The Evolution of Agile

We at JN Software are delighted to announce the launch of several courses teaching Agile methodology and best practices. We are now offering online public training and private training classes for Agile and the Scrum and Kanban Methods. 

The Evolution of Agile

Agile project management started some 19 years ago when a group of software engineers decided to move toward a better world of software development. Their initiative developed the Agile Manifesto, which established universal fundamentals that today form the values and principles for project management practices all around the world.  

Agile in and of itself is not a project management method, but more of a decree about how best to conduct ourselves in the context of any Agile project management method 

Today there are over 13 different Agile project management methods, with Scrum being the most widely known and most globally accepted method. Another, the Kanban method, is also quickly gaining acceptance across all industries. 

Each Agile method offers flexibility and tends to avoid using set-in-stone techniques. Each method considers its own principles and processes, team organizations and governance practices, all built around quality and risk management. It’s definitely not “one size fits all”!

Scrum has been labeled as the lightweight project management method and is perhaps one of the best starting points for any organization wanting to transition from traditional waterfall practices to a more Agile management system 

Scrum practices include:  

  • Sprints 
  • Retrospectives 
  • Demonstrations 
  • Daily stand-ups 

These practices are supported by a variety of widely accepted techniques and team organizations, including:  

  • Scrum boards 
  • Epics 
  • User stories 
  • Planning poker 
  • The assignment of a Product Owner
  • A Scrum Master 
  • A core cross-functional team of 8-10 people 

We are happy to offer our online public training and private training classes for Agile and the Scrum and Kanban Methods

What Does All This Mean for You?

A Project Manager’s role can mean balancing many challenging tasks. You need to deliver the project on time and on budget. The customer’s requirements will often change midstream and multiple times. You need to meet key milestones, provide status updates, work through bottlenecks and more. Sometimes it feels like you have to do everything – even buy the coffee! 

Our public or private Agile training classes can help you if you are serving in any of the following roles: 

  • Project Manager 
  • New Scrum Master or Product Owner 
  • Project Team Member 
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Unit Owner 
  • Developer or Tester 
  • Team Manager or Team Lead 
  • Technical Coordinator 
  • Program & Portfolio Manager 

What’s Your Role in Scrum?

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There are generally three roles in Scrum: The Scrum Master, the Product Owner and the Team. 

The Scrum Master serves the team, helping communication and discussions to flow, removing obstacles that arise, communicating ideas from the team and generally helping the team function smoothly.  

The Product Owner answers questions from the team, applies the customer’s vision, makes decisions affecting the outcome and prioritizes requested product features or backlog items.  

The Team organizes its own working structure, provides daily updates to one another in a daily scrum and works together to provide commitments, reach milestones and deliver the product. 

Which Course Should You Take? 

Here is a list of the Agile courses we currently feature and how they can help you fulfill your role: 

Scrum Master Certified (SMC) 

For the Scrum Master. Our Scrum Master Certified course is a collaborative learning experience, including roundtables, team activities and role-plays. The course also prepares candidates for the Scrum Master Certified (SMC™) certification exam. 

Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC) 

For the Product Owner. Our Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC™) course provides an interactive hands-on learning experience through a mix of highly interactive facilitator-led discussions, group activities, games and product development simulation. 

The Fundamentals of Agile Practices 

For the Team. Get to know Agile in this 1-day workshop. It’s a great starting point for any team that is eager to begin the Agile journey. It takes participants on a guided tour of the three fundamental tenets of Scrum practices. This workshop will allow teams to consider Scrum practices and immediately start using some basic Scrum techniques. 

The Fundamentals of Kanban Practices 

The Kanban method is quickly gaining popularity across all industries as it helps streamline processes and reduce costs. Our Kanban training course is ideally suited to be layered over top of your existing Agile practices to ensure that your processes are achieving maximum efficiency. 

Our Agile Scrum training will enable you to: 

  • Learn and apply Agile values and principles 
  • Build best-practice methods 
  • Reduce the risks and costs associated with a project’s development 
  • Improve customer experience 
  • Deliver projects on time and on budget 

Why Take Scrum Certification Training with Us? 

  • We offer learning based on doing. Benefit from an 80/20 split of activity vs. lecture. 
  • Our certification courses come with access to a student portal containing video lessons and reminders that you can reference for reinforcement or revision for the exam. 
  • Exams are administered by ScrumStudy and the cost of the exam is included in the course fee. 
  • Two additional retakes of the exam are included just in case you don’t pass the first time. 
  • Certification courses include the textbook, “A Guide to the Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK Guide)” as an electronic or hard copy at no extra charge. 
  • All our Agile courses are built around Scrum principles, aspects, phases and processes. This means that all globally accepted standards and best practices are reinforced throughout. 

Book your Agile Scrum or Kanban training classes with us today.  

Businesses and industries all around the world are recognizing more and more that Agile project management really works. Get on board. 

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Contact JN Software at (416) 264-6247 or info@jnsoftware.ca for more information on how to get the most out of your training session with us.

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