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Agile for Project and Program Managers

This course aims to help new and seasoned program and project managers who are transitioning to a ScrumMaster, Agile Coach or Agile Program Manager/Release Manager role learn how to successfully apply Agile methods to their projects and programs.

Participants will learn the full Agile Development Lifecycle, how to lead teams through Agile planning sessions, and understand techniques and practices to successfully execute on project and program deliverables. We will discuss the role of Agile Program Management through the various stages as well as the key Transformation leadership and facilitation skills necessary to transition from a tactical focus to a more strategic focused approach.

Attendees will gain insight on how to bridge the gap between traditional and Agile Project Management. This is a must have course for any project or program manager transitioning to Agile!

Learning Objectives:

  • What is Agile and Why?
  • Agile Values and Principles
  • The Agile Lifecycle
  • Agile Teams
  • Agile Leadership
  • Facilitation Techniques
  • Progressive Elaboration
  • Building the Product Backlog
  • Coordination and Integration
  • Tracking and Reporting

Who Should Attend:

  • Project & Program Managers
  • Agile Project Managers
  • Scrum Masters
  • Product Owners
  • Business Analysts
  • Managers, Stakeholders

Outline of Agile for Project and Program Managers Workshop

What is Agile

  • History
  • The Agile values
  • Survey of different methods

Agile – The Big Picture

  • Product Roadmaps
  • Release Plans

Attributes of Agile Teams

  • Team Structures and Roles
  • Project Manager vs. Scrum Master vs. Agile Coach
  • Comparing Agile Roles to Traditional Roles

Agile Leadership

  • Command and Control vs Servant Leadership
  • The Role of Management
  • Promoting Self Organization
  • Mentoring and Coaching

Facilitation Techniques

  • The Importance of Facilitation
  • Successful facilitations skills
  • Defining Objections\Outcomes
  • Planning
  • Tracking accountability (WWWF)
  • Staying on topic

Progressive Elaboration

  • Portfolio
  • Release
  • Iteration
  • Daily     

Planning: Building the Team’s Product Backlogs & Roadmaps

  • User Journeys
  • MVP
  • Observation
  • Additional Facilitation Techniques

Multi-Team Integration

  • Scrum of Scrums
  • Does & Don’ts
  • Listening for Impediments
  • Techniques

Tracking and Reporting

  • About setting expectations
  • The Role of Leadership
  • Supporting Agile Values and Principles
  • Burn-up report
  • Burn-down report

Continuous Improvement

  • Who, What, When, Why
  • Retrospectives
  • Process Improvement Backlog
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