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BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile

Course Details

Name BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile
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Virtual Classroom
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Price:
£850.00 +vat
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Course ID:
488495

Overview

Agile has caught the attention of business leaders in the UK and globally as a means of managing change, reducing time to market, eliminating waste and attracting and retaining customers. The question is - what is Agile Project Management and how does it differ from traditional waterfall? What are the roles, skills and competencies required.

This two-day foundation certificate course is concerned with the use of Agile practices in projects, product and software development.?The course is designed to ensure the delegate has suitable knowledge of the core concepts of Agile practices, the Agile values and principles, across a breadth of Agile methodologies. It is not aimed at preparing delegates to implement a specific Agile approach.

Target Audience

The certificate is relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of Agile, including organisational leaders and managers wanting to understand the value of Agile practices, or those who work in an Agile environment.

What's Included?

  • Exam
  • 12-month BCS Associate membership (not available to previous members). Click here for terms and conditions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recall the origins of Agile methods.
  • Understand and apply the core values and principles of Agile methods.
  • Know the difference between the defined process and the empirical processes used in Agile.
  • Explain the issues identified in the traditional / waterfall approach.
  • Recognise myths that are often attributed with Agile practices.
  • Know the different approaches to the empirical model for improvement and change.
  • Explain the business culture and the economic case required for Agile.
  • Understand the implication of Agile practices on individuals, teams and businesses.
  • Explain the way in which we engage customers into an Agile project.
  • Know how we respond to change in an Agile project.
  • Describe the common Agile roles, techniques and practices.

Pre-Requisites

Experience of working as a member of a project team, for example as a tester, business analyst, software developer, project manager, or release manager, is helpful but not required.

Course Content

The course is designed to present theoretical models and current industry practices, with an emphasis on understanding the intentions behind the four value statements of the Agile Manifesto. Towards the end of the course, we look at Agile approaches in use today, at a high level only.

The course includes the following syllabus areas:

The Agile Manifesto

  • 4 Values
  • 12 Principles

Rationale & Benefits of Agile

  • History of Agile
  • Empirical and defined processes
  • The pillars of the empirical process
  • The waterfall approach
  • The iron triangle of project constraints
  • Working with uncertainty and volatility
  • Agile myths
  • Empirical models for improvement and change
  • Business culture and Agile
  • The economic case for Agile
  • The lifecycle of product development

Individuals and their Interactions over Processes and Tools

  • Motivated and Talented Individuals
  • Emergent design from Self-Organising Teams

Working Systems over Comprehensive Documentation

  • Satisfy the Customer with Continuous Delivery of Value
  • Deliver Working Systems Frequently
  • Working Systems as a Measure of Progress
  • Technical Excellence and Good Design

Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiations

  • Business People and Developers Must Work Together
  • Face-to-face Communications
  • Reflect and Adjust Regularly

Responding to Change over Following a Plan

  • Embrace Change
  • Sustainable Pace
  • Simplicity - The Art of Maximising the Amount of Work Not Done

Common Agile Roles

  • The Role of the Customer
  • The Role of the Team
  • The Role of the Agile Leader
  • The Role of Stakeholders
  • The Agile Mindset

Common Agile Techniques

  • User Stories
  • Acceptance Criteria and Scenarios
  • MoSCoW Prioritisation
  • Estimation using Story Points
  • Agile quality assurance and testing

Common Agile Practices

  • Short Feedback Loops
  • Focus on Quality
  • Emergent Documentation
  • Visual Boards
  • Team Synchronisation Meeting
  • Show and Tells
  • Retrospectives
  • Continuous Improvement

Relevant Methods and Approaches for Agile Teams

  • Scrum
  • XP (Extreme Programming)
  • DSDM Atern
  • Kanban
  • Lean Software Development
  • Lean Startup

Attend From Anywhere

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How Attend from Anywhere works

Our ‘Attend from Anywhere’ courses allow you to access award-winning classroom training without leaving your home or office. We use WebEx web and video conferencing platform by Cisco. Before you book you should check to ensure you meet the WebEx system requirements and run a test meeting to ensure the software is compatible with your firewall settings (if it doesn’t work you should adjust your settings or contact your IT department about permitting the website).

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  • Up to three weeks before the start of the course we will send you Joining Instructions by email.
  • You should enter ‘My Virtual Account’ to update your address for courseware and book a pre-test with a member of the Virtual Learning Team, who will check everything works.
  • 15 minutes before the course begins you should launch the software, connect your audio and familiarise yourself with the interface and how the virtual interactions work.
  • The course will be split into multiple sessions, with short breaks in between so you can stay focused and refreshed.
  • Throughout the course the learning professional will use an electronic whiteboard, which will transmit all the notes directly to your screen.
  • You can ask the learning professional a question at any time, either by simply speaking aloud through your microphone or by clicking the virtual ‘raise-a-hand’ button on the interface.
  • Towards the end of the course there will be plenty of time for detailed Q&As with the learning professional, just as if you were physically in the classroom.
  • Following the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation form, which will allow you to give detailed feedback on your experience and help us to make future improvements.
  • For four weeks after the course has finished you will have on-demand access to helpful videos on the subject matter, and we may send you useful emails reminding you of the ‘Key Learning Points’.

Benefits of Attend from Anywhere

Access to experts

Receive full support from our subject-matter experts for the duration of your course.

Convenient

Access your training from home, the office, or anywhere with internet access.

Cost-effective

Save money on training and expenses like transport, hotels, meals and childcare.

Quality

Our technology makes our online courses the same high quality as our classroom training.

Time-efficient

Reduce time out of the office and time spent travelling to and from training centres.

FAQ

What equipment do I need for an Attend from Anywhere course?

You will need an internet-connected computer and a USB headset with an in-built mic to interact with the trainer. Two monitors are recommended; one to stream the video from the classroom and the other to display the interactive interface.

How reliable are Attend from Anywhere courses?

We use leading Cisco technology and our classrooms are specifically optimised to improve sound quality for remote attendees. We also offer a pre-test so you can test everything is working before the course starts.

How are remote attendees made to fell included?

Our trainers are specially trained on how to interact with remote attendees and our technology allows them to take over remote PCs. Our remote labs ensure all participants can take part in hands-on class exercises wherever they are.

What makes Attend from Anywhere courses cost effective?

Our technology makes our Attend from Anywhere courses the same high-quality experience as our classroom training, so we do not price them differently. However, organisations and individuals do make significant financial savings by booking this type of course when associated costs (such as travel, expenses, hotels, food and childcare) are factored in.

How can I take the exam remotely?

You may be able to take your exam via one of our accredited remote live proctors. Where this is not possible you may be issued with an exam voucher or required to attend a classroom in order to take the exam. Please contact us for specific details in relation to your course.

If you are able to take your exam remotely you need to book it before the course begins  and switch on a webcam to enable invigilation and show photo ID (please note that exam slots are subject to availability with the live proctors and may not be available during the week of the exam. Exam slots are booked on a first come first served basis).

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There is no pre-course reading required.

Please ensure that you bring photo identification with you on the day of your examination as you will not be allowed to sit the exam without it.

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