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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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4.97/5 (104 reviews)

Anonymous
Graduated: 2021

5/3/2021

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"Excellent class on agile development"

I really enjoyed this agile MBA class and learnt a lot from it. It teaches you the ins and outs of agile so that you can effectively lead your organization. Larry Apke who is the founder and also instructor is very engaging with his method of teaching... Read More

Anonymous
Software engineer / scrum master | Graduated: 2021

5/2/2021

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"Excellent introduction to scrum, agile product development, and related ideas"

Pros. Excellent presenters, slide decks, and recommended book readings in the syllabus. The main presenter, Larry Apke, is a gifted speaker and teacher. Jim Schibler does a great job of the separate group discussions which are optional but I recommend... Read More

Samira Husic
Graduated: 2021

5/2/2021

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"Excellent place to learn about Scrum and Agile"

Very well organized, MBA level class on Scrum specifically and Agile in general. Great content and instruction. Excellent combination of twice a week class instruction and once a week engaging group work on real life examples, gives complete picture of... Read More

Bob DAnjou
Production Support Mgr (previous employer) | Graduated: 2021

4/29/2021

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"Best class to boost your self esteem and knowledge about Agile Methodology and so much more!"

Larry does an excellent job explaining the Agile Manifesto not just as a methodology from the Scrum guide. He goes much deeper on how to be a better person, an employee and as a leader to produce "value" for the organization!!! Here are some of the class... Read More

Peter Zimmer
Graduated: 2020

3/18/2021

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"The Job Hackers Agile MBA is a great place to start, or extend, your agile knowledge and career!"

Besides covering agile fundamentals, you also learn the "why" behind the fundamentals, as well as many advanced agile techniques from an experienced agile coach, Larry Apke. I enjoy Larry’s presentations! The material is well organized, and you have the... Read More

Joel P Maslyn
Project Management | Graduated: 2021

3/8/2021

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"Expand your knowledge and gain confidence."

Not sure if you want to be a Scrum Master? Take this class without having to spend hundreds of dollars. Want to gain insight into the market, see who your competition is and work with your competition on creating a stronger network? Join jobhackers.

Sarjun Gharib
Business Consultant | Graduated: 2021

3/1/2021

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"Highly Recommended! Agile MBA program #5Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"

Agile MBA program with Larry's leadership has been insightful, fun and valuable! /⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I appreciate the opportunity to learn and collaborate with a wonderful diverse team/🧠 Looking forward to recommending my friends and colleagues for this well... Read More

Anonymous
Product Manager | Graduated: 2019

2/26/2021

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"The best deal in scrum training, hands down"

After taking on a product owner role at a previous employer, without much orientation, I was looking to formalize my agile experience through a scrummaster certification. The Job Hackers provided a free, first-class learning experience that prepared me... Read More

Sabrina M.
Graduated: 2021

2/26/2021

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"Great Class! Great Teacher"

This class is a great introduction to Agile and Scrum framework. It goes deeper into product development flow and queuing analysis, systems thinking, and biases. Larry does a great job of introducing the concepts, keeping the examples interesting, and... Read More

Regina A.
Executive Assistant | Graduated: 2021

2/25/2021

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"Not just for Engineers"

I wanted to take this class to continue to flex my grey matter and learn something outside the usual EA subject matter. This class taught me how to look at projects and event management with a new lens. Understanding how people are leaders and management... Read More

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