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CSCI E-71/S-71 Agile Software Development is my course at Harvard University Summer School and Extension School.

This course is an immersive experience in Agile software development. We study both the technical and cultural/social aspects of Agile, including:

  • Agility in software product development
  • Business agility, including:
    • Scrum
    • Agile product inception
    • User stories and product backlog construction
    • Definition of done and definition of ready
    • Estimating
    • Agile forecasting and project management
    • Sprint planning
    • Retrospectives
  • Technical agility, including:
    • Pair programming
    • Mob programming
    • Test-driven development
    • Working with legacy code: refactoring for clean code
    • Behavior-driven development
    • Continuous integration
    • Continuous delivery
    • DevOps
  • Advanced agility, including:
    • High-performance teams: Core Protocols for psychological safety and emotional intelligence
    • Agile at large scale
    • Introducing and sustaining Agile in your organization

Students must have a laptop computer suitable for software development and bring it to all class sessions.

By the end of this course, you will understand Agile software development so thoroughly that you’ll be able to be an
effective leader or member of a great software product development team.

Summer 2022 is 100% on-campus. We meet in the classroom at 3:15-6:15 pm ET for three weeks beginning on June 20:

  • Week 1: June 20, 21, 22, 23
  • Week 2: June 26, 27, 28, 29
  • Week 3: July 3, 5, 6, 7

Fall 2022 was a “hybrid” course. We met over live video on Mondays at 3:00-5:00 pm ET beginning on August 29, and we had a weekend on campus on September 10-11.

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