Agile Fundamentals

Successful Project Leadership in Agile Environments

This ICAgile accredited course examines the roles and responsibilities of team members working on Agile projects, explores the specific practices which are used on Agile projects, explains the theory and concepts behind the Agile approach and prepares team members to be immediately productive working in an Agile environment.

During two dynamic days participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of what to expect on an Agile project and the skills to be effective on one.

The course, covers the philosophy, values, principles and background of the Agile methodology.  It explains the flow, the processes and the environment of an Agile project, giving participants an overall understanding of the Agile world and the tools and techniques used in delivering value. It presents a structure for defining value and ensuring the project delivers the right product at the right time for the right customer.

Who Should Attend

  • Team members starting out in Agile projects
  • Project managers entering the Agile environment
  • Managers of teams involved in Agile development
  • Consultants looking for a solid grounding in Agile software development
    Method Used

Lecturing is kept to the minimum necessary, most of the learning is achieved through applying the practices and techniques in group exercises and a case study.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this, course participants will be able to:

  • understand the background to participating in an Agile project
  • understand the roles and responsibilities of a typical Agile project team
  • understand the various tools available to Agile teams to facilitate the project
  • understand how Agile teams cooperate and collaborate to deliver business value
  • understand the important interpersonal skills Agile environments encourage and foster
  • understand how discipline and standards contribute to Agility.




This course aligns with the Foundation learning objectives of the International Consortium for Agile’s “Fundamentals of Agile” track. Successful completion of the course results in the participant becoming a “Certified ICAgile Professional”. For more information go to

This course is accredited with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) for 21 PDUs (Professional Development Units). The PMI® course code is:AFD26092014X

Course Outline

  • The genesis of Agile – where these approaches came from and why they work
  • The Agile lifecycle and iterations
  • Roles on an Agile project
  • The phases of an Agile project
  • Project initiation activities – making sure we start right, focus on value and build the right product
  • User Stories:
    • What’s a story?
    • How big is a story?
    • Identifying stories
    • Characteristics and content of stories
    • What does “Done, Done, DONE” mean?
    • Quality stories
    • Stories and Epics
    • Estimating from stories
    • Release planning
    • Acceptance tests and verifying stories
    • Elaborating stories to be useful without wasting time or effort
  • Agile tools – big visible charts, things on walls, velocity, burn-up and burn-down
  • The “pulse” of an Agile project:
    • Iteration planning
    • Collaborative work
    • Make flow visible with the story wall
    • Daily standup
    • Showcase
    • Retrospective
  • Agile without iterations – Kanban flow
  • Supporting tools
  • Testing on Agile projects
  • Design and development practices in an Agile setting – TDD, continuous integration, refactoring, pair programming, simple design
  • Project leadership roles and responsibilities, how to nurture self-organisation
  • Working effectively in empowered teams
  • Listening and collaboration skills
  • Dealing with issues and conflict in the team
  • Where to from here?

“Within 6 weeks and after 2 sprints, there was a noticeable and significant transformation of the team’s understanding and day to day practice of Scrum. With Manjit’s training and coaching, the team has delivered more than 90% of its committed story points in each of the first three sprints. This is in contrast to previous sprints in which we averaged 60-70% story point completion.”

Matt M., Freddie Mac

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