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March "Art of Agile" Training in Europe

02 Feb, 2009

I've had the announcement up on my event calendar for a while now, but I haven't blogged it yet: in March, Diana Larsen and I are delivering our "Art of Agile" training courses in Europe.

Diana and I put these courses together last year, based on The Art of Agile Development. I'm biased, sure, but I think they came out great. We had a sold-out crowd of 40 people and we got a lot of positive feedback. There are two courses: The Art of Agile Planning and The Art of Agile Delivery.

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We had a beautiful room last year.

The Art of Agile Planning

"The Art of Agile Planning" is a two-day course that covers all aspects of agile planning, from visions, to release planning and risk management, to iteration planning and estimating. Students use these skills over the course of multiple iterations as they plan an actual product--a miniature training course that we deliver.

If you've ever had trouble meeting the commitments you make to your stakeholders, you need to come to this class.

"The facilitators were excellent! I really enjoyed the 'jump in and swim' approach to applying what we learned as we went."

Bill Jackson III, Senior Software Engineer, Oracle Corp.

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Diana demonstrates a concept.

The Art of Agile Delivery

"The Art of Agile Delivery" is a three-day course that does a deep dive into what happens during an agile iteration. It's an intensive course that replicates real agile development. We group people into cross-functional teams consisting of programmers, customers, and testers, and then we have them develop actual working software in several 90-minute iterations, complete with version control, continuous integration, and automated builds. (If you think that's impossible, you should come to our course!) Peppered throughout are lectures on topics as diverse as test-driven development, working with stakeholders, exploratory testing, and incremental design.

It's an intensive class, and one you shouldn't miss.

"I don't know how they pulled off the [class project], but going through four iterations brought the concepts home. Also I was a programmer wanting to learn about the project development side. Diana's four-quadrant diagrams (about stakeholders) were enlightening as was Jim's [incremental design] box diagrams and analogy of TDD to double-entry bookkeeping. Thank you!!"

Steve Tamura, Developer

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Jim talks about customer testing.

How to Register

If you're in Europe and interested in one or both of these courses, I hope you'll join us! We're partnering with ProgramUtvikling in Norway to deliver the courses during the week of March 16th, and with MultiSoft in Hungary to deliver the courses during the week of March 30th. To register, follow the links below:

Oslo, Norway:
Mar 16 & 17, 2009The Art of Agile PlanningDetails and Registration
Mar 18-20, 2009The Art of Agile DeliveryDetails and Registration
 
Budapest, Hungary:
Mar 30 & 31, 2009The Art of Agile PlanningDetails and Registration
Apr 1-3, 2009The Art of Agile DeliveryDetails and Registration
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