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Final Agenda for Next Week's Art of Agile Training

21 Feb, 2011

Diana Larsen and I are teaching our Art of Agile Planning and Art of Agile Delivery training courses next week (starting February 28th). As usual, we've been getting together to reflect on the last course and make improvements. This is our final agenda for the courses... as close to final as we ever get, anyway.

We can still make room for you if you sign up by Wednesday.

Feb 28 & Mar 1, 2011Planning (Portland, Oregon)Register here
Mar 2 - 4, 2011Delivery (Portland, Oregon)Register here

The Art of Agile Planning

We put most of our effort into updating The Art of Agile Planning. It's a solid course, but we wanted it to flow better. In the process, we invented the Proficiencies of Planning and workshopped them at Agile Open Northwest.

I'm very pleased with how the restructuring turned out. We spent way more time on it than we intended to, but the results are just fantastic. In addition to the restructuring, we finetuned a lot of the exercises, including our popular slack and technical debt exercise. We also incorporated Gojko Adzic's game-changing effect mapping technique, which I've loved ever since Gojko showed it to me last last year.

Here's the new outline. As usual, we followed our real-world training philosophy and we put learning ahead of certification.

Register here.

Day One: Stories and Iterations

  • Agile Overview
  • Planning Overview
  • Proficiencies of Planning
  • Level 1: We Create Business Value.
    • User Stories
    • Estimating
    • The Planning Game
    • Level 1 Reflection
  • Level 2: We Deliver Business Value.
    • Iterations
    • Iteration Planning
    • "Done Done"
    • Daily Stand-Up
    • Iteration Commitments
    • Velocity
    • Slack
  • Day 1 Reflection

Day Two: Features and Releases

  • Day 2 Welcome
  • Level 2 (continued)
    • Minimum Marketable Features
    • One At a Time
    • Level 2 Reflection
  • Level 3: We Optimize Our Business Value.
    • Purpose
    • Customer Discovery
    • Effect Mapping
    • Adaptive Planning
    • Rolling Wave Planning
    • Level 3 Reflection
  • Level 4: We Optimize Our Organization's Business Value.
    • Organizational Challenges
    • Release Commitments
    • Level 4 Reflection
  • Reflection & Clinic: Agile in Your Organization
  • Closing

The Art of Agile Delivery

The Art of Agile Delivery worked very well last time. We made some tweaks, but they were all down in the details. The overall structure is unchanged, which is a good thing--this is a course people rave about.

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Day One: Core Delivery Skills

  • Team Formation
  • Review of Agile Lifecycle
  • Test-Driven Development
  • Refactoring
  • Customers' Role
  • Story Workflow
  • Customer Examples
  • Automated Builds
  • Story Development
  • Pair Programming
  • Iteration #1

Day Two: Advanced Topics

  • Meeting Commitments
  • Collaborationg & Collective Ownership
  • Working Agreements
  • Continuous Integration
  • Iteration #2
  • Defect Prevention
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Testers' Role
  • Incremental Requirements
  • Incremental Design & Architecture
  • Working with Stakeholders

Day Three: Bringing It Together

  • Iteration #3
  • Lessons Learned
  • Iteration #4
  • Transitioning to the Real World
  • Closing

As I said, we can still make room for you if you register by Wednesday. I hope to see you next week!

Feb 28 & Mar 1, 2011Planning (Portland, Oregon)Register here
Mar 2 - 4, 2011Delivery (Portland, Oregon)Register here