Agility

The Agile ship needs a course correction. Real agility means that you're flexible, adaptable, nimble. However, the word Agile has come to mean a rigid process that doesn't deliver up to its potential. Agile is something you are, not something you do.

This course

This course teaches you everything you need to be truly agile.

Now, just to clarify, this class goes way beyond Scrum training. In fact, this class is exactly what you need if you're a Scrum practitioner and want to up your game. Scrum is a small thing when compared to Agile as a whole. It's one small gear in a big machine with a lot of moving parts, and all of those parts are interconnected. You need to understand the whole machine to be successful, and that's what you'll learn in this class: everything you need to succeed.

If you're an executive or manager

  • You'll learn what being agile really means and how to smoothly transition your company to true agility.
  • You'll learn how to plan in a world where requirements are constantly changing, so estimates are never accurate enough to be valuable.
  • You'll learn how to build a scaleable company culture that lets agility thrive, and you'll learn how to support your teams so that they can work at maximum efficiency.

If you're an engineer

  • You'll learn how to work more effectively to build software that actually delights your customers.
  • You'll learn lots of practical details that you can apply immediately to your day-to-day work.
  • You'll learn why we do the things we do by looking at the key principles of Lean manufacturing that underlie Agile thinking.
  • And of course you'll learn how to actually build software in an flexible way that's not tied to a single process or framework. In fact, You'll learn how all three of the big processes—Scrum, XP, and Kanban—work, and you'll learn how to craft custom processes that go way beyond Scrum in effectiveness.

If you're looking for a job

  • You'll be able to walk into your interview confident that you know the big picture, and can handle any question that's thrown at you.
  • You can even get proof in the form of a certificate based on a nontrivial essay-based exam that actually *means* something.

What you'll learn

  • You'll start by learning first principles: how Lean works, for example, and how does the Agile Manifesto actually apply to the real workplace. Then you'll learn to apply those principles to develop processes that work for you, and work vastly better than by-the-book Scrum and other canned processes.
  • You'll learn how these concepts affect the business itself, from organization to governance practice to how you should hire. We'll look in depth at Agile company cultures and how to create an environment where agility is possible.
  • You'll learn about the standard practices used in effective organizations, and more importantly, you'll learn why they work and how they interact with one another.
  • You'll learn how to integrate agility into your organization, how to transition to agile, and how to support agile effectively throughout the organization.

You'll come away from this class with a solid understanding of how to build a fully agile organization (and team) that actually works, and how to build software in fully agile way that's not tied into any one methodology.

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