Adopting and Adapting Agility

ASPE | Techtown

ASPE | Techtown

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Who should attend

Anyone interested in adopting or adapting agile methods. The course has a technology, product focus but can easily be adapted for non-software development.

  • Product Managers
  • Product Owners
  • Business Analysts
  • Developers
  • Testers
  • DevOps Engineers
  • UX Engineers
  • Architect and System Analysts
  • Leaders and Manager

About the course

Unlike traditional team-based, Agile 101 courses that teach merely process mechanics, this course takes you beyond the “rules of Agile” to understanding the intent and purpose behind the principles and practices. Students learn how to adopt but also adapt agility in a manner that works for your organization and brings lasting change.

Adopting and Adapting Agility shows students how to blend product thinking, process patterns, and technical practices (e.g. Xtreme Programming tech patterns and DevOps) to unlock the true promises of Agile:

  • Better responsive to market and customer needs
  • Improved return on investment

Last, but certainly not least, this course emphasizes the use of Agile practices to fuel continuous, product learning. Students are challenged to think in terms of experiments and product horizons versus projects and release timelines. You learn to narrow and focus, adopting MVP-thinking and the creation of a flow of value to your market.

Whether your group is just starting out or has been applying agile practices for years, this course helps you learn, challenge, and tune your way of working, so you can improve product impact and customer satisfaction. The instructors have deep and wide experience on large and small product initiatives from a variety of industries. Instructors use these experiences to share both successes and failures. Instructors explain the nuts and bolts of agile, but this course quickly extends beyond that into how to blend product-thinking, technology, and process to achieve agility within your organization versus just “doing agile.

  • Gain a process-agnostic understanding of the basics of iterative product development
  • Learn agile values, principles, and practices
  • Appreciate the value of blending product, agile processes, and technology versus just “doing agile”
  • Gain exposure to a number of different methodologies, learning that each brings different practices that are tools in a toolbox for your organization
  • Learn design thinking techniques for creating value-based, product backlogs with personas, story maps, and customer journeys
  • Acquire a toolkit of practices and techniques for getting from idea to stories and creating a blended discovery and delivery cadence that fuels continuous product learning
  • Understanding of roadmap definition and thinking in terms of product horizons versus project plans
  • Pragmatic practices for planning and estimating releases and iterations and then reporting on progress and impact

Course Outline

The session combines presentation and interactive experiences to introduce many aspects of running an agile, product initiative. Specifically, the course roughly goes as follows, but it may by taught over two or three days if there is a desire to go deeper into the company’s product context.

Part 1: Agility: The art of responding to change

Course logistics, attendee expectations, etc.

Why change?

Why agility? (more than process)

  • Maneuverability
  • Responsiveness to market

History and Mindset

  • How did we get here?

Purpose based value

Innovation

Leverage Competitors Strengths Against Themselves

Where does R&D happen?

Growth rings

  • Stagnation, Order, Complexity, Chaos

The iterative cadence

  • Scientific method
  • What does iteration look like in the real world

Who’s involved?

  • Product teams
  • Cross-team
  • Special roles

Part 2: Product Discovery

What is a product?

What’s missing?

  • Most frameworks have the backlog magically appear
  • Product idea -> to actionable backlog

Product discovery

  • Common understanding – who? What? Why?
    • Collaborative Framing
  • Understanding design targets (who?)
  • Understanding the product experience/story (what?)
  • Journeys and slices
  • Making product choices to enable focus and learning

Ordering

  • Value
  • Sequence for dev
  • Learning
  • Etc.

Stories and acceptance tests

  • Journeys -> Stories
  • Tips for writing awesome stories and acceptance test

Product horizons and roadmaps

  • Making product choices
  • Tips for roadmapping

Part 3: Product Delivery

Preparing to deliver

  • More to it than just new features

Process mechanics

  • Iteration-based / Scrum
  • Flow-based / Kanban
  • Reporting and measurement
  • Estimating, sizing, and capacity planning

Technical Agility and DevOps

  • Xtreme Programming technical practice
  • Being “continuously ready”
  • Continuous technical health
  • Getting to value sooner

Part 4: Summary

  1. Striving for Agility not agile (Product > Progress > Process)
  2. Continuous learning comes
  • A culture of experimentation
  • Culture, creativity, and thinking
  • Blending discovery and delivery

Experts

Antoine Victor

ASPE’s Antoine Victor is an experienced trainer and consultant who specializes in crafting Microsoft solutions through Agile and Test Driven Development. With over 17 years of experience, Antoine has worked with a variety of teams across a number of verticals. Leveraging years of past experience...

Kay Harper

Kay Harper, CSM, PMI-ACP, SPC, ICP-ACC, ICP-ATF is a dedicated leader, coach, facilitator, speaker and trainer with over 20 years of proven expertise in traditional and Agile methodologies. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Missouri, Kay Harper went on to ...

Shekhar Agrawal

Shekhar Agrawal has been a member of the ASPE instructor team since 2015. In that time, he has developed and delivered training programs on enterprise technology practices and emergent technologies to both small and large groups across a range of industries. Shekhar has been a leader on our team ...

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