Introduction to Agile Fundamentals at UNH

Introduction to Agile Fundamentals

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This program is traditionally a face-to-face classroom training program, but the Spring 2021 Semester section will be held online as we prioritize distance learning in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Agile methodology skills and knowledge are in high demand in the modern workplace. To be competitive in today’s business climate, more and more businesses are transforming to an Agile way of working. Organizations must be adaptive and respond to change quickly to keep up with marketplace disruptors, the fast pace of technical changes, and increasing customer demands for innovative products.

Business agility enables companies to deliver value more rapidly, while continuously improving quality and minimizing risk.

During this workshop you will be explore the fundamentals of Agile, along with a high level overview of Scrum, the most popular Agile framework used daily by 15 million people.

Workshop learning objectives include:

  • Agile values, principles, mindset and foundational concepts;
  • The history of the Agile movement, including Modern Agile principles;
  • Compare traditional project management (waterfall) to adaptive planning approaches;
  • Key Agile concepts including value-driven delivery, team collaboration, and continuous improvement;
  • When and where to apply Agile frameworks;
  • A brief overview of the Scrum framework, roles, events, and artifacts.

Instructor Bios


Introduction to Agile Fundamentals

  • Chris Belknap

    Chris Belknap is an Agile Methodology Lead, coach and transformation leader at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Exeter, NH.  He has worked with multiple Agile teams across the globe and at several companies, is one of the 250 worldwide Professional Scrum Trainers (PST) for Scrum.org (the Home of Scrum where Scrum was invented and is maintained), and is a Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC). 

    Having dedicated his entire career to software craftsmanship, he has extensive experience working as a software developer, Scrum Master, project manager, and IT Director for Fortune 500 companies in the Technology, Financial and Insurance sectors.  

    Chris is passionate about working with organizations to deliver value, innovate, and continuously improve their Agile engineering and quality practices.  As a Scrum practitioner since 2008, he has experience with scaling Agile, Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean Startup and Design Thinking. Chris has also been a computer science instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

    Chris holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and a BS from Bryant University.

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