Agile for all Engineers

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Agile Course Description

If you were asked to list the “Top five engineering buzzwords of 2016” you would probably include “Agile” somewhere in your list.

However, much of the history of “Agile” is software-oriented and although there is significant literature available in this area, supporting methods have tended to focus primarily on addressing software-only or “software-intensive” systems developments. 

As “agile development” enters the mainstream of engineering and project management there is a need to better understand what this really means, and in particular, how to capitalise on the benefits of an agile software approach in those complex multidisciplinary systems where software plays a key part, but where it is NOT the sole or principle development thread.

For instance, in such systems, how do you balance commercial obligations for verifiable incremental deliveries; the demands of formal certification/accreditation (safety, security); the time impact of long-lead hardware procurement or production; re-use demands from internal Product-Line Managers; …when the software implementation team is keen to both deliver high quality code regularly whilst responding dynamically to changes in Customer requirement, priority or technical complexity?

This course investigates these issues and explains the philosophy of Agile development and how it can be applied to projects and products.

Where will this course be held?

Our courses are typically held at our dedicated Learning Centre in Crawley, West Sussex, near to London Gatwick Airport however we will also be holding the course at venues in London, Manchester and Bristol. When you book this course, please specify your preferred location on the booking form in the special instructions box. 

Who should attend this course?

The focus of the course is centred on the implications of Agile to all areas of engineering development.  The course takes a holistic approach to engineering and does not bias towards anyone discipline, therefore this course would suite any type of engineer or project personnel that have contact with Agile or in the process of developing an Agile approach for future/present project/product. Typical roles of delegates are:

  • Design Authorities
  • Technical Managers
  • System Engineering Managers
  • Product Managers
  • System Architects
  • IVVQ Engineers
  • Quality Engineers
  • Project Managers/Planners
  • System Engineers
  • Hardware Engineers
  • Human Factors practitioners

What will I get out of it?

By the end of the course you will be able to:


  • Understand the key concepts, terms and roles.
  • Understand the key differences between Agile and Waterfall/Iterative lifecycles. » Understand the key concepts of Agile as applied to non-software engineering.
  • Should be better able to devise an Agile development path for a project or product. » Understand different stakeholders perspectives on Agile
  • Apply concepts to high integrity/safety related projects.
  • Handle requirements in an Agile development.
  • Be able to create a product backlog in a flexible and effective manner.

What does it cover?

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Course leader

Tom Riley

Head of Engineering Capability

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