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What is agile?

Agile is a method of organizing, planning, creating, releasing and maintaining products that allows companies to effectively respond to risks, changes and uncertainty by maintaining product requirement and end solution flexibility throughout the build process. Agile methodology revolves around creating prototypes that are performed in repeating cycles, with a priority on creating a usable product or feature rather than comprehensive documentation and multiple cycles of continuous customer interaction to improve the product. Agile is modeled after the Agile Manifesto, which includes a set of 12 principles and four values created in 2001.

What is agile in simple terms?

  • Agile is a project development process that includes the product’s development, customer involvement, iteration and learning to enhance future projects.

The agile product development process can involve many stakeholders and several departments working simultaneously, but in a streamlined fashion. This is due to the fact that agile lays out a set of roles and processes that are followed in order to ensure a product is developed on top and with efficient resources. However, agile is also designed to account for new information, meaning that even if the roles and processes are strict, the actual product being developed may come about differently than initially intended.

Product development is where the initial plan is created and the product begins moving to execution. Here, all objectives are communicated, goals are set, roles are assumed and development teams go to work building the first iteration of the product. Once an iteration is complete, customers can begin interacting with the prototype to provide feedback, communicate product goals and other feature ideas. That feedback is then used to build the next iteration of the product, with teams dividing larger work into smaller tasks to build and test the updated product efficiently. The updated iteration then goes through another round of customer involvement to receive additional feedback for the next batch of changes, with the cycle repeating. Finally, teams reflect on the feedback submitted and the product’s evolution from ideation to the current iteration so processes can be continually improved.

What are the four agile values?

  • The Agile Manifesto established four main values programmers and product development teams should follow when in an Agile project environment.

These four values include: individuals and interactions over processes and tools; working software over comprehensive documentation; customer collaboration over contract negotiation; and responding to change over following a plan. These four values are described further in the 12 agile principles.

Agile’s four values enable product managers and software engineers to ensure the project’s overall goal is the North Star that guides the project to completion, regardless of any changing factors or existing processes that may interfere. Change is always welcomed in agile, particularly when in response to customer feedback. agile’s values also make it clear that working, usable software should always be the priority, and that no documentation processes should get in the way. Finally, the agile values also prioritize collaboration, ensuring the software that best fulfills the ultimate goal is the project’s end result.

Why is it called a scrum?

  • Scrum is an agile framework that prioritizes set roles, collaboration, the creation of multiple iterations and responses to user feedback.

The term Scrum was first used in the 1986 paper, “The New New Product Development Game,” written by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka. The two were influenced to use the term by the game of rugby in order to communicate the importance of teamwork in efficient product development. 

Scrum is a framework for following Agile methodology that utilizes a series of interlocking steps and set team roles to produce several iterations of a product in response to user feedback and changing information. When following scrum, an agile product owner will create a project backlog, which is a set of prioritized tasks that encompass the project’s ultimate goal. Team members then break that backlog into smaller projects called a sprint backlog, this sets tasks for the next two-to-four weeks. Scrum masters regularly check-in on sprints during daily scrum meetings, taking note of progress and managing tasks to keep the team focused on the goal. This is repeated every day until the scrum ends, and the team is ready to review and ship their work. At that point, the next sprint will begin.

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General Assembly’s Software Engineering Immersive is a transformative course designed for you to get the necessary skills for a coding role in three months. 

The Software Engineering bootcamp is led by instructors who are expert practitioners in their field, supported by career coaches that work with you since day one and enhanced by a career services team that is constantly in talks with employers about their tech hiring needs.

 

What you'll accomplish

As a graduate, you’ll have a portfolio of projects that show your knowledge of fundamental programming concepts, as well as experience with languages, frameworks, and libraries that employers demand. Throughout this expert-designed program, you’ll:

  • Create a front-end web application with modern JavaScript frameworks such as Angular or React.

  • Develop and deploy full-stack applications with in-demand technologies such as Ruby on Rails, Python with Django, and Express with Node.js.

  • Build secure full-stack applications by leveraging common design and architectural patterns like model–view–controller (MVC) and Representational State Transfer (REST).

  • Practice version control and collaborative software development with Git and GitHub.

  • Safely model and store data in SQL and NoSQL databases.

  • Consume and integrate third-party application programming interfaces (APIs) in an application.

 

Why General Assembly

Since 2011, General Assembly has graduated more than 40,000 students worldwide from the full time & part time courses. During the 2020 hiring shutdown, GA's students, instructors, and career coaches never lost focus, and the KPMG-validated numbers in their Outcomes report reflect it. *For students who graduated in 2020 — the peak of the pandemic — 74.4% of those who participated in GA's full-time Career Services program landed jobs within six months of graduation.  General Assembly is proud of their grads + teams' relentless dedication and to see those numbers rising. Download the report here.

 

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General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive is a transformative course designed for you to get the necessary skills for a UX Design role in three months. 

The User Experience Design bootcamp is led by instructors who are expert practitioners in their field, supported by career coaches that work with you since day one and enhanced by a career services team that is constantly in talks with employers about their UX Design hiring needs.

 

What you'll accomplish

As a graduate, you’ll have a portfolio of projects that show your creative and technical ability to launch the next generation of successful apps, websites and digital experiences. Throughout this program, you will:

  • Identify and implement the most effective methods of user research to gain a deeper understanding of what users want and need.

  • Use interaction and visual design techniques to craft a dynamic digital product that brings delight and function to users.

  • Conduct usability testing to make product experiences more accessible for diverse user populations and environments.

  • Learn best practices for working within a product team, employing product management techniques and evaluating technical constraints to better collaborate with developers.

  • Produce polished design documentation, including wireframes and prototypes, to articulate design decisions to clients and stakeholders.

  • Prepare for the world of work, compiling a professional-grade portfolio of solo, group, and client projects.

 

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This is a beginner-friendly program with no prerequisites, although many students are familiar with common tools for graphic and web designers and some may have had exposure to UX concepts in the past. The General Assembly curriculum helps you gain fluency in end-to-end UX processes, tools, and documentation and put them to work on the path to a new career as a User Experience Designer.

 

Why General Assembly

Since 2011, General Assembly has graduated more than 40,000 students worldwide from the full time & part time courses. During the 2020 hiring shutdown, GA's students, instructors, and career coaches never lost focus, and the KPMG-validated numbers in their Outcomes report reflect it. *For students who graduated in 2020 — the peak of the pandemic — 74.4% of those who participated in GA's full-time Career Services program landed jobs within six months of graduation.  General Assembly is proud of their grads + teams' relentless dedication and to see those numbers rising. Download the report here.

 

Your next step? Submit an application to talk to the General Assembly Admissions team


 

Note: reviews are referenced from Career Karma - https://careerkarma.com/schools/general-assembly

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