The Fundamentals of Agile Practices

Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Overview & Objectives
The first step in moving towards an agile transformation is laying down the ground work for basic vocabulary and a basic understanding of what Agile Practices are and are not. While many organizations lead implementation with tools and methods, they soon come to realize that without a basic understanding of what agile is and is not, their investment quickly becomes a liability. For any functional discipline with an organization to change, improve or progress at a sustainable rate, core values, core principles and cohesiveness are paramount.
Aligned with Scrum practices, our Getting to Know Agile 1 Day Workshop takes participants on a guided tour of the 3 fundamental tenants of Scrum Practices:
- Principles
- Aspects
- Phases and Processes
This workshop will allow teams to consider Scrum practices and immediately start using some basic Scrum techniques.

Target Student
This workshop is designed for:
- New Scrum Masters
- New Product Owners
- New Customer Relationship Managers
- Project Managers
- Business Analysts
- Business Unit Owners
- Developers
- Testers
- Project Team Members
- Team Managers
- Team Leads
- Technical Co-ordinators
- Program & Portfolio Managers

Prerequisites
Do your teams have a burning desire to begin the Agile Journey? If so, this is the best starting point. There are no prerequisites for this workshop.

Learning Outcomes and Facilitation
Successful completion of this course will enable participants to:
- Articulate the differences between Agile and Waterfall project management methods
- Determine which project method is appropriate – Agile or Waterfall
- Adopt Agile Values
- Identify Scrum Principles
- Identify Scrum Aspects
- Identify Scrum Phases and Processes
- Conduct Basic Scrum Ceremonies
- Write User Stories
- Estimate User Stories
- Prioritize User Stories

Workshop Summary
PART 1 – THE EXPERIENCE BEGINS
Introductions
- Write the first user story - EXPERIENCE
Understand workshop objectives
- Set expectations and define the workshop experience
Introduction to Scrum Certification Paths

PART 2 – AGILE OVERVIEW
What does Agile / Agility mean to you – EXPERIENCE
The Story of Agile – The Manifesto, Values, Principles, and Methods – LEARN
The difference between “Doing” Agile and “Being” Agile - LEARN
Waterfall versus Agile (Scrum) – When to Use and Why to Use - LEARN

PART 3 – SCRUM PRINCIPLES, ASPECTS AND PROCESSE
Scrum Overview - LEARN
6 Scrum Principles – EXPERIENCE
5 Scrum Aspects – EXPERIENCE
- Scrum Roles
5 Scrum Phases and 19 Processes – EXPERIENCE
Scrum in Practice – EXPERIENCE
- Running 5 Sprints

PART 4 – SCRUM TECHNIQUES
Writing User Stories – LEARN / EXPERIENCE
- Personas
Prioritizing User Stories using MoSCoW - LEARN / EXPERIENCE
Estimating User Stories - LEARN / EXPERIENCE
Acceptance Criteria, Done Criteria and Definition of Done
Backlog Refinement – LEARN

PART 5 – COURSE RETROSPECTIVE
Has your user story been completed? - EXPERIENCE
What will you keep doing, what will you stop doing and what will you start doing? - EXPERIENCE