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Courses: Agile Training Class

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About The Job Hackers

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Agile Training Class

  • Cost: Free
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Locations: San Francisco
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

The Job Hackers Reviews

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4.98/5

(88 reviews)
    9/14/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Fantastic course"

Do you ever feel like a colorful parrot in a gilded cage? This course is a complete education on Scrum and then goes deeper to explain the underlying principles of why the Scrum guidelines work and how to effectively improve your scrum teams. Highly recommend.... Read More

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    9/14/2020
  • Bill Riker
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"The Agile MBA is a "must do" course for PMs in the rapidly evolving project environment in that it moves well beyond Agile mechanics and adds significant awareness of the thought leadership needed to drive team success."

I found the Agile MBA course under Larry Apke's leadership is simply excellent for several reasons. First, the breadth of the content provides a firm baseline of Agile mechanics and its application in the real project management world. I found that it... Read More

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    9/11/2020
  • Kristina Rudolph
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Beyond Agile or Scrum, this mini MBA program has something for everyone"

At first I thought the series of classes solely focused on becoming a Scrum Master. While Larry does set you up for success in learning about and understanding the official scrum guide to prepare you to take that test, his class goes well beyond that... Read More

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    9/10/2020
  • Kalyani Muppidi | Salesforce Admin
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great learning experience"

This is such an amazing experience! Larry is really passionate about the agile and has an extensive experience in the software field and that made the class very engaging. His anecdotes and stories made the class very lively. Edward was great in moderating... Read More

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    9/10/2020
  • Diana Diaz
  • Graduated: 2020

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"The Job Hackers - an excellent Agile bootcamp and also a Community!"

Larry Apke's The Job Hackers Agile MBA bootcamp is not just process knowledge but also a multi-disciplinary approach for implementation of Agile and, backed up with his real life experience. Larry is exceedingly engaging, approachable, funny, and passionate... Read More

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    8/25/2020
  • Smita Govil | Business Analyst
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"great curriculum and teaching material"

Agile MBA sessions are one of the best sessions I have attended. At first I wasn't very sure if this is for me and didn't do recommended readings and while taking the classes I got interested in understanding in depth and of course all because of Larry... Read More

Thanks Larry and Edward for putting this together.

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    8/22/2020
  • Ashley Velasquez | Software Developer
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great Class for the Scrum Mindset"

What I liked about this class are the community and reading materials. Larry also has a lot of experience working on teams and what that looks like. He promotes the growth mindset in acknowledging that being a SCRUM leader requires the ability to listen... Read More

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    7/28/2020
  • Joseph Maser
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Excellent overview of Agile"

Job Hackers puts on a very informative Agile MBA bootcamp to provide a holistic, unvarnished view of Agile. Larry covers the pros and cons and how to be successful when utilizing Agile/Scrum methodologies. Classes have good energy and leave plenty of... Read More

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    6/30/2020
  • Joshua Moody | Project Risk Manager @ NASA / American Systems Corporation
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Outstanding Instruction and Professor!"

I enjoyed Larry Apke's passion and knowledge of all the topics he discussed. While his bread and butter is the Agile and Scrum framework, he is equally effective on teaching topics to include psychology, workplace efficiencies, systems, collaboration,... Read More

If you seek the opportunity to develop yourself within the Agile / Scrum framework, as a project manager, a leader, a team member, or develop as a human being, I highly recommend the Agile MBA with the Job Hackers!

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    6/18/2020
  • Donald Rau | Senior Project Manager
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Literally one of the most interesting bootcamps you will ever take."

I feel privileged to have found this bootcamp. What a great and interesting program for learning about Agile. The content is presented in such a way that it is accessible and relatable, and it rejuvenated interest in my career. Up to this point, I thought... Read More

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The Job Hackers's average rating is 4.98 out of 5.0 based on 88 review(s).

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