Maximizing Agile Outcomes with Analysis – Pilot


During a 3-day classroom experience, participants will use a case study to look at and practice concepts and techniques for great analysis on agile projects, including;

  • Defining Vision, Problems, and Results Needed
  • Identifying good and poorly written user stories
  • Writing user stories
  • Using the Gherkin Method for user story acceptance criteria
  • Splitting user stories
  • Creating a Story Map and using it to:
    • Analyze the user experience
    • Analyze for gaps
    • Define MVP
    • Organize releases
  • Analyzing the backlog
  • Prioritizing the backlog
  • Relating Analysis Models to user stories
  • Identifying what stories from the case study need models
  • Facilitating for better conversations and rich dialog
  • Facilitation techniques for innovation

The classroom experience is followed up with cohort coaching sessions.  Every three weeks, participants join a 1-hour virtual session and bring work-related examples, questions, and challenges that match these topics:

  1. Product Owner and Analyst Collaboration
  2. A Healthy Backlog
  3. User Stories
  4. Acceptance Criteria
  5. Story Splitting
  6. Prioritization
  7. Analysis Models
  8. Collaborating for better dialog

Length:  This program consists of 3 days in the classroom and 6 months of virtual follow-up sessions with cohort coaching for a total of 30 contact hours.

Participants that attend all classroom and virtual sessions and fully engage in the cohort will earn a certificate for Maximizing Agile Outcomes with Analysis.

This course is valuable to:

  • Agile teams or team members (Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Business Analysts, System Analysts) who need to increase their level of business analysis
  • Experienced business analysts who want to add value to an agile team
  • Those new to business analysis and work, or desire to work, in an agile environment
  • Anyone involved in transitioning an organization from a traditional to agile environment

Participants in the course will:

  1. Discuss and identify how agile analysis adds value to teams delivering high quality products
  2. Distinguish what activities are part of agile analysis
  3. Practice the key techniques for great agile analysis:
    • User Stories
    • User Story Splitting
    • Acceptance Criteria
    • User Story Mapping
    • Analysis Models to go with your stories
  4. Understand the role of the Product Owner and who does analysis
  5. Understand how to link a product vision and roadmap to the details of your everyday work
  6. Know where analysis fits into agile ceremonies
  7. Describe what a healthy backlog looks like and how to prioritize it

There are no required prerequisites for this course; however, if agile is a unknown concept to you, consider taking Intro to Agile and bring some agile knowledge to the course.

Price: $1599.00.00   Pilot Price: $750.00

While the instructor and curriculum are top notch, we are piloting a new course structure that contains a coaching component.  We welcome you to be a part of this pilot at the reduced rate so that we can collect your feedback.

Pilot registration closes November 15.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: 3.6

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Session on:

  • Monday, Dec. 17, Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day

Pilot registration closes November 15.

If you are registering through your local workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu or call 612-659-7230.

Increase your employees’ skills and knowledge, open a pathway to better communication, and retain your talented workforce with customized training.  Call today (612) 659-7230 for more information or to schedule a no-obligation meeting.

User Story Writing


Length: 1/2 day

This course is offered through a partnership with agilityIRL

For anyone interested in increasing their skill in user story writing as used with frameworks like Scrum or Extreme Programming (XP).

After taking this class, learners will be able to:

    • Articulate the theory behind user stories
    • Understand how to write good user stories
    • Understand when and when not to use user stories
    • How to split user stories to ensure the delivery of value

Participants should understand basic Agile philosophy and, at least, one method (e.g. Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), etc.) They should bring a product example to use in class.

Price: $470.00  Early Bird Pricing: $423.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: .48

Useful Websites:

www.agilityIRL.com

www.scrumalliance.org

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Sessions on:

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Agile Testing


Length: 1/2 day

This course is offered through a partnership with agilityIRL

For anyone interested in increasing their skill in testing as used within an Agile method like Scrum or Extreme Programming (XP).

After taking this class, learners will be able to:

    • Explain Agile’s view of testing
    • Develop strong acceptance criteria
    • Define and articulate a number of Agile testing related practices including, but not limited to, Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Test Driven Development (TDD), Continuous Integration, etc.
    • Manage Test Driven Development (TDD), test management and automation

Participants should understand basic Agile philosophy and, at least, one method (e.g. Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), etc.)

