On Getting Started with Agile
I was having a conversation today with a person that needed some help on teaching his PMs Agile. I had a very simple response, get them started by watching the excellent trainings available in Pluralsight.
So, the first time I told him was:
– Agile has proven a succesful methodology in software… when done right
– And it is just like when talking to someone from your team, unless that person is fully convinced that whatever you are telling them is going to work, they are not going to do what you say. This means, a person can take a lot of Agile courses and certifications, but unless this person is fully convinced it will work and follows the methodology, it won’t work as expected. You can spend thousands of dollars training people, but unless they interiorize it you might as well just use that money someplace else.
– And being Agile means you really need to be disciplined. Daily standups are…. daily. Timeboxing is critical. A stand up is a standup, not a requirements gathering or technical meeting.
Anyway, as a first step to get started with Agile I recommend taking the following courses in Pluralsight which cover Agile pretty well.
This is my suggested order: (click on each one to be taken directly to the training)
- Agile Fundamentals
- Scrum Development with Jira & JIRA Agile
- Kanban Development With Jira Agile
- Scrum Master Skills
- Agile Estimation
- Agile in the Real World
- Agile Team Practices with Scrum
- Agile Release Management