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Agile Project Management

Today’s teams require vastly different leadership and management skills from Project Managers to truly achieve success. You can’t simply tell everyone what to do. Instead, you need to be a strong coach, a change agent, and a very effective communicator. Agile is no longer a grassroots movement to change software development. PMI® is embracing Agile, recognizing the significant positive impact it has had on delivering better results for customers.

This class is a stimulating combination of class interaction, active learning exercises, and group collaboration. Each is designed to allow you to learn through practice so you can readily apply what you have learned in your own workplace right away. Every instructor has been in the trenches as a project manager with Agile teams and will bring that experience to class.

 

  • Develop a more advanced, applied level of knowledge to gain an understanding of agile and the ability to apply relevant project management methods, leading to successful agile projects.
  • Clarify different management styles needed for successful agile projects compared to traditional projects and be able to tailor these to the situation.
  • Actively promote trust and close co-operation between the business and developers and gives the business ongoing visibility into what is happening.
  • Combine knowledge of more traditional management methodologies with agile to better adapt to a changing business environment.
  • Improve time-to-market and project success rates while simultaneously accelerating results by encouraging stakeholder involvement, feedback and effective controls.

 

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Agile Project Management

Today’s teams require vastly different leadership and management skills from Project Managers to truly achieve success. You can’t simply tell everyone what to do. Instead, you need to be a strong coach, a change agent, and a very effective communicator. Agile is no longer a grassroots movement to change software development. PMI® is embracing Agile, recognizing the significant positive impact it has had on delivering better results for customers.

This class is a stimulating combination of class interaction, active learning exercises, and group collaboration. Each is designed to allow you to learn through practice so you can readily apply what you have learned in your own workplace right away. Every instructor has been in the trenches as a project manager with Agile teams and will bring that experience to class.

What You’ll Learn

  • Embrace a model of continuous planning over simply following a plan
  • Transform your project management style from “command and control” to “empower and inspire”
  • Create a cadence for the team and eliminate process distractions for a dramatic boost in efficiency
  • Establish credible and achievable estimates using agile estimating techniques
  • Communicate more transparently and reduce interruptions to your team
  • Rapidly build trust with your customers through frequent and effective collaboration

Who Needs to Attend

  • Project managers
  • Analysts, developers, programmers, testers
  • IT managers/directors
  • Software engineers, architects, and managers
  • Testing managers and leaders

Prerequisites

Basic understanding of and experience with basic project management skills

Course Outline

1. Understanding Agile

  • What is Agile?
  • Why Agile?
  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Principles
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Agile Benefits

2. Forming the Agile Team

  • Team Roles and Responsibilities
  • Expectations
  • Self Organization
  • Communication

3. The Agile Coach

  • Role of the Agile PM or Coach
  • Agile Project Management
  • Tips for Working with Agile Teams
  • Communication

4. Agile Planning

  • Project Planning
  • 5 Levels of Planning
  • Product Vision

5. Focus on the Customer

  • Customer Involvement
  • User Roles
  • Creating and Using Personas
  • Constraints

6. Creating the Product Backlog

  • The Product Backlog
  • User Stories
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Foundational Stories

7. Prioritizing the Product Backlog

  • Prioritization Themes
  • Decision Matrix
  • Kano Analysis
  • Preventing Fire Alarms
  • Continuous Prioritization

8. Estimating

  • Relative vs. Actual Estimating
  • Introduction to Story Points
  • Using Story Points

9. Release Planning

  • Velocity
  • What is a Release?
  • Schedule Based vs. Feature Based Planning
  • Building the Release Plan
  • Communication

10. Building Cadence

  • Getting to the Details
  • Building Trust
  • Best Practices

11. Iteration Planning and Execution

  • Capacity
  • Engaging the Team
  • Planning the Iteration
  • Executing the Iteration
    • Daily Scrum/Stand-Up
    • Scrum of Scrums
    • Iteration Review
    • Demonstrating Working Software

12. Measuring and Communicating Progress

  • Taskboards
  • Story/Task cards
  • Metrics
  • Burndown Charts
  • Agile Tools

13. Retrospectives.

  • Elements of the Retrospective
  • Facilitating Retrospectives
  • Tips for effective Retrospectives

14. Adopting Agile Project Management

  • Agile Process Overview
  • Overcoming Resistance and Getting Started
  • Agile Calendar of Events
  • Challenges to Adoption
  • Team Roadmap Exercise

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