Price: $470.00  Early Bird Pricing: $423.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: .48

Useful Websites:

www.agilityIRL.com

www.scrumalliance.org

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Sessions on:

  • Monday, March 11, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Agile Bootcamp


Length: 3 Days

This course is offered through a partnership with agilityIRL

For anyone interested in learning about the Agile philosophy.

After taking this class, learners will be able to:

Understand the roles (if specified) for:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Scrumban

Exploring the events (if specified) for:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Scrumban

Recognize the artifacts (if specified) used in:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Scrumban

Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each method and determine which one will best meet the needs of their current development efforts.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but reading/watching the following may assist participants:

Agile Manifesto 

Scrum Guide

Scrum Alliance Scrum Foundations Videos

Price: $800.00  Early Bird Pricing: $720.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: 2.52

Useful Websites:

www.agilityIRL.com

www.scrumalliance.org

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Sessions on:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day
  • Monday, March 4, Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Intro to Agile


Length: 1/2 day

This course is offered through a partnership with agilityIRL

For anyone interested in learning about the Agile philosophy.

After taking this class, learners will be able to:

  • Differentiate between Agile and other frameworks of the philosophy
  • Understand, at a high level, the main framework being used in today’s marketplace

There are no prerequisites for this course, but reading/watching the following may assist participants:

Price: $470.00  Early Bird Pricing: $423.00 up to four weeks prior to course start date.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: .48

Useful Websites:

www.agilityIRL.com

www.scrumalliance.org

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Sessions on:

  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Agile Leadership: Making the Future a Way of Life


Length: 2 days

For leaders at all levels: from the front-line to the C-suite

Agile: The “Why”

  • 2×2 Reasons to Care About Agile
  • How We Got to Now: A Brief History of Organizational Solutions
  • Agile: The Organizational Solution for Today’s World

Agile: The “What”

  • Agile’s Heritage
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Team Members Roles & Responsibilities
  • Agile Myths
  • Major Agile Product Development Frameworks
  • Micro and Macro Agile

Agile: The “How”

  • Myth Busting
  • Definitions
  • Culture is THE Key
  • Culture Defined
  • The First Step in any Organizational Transformation
  • A Framework for Cultivating Organizational Agility
  • Assessing Cultural Solution Alternatives
  • Organizational Life Cycle States and Agility

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Price: $1,100.00 Early Bird Pricing: $990.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Text: no texts are used in this course
  • Food:  Lunch is included in all courses that are at least 7 hours in length
  • CEUs: 1.68
  • Useful Websites: https://agilityirl.com

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or you would like to have this course customized specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Sessions on:

  • Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Agile: An Executive Overview


Length: 4 hours

For leaders at all levels: from the front-line to the C-suite

Agile: The “Why”

  • 2×2 Reasons to Care About Agile
  • How We Got to Now: A brief History of Organizational Solutions
  • Agile: The Organizational Solutions for Today’s World

Agile: The “What”

  • Agile’s Heritage
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Team Member Roles & Responsibilities
  • Agile Myths
  • Major Agile Product Development Frameworks
  • A Deeper Dive into Scrum
  • Micro & Macro Agile

Agile: The “How”

  • Myth Busting
  • Definitions
  • Culture is THE Key
  • Culture Defined
  • How to Begin Cultural Change
  • An Introduction to a Framework for Cultivating Cultural Change

There are no prerequisites for this course

Price: $470.00  Early Bird Pricing: $423.00 up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

  • Course Texts: There are no texts used for this course.
  • Food: Lunch is included in all courses that are 7 hours or more
  • CEUs: .48

Useful Websites: https://agilityirl.com

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Sessions on:

  • Friday, November 30, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Certified Product Owner® (CSPO)


Complex projects delivered with agility

These Scrum Training courses, taught by a Certified Scrum® Trainer, will help you and your organization:

  1. Use a standard framework and vocabulary on projects
  2. Understand an agile culture and how it will impact your organization
  3. Transform your ability to complete complex projects
  4. Manage change in projects that predictably occur with collaborative design

Length: Two days

This course does not have an exam, certification is awarded at instructor discretion based on attendance and participation.

