Introduction to Agile

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What is Agile and how does it work? This course is designed for those with limited Agile experience, to provide you with an introduction to the Agile approach.  You will look at the underlying philosophy and motivation for the Agile methodology and examine the core values, principles, practices and techniques that fall under the broad Agile umbrella.  Independent of any single brand or methodology, our introductory course looks at the key factors that are needed to apply Agile effectively. This program will give you hands-on experience of what it means to work and think in an Agile manner.


Project Management Institute (PMI)® accredited course: This course is accredited with PMI® and will contribute 7 Professional Development Units (7 technical hours) towards your chosen certification.

Intended for:

  • Team members starting out in Agile projects
  • Project Managers entering an Agile environment
  • Managers of teams involved in Agile development
  • Business SMEs, customers and clients involved with the solution
  • Anyone interested in working and thinking in an Agile manner can attend this course

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of this course you will be able to understand:

  • The business value of adopting Agile approaches
  • The background, core practices and philosophies behind this way of working
  • The four-phase approach: Concept, Initiate, Deliver & Deploy, Close
  • Organisational and people challenges, and how these can be overcome
  • The opportunities that the Agile approach brings to the software/solutions development process


  • Introduction and background
  • Agile history
  • The Agile manifesto
  • Theories of complex adaptive systems
  • Thriving on the edge of chaos
  • Do just enough
  • The four-phase approach:
    • Concept - identify the business goals and objectives
    • Initiate - identify the features, epics and stories
    • Deliver & Deploy - build the product iteratively and incrementally
    • Close - close down gracefully
  • Common elements, key practices
  • Focus on people and communication
  • Agile methods
  • Challenges and issues
  • Success stories

Method used:
Lecturing is kept to the minimum necessary, most of the learning is achieved through applying the practices and techniques in group exercises.


Course outline:
Introduction to Agile Outline (PDF)