Lean in Agile - Enhancing your Agile and Scrum skills

person icon Jay Alphey

Lean in Agile - Enhancing your Agile and Scrum skills

How Lean thinking can make you a stronger Agile practitioner

updated on icon Updated on Oct, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Jay Alphey

architecture icon Agile,Business,Project Management

Lectures -17

Duration -3.5 hours


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Course Description

Even once you've been on a Scrum course and run some Sprints with your team, there's so much more to learn to really become effective in Agile development.  The ideas of the Agile Manifesto were inspired by, and built on, many of the concepts of Lean development.  Despite the importance of Lean as a background to Agile, few courses explain Lean ideas in depth.  

Jay has 20+ years of experience in leading teams from small companies to multinationals and across disciplines including development, product, program management and quality.  In this course, Jay looks at Lean development and how Lean approaches can be used to make make you a stronger Agile practitioner.

Jay covers not only the techniques but the mindset.  For Lean and Agile to be successful, you need to know not only what processes to follow, but why and how those processes are used.     

 The course includes:

  • Visualising the flow of value from development to customers

  • How to identify unproductive work and reduce it through continuous improvement

  • Techniques for finding constraints which are blocking effective flow of value

  • The use of Kanban boards to manage work and to limit Work in Progress

  • How to identify and use effective Lean metrics

This course is intended for anyone working in an Agile team, especially those looking to increase their understanding beyond the basics of an approach such as Scrum.  As well as developers, this may include Product Owners, Business Analysts or Project Managers depending on organisation.  But because Agile is very team-centric, every team member needs to understand how to get involved in building and communicating.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Understand Lean concepts and how to apply them
  • Prioritise using a value stream
  • Understand the Lean concept of Waste and how to reduce it
  • Apply Flow to Agile and Scrum development
  • Appreciate why Work in Progress impacts agility and how to address this
  • Compare Pull and Push based approaches to development
  • Use Kanban boards effectively
  • Relate Gemba walks to Agile principles
  • Understand and apply Lean metrics
  • Use Root cause analysis and 5 Whys to assess problems
  • Apply Kaizen in your Agile development


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • Experience working with teams in New Product Development is useful

  • No previous experience in Agile development is required

Lean in Agile - Enhancing your Agile and Scrum skills


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

2 Lectures
  • play icon Course introduction 02:11 02:11
  • play icon What is Lean and how does it fit with Agile and Scrum? 15:41 15:41
Lean Concepts - what can we learn from Lean?
5 Lectures
Lean Techniques - How can we apply Lean?
6 Lectures
Improving with Lean - how can Lean change the way you work?
4 Lectures

Instructor Details

Jay Alphey

Jay Alphey

Coach and technologist

Jay is a leader, coach and mentor focussing on how to get teams and individuals to achieve their potential. Jay has built, led and worked with teams across the globe. Exploiting his leadership experience in technology industries, Jay is especially interested in how online resources and new technologies can help manage data in innovative ways.

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