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Agile Project Management

Course number: AgilePM-CGI001

Develop quality software systems and products in reduced time using Agile practices. Mitigate uncertainty and risk by applying Agile values and principles. Apply the Scrum framework to meet the specific operational needs of your business. Focus on continuous improvement through embedded learning in the workplace. Adapt techniques to apply Scrum to large-scale and geographically distributed projects.

Who Should Attend

Project and program managers, software architects, systems analysts, team leaders, developers and anyone interested in applying Scrum and Agile methodologies.

Course Outline
Articulating Agile values and principles
  • Comparing Agile with traditional, master plan methods
  • The myths and realities of Agile software development
  • Locating Scrum in empirical process theory
Fundamentals of Scrum for Dealing with Uncertainty and Risk Identifying the roles and their responsibilities
  • Prioritizing requirements and driving the project through the Product Owner
  • Establishing the Scrum Master as a fundamentally new management role
  • Shaping the self-managed Feature Team
  • Relating to external stakeholders
Managing product delivery
  • Creating a product backlog as a list of requirements and technical issues
  • Iterating development through cycles of one month or less
  • Time boxing to establish a regular rhythm of energized work
Tools for tracking and monitoring a project
  • Capturing requirements as user stories
  • Establishing performance targets using a team’s velocity
  • Plotting remaining work with burn down charts and parking lot diagrams
  • Managing development tasks with task boards
Planning an Agile Project
  • Focusing on business value
  • Delivering business-valued functionality with Release Planning and Sprint Planning
  • Collaborating with customers to manage risk and uncertainty
  • Demonstrating implemented features as “potentially shippable increments”
Identifying features for development in an iteration
  • Breaking large requirements into testable, estimable features
  • Concretizing a Sprint Goal through feature selection
  • Identifying development tasks in the Sprint Backlog
Fostering Self-Management within the Development Team
  • Creating the optimal working environment
  • Staffing the Feature Team
  • Protecting the team from outside interference
  • Making project progress visible and open
Transitioning to self-management
  • Facilitating cross-functionality and team learning
  • Empowering the team to control their own development process
  • Adapting management roles external to the development effort
Running iterations
  • Micro planning through Daily Scrum meetings
  • Producing a quality-assured, business-valued product
  • Determining what it means to be “done”
Managing Change
  • Generating rapid feedback through Sprint Reviews
  • Demonstrating completed functionality to the customer
  • Fostering collaboration with stakeholders through discussion of “done” increments
  • Revising estimates on the basis of experience
Reviewing iterations through Sprint Retrospectives
  • Reflecting on lessons learned
  • Embedding new knowledge to maintain continuous improvement
Applying Agile throughout Your Organization
  • Applying Agile throughout Your Organization
Scaling for large projects
  • Working with large Product Backlogs
  • Scaling the Product Owner role
  • Coordinating Feature Teams and Component Teams
Managing distributed development
  • Release and Sprint Planning for distributed teams
  • Ensuring effective communication across time zones
  • Holding distributed Sprint Reviews and Sprint Retrospectives
Establishing momentum for successful adoption of Agile methods
  • Assessing the organization’s readiness for Agile adoption
  • Creating an Improvement Backlog for ongoing improvement

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