Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Day 1: Agile Fundamentals: Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP

It's week 3 of my jammed packed training schedule this July. This week I'm producing course 918 Agile Fundamentals: Scrum, Kanban, Lean and XP After the pre-course meeting with Alan O'Callaghan last night I think this will be an interesting week for me and I will learn a great deal. I know a bit about Scrum already and this week will help reinforce and refresh my knowledge on Kanban, Lean and eXtreme Programming (XP) too.

I will be live blogging the event this week. You can keep up to date with all the goings on here. If you would like to join at Learning Tree this summer, check out the Great Value IT Training Page

16:30 See you all tomorrow morning at 9am. When we start with Chapter 3 - Value Driven Develoment

16:30 A quick debrief of the activity and that chapter 2 finished and its the end of the day.

16:20 Short group activity looking at XP

16:15 Talking about XP and we're looking at
  • Test-driven development
  • Continuous Integration
  • Refactoring
  • Pair Programming


16:05 Next up is Extreme Programming (XP)

16:00 A lot of good points made on the difference between Scrum and Kanban

15:50 A group activity looking at and exploring the difference between Scrum and Kanban.

15:30 Lots of good examples of waste.from In-process inventory, extra processing, motion and others.



15:20 Lean, Kanban and the seven wastes are next up. Getting examples of waste from attendees environments.

15:00 A break after the activity and about roles and responsibilities in Scrum.

14:10 Great discussion in chapter 2 about the accountability in Scrum. Short break then we are going to do a group activity the class will explore the responsibilities and different Scrum roles.

13:30 we are back from lunch and Alan is answering questions that have been put on the question board.Only question posted was around practice questions for the Learning Tree exam. There are no practice questions but Alan is giving some exam hints and tips

13:10 Lunch time walk around Euston to get some fresh air. How the weather has changed in a week or so. From cold and rain to sunshine and heat. Its warm out there this afternoon. I'm complaining though. I'd much rather it be like this than cold and wet in July.

12:26 Lunch time

12:15 As we move to  lunch we are comparing phased development to Agile development

11:30 Class discussion around the 12 Principes behind the Agile Manifesto

11:00 We are getting a  timeline of Agile, very interesting history

10:46 We are starting again, with Chapter 1 Agile: Values and Principles

10:31 Chapter 0 Complete and coffee break time.

10:27 Course Objectives

Although the course is Scrum focused as most of the 'agile' market use Scrum the course also covers Kanban and Lean too. The course objectives this week are:


  • Understand the key differences between traditional and Agile approaches to software development
  • Focus on business value as the main driver of product development
  • recognise the main elements of the most used approach to Agile
  • Identify the need for role change and investment in people
  • make the case for new forms of customer and stakeholder engagement
  • Plan in short-term horizons and adapt quickly to changes
  • Appreciate impediments as opportunities to improve continuously 


10:25 talking about pseudo agile practices. I have seen these happen.

10:20 Activity 0.1 Class vote on benefits that agile might bring to projects. Sample answer below is what one of the groups voted on




09:50 The second online group introduce themselves to the class



09:20 Group introductions under way. Lots of networking going on.

09:15 Alan is introducing himself his certifcations and his consultancy. Have a read about Alan at www.emerald-hill.co.uk. Safe is the popular framework for scaling agile. Interesting to know that.

09:00 As always we have started with chapter 0 and the introductions








08:30 Class starting to fill up



08:00 In early in the first to get things setup. We have 23 attendees this week. 13 in class and 10 online. So we'll be using the electronic whiteboards and AnyWare to allow our agile teams to work together and collaborate.

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