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CA Agile Academy

Ensure your successful agile transformation and ongoing advancement of agile principles through education and certification.

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| OVERVIEW

Experience collaborative and interactive learning and certification from agile experts.

Instructors with actual experience help transform individuals and organizations.

Learn practical agile skills and apply them immediately to improve how you plan and execute your work at the team, program or organizational level.

CA Agile Academy offers worldwide public courses from our consultants and strategic partners.

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You can choose us for our collaborative, experiential training approach that uses agile to teach agile. And you get certified and learn from recognized authorities; we’re certified to teach by Scrum Alliance and PMI, and we’re a Scaled Agile Gold Partner.

Great balance of concepts and principles, married with prescriptive tools and exercises. I walked out with a roadmap.

CA Agile Academy Alumnus

| TRAINING OPTIONS

Discover and apply agile methods to advance your agile journey—at your own pace and location.

Agile Academy Classroom

For individuals and small groups (fewer than ten), our training classes are offered around the world.

On Site

When you have a large group of ten or more to certify, we bring our instructors and coaches to your facility.

OnDemand

While most certifications are offered in-person, our OnDemand classes are available to complement our classroom training.

| COURSES

Explore our areas of agile training.

  • Agile Overview

  • Role-based

  • Team

  • Agile at Scale

Agile Overview

Introduction to Agile

Help everyone speak the same language and understand their role in your agile transformation. Grasp the basic tenets and key practices of agile methods and learn about the compelling benefits of agile (versus waterfall) software development. Understand Scrum and Kanban concepts, and be able to explain how agile practices shift the focus from managing to a plan to planning continuously and steering toward results.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how adopting agile practices can speed time to market and boost product quality.
  • Discover how Scrum and Kanban agile methods increase throughput and decrease cycle time.
  • Understand how agile methods reduce risk via incremental learning and delivery.

CA Agile Central: Introduction

Get oriented to the organization, navigation and structures of CA Agile Central. Available via OnDemand, you’ll learn how the platform supports your agile practices with a single interface to plan iterations and releases, collaborate and deliver, and inspect and adapt. Master the basics and make CA Agile Central the hub of your agile work.

Learning Objectives

  • Get the most out of your agile platform investment.
  • Empower users with expert training to get up and running faster.
  • Increase adoption of CA Agile Central among key users.

CA Agile Central: End 2 End

As your organization adopts agile, on-site experts are critical in answering employees’ questions about how you can get the most out of CA Agile Central. This in-person class helps you to get deep into CA Agile Central as well as layer in agile best practices. Perfect for CA Agile Central users of all levels.

Learning Objectives

  • Set up CA Agile Central from workspace through sprint execution.
  • Customize CA Agile Central for teams and programs.
  • Scale agile with CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager.

Role-based

Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM)

As a Scrum Master, you’ll learn how to use one of the most prevalent agile methodologies (Scrum) to facilitate meetings, coach team members and remove blocks. This course shares time-tested techniques for managing product backlogs, planning releases and iterations (sprints), and progress tracking and reporting. You’ll learn how to effectively plan and run agile events, including daily Scrum meetings, sprint planning meetings, sprint reviews and retrospectives.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the history, importance and objectives of Scrum.
  • Explain the three Scrum roles and responsibilities.
  • Discover how to remove obstacles and guide the team in effective Scrum practices.

Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO)

To succeed, a product owner needs to deliver value, every sprint and release. In this course, you’ll learn how to manage agile requirements using personas, modeling, user stories, story mapping, acceptance criteria and just-in-time elaboration. Discover how to plan, prioritize and sequence the product backlog. Understand and lead the five levels of agile planning, as well as the agile product organization and best practices for team structures.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the product owner role.
  • Understand what you need to do and what you need from the organization to succeed.
  • Discover how to harness agile feedback loops to constantly improve value.

SAFe® Product Manager/Product Owner

Success with agile involves excellent product management—from business epic to user story. In this course, you’ll learn how to ensure work delivers strategy and value by applying Lean thinking to guide agile development, delivering iteratively and incrementally with quality. Discover how to work effectively with stakeholders to stay focused on value and to get and incorporate feedback. Support delivery teams using SAFe ScrumXP to deliver running, tested software in short cycles.

Learning Objectives

  • Support and facilitate Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) ceremonies and events.
  • Engage stakeholders with meaningful features and realistic roadmaps.
  • Feed delivery teams good, small user stories and acceptance criteria.

SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master with SASM Certification

As a Scrum Master, you want to build a high-performing team that can consistently make and meet commitments with quality. When your organization scales agile by adopting the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), your responsibilities increase to include coordinating and facilitating the flow of work with other teams in your program. This course prepares you for this larger context, and challenges you to expand your skills so your teams and programs get better at delivering great outcomes for your company.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply SAFe principles to facilitation, enablement and coaching in the multiteam environment.
  • Build a high-performing team and foster relentless improvement at the team and program levels.
  • Address agile and Scrum anti-patterns.

Agile for Project Managers

Designed for successful project managers (PMs) who want to embrace agility, this in-depth, hands-on introduction to agile and lean practices teaches serious PMs to expand their toolkit to help teams deliver value faster and adapt to ever-changing stakeholder needs. This course prepares professionals wanting to earn the Agile Certified Practitioner credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI-ACP®) to pass the certification exam on the first try.

Learning Objectives

  • Prepare to pass the PMI-ACP® exam on the first try.
  • Obtain a thorough theoretical and practical understanding of agile.
  • Learn new techniques for helping teams deliver value faster.
  • Translate classic project management concepts into an agile context.

