Workshop 1
26 February 2019, Manchester

Disciplined Agile in a Nutshell

Presenter: Mark Lines, Enterprise Agile Coach for Scott Ambler

Agile transformation is hard because cultural change is hard. It’s not one problem that needs to be solved, but a series of hundreds of decisions affecting lots of people over a long period of time that affects relationships, processes, and even the state of mind of those working within the change.

Disciplined Agile (DA) is unlike any other framework, because it’s based on empiricism, industry data and adoption of proven practices. The result is a huge wealth of structured information that allows you to map your challenges into a tree structure of proven strategies that other people have found to work in practice. In effect you can apply the DA framework to identify process improvements that reflect the actual situations faced by your teams.

This workshop focuses on how to apply the DA framework to deliver sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise. The DA framework builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Unified Process, and Agile Modeling to include other aspects necessary for success in enterprise-class settings. Filling in the gaps left by mainstream methods, DA provides guidance on how to effectively plan and kickstart complex projects as well as how to apply a full lifecycle approach, with lightweight milestones, effective metrics, and agile governance.

This one-day workshop is not technical and is suitable for all team members. Group exercises reinforce the principles learned. The workshop is valuable for anyone who wants to understand how agile solution delivery works from end-to-end or anyone tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile, particularly in enterprise settings. The day earns you 7PDU / contact hours.

Audience
♦ IT practitioners new to agile who want to get an effective start at agile solution delivery
♦ Existing agile practitioners who want to take it to the next level
♦ Senior IT Management who want to gain a deep understanding of how to take a disciplined approach to agile solution delivery
♦ Agile practitioners who seek the designation of Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA) or a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner (CDAP)
♦ PMI-ACP aspirants or current certification holders – PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practioner) ‘was’ created for those who believe in and apply agile principles and practices on projects. It requires a combination of training, experience and an exam.

What You’ll Learn
♦ Discover how agile solution delivery works in enterprise-class settings
♦ Learn how to avoid costly “agile beginner mistakes” by starting with a full delivery lifecycle
♦ Learn how all aspects of software delivery – architecture, design, testing, programming, leadership, quality assurance, data administration – come together in a cohesive whole
♦ Discover how to tailor your agile process to reflect the actual situation you find yourself in
♦ Learn how people in traditional roles can transition into an agile team

Additional Benefits
♦ Attendees earn the designation of Disciplined Agilist

Outline
Introduction to Disciplined Agile (DA): Learn about the four delivery lifecycles supported by DA; how DA is a hybrid that shows how proven practices from a range of sources fits together; how to take a flexible, non-prescriptive approach to agile development; the importance of being enterprise aware.

Disciplined Agile roles: Team Lead (ScrumMaster), Product Owner, Architecture Owner, Team Member, Stakeholder + five more optional scaling roles.

Inception Phase: Covers key activities for initiating a DA team, including initial requirements modelling, initial architecture modelling, initial release planning, strategies for your physical and virtual work environments, initial risk identification, and driving to a shared vision with your stakeholders.

Construction Phase: Describes many technical strategies for building consumable increments of your solution, including test-driven development (TDD), acceptance TDD, how to initiate an iteration/sprint, look-ahead modelling and planning, spikes, regular coordination meetings, continuous integration, continuous deployment, whole-team testing, parallel independent testing, information radiators, Kanban boards, burn up charts, and many more.  In this module we also look at agile construction from a traditional point of view, showing how activities such as architecture, analysis, design, testing, management, and user experience (UX) are addressed all the way through the lifecycle.

Transition Phase: Overviews strategies for releasing the solution to your stakeholders.

Summarizing the Workshop: A Retrospective

Workshop Logistics
♦ Level: Introductory
♦ Length: One day – 7 hours of classroom time plus breaks
♦ Approach: For each major topic in the agenda there will be instruction and group work
♦ Prerequisites: Basic concepts of agile methods such as Scrum

Workshop Ticket Price

  • Super Early Bird till 29 November
    – £225 +VAT
  • Early Bird till 31 December
    – £325 +VAT
  • Standard Price – £425 +VAT
  • Buy Ticket

For combined discounted price

Workshop 2
28 February 2019, Manchester

Governing Agile: A Disciplined Agile Approach to Lean Governance

Presenter:Mark Lines, Managing Partner, Scott Ambler + Associates

When organizations first adopt agile strategies they focus on software development. This is a good start, but they quickly realize that these teams need to be governed effectively. But then the teams start to learn and evolve the way that they work, and they do this in different ways. And not every team is agile, some are taking a Lean/Kanban based approach instead. Not only have it become obvious that your existing, traditional approach to governance isn’t going to work it’s also clear that you will need a flexible, lightweight approach that can support a range of development strategies. And of course, you must still address the usual regulatory compliance and audit requirements. Luckily the Disciplined Agile Framework has a lightweight, risk-based governance solution.

Audience
♦ IT practitioners who want to learn about how lean governance works in established organizations
♦ Existing agile practitioners who want to take their understanding of how to apply agile in enterprise situations to the next level
♦ Senior IT Management who want to gain a deep understanding of how to take a disciplined and comprehensive approach lean governance

Prerequisites
♦ Understanding of agile software development, and although not required, experience with Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)

What You’ll Learn
♦ The full extent of how lean governance works in established enterprises
♦ Identify how your solution development strategy needs to evolve for DevOps
♦ Discover the potential impact on your operations and support strategies

Benefits
♦ Attendees earn the designation of Disciplined Agilist, with free first year membership (a $50 US value), the first step on the path to Certification in Disciplined Agile.
♦ For existing members, this course provides 7 hours of continuing education credits

Outline
♦ Disciplined Agile principles
♦ What is governance, and why do we need it in an agile world?
♦ Exploring why traditional governance doesn’t work for lean/agile teams
♦ Exploring what it means to govern agile/lean teams effectively
♦ Governing when every team is different and constantly evolving
♦ Governing a value stream
♦ Designing and implementing agile and lean metrics that makes sense for your organization and teams
♦ Surviving an external audit

Workshop Logistics
♦ Level: Introductory – intermediate
♦ Length: One day – 7 hours of classroom time plus breaks.
♦ Approach: For each major topic in the agenda there will be instruction followed by group work.

Workshop Ticket Price

  • Super Early Bird till 29 November
    – £225 +VAT
  • Early Bird till 31 December
    – £325 +VAT
  • Standard Price – £425 +VAT
  • Buy Ticket

For combined discounted price

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