Day 1 (am): Principles of Lean and Introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework®
The first module describes the fundamentals of software agility as a “software instance of lean thinking” and highlight proven practices that enterprises have used to successfully scale agile adoption to teams of teams and the full enterprise. This module introduces both basic and advanced topics of agility at enterprise scale as found in the Scaled Agile Framework®.
Day 1 (pm) & Day 2: SAFe ScrumXP
In Module 2, the teams are trained to apply Scrum in an enterprise context. Topics include Scrum principles, team and roles, product backlog, story writing, estimating, prioritizing value, sprint planning, sprint execution, XP/agile technical practices, acceptance testing, and demo and retrospective.
Days 3 & 4: Release Planning
This portion of the week is an intense, collaborative two-day planning session designed to provide a common vision, mission and joint commitment to a set of achievable release (or potentially shippable increment, PSI) objectives. All teams plan 3-5 sprints (6-10 weeks of work) based on the current product and architectural vision. Draft sprint plans are reviewed by management, scope and resource adjustments are made, and teams continue planning until they reach a converged and agreed-to set of business objectives.
Day 5 (am): Product Owner Quickstart
In Scrum the Product Owner represents the voice of the customer and plays the key role in building and prioritizing the team’s product backlog. In this short module, those who will be playing that role on the Scrum team are introduced to the basic practices of the role – backlog development, story writing, prioritizing value, accepting stories into the baseline and working with the team.
Day 5 (pm): ScrumMaster Quickstart
The ScrumMaster’s primary job is to help the team deliver on its objectives by facilitating and monitoring progress, removing impediments, acting as a buffer between the team and any distracting influences and enforcing the rules of Scrum. In this module, individuals who have been selected to fulfil this role will be introduced to the philosophy, activities, practices and challenges that are unique to the role.