Agile for teams course description

Three-day GDS Academy course on agile tools and techniques, for teams wanting to implement these into their way of working.

Course summary

Agile for Teams aims to introduce agile concepts and techniques in a classroom situation using a combination of talks, exercises and fun activities embracing the principle of ‘learning by doing’. During the course, there will be the opportunity to apply the techniques with a ready-prepared simulation, which will help consolidate learning. There is also the option for a further session back at the workplace to support and embed the learning in the weeks after the course.

This GDS Academy course is aimed at people who will either use agile within their team to develop projects or services (but not specifically digital projects and services), those who will support and maintain services that have been delivered by agile teams or teams who are looking to introduce agile methodology to their own area of work.

This event is specifically for teams, rather than individuals. Individuals who are going to be working on digital projects or services should attend the digital and agile foundation course. This course is designed for groups of people from the same team attending together, and as such isn’t open to individual nominations. It is best suited to cohorts of between 8 and 15 people, but if your team falls outside of these numbers please get in touch and we can discuss your requirements.

Course aims and objectives

Agile for teams introduces agile methodology and techniques to teams who need to understand and apply agile to their work area or are dealing with other teams or services that are already working in an agile way.

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

  • explain the origins of agile including the values and principles
  • recognise agile ways of working in other areas
  • demonstrate how to apply agile methodologies within their own team


  • Agile principles
  • Scrum overview
  • User stories
  • Agile estimating and planning
  • Backlog refinement
  • Kanban
  • Project simulation

Course length

The course takes 3 working days. It usually runs from 9:30am to 4pm.


This course is aimed at teams who aren’t working specifically on the development of a digital service, but who want to implement agile tools and techniques into their way of working. Please note that it is for teams attending together, and not to individuals.

Upcoming courses

There are no available courses. We will publish course dates as soon as they are available.

Getting to the GDS Academy offices

Find out how to get to our training locations in Leeds, London and Newcastle.

How to apply

Email with:

  • the course you’re applying for
  • your name
  • your job title and organisation
  • a short explanation of the services, projects or programmes you’re currently responsible for, or will be in the future

We can’t offer you a place on this course if you don’t include this in your email.

Published 16 September 2016