AGILE: What Is "Real" Agile? Part 1: Understand "Real" Agile
- Basic computer skills to access this course.
At the turn of the century, a new wave began to move through the product delivery Arena. This wave that began as a ripple in 1986, and then entered the arena information technology in 1993, has now become a tidal wave, sweeping through our businesses. It is known simply by the term "Agile".
Our major focus within this course is to look at the delivery of products, especially in the arena of Information Technology. In this arena we call I.T., the agile philosophy is making a world of difference in areas such as commercial off-the-shelf software implementation, software-as-a-service implementation, platform-as-a-service implementation, and infrastructure-as-a-service implementation. Especially, major differences are being seen in the area of custom software development. It does not matter whether you "rent", "buy", or "build" software, agile will increase the chances of success greatly.
However, let us take a step back here with some explanation of what has driven me to prepare these courses. As I journey from company to company, and organization to organization, I continually hear the statement " we are agile!". When asked by what is meant within that particular organization by the term agile, I hear many different definitions and interpretations of what the word "Agile" really means.
What is troubling with all of this, is that many of these organizations are failing in their attempts to deliver products developed in as they say it, "agile". In my journeys, I continually hear the words, "agile does not work for us". When I ask why it doesn't work, I hear the statement "we tried it and it was no different then what we traditionally have done. When I ask, "explain to me what you mean by agile, and how you have implemented it within your organization", I am astounded by what I hear. It is in no way agile but some combination and permutation of a traditional approach, usually waterfall with one or two techniques that are used in Agile thrown in the mix.
Therefore, with that said, our intent with this first course is to clarify what this Arena called Agile is really about. What does it really mean? We want to ensure that everyone is working from a level platform.
In Part 1, we take a bit of a different approach. We begin the 2 part series on what Agile is, by explaining to you what it is not. This will be eye-opening to a large number of you who take the time to go through it all.
As you progress through the courses that we present, the importance of this first course is that it begins to lay the foundation for success in agile which comes from a true understanding of what Agile really is.
Key Concepts Covered Here:
Organizations that use Agile.
Jobs available with Agile
What Agile is not.
continued to Part 2
Sit back and enjoy what you are about to discover. It will change your life!
We Are AGILE!
Who this course is for:
- Everyone working in Software Development from the most junior practitioner to senior management.
- Everyone working in the development of any product from the most junior position to senior management.
- Everyone working in corporate management.
- Anyone involved in the creation of a product.
Ed has been delivering Agile Training since 2004. Ed’s student's number in the thousands, both in the corporate arena, as well as in Post-Secondary Academia. Ed has a passion to help and lead the transforming of I.T. communities from the traditional failing development cultures of the past to the successes achieved from a philosophy of “Agile Thinking.”
As a multifaceted public speaker, presenter, educator and corporate mentor in a number of diverse arena’s, bridging the generations from the Y/Millennials to the Gen X’ers right up to the Boomers, Ed’s passion is to see success and excellence again become part of what we have lost in our current organizational cultures.
Ed trains professionals in the University environment on a nightly basis. These are the professional practitioners who are adding to their already learned skills and are now focused on improving their product development and leadership abilities. While doing that on a nightly basis, Ed works with his own Management Consulting practice in giving back to a new corporate culture by day.
Ed’s focus in both Corporate Canada and Academia is to help I.T. practitioners and their organizations increase Software Development success rates by refining/redefining their software/product development processes.
For organizations not able to transform into an “Agile” way of thinking quickly, Ed works with them and evaluates, recommends, and implements techniques that strategically allow them to shift to an Agile culture in a more subtle way that fits into their highly structured and constrained cultures. Whether implemented quickly or done more slowly, change is essential if we are to grow and succeed in the complex business arena of today.
Ed loves interacting with his audiences when he is sharing his knowledge and his understanding of the “Agile Space.” His in-depth knowledge gives him the experiences to share that many times override “textbook theory.” Real-life always trumps theory. His students are in positions of leadership all over the globe. They love his teaching style, but more so, they love the understanding of Agile that they receive through his training. This gives them what they need to journey successfully on the pathway to achieving their dreams!