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    Introduction to Agile Project Management

    This four (4) day course is designed for project managers with a minimum of three years’ experience who would like to learn how about a more adaptive approach at managing projects, resolving issues and delivering value.  The course focuses on time-boxed, highly interactive project implementation methodologies known as agile which produces deliverables incrementally from the start of a project, instead of delivering all aspects of the project at the end.  Course topics include agile methodologies, practices, tools and techniques.  In addition the class will develop an understanding of high-performance teams, including stakeholder management and the importance of communication and soft skills.   Students will understand and apply agile techniques.

    Day 1

    Agile Project Management Overview

    • Overview of AgileToday’s Environment
      • Requirements
      • Defects & Waste
    • Project Life Cycle - Agile vs Waterfall
    • Agile Overview
      • Agile Benefits
      • Agile Principles
      • Agile Framework
      • Agile Manifesto
    • DOI – Declaration of Interdependence
    • Agile Methodologies
      • Scrum
        • Scrum Overview
        • Scrum Roles
        • Scrum Events
        • Scrum Artifacts
      • XP – Extreme Programming
      • XP Roles
      • XP Phases
      • XP Practices
        • Crystal
        • Lean
        • Kanban
    • Exercise – Requirement Game
    • Ceremonies (Meeting Types)
    • User Stories
    • Agile Requirements
    • Story writing workshops
    • Ideal time Wide Band Delphi
      • Playing Poker
      • Affinity Estimating
    • Agile Plans Evolution from Vision to Story
    • Sprint Review / Demo
    • Retrospectives

    Exercise – Ceremonies

    Participants will understand agile principles and benefits as well as its framework and methodologies. We will take time to engage in some agile exercise for brainstorming and collaboration. We will discussing timing and how to conduct the various ceremonies (meeting types).

    Day 2


    • Artifacts
      • Business Case
      • Agile Contracts
      • Project Charter
    • Product Backlog
    • Incremental Deliver
    • Exercise – Artifacts
    • Engineering Practices
      • Continuous Integration
      • Frequent Verification & Validation
      • TDD - Test Driven Development
    • Agile Practices
      • Value
      • Value-based Analysis
      • Customer Valued Prioritization
      • Kano Analysis
      • Relative Prioritization
    • AM – Agile Modeling (AM)
    • Agile Games
    • Risk-based Spike
    • Velocity
    • Exercise – Agile Practices
    • Tools & Techniques
      • Project Selection Methods
      • Cost-benefit Analysis
      • Progressive Elaboration
      • Burn down/up charts/graphs
      • CFD – Cumulative Flow Diagram
      • Parking Lot Chart
      • Risk burn down charts
      • Kanban/Task Board
      • Limit WIP
      • EVM – Earned Value Management
      • Information Radiator
      •  Prototypes
      •  Wireframes
      •  Personas
      • Story Map
      • Distributed Agile tools

    Exercise – Kanban Boards

    Participants will learn to walk through the project management process from making the business case for the project and establishing the project charter.  We will walk through the various tools and techniques utilized in the agile environments.  

    Day 3

    Being Agile

    • Communication in Agile
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Exercise – Identifying Stakeholder’s Influence
    • Soft Skills
      •  Negotiation
      • Active Listening
      • Facilitation Skills
      • Conflict Resolution
      • Globalization, culture, team diversity
      • Collaboration in distributed teams
      • EI -Emotional Intelligence
    • High Performance Team
      • Team Motivation\
      • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
      • Herzberg’s Motivation Hygiene Theory
      • Adaptive Learning
      • Building Teams
      • Team Space
      • Coaching and Mentoring
      • Participatory Decision Models
      • Group-Decision Making
      • Management vs Leadership
      • Servant Leadership

    Exercise – Defining Servant Leadership for You

    Participants will explore the importance of communication, leadership and soft skills. 

    Day 4

    Continuous Improvement

    • Value Stream Mapping
    • Cycle Time
    • Quality Standards
    • o Variance Analysis
    • Trend Analysis
    • Brainstorming Techniques
    • Failure Modes and Alternatives
    • Knowledge Sharing
    • Self-Assessment
    • Problem Detection and Resolution
    • Gathering Data and Insights

    Exercise – Brainstorming Techniques

    • Agile Adaptation
      • Process Tailoring
      • Process Analysis
      • Applying Agile Practices
      • Measuring Agile Compliance / Maturity
      • SAMI Levels-Principles Matrix
    • Putting It All Together
    • PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
    • Overview of PMI-ACP Certification
    • Final Thoughts

    We will learn the concepts and tools of continuous improvement.  We will discuss how to put it all together and adapting agile.  We will discuss ethics and professional conduct.  We will share with you next steps if you are interested in pursuing a certification through PMI in Agile project management (PMI-ACP).

    New project managers, Project managers who want to learn more about agile.

    • Agile overview
    • Agile Practices
    • Being Agile
    • Continuous Improvement


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