Overview

QA Total Learning™ is our newest and most effective way to learn.

Combining the best of digital and live learning, with access to world class industry experts, we focus on making sure you can apply our learning to help you drive impactful results in your workplace. This is all underpinned by our digital platform, giving you the tools to track progress and manage your own learning.

This Total Learning course is for anyone who is looking to gasp the fundamentals of Agile, providing a framework agnostic overview of Agile, whether you are in a business or a technical role.

Learners will be experienced team members or managers transitioning into Agile ways of working. Alternatively, they could be in junior technical roles working within existing agile teams seeking to gain a bigger picture view of Agile.

In this course, learners will have the best of both essential digital and live learning to achieve the ICAgile fundamentals certificate while discovering how to implement key principles of Agile at work. This includes digital learning designed to explore what it means to be Agile while to doing Agile, including quizzes, and combination of video and written content.

The 2-day virtual live event focuses on bringing the Agile mindset to life though practical activities where learners can experiment with Agile tools and techniques in an innovative learning environment.

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At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • apply tools and techniques to create a common, shared understanding of Agile within a team.
  • build a product backlog and identify what it should contain and why.
  • demonstrate techniques for identifying and categorising users and customers and how to engage with them.
  • demonstrate progressive elaboration through user stories and kanban boards, and show how estimation can be used to eliminate uncertainty.
  • conduct a retrospective and relate the use of retrospective techniques in your own workplace.
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Outline

This Total Learning course consists of three key phases, all explained during a 1 hour virtual kick off session, which includes Q&A:

  • Digital Essential Learning – 8.5 hours completed over a minimum of 3 weeks
  • Live Virtual Classroom – 2 days
  • Apply at Work – Up to 18.5 hours of effective work over 3 months

Digital Essential Learning

  • Module 1: Introduction
    • Course and apply introduction
    • Digital introduction and welcome
  • Module 2: What is Agile?
    • Agile outside Software Domain - Vistaprint Case study
    • What is Agile?
    • Why is Agile critical in the 21st century?
    • Why is your organisation adopting Agile/why should your organisation adopt Agile?
    • The Agile Manifesto
    • Reflecting on the Agile Manifesto
    • Critical success factors
    • Reflection - Critical Success Factors
    • What is Agile? Knowledge Check
  • Module 3: Agile Culture, Mindset and Frameworks
    • Culture and mindset
    • Understanding the Agile mindset
    • Agile Frameworks
    • Agile in Context (as a journey)
    • The Vistaprint Agile mindset
    • Understanding communication barriers
    • Barriers to communication at your workplace
    • Physical work environments
    • Techniques for shared understanding
    • The Vista case study - how did they overcome comms barriers and utilise shared understanding techniques?
    • Scenario - the non-Agile workplace
  • Module 4: Self-Organising Teams
    • Self-organising teams
    • Reflection - Has your team embraced self-organisation
    • Why are self-organising teams so vital to Agile?
    • VUCA and Stacey
  • Module 5: Value Driven Development
    • Value-driven development
    • Before we begin - What is quality and value?
    • Value and quality
    • Retaining quality
    • What is flow?
    • Context switching and cross-functional dependencies
    • Cross-functional teams at Vistaprint - Case study
    • Value-driven development knowledge check
  • Module 6: Customers and Stakeholders
    • Stakeholders and customers
    • What is a stakeholder?
    • Pre-learning knowledge check
    • Who are your stakeholders?
    • Vistaprint case study - Engaging their stakeholders
    • Your customers
    • Requirements
    • Explaining user stories
    • INVEST model
    • Creating your own user stories
    • User involvement
    • User feedback
    • Stakeholders and users knowledge check
  • Module 7: Planning and Adapting
    • Planning and adapting
    • Pre-learning knowledge check
    • Planning - progressive elaboration
    • Estimating
    • Planning Poker
    • Estimating - Planning Poker
  • Module 8: Conclusion

Live Virtual Classroom Event

During the 2-day virtual live phase, learners will work individually and in teams to produce tangible outputs using Miro to provide a collaborative and interactive workspace.

  • Introduction
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Critical Success Factors
  • Agility-Agility-Agility
  • Creating Shared Understanding
  • Shifts in Roles
  • Incremental Development
  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Levels of Agile Planning
  • Planning and Adapting
  • Process and Product Adaptation

Apply at Work

At the apply stage learner’s will translate the skills gained during digital and live phase into their place of work, implementing agile practices, tools or techniques proving their ability to ‘be agile while doing agile’. The apply phase will include:

  • Workplace application plan aligned to business objectives and context, confirmed by line managers
  • Plan, set and action your set of personal objectives, based on four key Agile Fundamentals skills, the four skills are:
    • Skill 1: Clearly distinguish the practices, values, principles and Agile mindset and how to apply them in their current environment.
    • Skill 2: Improve interaction with other team members, enhancing self-organisation and collaboration.
    • Skill 3: Promote iterative and incremental work and recognise the importance of value and quality in what is delivered.
    • Skill 4: Identify opportunities in your environment to incorporate Agile practices.
  • Showcase newfound Agile skills and Agile mindset at work
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