, the process should not be a distraction. In order toachieve that desired state, cadence is needed, team members must know what toexpect repeatedly and consistently. This exercise will help reinforce the needfor and power that comes with cadence.

Exercise 4: Determine What is Next for You!

Teams and individuals will collaborate with each other and with the instructorto determine what you can do to build upon the foundation established during thecourse.