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Project Description

Center of Agile Advanced Masterclass

Why Agile Works, and How to Go Beyond It

“Expert” agile practitioners have mastered the practices – but not why they work, how to adjust practices to situations, how to approach new and surprising situations, not how to apply agile practices to non-software projects, how to incorporate results from other fields back to their own projects, how to tailor the practices to different organizational cultures.
This advanced course from industry guru Dr. Alistair Cockburn addresses those areas.
Level Intermediate and Advanced. Not suited for beginners.
Who should attend This is for you if you are in any role, from any industry, you have been working with agile projects for half a year, preferably several years, you have the basic practices, ideally in several different contexts, and you are ready to study hard why agile works, what it means to do it well, how to get past everyday, ordinary “agile” behavior.
Course Goal for Attendees Learn:

  • why agile works, in software or outside of it,
  • how to articulate and deal with the weaknesses in agile development,
  • how to work in nano-increments,
  • how to reduce risk by viewing design as a Knowledge Acquisition
  • how to back up your recommendations with solid theory, not appeal to authority,
  • how to plan and track larger, more complicated projects (time permitting),

. . . and most of all

  • Come face-to-face with yourself, your strengths and your weaknesses, as you confront one situation after another with inquisitive classmates.

Course Description

This masterclass contains a small but intense amount of theory, remarkably easy to understand, and astonishingly difficult to learn how to use.
It contains exercises and activities to stress-test and advance your practice of agile behavior. It contains discussion assignments to stretch your understanding, and small work assignments to take you into new places.
Bring along bring gnarly problems you have been challenged with. Bring along objections as to why agile can’t work in whatever context. Bring along the latest ideas you have read about. We will work through those together, using the skills taught in the class.
This is not a course for the beginner or the faint of heart. Expect to do homework, expect to be put through your paces, expect to dialog and argue, have your beliefs challenged.
You need not prepare for the course, but you will get more from it if you have read Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game and “The Seven Properties of Highly Successful Projects” from Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams prior to the start of class.
At the end of the course, walk away with a rich, robust set of tools for approaching your project and organizational situations.

The instructor

Dr. Alistair Cockburn
An author of the Agile Manifesto. In “The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes”. Internationally renowned strategist, author of the Jolt award-winning Agile Software Development and Writing Effective Use Cases, he co-created the Agile Manifesto, the Declaration of Interdependence, the Agile Project Leadership Network and the International Consortium for Agile.
Dr. Cockburn is an expert on agile development, project management, process design, use cases, and object-oriented development.
Find his articles, talks, poems and other writings at
Advanced Agile with Alistair is like walking in as an agile Jedi then some dude with pointy horns pulls a double ended light sabre.

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