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The new courses…

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Our next courses have just been announced, and are set to sell quickly:

23/05/2015 – Agile Master Class

30/05/2015 – User Story Writing 

Book either of these course now and receive a 10% discount using the code CAPTWT10. A further 10% of all booking fees will be donated to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Book here.

 

Capri’s Agile Masterclass is specifically designed to accelerate experienced Agile practitioners to a new level, led by Agile guru Krishna Thakur.
Using a mixture of discussion, instruction and exploration you will learn new techniques for development and testing, operations, automation and team dynamics, as well as working with legacy systems and integrating with third parties. Using these techniques you and your teams will deliver business solutions faster than they thought possible.

In a business, it is very important that the work being produced is well organised and priortised efficiently in order for it to be delivered at a high standard. Capri Consulting offers a specialist course in writing User Stories that can help you manage your work into smaller chunks to create tangible value.
User Stories helps us manage requirements. Their primary job is to define the value a user gains from the system. Since User Stories focus on the underlying Agile values of collaboration and Just-In-Time definition, it makes them a good Agile tool. User Stories are small narrative texts (2-3 sentences) in everyday/business language of the end user of a system. These capture what the user does, or needs to do as a part of his/her job function.

 

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Capri to donate 10% of all proceeds to Nepal Earthquake Appeal

 

On the 25th April at 11:56 NST a 7.8 Magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, which devastated the nation and its people, killing over 7,000 people and injuring nearly 15,000. 3 million people have been left starving and in need of food, 130,000 houses have been destroyed, 24,000 people are living in makeshift shanty towns and 1000’s of children have been separated from their families.

To try and aid the millions in need and support the charity workers who travelled from around the world to help, Capri will be donating 10% of all of its training course proceeds for the whole of May to the Nepal Earthquake appeal – this includes our Agile Master Class beginning on the 23rd and our User Story Writing workshop on the 30th.

View our courses and register here.

Even if you’re not booking a course with us, please donate to the appeal anyway; people need your help. You can donate here.

Thank you.

 

Capri joins hands with SAP

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We are pleased to announce that SAP has selected Capri Consulting for the SAP Partner Edge programme.  This partnership allows Capri Consulting to provide our clients with access to SAP’s enterprise and business-critical partner solutions. As part of this program, we have joined forces with IIS Group who are an authorized SAP Value Added Resellers.

As a member of this program, Capri Consulting will promote and implement selected SAP and relevant partner solutions, together with IIS Group. This partnership will generate new revenue streams for Capri, allowing us to reach new markets, new client segments, and to accelerate the transformation of our clients’ applications.

SAP Business One is an ERP solution targeted for small businesses. As part of this program, SAP also provides ‘best practice’ industry templates that speed-up implementation while reducing risk and ensuring projects work to budget. The demand for SAP Business One is tremendous and we anticipate customers will benefit from this collaboration.

This membership is a significant milestone in the history of Capri. This will enable our clients to get seamless support from SAP experts. We look forward to extending our successful partnership with SAP.

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Our introduction to Agile course

 

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We’re currently offering an industry leading Agile course…

  •   Don’t miss out on taking part in the UK’s most exciting and pertinent Agile IT course, provided by one of Europe’s leading Agile coaches.

Our next course is…

Introduction To Agile on 6th June’15

In this course, we focus on introducing you to the pragmatic world of Agile development, giving you the basic skills you need as a team member or even project manager of an Agile software development project. This course is suitable for individuals as well as small to large groups, and we can also offer private sessions at a time, date and location of your choosing.

More and more companies are adopting Agile methodology
Don’t get left behind!
Avail 15% early bird discount to all bookings before 16 May’15

Click here to book


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Capri Consulting are proud to announce their sponsorship of the Agile Manchester 2015 taking place in Manchester on 7 and 8 May 2015.  Whether you are new to Agile  or have more experience there is lots of interesting content for you with great speakers like Liz Keogh and Jurgen Appelo and 25 sessions, it’s going to be a productive 2 days!

We are very excited for the event to take place, as it is set to be a corner stone of the Agile industry for 2015. It is particularly exciting as Agile has been becoming more and more popular in recent years, with more and more companies adopting the Agile Methodology, of which we are advocates. Book your place now, as tickets are selling fast

http://agilemanchester.net/2015/tickets/

Make sure you come and check out the Capri Consulting stand and collect freebies! See you in Manchester!!

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Agile Tasking

Customer: I want to build a home. Could you give me an estimate?

Builder: No I cannot! You need to give me more information like how many rooms, plot size, how many floors etc.

Customer: I need you to build me a four bedrooms, two and one-half baths, a gourmet kitchen, walkout basement with media room and three-car garage in Pennsylvania.

Builder: Now you are talking! Do you insist on top-of-the-line cabinets and appliances for your gourmet kitchen, or will mid-range ones do? Are you planning to side the house with cheap vinyl or expensive stone brick? Is the house going to be one story, or two?  Will you have simple, rectangular rooms that minimize the materials and the labor required for framing, or unusual shapes like octagons with vaulted ceilings? What sort of flooring, bathroom fixtures and heating and cooling system will you have? Is the lot easy to access, relatively flat and easy to dig, or is it rocky, heavily wooded and uneven?

Similar to above story , its very difficult to provide an estimate when your customer asks the scrum team how long will it take deliver this feature or functionality. Breaking down the user story into tasks will help team to estimate their work accurately and track sprint progress.

What?

Tasking is the process that the developers undertake to understand, design, and properly prepare to write code for a user story.

Why?

The challenging decisions are made during tasking.  If tasking is done properly then the actual coding is a much simpler task.  I believe that this is the most important thing any scrum team does.

Who?

It’s important that all developers and testers attend.  This serves multiple purposes.

  1. every developer on the team begins to become comfortable with the code base for all of their applications
  2. every developer has the ability to include their input on the design and solution
  3. any developer on the team should be able to pick up any story at any point to complete the tasks because they were there and the expectation should be such.
  4. every tester in the team can ensure they’re aware of the solution and that it meets all of their criteria.

It’s also good to have the BA there to review the story with the team and answer any questions.  Once the story is reviewed it usually makes sense for the BA to go about their day and to let the developers get into the technical details.

When?

Second half of the sprint planning session or right before the work is to be done (if  other stories being implemented that may change the approach and invalidate the tasking that was completed).

How?

Step 1: Review Current Code

The developers will review the current code that relates to the user story.  They will walk through the code to ensure that everyone is on the same page with what the code currently looks like.

Step 2: Decide on Changes to Code

The developers will discuss how to modify the existing code to make the addition of the new functionality simple.  It’s common for developers to perpetuate the logic found in the current code (good or bad), so always considering ways to change the code is a key to having well written code.

Step 3: Draw a Sequence Diagram

The sequence diagram is a visual representation of the classes that call each other to accomplish some discussed part of the code.  If this diagram is complicated, then it’s a great indication that the code should be modified so that the diagram is less complicated.

Step 4: Task Out New Work

Once everything is decided, the actual coding tasks should be created and ordered.  Each task should take under an hour to complete.  The developers can then grab these tasks and complete the story in small chucks in separate streams ( if needed).

Why Tasking Doesn’t Happen?

For all of the reasons stated above, it’s important that the teams task stories.  It’s easy for developers to take shortcuts and skip tasking.  One of the main reasons is a lack of collaborative areas.

Tasking can take developers 4+ hours, and they need a whiteboard, projector and computer to properly task.  Finding a room like that for 4+ hours is challenging at times.