Get ready to kick some software butt.

Based on the best selling book, The Agile Samurai, this two day training session gives you and your team everything they’ll need to successfully kick-start, and execute their own agile projects.

Packed with best practices, war stories, and hands on exercises this The Agile Samurai bootcamp slices away the fluff and theory that make other course un-agile. This course will make a difference.

Course Outline


Agile In a Nutshell

Whether you are completely new to agile, or an experienced pro, Agile In a Nutshell will give you the clarity and metaphors necessary to adapt the agile mindset and explain agile clearly to others.

In this gentle introduction we will look at:

  • How agile planning works.
  • What to expect from working on an agile team.
  • How the agile approach is different.
  • Agile myths.
  • Which agile method is right for me.
  • Three steps you can take towards agility today.

The Agile Inception Deck

Many projects get killed before they even get out of the starting blocks. This is mostly because of the following reasons:

  • They fail to ask the right questions.
  • They don’t have the courage to ask the tough ones.

In this part, we are going to look at a powerful expectation-setting tool called the inception deck—ten questions you’d be crazy not to ask before starting any software project. By harnessing the power of the inception deck, you’ll make sure you get the right people on your bus and that it’s headed in the right direction long before the first line of code ever gets written.

Agile Teams

Agile teams are a different beast. On a typical agile project there are no predefined roles. Anyone can do anything. And yet among all the chaos, confusion, and lack of formal hierarchy, high-performing agile teams somehow seem to regularly produce quality software.

In this section, we are going to take a close look at what makes the agile team tick. We’ll look at characteristics of good agile teams, how agile teams are different, and some tips on how to find quality players.

Effective User Stories

By learning how to gather requirements as user stories, you will see how agile plans are always kept up-to-date, contain only the latest and greatest information, and avoid one of the greatest wastes our industry has ever known—premature up-front analysis.

In this session we break down what user stories are, how they work, what effective user stories look like for your project, and how to host great story gathering work shops.

Pragmatic Estimation

Get ready to bring some reality back to the estimation process. Agile dispenses with the pleasantries and reminds us what our initial high- level estimates really are—bad guesses.

But by learning how to estimate the agile way, you’ll stop trying to get something your up-front estimates can’t give (precision and accuracy) and instead focus on what really matters—building a plan you and your customer can work with and believe in.

Realistic Planning

Get used to it, pretty boy. Murphy’s law takes no prisoners when it comes to disrupting the best-laid plans. If you don’t have a strategy for dealing with change, your project is going to eat you alive.

In this session, you’re going to learn how to create plans you can believe in and follow through on commitments you and your team make.

By learning how to plan projects the agile way, you’ll sleep easier knowing your plan is always up-to-date, you’ve set expectations openly and honestly, and that change isn’t something to be feared but instead a competitive advantage.

Iteration Mechanics

There’s a lot written about planning an agile iteration, but little guidance on how to actually execute one. This session shows teams how to set the iterations up for success, breaks down what actually occurs during an iteration, and how to setup an agile communication plan for you and your team.

Visible workspace

Flight status boards are great. In one quick glance you can see what’s coming, what’s going, and what’s been canceled altogether.

Why not do the same for your project?

By learning how to create a visual workspace, you and the team will never be at a loss for what to do next or where you can add the greatest value. Not only will this enable you to work with greater clarity and focus, the increased transparency will also help you set expectations with the powers that be.


Team Leader, Information Services

This course rocks!

Development Project Manager
Hatsize Learning Corporation

The fact it was a small class made interacting very open, fun and educational. I learnt a lot from the experiences of my fellow classmates.

Team Lead, Project Manager

I highly recommend the course to new and existing project managers who want to know more about how agile works and what it looks like.

Jonathan Rasmusson has written a book for today that captures the excitement and value of what agile software development meant to us at the time of the Agile Manifesto. Look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.

—Ron Jeffries, Coauthor “The Agile Manifesto”

The Agile Samurai is the book I wish I’d read before I started my last agile project. The chapters on agile project inception alone are worth the price of admission.

—Joshua Kerievsky, Founder and CEO, Industrial Logic, Inc.

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This course is offered internationally.

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