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Agile for IT and Non-Dev Teams

July 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

As more and more companies find that the classic waterfall approach for project management does not fit their reality, Agile methodologies emerge as the best solution in the current dynamic project environment, where in many cases not all requirements are clear before the project starts and change requests are inserted often during development. Not less important is the fact that people have come to realize that the ability to estimate development efforts accurately is limited, at best.

Participants in this workshop will gain understanding of the concepts behind Agile and that it is a mindset shift, rather than a just a set of guidelines and rules. Participants will understand how Agile project management is done by applying high collaboration and value-driven development; get acquainted with the main Agile methodologies and when to use them, and gain basic, common vocabulary that will allow them to discuss issues with other Agile practitioners.

Your Trainer – Hanan Alexander

Hanan Alexander

Hanan is an appreciated manager with years of experience in software development and the IT world.
Hanan has been in the software development world in IT as well as in product development since 1998.
Hanan has many years of experience in managing organizational units of different sizes and ares of expertise.
Over the years, Hanan has gained allot of managerial experience in building large scale systems, making significant improvements in processes and project management methods.
Hanan is an Agile initiator and innovator and was one of the first IT managers to adapt the Agile methods specializing in the Kanaban process.
Hanan has vast experience in managing large development and infrastructure groups and is one of the first to adapt new management tools like Open Space Technology (OST), Fedex day and more
Hanan has a BA degree in management and economics from Tel-Aviv University.
 In his spare time, Hanan can be found, during the summer, windsurfing and in the winter months, snowboarding.

Target Audience

Operations, team members, managers, project managers, infrastructure engineers, IT managers and anyone wishing to understand what Agile means




Why Agile?

  • Why is Agile taking over to product development industry.
  • Why is it important to understand Agile concepts even if you are not a part of a software product development team.

Background and Introduction to Agile

  • How did it all start and why. How the Agile approach and the values and mindset behind it arose.
  • What is Agile and what does it mean to “Be Agile”.
  • The Agile Manifesto and it’s impact on Non-Dev teams.
  • Agile core values.

Agile methodologies

  • Overview of the main Agile methodologies (Scrum/Kanban/XP)
  • Scrum
    • The Scrum Game – A fun game which emphasises the power of the self organized team.
    • Why is it the most common way to “Do Agile”.
    • Scrum Events/Ceremonies/Artifacts and how to use it wisely.
    • A taste of how can a Non Dev team can use Scrum and harness the power of Sprints/Iterations.
  • Kanban
    • The history of Kanban.
    • Kanban Principles – Visible work, Wip limit, Flow.
    • The difference between Scrum and Kanban and when to use which.
    • What are the main uses of the Kanban method in the technological industry and specifically for Non Dev teams.
    • The Kanban game – An illustrative online game that lets you experience the power of Kanban at the Team level.
  • DevOps
    • What is it? how does it relate to Agile?

Agile Product ownership

  • Cracking the mystery of the product backlog.
  • Agile Planning.
  • Agile estimation.
  • The creation of the right User stories.
  • INVEST in your backlog.
  • Creating & Prioritizing business value user stories (themes, epics).
  • Communicating with the customers and stakeholders.

Agile for IT Ops teams

  • Operation challenges and Agile.
  • How can Agile mindset and methodologies be of help.
  • The use of Kanban to identify bottlenecks and other problems impeding flow.
  • What does iterative development mean for Non-Dev teams?
  • Exercise – Take one of your Non-Dev value streams and build an Agile solution that can help with the challenges of unplanned work, conflicting priorities and more.

Transforming to Agile

Get an overview of the nature of Agile transformations and the major risks and milestones.

  • Moving to Agile in your organization, what are the minimal requirements?
  • What can you expect when moving to Agile, implications and risks.
  • Doing Agile vs. Being Agile – beware the “Agile Theatre” mode.
  • Key impediments that block Agility and how to overcome them.
  • The way ahead.

Duration : This workshop is 1 day.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact us at info@agilesparks.com with any question you have about the content or logistics.

What is the cancellation policy?

Up until 7 days before the event you can cancel at no charge. Afterwards you can either get a 50% refund or the option to apply your ticket towards a future workshop.

General Terms:

  • The course will open only if a sufficient number of participants is reached.
  • AgileSparks reserves the right to cancel the course up to 5 business days before it


July 31, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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