Introduction to Agile

Program Overview

Agile continues to be one of the most popular project and program methodologies of recent times.

Developed from the IT sector combined with broader concepts borne out of Lean methodology, organisations and individuals with an understanding of Agile are at a distinct competitive advantage, delivering products and services faster that are more aligned to customer value – with the lowest development costs.

Today, Agile is as relevant for software designers as it is for product developers and knowledge workers. With customer experience and level of service expectations often the differentiator for a customer’s choice for your product and service, being Lean and Agile is as important as ever.

The Efficiency Works online Agile Course will help you to participate in Agile teams, understand and then think Agile and decide if Agile is relevant to your business and if you should explore the methodology further.

It will help you to understand the Scrum naming conventions for Events and Artefacts, and help you decide if your organisation’s culture is ready or indeed in need of Agile.

Finally, you will understand when a company or team states “they are Agile”, if they truly are. Agile is a great compliment to the Lean Six Sigma Methodology and ‘Competitive Systems and Practices’, the only accredited Lean Six Sigma training recognised in Australia.

What Outcomes Will The Course Provide?

Online learning for the Introduction to Agile course delivers the following outcomes for successful participants and for the organisation:

  • A fundamental understanding of the Agile methodology, concepts, and frameworks
  • How to lead teams to high performance using the Core Agile Principles
  • An understanding of how servant leadership can enhance organisational performance
  • How to deploy Agile into an organisation
  • New concepts to compliment a project management organisation perhaps already using PMBOK or Lean Six Sigma
  • Course content aligns to the Project Management Institute and Agile Alliance ensuring that if you decide to continue to our Advanced Agile course you can receive PDU credits.

Who Will Benefit From Attending These Courses?

The Agile methodology, concepts and frameworks can be applied to any work environment where business results and customer value and the resulting outcomes are a strategic imperative.

The knowledge components of these courses will help address the needs of professionals who are involved in identifying, delivering, managing, and leading continuous improvement or product/ service development projects.

This course is suitable for:

  • Executive Managers – wanting to understand how Agile can provide competitive advantage
  • Senior Managers – providing oversight of project teams, considering Agile as a capability, or acting as Project Sponsors, Product Owners or Scrum Masters
  • CI / BI Managers – seeking unique approaches to product and service development
  • Project Managers – looking to expand their skill sets and knowledge
  • Business and process analysts
  • IT staff
  • L&D staff
  • Team members participating in or supporting Agile projects
  • All employees who want a basic understanding of Agile, the language, the concepts, the opportunity.

Topics Covered

  • When to use Agile, versus Other Methods: This section describes the different types of project life cycles you can use to manage your project, develop a product, or bring a change about in a company. The Agile Practice Guide cover four main project life cycles: Waterfall, Incremental, Iterative, and Agile. There is also “Hybrid” – a combination – and you will come across each of these in your career.
  • The Agile Mindset and Principles: The Agile manifesto and mindset is where it all began in 2001, and soon grew into the practices behind one of the fastest growing project management and product development methodologies of the new millennium. Here you will explore this and its contrast to other project approaches including the 12 clarifying principles.
  • The Agile Core Practices: These are the core Agile practices from the Agile Practice Guide and are a great way to see if a team is really Agile, even when they may call themselves something different. This is direct from the Project Management Institute and Agile Alliance.
  • Agile and Lean Frameworks: These are the Agile and Lean frameworks you will come across in your Agile career, ranging from popular and highly used team frameworks through to program and enterprise level frameworks.
  • Delivering in an Agile Environment: This section describes Agile delivery and using Agile to implement an Agile way of work in your organisation.
  • Bonus Content: Learn through real life scenarios with our bonus Agile Project Charter template that you can use immediately.

Online Learning Benefits

Completing your online Agile learning with Efficiency Works provides:

  • A low cost, effective form of training
  • The ability to learn anywhere, at any time – at a pace that suits your busy schedule
  • No need to travel to training centres, or to pay for the travel of trainers
  • Supports all learning styles, with video tutorials, slide shows and written transcripts.

How Does It Work?

Students can enrol and pay directly here.

Once enrolled, an access link is emailed to directly access our Learning Management System (LMS) and commence the course.

The course is delivered via our LMS in 5 sections. Each section is then further broken down into video tutorials, slide pack and transcript of the tutorial to compliment all types of learners.

On completion and when ready, the learner selects one of two quizzes to complete. Each quiz is 50 questions of multiple choice, and an 80% pass mark is required to receive your ‘statement of completion’. You can take the quiz as many times as you need, and you have access to the course for a full 6 months from first log in.

Students will need access to a computer or tablet, with a reliable internet connection.

Registration and Enquiries

For further information and pricing about our online Introduction to Agile course, or to enrol and commence:

FAQs

How long will it take?

Our Introduction to Agile course takes most learners about 3 hrs. You can complete the course in one sitting or break your progress up by modules that suit your availability.

What do I need to complete the course?

A good internet connection and personal device. Like all learning, a space with limited distractions so you can immerse yourself in the content will contribute to a positive learning experience.

Can I download material?

Yes, you can save the slide packs to refer to later. We’ve also included a free Agile Project Charter template developed with real Australian workplaces.

Isn’t Agile just for IT companies?

Not anymore. Whether you are an individual or an organisation, markets are becoming more and more competitive. To prepare yourself, you continuously need to seek new knowledge and ideas to overcome the ever-growing challenges of the contemporary work space. The Agile manifesto and tools can be used in all types of organisations and might just be the edge you need.

Is the cost tax deductible?

You can often claim self-education expenses when a course improves skills or knowledge in your current role or prepares you for future roles. Speak with your accountant or review ato.gov.au for advice on your specific circumstances.

You use PayPal to take payment, are there other payment options?

For individual learners we only accept PayPal payments. For organisations with more than one learner we can arrange EFT, but payment must be cleared before learners are enrolled in the course. Please email us to discuss further.

Why choose Efficiency Works?

Efficiency Works has been supporting organisations achieve excellence for over 13 years. We have succeeded through the implementation of various tools and methodologies. This gives us unique insights into how, when and why the methodologies work and we translate those learnings into our training courses.

Where do I go for help?

Simply email us at training@efficiencyworks.com.au with your enquiry and our team will be happy to help. We usually respond within 24hrs.

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