Agile for Everyone - Working smarter for non-geeks v2

Learn what Agile is and how to apply it in your own work and life. For non-IT folks who want more from their lives.
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

This course is designed to inform non-geeks about Agile and how Agile can help to substantially improve

  • the outcome of what you do for our customers, stakeholders, friends and families
  • your own work and life balance
  • your work productivity and quality
  • how you perform in and how you are regarded in a team

Agile for Everyone includes email consultation and conversation with the Author for up to 30 days from the date of purchase. This is subject to availability and demand. The Author may require more time to respond but will advise individually if that is the case.

The course can be consumed in consecutive chunks or as a whole. The estimated time to complete is one hour if consumed in a single session.

In "Beyond Agile - Agile for non-Geeks", the Author shows you how the underlying principles of Agile, its roles, ceremonies and cadence apply in the non-IT world, the world most of us live in. Examples of what we will cover are

  1. Why Agile works and what of Agile has the most application outside of software application development
  2. So-called Agile ceremonies such as Sprint, Retrospective, Show & Tell
  3. Blending of traditional progress tracking with Agile Reporting, including the six best metrics to track
  4. Subtleties of Agile - how things are connected and why
  5. Common misconceptions about Agile
  6. What kinds of work are best and which are not so well-suited for Agile
  7. How to begin using Agile in your everyday work and life

What are the requirements?

  • Students should prepare a quiet environment before taking this course or taking individual sections.
  • I recommend you think about what wishes you have - professional and personal - what outcomes you wish for, what the likely obstacles are and what specific things you can do in the next five days that would remove these obstacles. This is a great mind-cleanser prior to starting this course.
  • Students can have pen and pager ready to jot down ideas, concepts and important gotchas.
  • You will also need to know that a reasonable amount of help via email is available from the author after you take the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Explain Agile in a conversation
  • Know when to use Agile and when not to use it
  • Convey to your peers and stakeholders how Agile can help and what it is like to apply it
  • Have a feel for what makes Agile effective and thus, which parts of Agile are applicable to your specific situation
  • Know how to use Agile's ceremonies (planning, stand-up, review, retrospective).
  • Convey to your peers and stakeholders how the process will work and what they can expect from it
  • Obtain additional help form the author via email, as part of this course

Who is the target audience?

  • Any knowledge worker working in an enterprise, company or group who wants to improve personal or group productivity, achieve satisfaction at work or get promoted faster
  • Anyone who wants to learn what Agile is and whether it applies to you
  • Any line manager who is interested in improving team output, quality and responsiveness
  • Anyone who suspects that a chunk of their work is not appreciated or useful
  • This course is not for software engineers. That is, the course is not geared to software development.
  • This course is not designed for software engineers. It is substantially geared towards the needs of non-geeks - not that all software engineers are geeks, of course :-)

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Agile

This lecture captures your attention and focuses you on the reasons why knowing about Agile is important to you.


This lecture explains what Agile is and what it is not. The lecture serves as a foundation to the subsequent lectures in this Section.

Section 2: Agile - Under the Hood

This lecture conveys the underlying principles of Agile and discusses a few salient points about each principle.


This lecture provides a set of examples of roles that are beneficial to have or put to work in an agile approach.

Section 3: How is Agile implemented?

This lecture discusses the importance of scope and its dependencies on who is asking. It really is about the direct beneficiaries of Agile - your customers and stakeholders.

Section 4: How do you know Agile is working for you?

This lecture helps you choose your own Agile project, work or initiative.


This lecture makes it clear to you what the distinctions are between goals, objectives, scope, work product, outcome and other things that all together may aggregate to "success criteria". The lecture is designed to help you not get suck on these distinctions but to embrace them all, for higher success more quickly.

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Instructor Biography

Paul Wieser, Management Consultant and Agile Practitioner

Paul is an engaging and seasoned management consultant who is committed to helping his peers and clients play and work at the top of their game.

Schooled in universities in Austria, his home country, Paul is a certified Project Manager, ITIL Practitioner and Agile Scrum Master. For more than 20 years, Paul has traveled and worked in Europe, Asia and the two Americas. Most recently, he held program manager and director-level roles in North American consulting and education companies. Paul currently works as a Program Manager on assignment with McGraw-Hill Education.

Paul believes that we need to develop and hone skills that allow us to effectively compete in today's ever-faster changing jobs and integrate that capability into a life that is more fulfilling and feels more stable than it does for many of us today. It is that belief that is driving his desire to help all of us experience and master new techniques that integrate proven tools with newly emerging approaches and findings from areas in business and others that just seem to work in today's environment.

In particular, Paul believes that the Agile movement, born in the quick-paced world of software application development, holds vast promise outside of IT and for many people who find it more and more difficult to not just keep up but to find a new sense of control and meaning in their work and everyday life.

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