Introduction to Agile

Course category
Training area
Course code
1 days
Additional information
Available for on-site delivery only. Can be delivered remotely or Face-to-Face.

Introduction to Agile for Embedded 

This course is a broad overview of the current state of Agile. 

This course is fast paced introducing both Agile processes and techniques. It is aimed at people requiring an understanding of Agile software development, but is not intended to go into the depth required to apply these Agile process and techniques without further consultancy/training.

Course objectives:

  • To understand the principles of Agile Software Development
  • To appreciate Agile for Embedded is different from Agile for non-Embedded
  • To identify the tools required to support Agile Software Development
  • Guideline to how Agile can be applied to software for High Integrity Systems development
  • The challenges and pitfalls of Agile


Attendees should have a good understanding of software development, including aspects such as design, coding and test.


One day

Agile Introduction

  • Manifesto
  • Principles
  • The Agile Onion

Agile Process Overview

  • Foundations
  • Scrum
  • Lean
  • BDD


  • Roles
  • Artifacts
  • Events

Agile Techniques (XP)

  • Core
  • Pair Programming
  • Test-Driven Development (TDD)
  • Simple Design
  • Refactoring
  • Middle layer
  • Collective Ownership
  • Metaphor
  • Sustainable Pace
  • Coding Standard
  • Continuous Integration
  • Outer Layer
  • Whole Team
  • Planning Games
  • Small Releases
  • Customer Tests
  • Scrum and XP

TDD and Mocking in Principle

  • TDD Foundations
  • Test Construction
  • Unit isolation
  • Testing APIs with Mocks


  • from centralised to distributed
  • workflows

Continuous Integration / Delivery / Deployment

  • goals
  • Architecture
  • Isolation of Application from Platform
  • Build System
  • Workflow and builds

The Embedded Agile Toolkit

  • Dump the IDE
  • Code related
  • Test frameworks
  • Version Control
  • make tools
  • Build Servers
  • Build environments
  • Metrics
  • Documentation
  • Team workflow

Agile and High Integrity Systems

  • Agile assumptions and Embedded Systems
  • Software and Quality
  • Standards and plan-driven development
  • What Agile can address
  • What’s missing
  • Adapting Scrum - SafeScrum

Why is ‘Agile’ so difficult?

  • Common agile [Scrum] pitfalls
  • Dark Scrum
  • Flaccid Scrum