Heart of Agile Essentials

The Simpler Way to Do Agile

One and a half-day sessions for workers, managers, all roles, all industries, learning from one of the creators of the Agile movement.

Who Should Attend

Designed for beginners, even advanced practitioners will learn from this master of the Agile industry. For people in any industry looking to understand the essential concepts and techniques of agile development, independent of any branded methodology.


This course is designed for a full day to give the attendee practice in the core elements of team success: collaboration, delivery, reflection and improvement. Each part of the class introduces a topic matching the most recent advances in the agile world, including solutions-focused coaching, guest leadership, collaboration cards, project slicing, decisions as inventory, and building a culture of listening.

The timing of the days varies from class to class, but contains these elements:

Group Discussions: Introducing key concepts needed to make use of modern agile development: Decisions flowing through an organization, Cooperative games of invention and communication, Culture and leadership, Trimming projects into slices to follow changing needs and to meet deadlines.

Collaboration Cards: These cards are a special construction from Dr. Cockburn, following years of research into what improves collaboration. Learn to use these cards to improve your own collaboration, to work in teams and to notice how your colleagues are improving or hurting collaboration.

Communication Exercise: The room is separated into teams of 5-7 people, each with specifiers and artists. The specifiers are given a drawing to have the artists reproduce, but they can only use simple-text messages to communicate. The teams go through this activity several times to learn how to reflect and improve during a project, how to improve both collaboration and delivery.

Carpaccio Exercise: People work in pairs to construct a spreadsheet that will show the price of a product. The difficulty is not in making the spreadsheet, it is in learning to make the tiniest possible delivery stages so that the business earns the most, soonest, and can respond to changing market needs and changing deadlines. Having great significance to financial executives, it shows also how to manage a project for maximum effect.

Small Projects: Teams put these ideas together to work on small projects, using the ideas of collaboration, guest leadership, culture of listening, delivery in stages, reflecting and improving, all to practice the concepts learned in the class.

At the end of the course, receive a Heart of Agile Level A certificate showing your achievement.

About the Trainers

Dr. Alistair Cockburn

One of the original authors of the Agile Manifesto. Voted in "The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes" for his work in Use Cases and Agile Software Development

Dr. Cockburn is an internationally renowned strategist, author of the award-winning Agile Software Development, and Writing Effective Use Cases. He co-authored the Agile Manifesto, the Declaration of Interdepen-dence, the Agile Project Leadership Network and the International Consortium for Agile.

Dr. Cockburn is an expert on organizational psychology, agile development, development processes, use cases, project management, and object-oriented programming

Sole Pinter

Managing Director, Heart of Agile Europe Director Global Operations Heart of Agile, Ms. Pinter Soledad is an agile consultant, coach and trainer with more than 25 years of experience. She has given keynotes and orientations on the Heart of Agile on several continents, using an informal and interactive presentation style. Sole is driven by her passion for helping organizations, teams and people to become better at their every day work.

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