Twenty Eighty Strategy Execution
Industry Solutions
Agile Projects: Keys to Getting Started
You will learn to:
  • Select which projects are suitable for an agile environment
  • Determine the readiness of an organisation, team and customer
  • Define user stories and elaborate on test cases to assure requirements
  • Provide story point estimates for each feature and determine the team’s velocity
  • Deliver status reports to management
  • Adapt and manage changes based on the customer’s request
  • Determine when a project should be terminated
Course Synopsis:

Today, global businesses want and need to be able to deliver products to the market faster. As new projects are selected by the organisation or management, it is important to determine whether a traditional or Agile project management approach is appropriate. For a project to succeed, the organisation needs to support the process, customers need to be involved daily, teams need to be creative and self-disciplined, and project managers need to be able to facilitate and lead the team. Working in an Agile environment means being able to quickly deliver the customers’ features on time and be able to respond to their needs by balancing flexibility and stability in this ever-changing world.

Agile Projects: Keys to Getting Started will help you:
  • Decide if your organisation is ready to accept estimates and status reports that are different from previous projects
  • Determine whether your customer will be an active participant on a daily basis
  • Identify any shortcomings your global team may have
  • Determine if your project managers have the skills and characteristics needed to lead an Agile project
Through an integrated case study, participants will have the opportunity to select a project for Agile development and work through the life cycle of an Agile project.

This may apply toward PMI’s Agile Certification hours.

Course Topics:

Introduction to Agile Project Management
  • History of Agile movement
  • Agile manifesto
  • Principles behind the Agile manifesto
  • Common myths about Agile project management
  • Characteristics of an Agile project
  • When not to use Agile development
  • Strengths and challenges of Agile development
Traditional Approach Versus Agile Approach
  • Traditional project management
  •  Agile project management
  • Traditional vs. Agile methods
  • Phases of an Agile project
  • Agile project skills
  • PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas
  • PMBOK® Guide process groups
Developing the Agile Environment
  • Agile culture
  • Management challenges to Agile adoption
  • Transition process for management
  • Team challenges to Agile adoption
  • Distributed team challenges
  • Stakeholder/customer challenges to Agile adoption
  • Agile approach to hybrid environments
Envisioning the Agile Project
  • Agile approach to the requirement process
  • The envisioning process
  • User story development
  • Release planning
  • Prioritising feature for a release
  • Iterations in releases
Building an Iteration
  • Iteration planning
  • Allocating work
  • How far in advance do you plan?
  • Estimating for an iteration
  • Rough order of magnitude
  • Velocity
Managing Iteration Changes
  • Introducing change to an iterative process
  • Integrating change into the product
  • Balancing change
  • Closing out an Agile project
  • Early termination of an Agile project
  • Project closeout retrospective
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