DSDM Atern Certified Practitioner



Course Description

This three day course will focus on the Philosophy, Principles, Process, Products, Practices and the People and provide the partipants with practical experience. Those include communication skills, team collaboration,  but also planning and time management.
 
 
 
 

Target Audience

Intended for all skill profiles interested in working in an Agile way, reaching from business analysts or even business visionaries, consultants and testers, developers and architects.
 

Outline

 

Prerequisites

None per se, but it makes sense if you have worked in projects in the past.
 

Learning Outcome

To provide training in the Atern framework and give guidance on how the delegate’s skills might be applied on an Atern project. It is aimed at those intending to gain a deeper understanding of Atern or to those that will take an active role in an Atern project team. At the end of this training, delegates should have a detailed understanding of all the component parts of Atern and how they work together to support Atern as a whole, together with practical experience of Atern.
 

 Course Content

The course will examine the following questions and points surround Atern, as an Agile methodology, covering the entire Project Life-Cycle:

  • What is Atern?
  • Positioning of Atern within Agile
  • The Benefits of Atern
  • When to use Atern? (and the consequences of choosing Atern)
  • Preparing for Atern

The course will examine the philosophy, reproduced below, and look at what this really means in the real-World:

The Atern Philosophy is that any project must be aligned to clearly defined strategic goals and focus upon early delivery of real benefits to the business.

This is best achieved when key stakeholders understand the business objectives, are empowered to an appropriate level, and collaborate in order to deliver the right solution. This solution will be delivered in the agreed timescale, according to the priorities set by the business.

The stakeholders must be prepared to deliver a fit-for-purpose solution. They must also be prepared to accept that change is inevitable as they understand more about the solution being developed.

The 8 principles of Atern are examined in depth, using examples and exercises to deepen the understanding:

  • Focus on the Business Need
  • Deliver on Time
  • Collaborate
  • Never Compromise on Quality
  • Build Incrementally from Firm Foundations
  • Develop Iteratively
  • Communicate Continuously and Clearly
  • Demonstrate Control

The Atern Life Cycle is examined in depth concentrating on:

  • The Framework and Life Cycle
  • Configuring the Life Cycle

The Products associated with each Life Cycle phase are explored.

The Roles and Responsibilities are presented and examined and used in practical exercises to embed understanding of:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
    • empowerment
    • essential skills
  • The Team Structure

Atern encourages the use of five practices, each of which is examined in detail.

  • Facilitated workshops
  • MoSCoW prioritisation
  • Modelling
  • Iterative Development
  • Timeboxing

There are a number of additional areas that need to be examined in order to support Atern projects:

  • Agile requirements
  • Testing, Quality and Maintainability
  • Project Management and Control, including
    • Planning
    • Risk
    • Estimating and Measurement
    • Configuration Management


 

Exam Accreditation

All training partners & trainers are provided via Accredited Training Organisations, in this case of the DSDM Consortium.