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Managing Agile Projects

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Name Managing Agile Projects
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Overview

This two-day course provides delegates with a thorough understanding of how to structure, plan and control their projects using a best practice Project Management methodology blended with a range of Agile techniques.

During the course we explore the Agile ways of working, define the role of projects in delivering change in organisations and how these two concepts complement each other to deliver projects on-time and on-budget.
Using the Agile Manifesto as a base, we show how projects can be defined, planned and controlled to enable a working solution to be delivered to the agreed level of quality whilst keeping on track. We discuss the Agile concepts of Definition of Ready, Definition of Done and how they relate to Project Managers sending work packages to suppliers.
This course is intended for anyone who expects to have a management role in a project that wants to take advantage of Agile practical techniques. It works best where delegates have some business experience or have been involved in projects which used recognised project management best practice methodologies.
Target Audience
The intended audience for this course is anyone interested in using Agile techniques to enhance their existing Project Management knowledge and environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basic concepts of common Agile ways of working
  • Understand the purpose and context for combining Project Management and the Agile philosophical way of working
  • Be able to fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an Agile context
  • To learn through the use of theory, discussion and practical exercises how to deliver projects on-time and on-budget

Pre-Requisites

We recommend that delegates hold a recent Agile Project Management or PRINCE2 practitioner certificate before attending the course.

Course Content

This course uses a combination of theory, discussion and practical exercises to ensure delegates feel confident in the application of the concepts. The initial mandate for the project will be developed into a project plan. This plan will be used to control the project from feasibility through to closure, using Agile techniques to deliver the project on-time, on-budget.

The course will cover the following learning outcomes:
Understand the basic concepts of common Agile ways of working
  • Explain the differences between projects and BAU (Business as Usual)
  • Describe Agile and its common approaches
  • Describe behaviours, concepts and techniques that characterise Agile
  • Describe the Kanban method and its visual concepts
  • Describe the core concepts of Lean start-up
  • Define Scrum theory (the Scrum team, Scrum events, Scrum artefacts and Sprints)
Understand the purpose and context for combining Project Management and the Agile ways of working
  • Explain the interplay between the eight principles and the five “targets”
  • Explain how control and governance can enable Agile to be used
  • Explain that Agile needs to be incorporated in all aspects of Project Management but that the extent will vary on a project by project basis
  • Explain how to adjust roles, including the use of specialist roles, and the options for team organisation in a project
  • Describe the make-up of a typical delivery team
  • Describe how to define requirements and prioritisation, including MoSCoW
  • Explain how to manage frequent releases and the benefits of 'failing fast'
Be able to define the requirements and control the delivery on a day by day basis
  • Describe quality setting techniques including 'definition of done' and the use of acceptance criteria
  • Describe approaches to planning and typical planning techniques
  • Describe how blending Project Management with Agile approaches controls, responds to, and minimizes the impact of change
  • Describe progress monitoring techniques including use of Work in Progress boards, Burn Charts, Information Radiators
  • Describe how to 'manage by exception' with emphasis on empowerment, quantity of deliverables, rich information flows and value of deliverables
  • Describe the use of retrospectives and how to make them effective
  • Describe how the Scrum framework and the Kanban method can work together
  • Give guidance on behaviours, risks and the frequency of releases
  • Explain how to manage Stage Gates and the interplay between a stage and a release
  • Explain how to assess quantity, quality and benefits of stage deliverables
  • Explain how to effectively close a project, including evaluation of the use of Agile

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  • Up to three weeks before the start of the course we will send you Joining Instructions by email.
  • You should enter ‘My Virtual Account’ to update your address for courseware and book a pre-test with a member of the Virtual Learning Team, who will check everything works.
  • 15 minutes before the course begins you should launch the software, connect your audio and familiarise yourself with the interface and how the virtual interactions work.
  • The course will be split into multiple sessions, with short breaks in between so you can stay focused and refreshed.
  • Throughout the course the learning professional will use an electronic whiteboard, which will transmit all the notes directly to your screen.
  • You can ask the learning professional a question at any time, either by simply speaking aloud through your microphone or by clicking the virtual ‘raise-a-hand’ button on the interface.
  • Towards the end of the course there will be plenty of time for detailed Q&As with the learning professional, just as if you were physically in the classroom.
  • Following the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation form, which will allow you to give detailed feedback on your experience and help us to make future improvements.
  • For four weeks after the course has finished you will have on-demand access to helpful videos on the subject matter, and we may send you useful emails reminding you of the ‘Key Learning Points’.

Benefits of Attend from Anywhere

Access to experts

Receive full support from our subject-matter experts for the duration of your course.

Convenient

Access your training from home, the office, or anywhere with internet access.

Cost-effective

Save money on training and expenses like transport, hotels, meals and childcare.

Quality

Our technology makes our online courses the same high quality as our classroom training.

Time-efficient

Reduce time out of the office and time spent travelling to and from training centres.

FAQ

What equipment do I need for an Attend from Anywhere course?

You will need an internet-connected computer and a USB headset with an in-built mic to interact with the trainer. Two monitors are recommended; one to stream the video from the classroom and the other to display the interactive interface.

How reliable are Attend from Anywhere courses?

We use leading Cisco technology and our classrooms are specifically optimised to improve sound quality for remote attendees. We also offer a pre-test so you can test everything is working before the course starts.

How are remote attendees made to fell included?

Our trainers are specially trained on how to interact with remote attendees and our technology allows them to take over remote PCs. Our remote labs ensure all participants can take part in hands-on class exercises wherever they are.

What makes Attend from Anywhere courses cost effective?

Our technology makes our Attend from Anywhere courses the same high-quality experience as our classroom training, so we do not price them differently. However, organisations and individuals do make significant financial savings by booking this type of course when associated costs (such as travel, expenses, hotels, food and childcare) are factored in.

How can I take the exam remotely?

You may be able to take your exam via one of our accredited remote live proctors. Where this is not possible you may be issued with an exam voucher or required to attend a classroom in order to take the exam. Please contact us for specific details in relation to your course.

If you are able to take your exam remotely you need to book it before the course begins  and switch on a webcam to enable invigilation and show photo ID (please note that exam slots are subject to availability with the live proctors and may not be available during the week of the exam. Exam slots are booked on a first come first served basis).

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