Agile 101 (virtual)

Course description

Having a basic understanding of the terminology, events, and methodology of agile project management is becoming more important. More projects are being managed using an agile methodology, especially when the final outcome tends to be innovative, complex, or has a level of uncertainty. Traditional project management is not always the most effective approach when flexibility and a nimble process are required to successfully deliver project outcomes in a volatile or rapidly changing environment. In this virtual instructor-led course participants will be introduced to essential tools and techniques practiced in agile.

Who should attend

Individuals who will benefit from this course include those who work on projects but have no formal training in agile project management processes.

What you will achieve

  • Learn how agile project management techniques can help to ensure project success.
  • Learn when agile is a good fit and when it is still appropriate to use a traditional waterfall approach.
  • Understand the events and terminology of agile project management.
  • Learn how to possibly start introducing agile project management into your project management activities.

What you will learn

Course Outline
Module 1: Introduction to Agile Project Management
  • Exercise: Introductions
  • Project Management History and Evolution
  • Key Differences Between Iterative and Waterfall
    • Demonstration: Agile vs. Waterfall Project Management
  • When to Use Agile, Waterfall, or Hybrid
  • Agile Manifesto, Values, and Principles
  • Discussion: Project Success Reviewed
  • Exercise: Introductions
Module 2: Agile Tools and Techniques
  • Timebox
  • Iterations
  • Daily Stand-Up Meetings
  • Backlog
  • Task Boards (aka Kanban)
  • Retrospectives
  • Discussion: Retrospective
Module 3: Agile Simulation
  • Iteration Planning
    • Iteration Definition
    • Iteration Perception
    • Iteration Guidelines
    • Backlogs
    • Team Workshop: Iteration Planning
  • Iteration Execution
    • Daily Meeting — Backlog Update
    • Team Velocity
    • Burndown Chart
    • Individual Exercise: Burndown Chart Interpretation
  • Iteration Retrospective
    • Team Workshop: Iteration Retrospective
Module 4: Conclusion
  • Identifying Agile Opportunities
  • Back-on-the-Job Implementation
  • Action Planning