BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile
This 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.
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
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
Encouraging business-development team collaboration
Reflect and adjust
Responding to Change over Following a Plan
Common Agile Roles
The agile mind-set
Common Agile Techniques
Acceptance Criteria and Scenarios
Estimating using Story Points
Agile QA and testing
Common Agile Practices
Short feedback loops
Show and tell
Agile Methods and Approaches
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.
At 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.
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