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 Fundamentals of Agile Certification*: A Pragmatic Approach to Adopting Agile
 Monday, October 3—Tuesday, October 4, 2011 • 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m. *2-Day Training

 In Fundamentals of Agile Certification training you will:

  • Explore agile software development methodologies and approaches 

  • Understand differences between agile and traditional methodologies 

  • Learn how agile practices and principles improve the software development process 

  • Discover the major steps required to successfully plan and execute an agile software project 

  • Explore the leading agile development best practices

Organizations today are seeking ways to improve the efficiency of their software development efforts while still meeting quality objectives. Competitive pressures and customer demands continue to reduce software product release schedules, driving organizations to seek fresh new approaches to building software. Agile software development methods are often cited as a way to accelerate software delivery and get more done with less. This course will teach you how to avoid the common mistakes of agile adopters and answer some of the familiar myths and misuse:

  • Believing that agile says you don’t need to document your software

  • Forgetting about doing unit testing as part of the development process

  • Adopting Scrum without adopting appropriate agile development practices as well

  • Believing that agile means you don’t need to do architecture or design when building software


About the Speaker: 

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., where he has led the startup and growth of the company. Prior to Coveros, Jeff was Chairman of the Board, CEO, and co-founder of Cigital, Inc. Under his direction, Cigital became a leader in software security and software quality solutions, helping clients mitigate the business risks associated with failed software. Jeff is a recognized software expert and speaks to companies nationwide about the business risks of software failure. He has been a keynote and featured speaker at business technology conferences and frequently testifies before Congress on issues of national importance, including intellectual property rights, cyber terrorism, and software quality.

Fundamentals of Agile Certification will present a roadmap for how to get started with agile along with practical advice. It will introduce you to agile software development concepts and teach you how to make them work. You will learn what agile is all about, why agile works, and how to effectively plan and develop software using agile principles.  A running case study allows you to apply the techniques you are learning as you go through the course. Key concepts that will be introduced and discussed  include:

  • Managing requirements using agile
  • Defining and estimating user stories
  • Building a release plan
  • Using Scrum-based project management
  • Delivering software using Extreme Programming

Bring your specific issues and problems to the training course for discussion as well.

Who Should Attend?
The audience includes software developers, software test professionals, project managers, business analysts, product managers, line of business owners. No specific prerequisites are assumed, however, attendees are expected to have some software experience.

Course Completion and Certification


Upon completion of this course the attendee will be certified by the International Consortium of Agile (ICAgile) and awarded the ICAgile Associate designation. Additionally, the certified attendees will be listed on the ICAgile's website, indicating their Associate designation and that they have completed all the learning objectives associated with the Fundamentals of Agile track.

About the ICAgile
The International Consortium of Agile’s goal is to foster thinking and learning around agile methods, skills, and tools. The ICAgile, working with experts and organizations across agile development specialties, has captured specific learning objectives for the different agile development paths and put them on the learning roadmap. For more information visit

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  Fundamentals of Agile Certification
2-Day Training (Monday-Tuesday)
Keynote Presentations
Concurrent Sessions
Networking EXPO
Bonus Sessions
Special Events
…and More!
 Testing & Quality Leadership Summit



2-Day Course Outline

Introduction to Agile

  • What is agile?
  • Benefits of agile
  • Why does agile work?
  • Myths about agile
  • Who is using agile?

Agile Software Process

  • Overall agile development process
  • Agile best practices
Agile Planning
  • Introduction to Scrum
  • The planning process
  • Backlogs
  • Initial release planning
  • Iterative sprint planning
  • Roles during initial planning
  • Building good user stories
  • Estimating work
  • Building a release plan
Agile Development
  • Introduction to extreme programming (XP)
  • Iterative development process
  • Key meetings & activities
  • Sprint kickoff
  • Daily Scrums
  • Sprint planning
  • User acceptance testing and reviews
  • Retrospectives
  • Roles during sprints
  • Agile development best practices
  • Team-based design
  • Pair programming
  • Continuous integration
  • Test-driven development (TDD) and unit testing
  • Refactoring
  • Agile testing best practices
  • Agile testing framework
  • Acceptance test driven development (ATDD)
  • Exploratory testing
  • Agile test automation
Wrap Up Discussion


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