BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile

2 Day Course

This course deals with 2 important questions: why should I choose Agile? How can I implement it? More specifically we will explore the frameworks available and discuss which ones you should consider, based on your needs. Jose Casal, BCS’s Agile Foundations lead creator, will answer these questions over 2 days, leaving you with a much better understanding of Agile and its principles.

Modern businesses operate in a constant state of changing requirements and uncertain environments. Traditional plan-based approaches that work in other sectors at best underperform and at worst fail under these conditions. However, this is where Agile thrives. Being designed from the ground up to be collaborative and change compliant, it not only accommodates these needs but encourages them, ensuring that both your customers and your team are happy with the outcome.

What you will learn:

  • What led to the development of the Agile Manifesto and principles
  • The rationale and benefits of Agile
  • How the Agile pillars shape your development process
  • Common Agile roles, techniques and practices
  • The differences between Agile implementations and frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc.)

Agile is conceptually simple but hard to implement well. A common occurrence is focusing on implementing a chosen or ordained method without really understanding the reasons behind that choice and how the framework interacts with your business context. Over the 2 days you will be involved in a series of hands-on exercises and discussions designed to help you grasp the Agile mindset. Jose will draw from his extensive experience to answer your questions and help guide your Agile journey.

Syllabus And Agenda

The Agile Manifesto

  • Values
  • Principles

Rationale & benefits of Agile

  • Empirical & defined process
  • The pillars of the empirical process
  • The waterfall approach
  • The iron triangle of project constraints
  • Working with uncertainty and volatility
  • Agile myths
  • Business culture and Agile
  • The product development lifecycle

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

  • Emergent design for self-organising teams

Working systems over comprehensive documentation

  • Continuous delivery of value
  • Customer satisfaction and changing requirements
  • Working systems as a measure of progress
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiations
  • Face-to-face communications
  • Encouraging business-development team collaboration
  • Reflect and adjust

Responding to change over following a plan

  • Embracing change
  • Sustainable pace
  • Design simplicity

Common agile roles

  • Customer
  • Team
  • Agile leader
  • Stakeholders
  • The Agile mindset

Common Agile techniques

  • User stories
  • Acceptance criteria and scenarios
  • MoSCoW prioritisation
  • Estimating using story points
  • Agile QA and testing

Common Agile practices

  • Short feedback loops
  • Emergent documentation
  • Visual boards
  • Show and tell
  • Retrospectives
  • Continuous improvement

Agile Methods and Approaches

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • XP
  • DSDM Atern
  • Lean
  • Lean start-up

Prerequisites

None

Audience

This course is designed for all members of the software development cycle including:

  • Developers
  • Testers
  • Product and Project Managers
  • ScrumMasters
  • Product Owners
  • Business Analysts
  • Agile coaches

Certification

At the end of this 2 day course you will be ready to take the BCS Agile Foundation exam and get your certification.

The examination will be a 1 hour multiple-choice test administered at the end of the second day.

After successfully passing the exam you will receive your BCS Agile Foundations certificate and a 1 year membership to BCS.

Scrum Alliance

15 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs) towards your CSP (Certified Scrum Professional) to all successful candidates.

Project Management Institute (PMI)

This course provides 16 PDUs (Professional Development Units).

Trainer: Jose Casal

Jose Casal is a business improvement professional and coach. Starting out as a software developer, Jose quickly realised that he loved helping others succeed using agile.

He is intensely passionate about modern management methodologies focusing primarily on Lean Kanban, agile and strengths-based leadership. Jose is both a trainer and a student, striving to learn continuously and to help introduce or support the use of agile principles in companies. He has worked with large private and public sector organisations such as The Scottish Government, Credit Suisse, Capita, Student Loans Company, NHS Choices, University of Kent and P&O Ferries.

Jose is the Founder and Chair of the BCS Agile Methods Specialist Group and the lead creator of the BCS Agile Foundation Certificate (contributing the official syllabus, exam questions and training materials). He is also the chair of the London Lean Kanban Day (LLKD) and Playcamp UK conferences.

As an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer Jose has a few certifications under his belt, here are just a few of them: Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT), certified APMG AgilePM Trainer, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), DSDM Advanced Practitioner, BCS Agile Trainer and Innovation Games Collaboration Architect.

Price

£650 + VAT Per Person (limited early bird & group discounts available)

Provided the time and space to think about the organisation and our projects in a new way.

N. Wyler - Project Manager

The course is a fantastic first step into the Agile Methodology and will leave you brimming with new ideas and a whole new outlook on productivity.

K. English - Consultant