Test-Driven Development

Learn the basic skills and gain the hands-on experience required to implement test-driven development (TDD) in your agile development. You’ll be introduced to TDD-related techniques and concepts while working to turn example business requirements into working code. This course is primarily intended for hands-on developers, but anyone who must understand, review and communicate the use and utility of TDD will also benefit.

Learning Objectives

  • Sketch an implementation model from user requirements, emphasizing the assignment of responsibilities to classes, components and sub-systems.
  • Code by intention and triangulate to arrive at an optimal solution.
  • Describe the relationship between user stories, confirmations, acceptance tests and unit tests.

Team

Scrum Team Launch

In this course, teams learn how to identify and break down work to deliver increments in each sprint. A coach helps your team apply agile methods in your environment, planning real work, grooming the backlog, planning the sprint and scheduling Scrum ceremonies. Participants will discover how Scrum practices can improve team effectiveness and morale, and be able to explain how Scrum and agile practices support agile principles.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover how to execute and track work in a whole new way.
  • Learn how to shorten the agile learning curve through team formation.
  • Empower your team to plan their first sprint and start building software iteratively.

Kanban Team Launch

In this course, teams learn agile, Lean and Kanban principles, and create agreements, policies and metrics for their workflows. By visualizing their processes and work in progress, teams can concentrate on important tasks, recognize and avoid bottlenecks, stay constantly informed of project status and prioritize tasks to make sure they meet their deadlines.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how your process meets your organization’s needs.
  • Visualize your team’s work and status.
  • Measure work to gain knowledge and constantly improve.

Leading Successful Agile Teams

Designed for all leaders in fields that use agile methods, this course teaches you how to nurture and guide team members, foster collaboration and serve your teams to ensure success. Learn how to coach and model agile principles and values, and implement and support Lean and agile principles and techniques. Discover how to build and sustain engaged, self-organizing teams and motivate people to sustain an agile transformation.

Learning Objectives

  • Be prepared to lead your people and organization through an agile transformation.
  • Gain new tools to guide the journey to better business results through agile practices.
  • Create your own personal action plan and interpret the role of manager as servant leader.

SAFe® for Teams

This certification course is designed to teach team-level Scrum and XP, and help teams discover how to contribute and thrive as part of a Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) release train. Participants will understand how to form their teams (Scrum Masters, product owners and developers/testers) in an enterprise context, and work effectively with product and delivery group management as part of an Agile Release Train to deliver complex enterprise solutions. The course is intended for new teams in an enterprise agile adoption program or can be used to re-baseline existing Scrum teams as required for scaling.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn team-level Scrum and XP.
  • Apply Lean and agile methods at scale to continuously improve the team and delivery group.
  • Build higher-quality enterprise software faster via agile software engineering practices.

Agile at Scale

Implementing SAFe® with SPC Certification

Become a leading agent for change—and enable your enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you certify as a SAFe® 4.5 Program Consultant (SPC). During this four-day course, you’ll learn how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging the practices and principles of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe).

You will learn how to effectively coach programs, launch Agile Release Trains, build a continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture and empower a Lean Portfolio. The first two days of the course—Leading SAFe®—will provide you with the basis to teach SAFe to others. The final two days focus exclusively on what it takes to successfully implement SAFe in your enterprise.

Learning Objectives

  • Find the value streams around which to organize the enterprise’s Agile Release Trains.
  • Run Inspect and Adapt workshops for continuous program improvement.
  • Grow the leadership skills necessary to support the enterprise agile transformation.

Leading SAFe®

Develop a skillset that’s in demand worldwide—and empower your enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you become a SAFe 4 Agilist (SA). During this course, you’ll learn the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate how SAFe is founded on Lean, agile methods and product development flow.
  • Identify roles and structures required to scale agile methodologies to the program level.
  • Apply agile architecture principles to build quality into a system that can evolve.

Agile Portfolio Management

This training course is designed for organizations that have achieved success with agile at the team or program level and want to extend agile principles to steering the portfolio. Or, you can begin your agile journey at the top, taking an adaptive approach to portfolio management that allows you to invest in the highest value initiatives. Strategic planning leaders will learn to prioritize, plan and steer initiatives across programs and teams.

Learning Objectives

  • Connect portfolio planning and performance with the four pillars of value, work, capacity and financial management.
  • Understand the significant roles that transparency, alignment and focus play in executing business strategies.
  • Drive decisions to balance portfolio investments with business value, speed and responsiveness.

Leading Collaborative Meetings

Based on Jean Tabaka’s book “Collaboration Explained,” this highly interactive course will teach participants the techniques needed to guide organizations to scale agile through their approaches to collaboration. In this class, you will learn how you, your team and your organization will change throughout the agile transition and you will gain new tools for guiding your people in their journey to provide better business results through agile.

Learning Objectives

  • Speed decision making by designing and running meetings with the right people, purpose and process.
  • Gain insights, tools and techniques to transform your meetings into engaging, productive events.
  • Create a safe, supportive environment that invites open dialogue, divergent ideas and improved results.

| COACHES

Navigate challenges with experts on your side.

Our agile consultants and coaches have worked with hundreds of companies and trained thousands of teams. You get the collective wisdom of all of them when they brainstorm solutions just for you.

[CA Technologies] can do the transformation piece and teach the tool at the same time. That’s where their competitors have gaps.

Andy James, VP of Product Development, IHS

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