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In order to succeed with agile approaches, teams and organizations should focus first on “being agile” as a foundation for success in “doing agile.” Agile Fundamentals delves into key concepts such as adaptive planning, value-driven development, team collaboration and frequent feedback for continuous improvement. They also cover the history of the agile movement, the Agile Manifesto, the Agile Principles, and some widely applied frameworks and practices. Course participants come away with a solid understanding of core concepts as they prepare to embark on their agile journey.

The class focuses on the Agile mindset, values, principles and foundational concepts. They are grounded in what it means to “be agile while doing agile” and achieve organizational agility without specific focus on any single agile methodology or framework (e.g. Scrum, kanban, XP, DSDM, SAFe, etc.)

Course participants will understand the history of the agile movement, the distinctions among Agile values, principles, and practices, key aspects of value-driven development, adaptive planning techniques, and how to cultivate collaboration with customers, within organizations and within teams. Participants will also have gained the vocabulary to discuss the benefits of agile approaches and how to avoid common pitfalls with fellow agile practitioners. In addition, participants will gain understanding of the value of continuous feedback, learning, and adaptation for products, processes, teams, and organizations.

St Mary’s University, in collaboration with Scaled Agile Gold Partner and ICAgile affiliate Appddiction Studio, are committed to providing educational continuity to all professional learners seeking the Agile mindset. To affirm this commitment, we are excited to announce our portfolio of SAFe® and ICAgile courses will now be offered, for the first time, in an online modality. Courses are delivered in collaboration with the University of Texas at San Antonio, are live-online and provide the same transformative content as face-to-face instruction.

Continue Your Agile Journey LIVE-ONLINE!

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Next Course: May 15-16, 2021
Additional Upcoming Courses: September 16-17, 2021, November 13-14, 2021
Upcoming Evening Courses: March 22-25, 2021; July 12-15, 2021;
Location: Zoom (Online)
Instructor: Tim Porter
Cost + GST: $900 full price, $850 early bird
Materials fee, if any: NONE
Contact email/person for Info: Twyla Kowalchuk, SAFe Agile Training Manager: appddiction_studio@stmu.ca
Minimum and maximum enrollment: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Early bird pricing is available up till 2 weeks before the class start dates.

Learning Goals

  • Apply Agile values and principles.
  • Compare and contrast the most popular Agile approaches.
  • Describe the cultural and mindset challenges needed to be fully successful with Agile.
  • Cultivate a strong focus on delivering customer value.
  • Grow self-organizing teams that are able to deliver high-value, high-quality products.

Topics Covered

Individuals & Interactions

  • Developing Soft Skills
  • Understanding Communication Barriers
  • Sharing Knowledge
  • Physical Work Environments
  • Collaboration Techniques
  • Techniques for Shared Understanding
  • Shifts in Roles

Value-Driven Development

  • Incremental Development
  • Value-Based Work
  • Retaining Quality
  • Work-in-Progress (WIP)
  • Continuous Integration
  • Cost & Benefit of Frequent Delivery

Customer & User Involvement

  • Defining the Customer
  • User Involvement
  • User Feedback
  • Product Adaptation

Planning & Adapting

  • Planning
  • Estimation
  • Status
  • Process Adaptation
  • Project Adaptation
  • Attendee Workbook
  • Course certificate
  • Catered breakfast and lunch
Agile testers, test engineers, or those aspiring to these roles with a passion for software quality Since the ICP is foundational and the gateway to all other ICAgile tracks, the ICP certification has the broadest target audience. It is appropriate for those new to the agile world, and for practitioners who recognize the need to focus on “being” agile in addition to “doing” agile. Training providers may tailor course delivery for specific audiences and career levels, while still ensuring coverage of all learning outcomes.
ICAgile accredited course: The ICP Certification from ICAgile is granted on the successful completion of this course.

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