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Courses: Agile Training Class

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About The Job Hackers

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Courses

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

(81 reviews)
    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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    6/17/2020
  • Monica Miller | Investment Management
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Entertaining & Highly Knowledgeable Instructor"

This class was highly recommended by a friend to keep up with the times by knowing the latest in project management practices. I learned a ton of new concepts, such as, project management is for the dark ages. It’s all about Product Management. Enjoyed... Read More

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    6/16/2020
  • Mario Arias | Project Manager
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Agile MBA - An eye opening experience"

To learn and optimally apply Scrum we require a new perspective. Larry Apke is a gifted speaker and true humanitarian. He does a tremendous job in providing the why, how, what, and where, supplementing the course with such topics as Introduction to Systems... Read More

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    6/16/2020
  • Kit Chang | Senior Global IT Manager
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great Boot Camp - JobHackers Agile MBA"

This boot camp was excellent and it allowed me to network with others; as well as learn Agile and scrum. Overall the curriculum was excellent as well as the PSM certification support to pass the exam. It also allows to pay it forward by helping moderate... Read More

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    6/16/2020
  • Maria Gonzalez Gonzalez | Product Manager
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Agile made easy"

Pros:
The curriculum is clear and the author provides all the documentation you need to follow the course.
Prepares you to the PSM or CSM certification. They added 2 extra hours of Labs where you can practice exam questions with mentors and peers
5 week... Read More

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    6/15/2020
  • Shalini Priyadarshini
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Best Agile course out there"

Taking the Agile course with Job Hackers is one of the best things you can do if you want to work in Agile and Scrum. Job Hackers is a non-profit and Larry Apke and his amazing group of volunteers do an awesome job at making sure you have everything you... Read More

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    6/12/2020
  • Todd Benson | Senior Digital Marketing Consultant
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Excellent online classes and labs on Agile and Scrum framework that makes it easy to understand and see how it can be used."

I can't say enough good things about Larry Apke the instructor with The Job Hackers . His online classes were excellent and easy to follow. He had very relevant project and product stories to back up his teaching on how Agile and Scrum can be used in... Read More

I knew a few of the students in our online class of 200+ and we all agreed Larry did an outstanding job for the classes he taught on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30 - 9:00 AM. The students were very involved and interested in what Larry had to teach and how we could apply it to our current and future projects.

I come from a project management Waterfall background, so Agile and Scrum were kind of new for me. I was familiar with both but never really understood what they were and how I could apply them in future work. Larry gave me and many of my classmates a good start on how to move forward and go for the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Certification. Thanks Larry and looking forward to perhaps taking the class again to keep my Agile and Scrum skills fresh and up-to-date! Todd Benson

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    6/12/2020
  • Gafaru O. Oboirien | Air Traffic Engineer/ Software developer
  • Agile Training Class
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Learned Life Skills for the Practical World"

Job Hackers prepare people to carry out skills in the real world. Great job Larry and Edward. I will be able to apply the skills gathered using scrum project management and in the real world.

Course materials were good, the mentoring approach was good,... Read More

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The Job Hackers's average rating is 4.98 out of 5.0 based on 81 review(s).

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