Agile And Lean Practices At The Mobile Academy


A couple of months ago I was asked if I would like to support The Mobile Academy as an Agile and Lean tutor. Those that know me would confirm, I don’t need much of an excuse to talk about these topics as these are passions of mine. That combined with the fact that the course interests me personally as the structure and learnings presented provides the students with hands on practical knowledge to apply within their workplace, I jumped at the chance.

Agile And Lean Practices - The Mobile Academy

The course is well structured and provides practical knowledge from industry practitioners. Workshops range from using business model canvases, Android and iOS platforms, legal, the mobile landscape, DIY user interviews and more. If you work within mobile product teams and want to learn hands skills to help understand user needs, product development and management and how to take products to market I highly recommending checking out this course.

I was really pleased to have been introduced to and got to know the course director Julia Shalet aka The Product Doctor. Julia’s passion for this course is infectious and her wealth of experience developing products clearly adds immense value to the course. I was even more pleased to learn that on the evening I was facilitating my session on Agile and Lean, I was going to followed by Julia on DIY User Research.

Having now run my first session on the course, I was impressed how engaged and enthusiastic the students were. There was lot’s of discussion, questions and good conversations during and after the session. It was clear and refreshing to see that the students were very passionate about their products and wanted to learn new skills that they could take away back to their businesses. With a mix of startups and enterprises in the room, there were some interesting experiences fuelling the discussions.

I have included the slides from my session below. The session covered Agile and Lean practices and principles and I hope set the scene for the attendees to understand the benefits of such practices.

To support the session, I have included some useful links below which are also listed on :
Agile At Spotify (Case Study) 
Made By Many – Skype In The Class Room (Case Study)
Free monthly meet ups Discussing real work application of Agile
Some recent talks
Jeff Gothelf – Building Successful In-House Innovation Teams­ 
Sophie Freiermuth – Integrating UX into your Agile team­
Roman Pichler – Making Agile Product Roadmaps work­
Emily Webber from GDS   
Free Ebook covering real life application of Scrum
This book aims to give you a head start by providing a detailed down-to-earth account of how one Swedish company implemented Scrum and XP with a team of approximately 40 people and how they
continuously improved their process over a year’s time.
Car Built Using Scrum
Basic Intro Guide To Scrum
Scrum for startups
Agile at GDS (Traditional environment where lot’s of paperwork existed that shifted)


1 Comment

  1. Great post! The programme looks very thorough, I know a few people who would definitely find the academy useful so I’ll send this on to them.

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