BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile with Jose Casal-Gimenez

Course Details

BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile
Jose Casal

Old Street, London

11th - 12th Jul 2018 , 9.00am - 5.00pm

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BCS LogoThis course deals with two important questions: why should I choose agile? How can I implement it? More specifically we will explore the frameworks available and discuss which ones you should consider based on your needs. Jose Casal, BCS’s Agile Foundations lead creator, will answer these questions over 2 days, leaving you with a much better understanding of agile and its principles.

Modern businesses operate in a constant state of changing requirements and uncertain environments. Traditional plan-based approaches that work in other sectors at best underperform and at worst fail under these conditions. However, this is where agile thrives. Being designed from the ground up to be collaborative and change compliant, it not only accommodates these needs but encourages them, ensuring that both your customers and your team are happy with the outcome.

What you will learn:
• What led to the development of the Agile Manifesto and principles
• The rationale and benefits of agile
• How the agile pillars shape your development process
• Common agile roles, techniques and practices
• The differences between agile implementations and frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc.)

Agile is conceptually simple but hard to implement well. A common occurrence is focusing on implementing a chosen or ordained method without really understanding the reasons behind that choice and how the framework interacts with your business context. Over the 2 days you will be involved in a series of hands-on exercises and discussions designed to help you grasp the agile mind-set. Jose will draw from his extensive experience to answer your questions and help guide your agile journey.

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The Agile Manifesto

Rationale & Benefits of Agile
Empirical & defined process
The pillars of the empirical process
The waterfall approach
The iron triangle of project constraints
Working with uncertainty and volatility
Agile myths
Business culture and agile
The product development lifecycle

Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools
Emergent design for self-organising teams

Working Systems over Comprehensive Documentation
Continuous delivery of value
Customer satisfaction and changing requirements
Working systems as a measure of progress

Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiations
Face-to-face communications
Encouraging business-development team collaboration
Reflect and adjust

Responding to Change over Following a Plan
Embracing Change
Sustainable Pace
Design simplicity

Common Agile Roles
Agile leader
The agile mind-set

Common Agile Techniques
User Stories
Acceptance Criteria and Scenarios
MoSCoW Prioritisation
Estimating using Story Points
Agile QA and testing

Common Agile Practices
Short feedback loops
Emergent documentation
Visual Boards
Show and tell
Continuous Improvement

Agile Methods and Approaches
DSDM Atern
Lean Start-up

This course is designed for all members of the software development cycle including developers, testers, product and project managers, ScrumMasters, Product Owners, business analysts and agile coaches.

This course has no set pre-requisites and is valuable for all experience levels.

BCS LogoAt the end of this 2-day course you will be ready to take the BCS Agile Foundation exam and get your certification. The examination will be a 1-hour multiple-choice test administered at the end of the second day.
After successfully passing the exam you will receive your BCS Agile Foundations certificate and a 1-year membership to BCS.

Scrum Alliance
As a Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider (REP) Learning Connexions will award 15 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs) towards your CSP (Certified Scrum Professional) to all successful candidates.

Project Management Institute (PMI):
This course provides 16 PDUs (Professional Development Units).

Learning about the agile mindset and how difficult it is to implement was the most valuable part of the course for me.

Danae Panayiotidou | Senior Test Analyst at TfL

My biggest takeaway from this course was the discussion on how to apply agile principles in an organisational setting.

Carys Morgan | Product Manager at NHS Choices