A 2 day basic level course designed to build the essential knowledge, skills and confidence needed to successfully manage a project using an Agile approach. This course uses Scrum as the framework for managing the product development lifecycle.

Agile Essentials Course Fact Sheet (pdf)  


Anyone with responsibility for delivering an outcome to an organisation will learn the skills needed for facing new or unknown challenges in delivering those outcomes - on budget and on time.

This course will help develop general, practical knowledge of a practice that is essential for successful business change today. An understanding of the principles and mechanics of managing Agile projects is as relevant for stakeholders and members of project teams as it is for those who are responsible for managing teams.

The course assumes no previous experience. It will prove invaluable to project managers, business analysts and other personnel involved with projects of all kinds.


Upon completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • describe and apply Agile values, principles
  • describe Scrum roles and responsibilities
  • describe the importance of Scrum ceremonies and artefacts
  • write user stories to build a product backlog
  • use story points and tee-shirt sizes to help determine the business value and cost of user stories
  • create a sprint backlog during Sprint Planning
  • conduct a Daily Scrum
  • map progress on a burndown chart
  • conduct a Scrum retrospective

Public courses are run in Australia in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Courses are also run in New Zealand in Auckland and Wellington (according to demand). Courses can be run in other locations according to demand.

If you can't find a scheduled public course on our Calendar then contact our friendly staff as we are continually planning courses for new locations.


Course fees include course materials, lunch and refreshments.


Course material and activities are organised into the following modules:

Agile Basics   Sprint Planning
  • Agile and Lean principles
  • Comparison of the Agile methods to waterfall approaches
  • Overview of the Scrum ceremonies and artefacts
  • Scrum terminology
  • Scrum roles and responsibilities
  • The Team environment
  • Defining the product vision


  • Levels of planning in Agile
  • Prioritizing and grooming user stories
  • Adding acceptance criteria
  • Prioritizing user stories using MoSCoW
  • Relative sizing using value points for business benefit
  • Relative sizing using tee-shirt sizes for cost
  • Estimating user stories using planning poker
  • Estimating velocity
  • Sprint planning
The Product Backlog   Ceremonies and Artifacts
  • Defining user roles and personas
  • Describing the components of a user story
  • Describing guidelines for good user stories
  • Writing user stories for the product backlog
  • Defining non-functional requirements and business rules


  • Events during a Sprint
  • Daily planning during the Daily Scrum
  • Updating the team board
  • Using burndown charts to track progress
  • The Sprint Demo/Review meeting
  • Incorporating feedback/handling changes to the product backlog
  • Other Sprint activities (testing/building)
  • Importance of retrospectives

We also run customised and in-house courses for specific project needs - see our In-house Training.

  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Fundamentals of Business Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Enterprise Architecture
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