Agile Planning: A Practical Guide with Lego
Who is this for?
This is the course for you if you want to bolster your ability to manage products and projects more efficiently – through leveraging agile/lean methodologies.
You may have just begun working in an agile environment and need to gain better understanding or perhaps you and your team are looking to improve efficiency through adopting a more lean/agile approach to planning and delivery. Maybe you are just looking for fresh guidance to better understand agile processes, methods, and practicalities.
What will you get?
- The knowledge to plan successfully using agile methodologies
- Practical experience for agile planning in a team based setting
- A thorough understanding of SCRUM and how to deliver it within a team
- Knowledge on how to use a Kanban board to plan and run projects successfully
- The ability to organise projects into sprints
Learn the practical fundamentals of lean and agile planning methods in just 2 days. This is carried out through practical group exercises to help you quickly understand key concepts and improve efficiency with lean/agile working. We’ll cover the principles of common frameworks like Scrum and Kanban as well as taking you through an ideation and planning exercise, finishing with a super fast sprint delivery using Lego.
The course runs over two days during which, we will cover:
Day 1: Understanding Agile
The first day will cover the difference between agile and waterfall methodologies. What makes agile possible, beneficial and efficient. We’ll also cover the things most commonly missed out when teams profess 'agile' practices:
- Batch processing.
- Understanding Agile and Waterfall concepts.
- Understanding of Kanban.
- Practical use of Trello as a Kanban tool.
- Roles and makeup of a Scrum team.
- Practical group exercises and simulations.
- Digital tools to manage Scrum and Kanban projects.
Day 2: Practical Scrum
On the second day we will go into more detail using Trello to visualise projects and tasks. We will work within groups to prioritise the backlog, assigning and delegating tasks to people, minimising work in progress and adding a review stage:
- Creating a simple Kanban board.
- Adding a planning stage.
- 'Definition of 'Done'.
- Review and Retrospective.
- Practical group work with Lego.
- Magic Estimates.
- Planning Poker.
- Transferring whiteboard and sticky note planning to digital formats.
This is a classroom based workshop generally run over consecutive days. Due to the hands-on practical training delivered we cannot offer this course in a remote format. Weekend sessions are available, please get in touch for more details.
Do I Qualify To Attend?
Very likely, yes! You do not need any formal qualifications or niche experience to join this course. As long as you are curious, want to grow, and possess basic digital skills (I.e - can use email, word processors, and spreadsheets), then you are more than welcome to join.