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Agile Executed Efforts

Duration: 1 Day 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Continuing Education Hours: 8

Workshop Description:

This course provides an introduction to the newest approach to project management which is becoming very popular for information technology (IT) and other developments. Previously used development methodologies used versions of traditional project management (sometimes called waterfall) which required definition of the scope before cost and schedule could be determined. This approach was not usually receptive to changes once work commenced. Agile methodologies do not force complete scope definition before work starts and hence one main reason for their popularity. This course covers the basics of Agile including the Agile mindset and principles, value-driven delivery, stakeholder engagement, self-empowered teams, adaptive planning, problem detection and resolution, and continuous improvement. Exercises associated with innovative games and estimating techniques demonstrate principles with class participation.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who is involved in or expects to be involved in planning, executing, or managing Agile projects in adaptive and Agile/Lean environments, or creating and managing Agile contracts.

Course/Workshop topics:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Comprehend the difference between traditional project management and Agile project management.
  • Describe the main reasons why Agile is becoming so popular.
  • Understand the basic principles of Agile.
  • Recognize the ramifications for an organization when they commit to using an Agile approach.
  • Understand the flow and significance of the steps in a scrum "sprint".
  • Examine various techniques for estimating the amount of work and then tracking progress for an iteration.
Benefits of Attendance participants will:
  • Differentiate between traditional project work and the new Agile iterative and incremental techniques.
  • Understand the major components that form the Agile philosophy and implications for project work.
  • Understand how Agile techniques depend on all participants (product owner, scrum master, development team, etc.) for effective functioning.
  • Describe the basis activities of the sprint or iteration.
  • Understand estimating techniques for effort size and duration in an Agile environment.
  • Understand the management functions in an Agile environment.
  • Realize the requirement for the presence of self-organizing and self-directed teams.
  • Understand the benefit of collaboration and cross-functional teams in an Agile environment.
  • Recognize the complications of external (contracting) efforts in an Agile environment.