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Agile Training Class

Cost: Free
Duration: 6 weeks
Locations: San Francisco
In-person Only
Course Description:

Agile Scrum Master Class Tentative Syllabus

Required Reading has links to Amazon website. You can find some of the books on Safari Online (indicated where applicable). Many public libraries give access to Safari books with membership. Some can be found at your local library.

Part 1 - Introduction to Agile and Scrum

We will cover what Agile is, the philosophy behind the Agile Manifesto, why Agile can only be known as a reaction to the prevalent Waterfall approach, the 3Ps of Agile, what is scrum and how does it embody the Agile philosophy, how to use relative estimation techniques to quickly and easily discover Value and Effort and how to achieve Transparency, Predictability and Value. This week we cover the Philosophy and most prevalent Practice (Scrum).

Required Reading:
The Agile Manifesto – A Brief and Bold Guide by Larry Apke
The Scrum Guide – PDF version of most recent official scrum guide (online)

Presentations:
The Why of Agile
Introduction to the Scrum Framework
Relative Estimation Presentation and Exercise

Part 2 – Introduction to Software Quality / Technical Debt / DevOps

This week we will cover two things that are necessary to for sustained Agility over time – Acceptance Test Driven Development (BDD/TDD) and Continuous Integration and Delivery. It can be very difficult to complete, test and deploy software each iteration but it is possible. Over the short term it can be done via sweat and hard work, but over a period of time there are practices that make it possible.

Required Reading:
The Cucumber Book - Matt Wynne
Evolutionary Design (online) – Martin Fowler

Presentations:
BDD – Building Quality into Software
High Cost of Low Cost Software Development

Part 3 – Product Development Flow and Systems Thinking

Reinertsen’s book on Product Development Flow, though not written to do so, provides good explanations why Agile software development works well. We will continue to examine the nature of complexity through systems thinking.

Required Reading:
The Principles of Product Development Flow – Don Reinertsen
The Fifth Discipline – Peter Senge

Presentations:
Principles of Product Development Flow
Introduction to Systems Thinking

Part 4 – Cognitive Biases and the Human Side of Programming

Software development is about people. We cannot understand it unless we understand the people that do the work. If time allows, we will also cover alternative to Scrum like Kanban (Scrumban).

Required Reading:
Drive – Daniel Pink
Peopleware – Tom Demarco
KanBan and Scrum – Making the Most of Both – Henrik Kniberg (online)

Presentations:
Peopleware
Drive
Cognitive Biases

Part 5- Overflow and deeper dives

We will use the last part of time remaining to dive deeper into topics the class needs more information on.

Subjects:
Product Mgmt, Scrum

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Njoki Wachira
Project Manager | Graduated: 2022

8/18/2022

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"Overall Invaluable!"

The Job Hackers Agile MBA training program was truly one of the most impactful programs I have taken. Rather than focus purely on the theory of Agile and its application, the 6-week program dives hard into a wholistic view of knowledge work and the environment... Read More

Nkiru Asika
Graduated: 2022

8/16/2022

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"Outstanding class. Much more than I expected."

I signed up for the Agile MBA Class because it offered a free avenue to learn about Agile methodologies. However the program is so much more than that! The sessions are highly engaging, the content is way beyond a primer on Scrum and I enjoyed the class... Read More

Esfandiar Bandari
R&D manager | Graduated: 2022

8/1/2022

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"This is a leadership and organizational course that benefits everyone. And yes should be taught in every MBA."

This is one of the most useful courses that really should be taught to everyone. Yes, it does cover the Agile project management which is very popular in technology, but its applications go far beyond work and one's typical workday. It is more of a mastering... Read More

David Espinosa
Technical Solution sales support | Graduated: 2022

6/19/2022

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"Great team!"

Job Hackers team truly make a huge effort to enable this great program and make you feel part of a family. Program includes lectures, material, resume review and live discussions, besides the channels to interact with the team. Great to be part of this... Read More

Fitsum Tsehay
Graduated: 2022

6/7/2022

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"What an amazing non-profit organization. It is hard to believe that something like this exists at all"

I can't express in words how thankful I am for Job-Hackers. They spend their time and money to organize such an excellent Agile course for free. I was just curious and applied for the course, but I haven't expected that it would be so great. They are... Read More

Viktoriya Barsukova
Graduated: 2022

6/4/2022

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"Absolutely love this class"

For a month, I discovered a whole new world with new opportunities. I am new to Agile and Scrum, but after taking this class, I understand the concept and am confident about my next steps in the learning process. Exciting course; I find myself waiting... Read More

Amy L.
Agile Coach - Scrum Master | Graduated: 2022

6/2/2022

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"The best agile fundamentals course I have ever taken. Wish I had learned about this program sooner!"

This completely free course provides a level of agile education and training that you would be hard to find in a course that costs up to $1000. If you are just starting a career in agile - or even if you are an experienced practitioner, this course is... Read More

Noelle
Graduated: 2022

6/2/2022

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"The Job Hackers Agile MBA is professionally and personally beneficial"

Thank you Larry Apke, Jim Schibler, and Edward Gordon for sharing your time and expertise to support so many people. This course provided a useful overview of the agile philosophy. Networking was enabled and supported via study sessions, happy hours,... Read More

Keisha Battles
Teacher | Graduated: 2022

5/31/2022

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"Ive learned so much"

If you are interested in product development this program is for you. You don't have to have a tech background to benefit from the valuable information shared here. The only con is I am in a different time zone so I watch recordings. Other than that the... Read More

Anne Cairney
Sr. Scrum Master | Graduated: 2021

4/18/2022

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"Job Hackers Agile MBA Program Recommendation"

The Job Hackers Agile MBA Program consists of twice weekly lectures, Friday business case reviews, resume help and a jobs program. The volunteer staff provides amazing support. The know-how and experience I gained were essential factors in my ability... Read More

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