Managing Agile Requirements

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Course Overview

In Managing Agile Requirements Training Course, Participants will learn on how to build a product backlog using a use case (or user story) model as input, and how to plan and work in 30 day sprints. Participants will apply what they learn in a series of exercises that take them through project start-up, sprint planning, and running a sprint. Leveraging either the use case requirements approach or the user stories approach and Scrum's agile project management approach gives you the ability to quickly develop working software that meets business needs. In Scrum, teams work in 30 day sprints to produce production-quality software driven by business priorities and using an empirical, adaptive approach. Managing Agile Requirements course explains this approach's values, key techniques, and how each team member contributes to success. Managing Agile Requirements course blends ideas from Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), and the Rational Unified Process (RUP).

Course Content

Agile Methodology Fundamentals

  • What are agile methods?
  • What is iterative development?
  • Covers the basics and principles of iterative development and industry accepted best practices.
    • Agile methods' values
    • Intro to Scrum/benefits vs. waterfall. Brief history of Scrum,comparison to waterfall, advantages of Scrum.
  • Exercise

Scrum in a Nutshell

  • What is Scrum and an overview of Scrum process flow
  • Scrum Roles and responsibilities 
  • The ScrumMaster, project team.Covers the roles played within a project team, with an emphasis on the ScrumMaster
  • How does Scrum work and how do we conduct project planning?
  • Exercise

Traditional Management vs. Scrum

  • Agile Leadership Principles - Servant Leadership, Empirical Management, Empowerment, Quality-First, Continuous Improvement,and "Standardization"

Use Case / User Stories Overview

  • What are use cases (or user stories)?
  • Describe how to develop a use case model / user story model
  • Describe the basic process for writing a use case specification (or user story) and describe the components
  • Discuss the relationship between use case / user story and user interfaces
  • Review tips for writing quality use case specification / user stories
  • Exercise

Planning and Estimating

  • Planning Overview. Why do we plan and what makes a good plan?
  • How is agile planning different? Planning takes place at the Day,Iteration, and Release level
  • Estimation of Size and Duration. Story points vs. ideal days. We will then extrapolate the story point concept and explain how this applies to the concept of use case points.
  • Exercise
  • Ideal days. A discussion about Ideal Time vs. Elapsed Time
  • Planning Poker. Introduces the class to planning poker and how to conduct a planning poker sessions
  • Exercise

Project Initiation and Release Planning

  • Role of the product owner
    • Lays out the responsibilities and expectations of the product owner and his/her relationship to the project team.
  • Establishment of project charter
    • Overview of basis for scope of work, starting point for product backlog.Describe other project initiation activities.
  • Product backlog
    • Definition of the product backlog, how it is established.Demonstrate how to size use cases / user stories
  • Exercise: Build a product backlog
    • Allow students to go through the steps of establishing the product backlog and size use cases / user stories
  • Setting priorities
    • How the product backlog gets prioritized and maintained. Focus is on the role of the product owner
  • Release planning
    • Demonstrate how to use prioritized backlog, estimated velocity, and sprint goals to establish a release plan

Planning a Sprint

  • Conducting Sprint Planning Meeting
  • Part 1: Selecting a subset of the product backlog
    • Discuss how to determine the sprint scope including hangover
  • Part 2: Developing the sprint backlog
    • Discuss how to avoid hangover, estimate velocity, and establish a sprint goal
  • Exercise: Build a sprint backlog
    • Students will be provided a product backlog and preliminary release plan, to build a sprint backlog
  • Developing sprint tasks
    • Topics covered include task granularity, dependencies,scheduling and assignment
  • Exercise: Establish sprint plan tasks
    • Students will create and plan iteration tasks

Running a Sprint

  • Conducting the daily Scrum
    • Discuss the focus and conduct of the daily Scrum. Learn what is included and what is excluded. Learn the value of the daily Scrum
  • Managing the sprint scope
    • Discuss tips and techniques for insulating the team from distractions
    • Learn how to handle the sprint being behind or ahead
  • Warning signs and how to address them
    • Covers common pitfalls and avoidance strategies and recipes for failure
  • Tracking progress/burndown
    • Methods for managing task completion. Covers burndown and progress tracking
  • Exercise: Build and maintain burndown
    • Students break into teams and simulate an actual sprint.

Closing a Sprint

  • Conducting a sprint review
    • Demonstrate what is expected and covered in a sprint review
  • Conducting a sprint retrospective
    • Discuss the purpose and scope of a sprint retrospective
  • Inspecting and adapting the process
    • Discuss a key aspect of Scrum: inspect and adapt. Emphasizes the importance of self-directed teams
  • Reporting project status
    • Discuss metrics, hangover, and velocity
  • Updating the backlog
    • Covers re-prioritization,injects and budget constraints
  • Closing the project
    • Summarization and definition of done

Customer Reviews

Thanks to Xpertised and the tutor who walked me through all the topics with Practical exposure which is helping me in my current project.

Course was quite helpful in terms of understanding of concepts and practicality. Its really a very friendly environment to learn. The timing were mutually chosen, as we both are working professional. I am quite satisfied with the course.


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