This course is a unique blend of training that immerses participants in an agile team that is up and running as well as standard classroom learning. Participants will learn deep skills that they can apply to their unique situation and see those same skills in practice as they shadow a real team through key product development events.
Why This Course and Description
This training creates an immersion experience that mixes theory, simulation and real application.
Classic IT organizations faced with growing project complexity often look to Six Sigma or similar for process improvement. Tools such as DMAIC and SIPOC are powerful when applied to repeatable processes, but software development creates a different product with each project. Organizational that focus on process will bring slight gains in quality, but dramatically slow product development. Infrastructure takes longer to plan and deploy at the expense of being obsolete when finally deployed.
This 3-day highly interactive event will demonstrate Agile methods proven to gain both productivity (4X) and quality (10X). Theory is taught in the classroom and powerfully reinforced by visits to an actual Agile software development team (in-flight on a real project) and experiences shared by instructors who have done it. Participants will be able to see 1st hand working product backlog, observe daily stand-up synchronization meetings, and view a high-performing, collaborative Agile team in action. The class will work through an unfolding requirements simulation, guided by vision, and grouped into small iterations so that the final outcome emerges from pieces completed just in time. There will be two highly qualified instructors present to handle the intense interactive discussions that are necessary to learn from these experiences.
Douglas E. Shimp is a Partner and Senior Consultant 3Back.com, a CST (Certified ScrumMaster Trainer) and a use case expert. He has 16 years experience in the technology field. One of his distinctions is his focus on the interaction of technology and corporate cultural issues. He is currently writing a book The ProductOwner. He is certified by Cockburn and Associates to teach "Writing Effective Use Cases" and by the Scrum Alliance to teach "Advanced Development Methods" as a ScrumMaster Trainer. www.3back.com
Guy Beaver is Director of Software Engineering at Critical Point Group, and a Certified Scrum Practitioner. Prior to joining Critical Point Group, Beaver served as systems manager for an industry-leading mutual fund organization, where he presided over the delivery of the firm's Web applications for account opening and funds transfers. In this role, he successfully implemented Agile in a mature Six Sigma IT organization. Before that, he served as a software engineer for an application development company that was under contract to the NASA Langley Research Center. He was also a research physicist for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. His recent experiences include rapid delivery of enterprise web applications and leading the change to Agile in both large corporations and start-ups. He has over 23 years of software engineering and IT experience in several industries including DoD, NASA and Financial Services. He has published articles in several technical journals, and is currently writing a book on Agile leadership
Why This Course
Together, Guy & Doug have implemented Agile methods in all size organizations, ranging from a $1.3 Trillion Financial Services corporation to start-ups and everything in-between. You will not find another training course quite like this one. We have seen nor heard of a better way to teach this material. Please be prepared for an intense yet, satisfying experience.
Participants should have a background in team based product development.
Class will be strictly limited to 21 participants.