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Agile Engineering for Leads

The one-day Agile Engineering for Leaders workshop provides technical leaders with insights on how to create a culture of engineering discipline, applying practices made popular in Extreme Programming.

These practices reduce time to market, minimize defects, increase business alignment and reduce the cost of change. The result is lower risk, and better outcomes. Getting to these practices requires changes in the way that leaders manage (groups, teams, processes), hire and report. The class is experiential. Key agile principles come to life, by building with Lego Bricks.

You will apply disciplined agile engineering hands on and learn how to transform customer needs into testable examples, and unit tests, that create shared understanding so that everyone can be on the same page.

You will build the simplest thing that works, continuously integrate, and refactor to ensure internal quality of your stores, acceptance criteria, acceptance tests, unit test and deliverables.

Upon leaving you will be able to assist your team as they apply these principles; allowing them to deliver software more frequently, with less defects, better internal quality (hitting all “ilities” such as testability, maintainability, reliability, scalability, etc.) while aligning with business goals. As the code base and test automation get better over time it will become easier to add new functionality.

Who Should Attend

Technical Leads, Architects


First Half

  • Agile Refresher
  • Pairing
  • Automated Customer Tests
  • Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Simple Design
  • Continuous Integration

Second Half

  • Coding Standards
  • Collective Ownership
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Refactoring Legacy Code
  • Question & Answers
  • Session Wrap-Up

Learning Objectives

Area Learning Objective
Test Driven Development (TDD) Assist your staff with the paradigm shift to TDD by focusing on test automation then moving towards test first.
Pair Programming Address worries about two doing the work of one, assist developers who won't necessarily take well to pairing, create the physical setup and make pairing work with geographically distribution.
Refactoring Help your teams balance current priorities against the desire to cleanup the code base to simplify future deliveries.
Simple Design Provide guidance to your team on how to solve todays problems with clean code that amenable to future change so that they don’t fall into the trap of complicating your system by solving future problems that may never occur.
Coding Standards Help your team develop standards from the bottom up.
Collective Ownership Coders often don’t want to give up ownership of the code they created. Help them act in a way that benefits the whole team and each individual.
Continuous Integration Many teams already apply CI; learn how CI helps, and how to make it better.
Customer Tests ATDD increases alignment between all stakeholders and increases quality but using ATDD requires business buy in, trained staff and new technology. Get ATDD going quickly by focusing on common understanding.
Customer Deployment There is a technical leap from CI, to continuous delivery (SIT, UAT), to continuous deployment. We will briefly cover key topics like feature toggles.
Working with Legacy Code Help your team untangle the systems you inherit.