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TSE036A-P6 Managing Agile Projects with SCRUM

Course Description

Agile projects cope with a business environment filled with constant change through enhanced communication, close collaboration between project stakeholders, iterative development, adaptive planning and teams that are largely self-organizing. Scrum is the most widely approach for conducting agile projects.

This workshop enables participants to learn and practice Agile Project Management principles and methods and to adapt them to individual business environments. Scrum practices are discussed in detail, including the concept of self-organizing teams, Scrum roles (including Scrum Master and Project Owner) sprint planning tracking, and tools for defining and measuring progress (the definition of “done”). The skills needed to build and foster effective communication, collaboration and accountability, within cross-functional teams are stressed.

Participants involved with PMI® and the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional, PMP program, are awarded 16 PDUs or “Contact Hours”.  PDU’s earned here are also approved by PMI to be used towards the PMI-ACP®, Agile Certified Practitioner, credential.  The workshop also reinforces and complies with the IIBA® BABOK®, Business Analysis Body of Knowledge.

Upon completion of this workshop, each participant will be able to:
  • Understand and the rationale for Agile Project Management and Scrum, and apply Agile values and principles;
  • Use fundamental Scrum practices such as Sprint planning meetings, Product Backlogs, Sprint Backlogs, Burn Down Charts, Sprint Review Meetings and Sprint Retrospective Meetings;
  • Understand how PMI concepts apply to Agile projects;
  • Decide whether to use Agile methods;
  • Choose the Agile methods appropriate for a particular project and tailor them to suit the needs of the organization and the participants;
  • Understand and fill the Scrum roles, including Scrum Master and Product Owner;
  • Understand how to preform effectively on self-organizing Scrum teams;
  • Formulate and communicate a clear project vision;
  • Write and estimate User Stories;
  • Plan entire projects and individual project iterations, including Sprint Backlogs, Work Breakdown Structures, timeboxing and other tools for planning project work.

Instructional methods for this one-day course are lecture, discussion, detailed case study workshops and presentations. Upon request, discussion of the PMBOK, BABOK and in-house Standards and Policies can be included in the program.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and Course Objectives
  2. Comparing Agile with Traditional Projects
    1. Agile Philosophy and Principles
    2. Motivation for the Agile Approach
    3. What All Agile Methods have in common
  3. Agile Values and Principles
    1. The Agile Framework
      1. Portfolio Management
      2. Project Management
      3. Iteration Management
      4. Technical Practices
        1. Test-driven Development
        2. Continuous Integration
        3. Pair Programming
    2. The Agile Project Management Model
      1. Envision
      2. Speculate
      3. Explore
      4. Adapt
      5. Close
  4. Scrum Projects
    1. Definition of Scrum
    2. Scrum Roles and Responsibilities
    3. Defining a Project Vision and Scope
    4. The Product Backlog
      1. User Stories
      2. Estimating
      3. Prioritizing
    5. Sprint Planning
    6. During a Sprint
      1. Daily Meetings
      2. Coordinating Teams: The Scrum of Scrums
      3. Tracking Progress: The Burn Down Chart
      4. Team Effectiveness
    7. Sprint Review
      1. Sprint Review Meetings
      2. Sprint Retrospective Meetings
    8. Measuring Progress
    9. Project Closeout
  5. Course Conclusion
    1. Review Major Topic/Objectives
    2. Additional Resources for Agile
    3. The PMI-ACP – PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Credential
    4. Participants Critique Class

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