Managing Agile teams

person icon Jay Alphey

Managing Agile teams

Learn the skills to manage and plan for Agile teams

updated on icon Updated on Oct, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Jay Alphey

architecture icon Agile,Agile Mindset,Project Planning,Project Management,Scrum

Lectures -18

Quizzes -20

Duration -3 hours


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Course Description

A career in software needs more than coding skills.  The ability to lead modern development teams means having an in-depth understanding of software development approaches.  A key skill set is knowing how to plan and manage work in Agile teams.

Jay has 20+ years of experience in leading teams from small companies to multinationals.  These have ranged from classical program management to cross-functional agile development.  Through all of these roles there has been a consistent need to manage work with effective planning.

In this course, Jay demystifies Agile planning, covering key techniques such as:

  • Estimation Poker for collaborative estimation

  • Organise Iteration (Sprint) planning

  • Controlling technical debt

  • Tracking tools

  • Story points as an estimation tool

Jay covers not only the techniques but the mindset.  For Agile to be successful, you need to know not only what processes to follow, but why and how those processes are used.  Not just "doing Agile" but "being Agile".  The concepts are explained clearly  using a range of powerful analogies from Usain Bolt's running style to medieval fire building.

This course is intended for anyone working in an Agile team, especially those building plans and managing work.  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:

  • Agile principles and how these relate to planning
  • Planning Techniques in Agile Projects
  • Estimating and sizing tasks
  • Use relative estimation to understand the size of work
  • Run Estimation Poker for collaborative estimation
  • Apply techniques to control technical debt
  • Organise Iteration (Sprint) planning
  • Use burnup and burndown as tracking tools


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • No previous experience in Scrum or Agile development is required
  • Experience working with teams in New Product Development is useful
Managing Agile teams


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

Why is "Agile Planning" distinct?
2 Lectures
  • play icon How will Agile planning help you? 01:34 01:34
  • play icon What defines Agile as an approach? 05:23 05:23
How to manage high uncertainty environments
3 Lectures
How to plan when everything is changing
3 Lectures
How to adapt the plan to changes
3 Lectures
How to involve your team
3 Lectures
How to build an Agile roadmap
3 Lectures
Course Quiz
1 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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