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BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile

Course Details

Name BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile
Description
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Location:
Leeds
Start Date:
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Price:
£850.00 +vat
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Exam:
Residential:
Course ID:
500079

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

Leeds - City Exchange

Location:

11 Albion Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 5ES

 

Directions:

Walking directions

 

From the train station

  • Exit the train station and turn right along Wellington Street
  • Cross the road to the Park Plaza Hotel and continue past it to Boar Lane
  • Take the first road on your left, Albion Street
  • The City Exchange building will be on your left

From the NCP car park

  • Exit the car park using the north exit (i.e. don’t go back under the railway bridge)
  • Turn left and go up the street with the car park building on your left
  • Turn left on to Boar Street
  • Turn right onto Albion Street (first street on the right)
  • The City Exchange building is along Albion Street on your left

 

Rail

Leeds central station is a short walk from City Exchange. For train times and fares, see the National Rail website.  (For walking directions from the station to the training centre, see above.)

Trains running along the East Coast Main Line, offers a service that can get you to London Kings Cross in less than two hours, and provide 26 Leeds – London journeys a day. Connections are made at York for journeys to and from Newcastle and Scotland.

 

Bus

The closest bus stop is Boar Lane T1. Head west along Boar Street and take the first road on the right, Albion Street. The City Exchange building will be on the left.

 

Driving

 

From M1 or M62 (to closest NCP car park)

  • [From M62, take J29 onto M1 towards Leeds]
  • Follow M1 to J43, taking  M621 following signs to Leeds
  • Leave the M621 at Exit 7, following signs to Central Leeds
  • Merge onto Dewsbury Road (A653)
  • Continue on to Victoria Road, then on to Neville Street
  • Turn right onto Sovereign Street
  • At the crossroads, turn left onto Swinegate
  • The NCP car park will be on your right (under the tunnel)

 

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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