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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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4.98/5 (131 reviews)

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

Dace Hines
Graduated: 2022

4/15/2022

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"One of the best decisions I've ever made. Opens a world of possibility."

At the end of December 2021, barely four months ago, I was knee-deep in the middle of one of the darkest times of my life– facing a deeply uncertain future with a major health condition (brain cancer) that will be with me for life, and the prospect of... Read More

Sharon Dukes
Graduated: 2022

3/19/2022

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"You Will Not Be Disappointed!"

I completed the Job Hackers Agile MBA course. Larry Apke, you made learning fun, not didactic, and made me see the Agile world through another set of eye lenses, for that I am forever grateful! Many instructors can learn from your teaching style. I truly... Read More

Mary Stovall
Consultant | Graduated: 2022

3/15/2022

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"Best Class and Community to Upskill Your Career"

Start here if you are looking for a course that will help improve your leadership skills and learn about SCRUM and Agile methodologies from top leaders. This is by far the best class I've taken including college and a continuous learning path of bootcamps... Read More

Annika Frantzell
eCommerce Project Manager | Graduated: 2020

3/8/2022

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"A great course to advance your career & understanding of Agile"

I highly recommend this course to everyone interested in Scrum. I started my current job while taking the Agile MBA, and was able to apply the knowledge I gained from the course on the job by implementing Scrum, BDD, etc. Larry is a great instructor and... Read More

RM
Graduated: 2022

3/8/2022

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"Great Class"

Overall, it was a great program and I 100% recommend it to anyone interested in tech with no technical background looking to enter the word of Technology. In my personal opinion, this class, the scrum guide, and the agile principles is all you really... Read More

Desmond Anthonio
Graduated: 2022

2/8/2022

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"Heaven on earth"

Informative and teachings brings the Agile in you out.Would advise anyone who want a career change into the Tech world with no technical background needed to join the next class and you won’t regret this decision. In few weeks thanks to Larry Akpe, I... Read More

Alynson
Non-Profit | Graduated: 2021

12/15/2021

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"Wow..wow..wow"

The only thing negative I can say about this class is that I wish I had known about it sooner. First off, I have zero technical experience and was honestly a little intimidated at the thought of the class up until the 1st class but day one I felt very... Read More

Marko Ceković
Scrum Master | Graduated: 2021

12/8/2021

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""The best training money can't buy.""

Great course, it really made a difference in my interviews and helped land my first full-time position. Definitely going through it one more time since there always is something new to absorb. Excellent community, everybody is super suportive and helpfuul.... Read More

Kristen Wilkinson
Scrum Master | Graduated: 2021

11/28/2021

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"You have to take this class!"

I've taken this class twice and it never disappoints! The information is based on experiences and facts. The discussion groups are a great way to network and get help. The reading material can be a little dry, but it's related to each class. Larry, Jim... Read More

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