Each session includes pre- and post-session exercises to help participants relate the workshop content to their work. Participants also have access to reference materials in the Net Objectives portal, which contains a wealth of Lean-Agile content developed by Net Objectives. Integrated within this portal is a Learning Management System to track progress, as well as a discussion forum to allow for discussions amongst participants and Net Objectives staff.
Note: Sessions may change to adjust to the needs of the participants.
These sessions are done live with recordings available for those who miss the sessions.
Week 1. Introductions, Course Overview and the Inherent Challenge of Agile at Scale
- Logistics Review
- Types of systems - simple, chaos, complicated, complex
- The inherent challenge of Agile at scale
- Bridging business and technology
- Basic Lean-Agile Principles
Week 2. Using Guardrails to Steer Your Lean-Agile Transformation
- Drive from business value
- Increase predictably
- Keep work-in-process (WIP) within capacity
- Make all work visible
- Collaborate across boundaries
- Improve continuously
Week 3. Lean-Agile Provides A Framework
- Control work intake to keep workload within capacity
- Attend to the greatest value
- Create an effective eco-system
- Do the work in the right sequence
- Achieve stability
- Implement flow
- Improve continuously
Week 4. Lean-Agile Product Management
- Minimum Business Increments / Minimum Viable Products
- Decomposing requirements from strategy to stories
- Weighted Shorted Job First from a business stakeholder's perspective
- Required roles
Week 5. Acceptance Test Drive Development
- The need for ATDD (why every organization should be doing it)
- ATDD basics
- Implementing ATDD
Week 6. Plan-Do-Study-Act in Software.
It is important to know how to tailor practices to your context. Unfortunately, most methods imply they can be used everywhere. This session discusses how to start with standard practices but to adopt new ones when appropriate.
Week 7. Lean-Metrics. These metrics provide both a measure of the quality of your development environment as well as the effectiveness of your organization in producing value.
- Value stream impedance - measuring the resistance to your true productivity
- Measures of value & true productivity
Week 8. Lean-Management. The choice is not between no management or micro-management. Lean provides insights into into more effective types of management.
- Middle-Up-Down management
- Management as leadership
- Using visual controls to avoid micro-management
Week 9. Using Lean to Guide Your Lean-Agile Transformation. Lean provides many insights that can be used to guide any improvement initiative.
Week 10. Lean at the Team-Level and Shared Services
- Shared Services
- Dev Ops
Self-Paced Sessions (Weeks 11-12)
Week 11a. Using Lean to Guide Mid-Range and Late Stage Startups
- Shared backlogs
- Dynamic feature teams
Week 11b. Using Lean to Align Your People to the Value Stream. Aligning work and people in the proper way can greatly reduce the waste that otherwise results. This sessions presents a few Lean practices to accomplish this.
- Mapping stakeholders to teams
- Using Kanban to lower the impact of constraining people
Week 12a. Emergent Design. Agile architecture is a critical component of a Lean-Agile approach.
- Quick overview of Agile design methods
- Intentional Architecture and the Architectural Runway
Week 12b. Using Lean to Guide Your SAFe Transformation. This is intended for people either using or considering using SAFe. A deeper understanding than SAFe training provides can be useful in adopting SAFe.
Week 13. Summary
This week is mostly a Q&A session to close things out.