Course detail

This course deals with two important questions: why should I choose agile? How can I implement it? More specifically we will explore the frameworks available and discuss which ones you should consider based on your needs. Jose Casal, BCS’s Agile Foundations lead creator, will answer these questions over 2 days, leaving you with a much better understanding of agile and its principles.

What you will learn:

  • What led to the development of the Agile Manifesto and principles
  • The rationale and benefits of agile
  • How the agile pillars shape your development process
  • Common agile roles, techniques and practices
  • The differences between agile implementations and frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc.)


This course has no set pre-requisites and is valuable for all experience levels.


At the end of this 2-day course you will be ready to take the BCS Agile Foundation exam and get your certification. The examination will be a 1-hour multiple-choice test administered at the end of the second day.
After successfully passing the exam you will receive your BCS Agile Foundations certificate and a 1-year membership to BCS.

Scrum Alliance
15 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs) towards your CSP (Certified Scrum Professional) to all successful candidates.

Project Management Institute (PMI):
This course provides 16 PDUs (Professional Development Units).

The Agile Manifesto

  • Values
  • Principles


Rationale & Benefits of Agile

  • Empirical & defined process
  • The pillars of the empirical process
  • The waterfall approach
  • The iron triangle of project constraints
  • Working with uncertainty and volatility
  • Agile myths
  • Business culture and agile
  • The product development lifecycle


Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools

  • Emergent design for self-organising teams


Working Systems over Comprehensive Documentation

  • Continuous delivery of value
  • Customer satisfaction and changing requirements
  • Working systems as a measure of progress
  • Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiations
  • Face-to-face communications
  • Encouraging business-development team collaboration
  • Reflect and adjust


Responding to Change over Following a Plan

  • Embracing Change
  • Sustainable Pace
  • Design simplicity


Common Agile Roles

  • Customer
  • Team
  • Agile leader
  • Stakeholders
  • The agile mind-set


Common Agile Techniques

  • User Stories
  • Acceptance Criteria and Scenarios
  • MoSCoW Prioritisation
  • Estimating using Story Points
  • Agile QA and testing


Common Agile Practices

  • Short feedback loops
  • Emergent documentation
  • Visual Boards
  • Show and tell
  • Retrospectives
  • Continuous Improvement


Agile Methods and Approaches

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • XP
  • DSDM Atern
  • Lean
  • Lean Start-up

This course is designed for all members of the software development cycle including developers, testers, product and project managers, ScrumMasters, Product Owners, business analysts and agile coaches.

Dates and bookings

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Mon 22 – Tue 23 Oct 2 days London weekday £795
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