Intro to Agile Fundamentals

Hi and welcome to the self-paced online course Agile Fundamentals!

Our company’s mission is to make society more productive, more humane, and more sustainable. We believe and have seen that agile ways of working not only result in better products created in a better way but also that they result in more humane workplaces. We are giving this course away for free as we want to reach as many people as possible. We want to enable everyone that is interested in learning about agility to have the opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best trainers.

This course consists of six modules and a quiz. The modules cover the following topics:

Module 1: Context of Agile
This module is all about understanding what agile means and why it is so important in today’s world. We intend to teach you the objective through simple models that you can hopefully apply in your daily work and in interactions with your team and stakeholders.

Module 2: Empirical vs. Defined
This module covers the biggest differences between an empirical (agile) and a defined (traditional) approach to work. It highlights 4 concrete benefits of an empirical approach. We hope this helps build a better understanding for yourself, but also enables you to convince others.

Module 3: Design Thinking
This module covers Design Thinking as one way to systematically get from a customer problem to great product ideas. The intention is to create a problem-solution-fit. This is the first step towards building amazing customer-centric products and services.

Module 4: Scrum
This module will describe the Scrum framework on one page. You will learn how the three elements in Scrum (Roles, Events, and Artifacts) are connected and how the big picture looks like. You will also learn how Scrum delivers towards empiricism.

Module 5: Kanban
This module covers Kanban as an additional tool or approach for becoming better at empirical process control. You will learn what the true cost of context switching is and how you can significantly increase productivity with a few tweaks to your way of working.

Module 6: Connecting the dots
In our final module, you will learn how all the frameworks and tools are connected. You will understand why teams should do Design Thinking, Scrum and Kanban… not one or the other, but all of them.

Last but not least, you will have the chance to assess and validate your knowledge by going through a quiz with 20 multiple-choice questions. You will need a score of 70% i.e. 14 correct answers to pass the test. Don’t worry, our class will prep you well and you will have as many attempts as needed.

As a companion for the class, we recommend you read the latest version of the Scrum Guide which you can download in the Material section of this page. Also, please join our Slack Workspace: follow this link and look for the channel #spoc_agile_fundamentals. This is the ideal space to ask all your questions and get a response from me and other experienced Scrum practitioners.

Enjoy the class and don’t forget to give us feedback at the end… we will remind you 😉

My best,