All the basics to get you started

Learn the basics of agile – roles, events and artefacts – in this hands-on one day course.

ZXM’s Agile Essentials™ is a one-day course that delves into key concepts such as adaptive planning, prioritisation by value, team collaboration and fast feedback for continuous improvement. The course is designed to equip you with an overview of what agile truly looks like so that you can get started.

Learning outcomes

  • How to get started with agile.
  • History of the agile movement.
  • The distinctions among Agile values, principles, and practices, key aspects of value, prioritisation, and adaptive planning techniques.
  • How to cultivate collaboration with customers, within organisations and within teams.
  • Vocabulary to discuss the benefits of agile approaches.
  • How to avoid common pitfalls with fellow agile practitioners.

Who should attend?

  • Leaders who are supporting agile initiatives.
  • Product Managers.
  • People taking up new agile roles.
  • Staff who are new to the agile world.
  • Business and internal stakeholders who will work with agile teams.
  • Non-software teams, including HR, finance and marketing.
  • Agile practitioners who recognise the need to focus on “being” agile in addition to “doing” agile.

Topics covered

  • What is Agile?
  • Origins of Agile and the Agile Manifesto.
  • Understanding the agile mindset.
  • Empiricism and working in complex environments.
  • The shift to new agile roles: Scrum Master, Product Owner and the Team
  • Prioritisation through value.
  • Agile estimation.
  • Managing work in-progress.
  • Delivering work in Sprints.
  • Iteration and incrementing work for fast feedback.
  • Optimising throughput of work through working in smaller batches.
  • Visual management and Kanban.
  • Understanding the customer and user.
  • Agile planning.
  • Agile metrics and reporting.
  • Agile at scale – working with teams of teams.

About our course facilitators

Zen Ex Machina facilitators are experienced agile practitioners, trainers and coaches with 10 years’ experience with agile, as well as extensive applied experience with all aspects of agile frameworks, including Scrum, Lean, Kanban, SAFe®, Scrum @ Scale, Nexus, and LeSS.

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