Agile, Scrum, and Kanban: Making Your Processes Work For You

Agile, Scrum, and Kanban: Making Your Processes Work For You | Houston

About this class

You’ve probably heard of Agile, Scrum, and/or Kanban. Agile is just a concept, whereas Scrum and Kanban are two different methodologies for tracking and achieving progress on a project.

This class will cover the basics of how to organize and lead projects (software and non-software alike) in an Agile manner. We’ll discuss the principles behind the Agile concept, and then get down to looking practically at:

  • How to break down complex problems into smaller, achievable tasks
  • Estimating relative level of effort for those tasks
  • Force-ranking tasks into a backlog of items that deliver the most business value possible with the allotted resources
  • How to build and maintain a task board that informs everyone involved the actual status of the project in real-time
  • How to satisfy stakeholders by delivering estimated timelines and planning releases
  • The differences between Scrum and Kanban
  • Why you might choose Scrum or Kanban, or even hybridize the two together into Scrumban
  • The day-to-day activities of leading an Agile project, including prescribed meetings and communications
  • Adaptations for running an Agile team inside a Waterfall project or organization
  • How to lead Agile teams when you have no direct authority over individuals


  • Understand how to design a process for your team that will give you the best chance of success.
  • Learn how to work better with both individual team members, and stakeholders who just care about the end product.

Prereqs & Preparation

  • It’s helpful, but not required, for you to have worked on a team that collaborated on a project to completion.

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