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BCS Spring School – An Introduction to Agile Development

March 24, 2009

I’ve just finished attending the four lectures for the BCS Spring School – An Introduction to Agile Development. The course gave my plenty to think about, and I’m sure that much of what came out of the course will be appearing on these pages in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are my overall impressions of the course, as given to my employer via our “Training Evaluation Form”.

Course Details

Employee: Dan Twining
Course Date: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd March 2009
Course Title: BCS Bristol Spring School – Agile Development (four lectures)
Course Tutor:  David Hicks, Dave Deans, Giovanni Asproni, Allan Kelly (also here).
Course Provider:

Part 1: Teaching Environment

Q.1. The facilities provided for attendees for use on the course were up-to-date, clear and efficient.
Score: 4
Comments: Car parking at UWE was confusing, but free and available. Everything else was fine.

Q.2. The course materials used as teaching props were clear and understandable.
Score: 5
Comments: Good lecture notes

Q.3. The tutor’s teaching methods were clear, precise and understandable.
Score: 4
Comments: Presenter quality varied, but was generally high (5/5, 3/5, 4/5, 5/5).

Q.4. The pace of the course was suitable
Score: 5
Comments: Only minimal overlap between lectures.

Part 2: Knowledge

Q.5. The course featured all that I had expected
Score: 5
Comments: –

Q.6. The course has provided me with all that was required to achieve my learning objectives
Score: 4
Comments: It covered as much as a lecture course can, with good links to further learning via books, courses, etc.

Q.7. The training has improved my knowledge
Score: 5
Comments: –

Q.8. I feel that now I have completed the course, I can complete my work tasks/ projects more efficiently
Score: 3
Comments: Unsure – Agile methods require a wider (at least team-level) adoption (see Q9)

Q.9. My overall opinion of the course was a success for both my employer and myself
Score: –
Comments: Unknown – I don’t know how well my employer will adopt the ideas presented and learned.

Part 3: Improvements

Q.10. Can you suggest any improvements to the tutor of the course area?
Comments: –
Q.11. Can you suggest any improvement to the content of the course?
Comments: –
Q.12. Can you suggest any improvement to the facilities used for the course?
Comments: –

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2009 5:31 pm

    Hi Dan,

    I have Agile Development by James Shore (who has some great  blog entries and articles, and Shane Warden. I think it’s a great book. It is XP centric so is more for programmers outwards than managers inward (which I think is what Scrum does).

    On a side note he has a great article on continuous integration on a dollar a day. I’m using Hudson like you.

  2. April 12, 2009 9:04 pm

    Hi Pete,

    I’m guessing that this is JS’s article on CI on a Dollar a Day. It’s well written, and certainly sounds like fun, but it seems like a manual version of the automated system TeamCity offer, as discussed in the comments of a previous post.

    I’ve promised to do a lunchtime talk on the BCS lectures this month, and I plan to recycle most of whatever I come up with and post it here. There certainly seems some content on the James Shore blog that would tie in. Although I haven’t really got an idea what I want to say (even though the course probably makes me the in-house expert on Agile. Oh dear).

  3. May 8, 2009 1:43 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the lectures – and I’m glad we didn’t overlap too much.  Being last in the series I had the fear you might have heard it all already.


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