CBT Nuggets trainer Simona Millham recently released her new Agile Essentials course on the software development philosophy that focuses on team interactions, customer collaboration, and flexibility so that your team can produce a working product at each iteration, get valuable feedback, respond more readily to business changes and opportunities, and get projects to market faster.
Simonaaddresses the philosophy, terminology, and processes of Agile development in this 20-videocourse. Her valuable tips and practical guidance will help learners who are new to Agile understand the fundamentals that underpin this development method and refresh more experienced learners in the basics of the Agile approach.
We asked Simonaabout his new course and how you can get more out of your training:
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals on Agile? What value does it bring?
If companies want to “go Agile,” then it’s really important that everybody knows what that means, and embraces the values. I think IT pros working in an Agile environment will find it much easier to understand why it works the way it does if they follow the training.
Q: Who should learn about Agile? What kind of career will Agile skills set you up for in the IT industry?
Anyone, actually – from developers, to project managers, to people on the business side of the organization. If your organization is going Agile, or you want to be marketable to organizations who already are, then this course is a great start.
Q: Any out-of-the-box tips for learners to get the most out of your course?
I’ve tried to create the Nuggets so that learners can dive in and out of different Nuggets of interest – but if learners are just curious about Agile, then I recommend they work through the course from the beginning.
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?
The Agile principles can apply to so many different walks of life, not just software development. I just love the way it prioritizes face-to-face interactions which we are sometimes lacking in the real-world these days!
Q: What course(s) or certification(s) should learners look to jump into after they complete your Agile Essentials course?
Agile Essentials would be useful background before embarking on the Scrum certifications.
Q: How is this course different from your Scrum Essentials course? Who would benefit from each course in this series?
There ARE overlaps, but if learners already know that they are going to adopt Scrum, then the Scrum Essentials course is a good fit. But if they are interested in the bigger picture, then Agile Essentials is a great place to start.