Many software projects are managed and performed in a volatile environment where customer and end-user requirements emerge throughout development. As a result of this instability, traditional predictive or “waterfall” approaches to software development can fail and result in poor work practices and dependence on “heroic behaviour” to drag projects over the line. “Lightweight” or agile methods were created to tackle this issue. This course presents an overview of the Agile software development (ASD) paradigm. The goal of this course is to enable delegates to appreciate why this approach has emerged as an effective approach to the construction of software systems and also to understand the underlying values, principles and practices of ASD methods.
The course is driven from peer-reviewed published literature on agile software development, encompassing theoretical concepts and empirical findings from industry. A core feature of the course is delegate participation in exercises that reinforce theory and highlight the key focus of effective teamwork on the effective adoption of agile software development practices.
Duration: 2 days
Format: Lecture based with supporting workshop exercises
Benefits: This course will be of benefit to learners wishing to gain insights into the agile software development paradigm. It is intended to provide insights to development managers on why they may wish to pursue this approach. They are exposed to the motivations for transitioning from predictive to adaptive approaches. Project managers gain an appreciation for key cultural and team-oriented aspects of software development that are supported by ASD practices. Developers are introduced to the various management and technical practices performed by ASD teams.
Learning Objectives: After taking this course, the learner will be able to:
Course Content: The following topics will be covered
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