This course pairs well with the Selling Your Project course.

  • People who are new to Scrum and want to know how to start
  • Experienced Scrum practitioners desiring new ideas to improve their Scrum practices
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Business Managers
  • Executives

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the Agile Manifesto and its principles
  2. Summarize Scrum history and framework
  3. Apply the five Scrum values and benefits
  4. Distinguish between the roles of ScrumMaster®, Product Owner®, and Development Team, including the responsibilities of each and who should perform those roles
  5. Understand a Product Owner’s role in each of the Scrum meetings
  6. Bring value to a project through supporting self-organization
  7. Participate in agile estimating and planning sessions
  8. Develop and maintain the Scrum artifact known as the Product Backlog
  9. Recognize the value of and learn how to interpret metrics and information radiators such as Burn down/up Charts, team velocity, task boards, and predictability tools.
  10. Write and maintain User Stories
  11. Understand, write, and accept Acceptance Criteria
  12. Increase product value through prioritization of User Stories and refining the Product Backlog
  13. Understand responsibilities around accepting/rejecting deliverables and how to prevent/handle carry over

This course does not have a prerequisite requirement; however, reading these two articles before the workshop, will enhance your workshop experience:

Price: $1,095.00
Course fee includes a two-year membership in Scrum Alliance.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in a daytime course or a light meal with an evening course.
  • Free Parking
  • If you already have a Scrum Alliance certification, this workshop is worth 15 SEUs.
  • If you already have a PMI® Certification, this workshop is worth 15 PDU’s in Category B.
  • Useful websites: https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications

Cancellation Policy:

Class cancellations must be done fourteen full business days before the class start date.  No refunds for cancellations of less than fourteen full business days.  No Shows/Missed Classes – Refunds will not be issued for any missed class.  Late Arrivals/Early Departures – Metropolitan State University reserves the right to decrease continuing education units issued for late arrivals and early departures.  Written confirmation will be sent to you a week before class.  If a class is canceled, you will be contacted by phone, mail, or email.  Metropolitan State University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, such as weather (a full refund will be granted).

Fall dates will be posted in August 2018

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) Training


Complex projects delivered with agility

These Scrum Training courses, taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer®, will help you and your organization:

  1. Use a standard framework and vocabulary on projects
  2. Understand an agile culture and how it will impact your organization
  3. Transform your ability to complete complex projects
  4. Manage change in projects that predictably occur with collaborative design
  • Length: Two days
  • This course pairs well with the Intro to Agile course.
  • Anyone seeking a better way to get work done
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • People new to Scrum
  • People with experience using Scrum who desire fresh ideas on being more effective
  • People seeking ScrumMaster® Certification through Scrum Alliance
  • Project Mangers
  • Business Analysts
  • Product Developers
  • Developers
  • Testers

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the Agile Manifesto and its principles
  2. Summarize Scrum history and framework
  3. Apply the five Scrum values and benefits
  4. Compare and contrast the Empirical Process vs. the Defined Process
  5. Distinguish between the roles of ScrumMaster®, Product Owner®, and Development Team, including the responsibilities of each and who should play those roles
  6. Conduct effective Scrum meetings: understand the purpose, value, duration, and invitees for each meeting
  7. Understand agile estimating and planning
  8. Develop Scrum artifacts and documents, such as The Product Backlog, the Spring Backlog, the Burn down and Burn up Charts, and the product increment
  9. Recognize danger signs and what to do about them
  10. Organize non-collocated teams conducive to an agile environment
  11. Launch an agile project

This course does not have a prerequisite requirement; however, reading these two articles before the workshop, will enhance your workshop experience:

Price: $1,095.00

Membership: Course fee includes a two-year membership in Scrum Alliance.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in a daytime course or a light meal with an evening course.
  • Free Parking
  • Exam: After completing this course, qualifying students will receive a link to the CSM exam.
  • Exam Fees: The exam fee with Scrum Alliance is included in the workshop registration. The instructor will provide a link to the exam.
  • If you already have a Scrum Alliance certification, this workshop is worth 15 SEUs.
  • If you already have a PMI® Certification, this workshop is worth 15 PDU’s in Category B.
  • Useful websites: https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications

Session on:

  • To Be Determined

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu