The Agile Project Manager - Adapting practice to context

This 1-day course equips attendees with the knowledge and skills to transition to roles leading and supporting Agile and Lean delivery teams.

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Description

Agile Project Management is a 1-day course providing a pragmatic approach to understanding how Agile frameworks differ from traditional project management approaches, how and why they work, and what ‘going Agile’ means for project management and project governance. A key focus of the day will be illuminating some of the “gotchas” that can undermine a transition to Agile ways of working.

The focus is on being agile, not just doing agile.

This is an interactive course designed and delivered by practising project management and governance consultants.

With a combination of pre-reading, presentation, group discussion, and group exercises, you will reinforce what you have learnt.

For groups of 5 or more, contact training@equinox.co.nz to discuss hosting a private course in-house at your place.  

Learning Outcomes

By attending, you will broaden your knowledge of Agile approaches, develop your understanding of how they work and what is required to be effective as a leader in Agile environments. You will also broaden your understanding of the behaviours and technical practices required in these environments. While there will be a particular emphasis on Scrum as this is the most commonly used Agile method, what is learnt will be applicable to other Agile approaches.

At the end of this event, you will be able to;

  • Describe the key principles and characteristics of Agile and Scrum from the perspectives of complexity, control frameworks, roles and responsibilities, and key practices
  • Identify different project risk and management profiles, and be able to show that each type of project needs a context-specific management approach
  • Explain and demonstrate how Agile and Scrum can enhance project and programme management practices
  • Evaluate, develop, and propose approaches for addressing project management concerns on Agile and Scrum projects
  • Confidently and effectively communicate with key stakeholders about adapting project and programme controls
  • Identify how best to contribute effectively as a project or programme lead or co-ordinator on Agile and Scrum projects, identifying your role and delivering on your responsibilities
  • Design and implement context-appropriate project and programme management approaches, controls and measures of success
  • Select from a broader toolkit of behaviours and practices that will allow choice of an appropriate management style in a hybrid or fully agile context

Audience

This course will equip attendees with the information and understanding to effectively work as leaders in Agile environments.  The target audience includes;

  • Project managers
  • Programme managers
  • Project co-ordinators

The course will also be beneficial to those who manage or work with project managers in Agile environments to better understand how best to work with project managers to deliver business value.  This could include;

  • Delivery Leads
  • Product Owners
  • Scrum Masters

Prerequisites

It is recommended that attendees have two or more years’ experience in IT project environments.

Outline

The core modules that make up the course are listed below.  Participants will be asked to add items to the course “backlog” and have the opportunity to influence content during the day.

M00 – Introduction, expectations, and experiences

  • Confirm objectives and expectations of the course
  • Share insights from pre-work
  • Discuss course participants past experiences with Agile

M01 – Degrees of project complexity and the value of Agile

  • Explore several models for categorisation project types and project complexity (Obeng’s 4 Project Types, Ralph Stacey’s Certainty/Agreement Matrix, Cynefin)
  • An overview of the Agile Manifesto and Agile Principles
  • Explore ways of presenting management of constraints in an Agile context

 M02 – The mechanics of Scrum

  • Review the 3 roles, 5 events and 2 artefacts of Scrum
  • Understand the theoretical basis of Scrum, how it works and what is important
  • Explore “Scrumbut” and Agile “anti-patterns”

M03 – Putting Scrum in context

  • Mapping of Scrum to PRINCE2 and PMBOK processes
  • Where does a Project Manager fit in Scrum, and more broadly in Agile delivery?
  • Common issues faced using Agile in a project context
  • Review of options to tailor or create hybrid models, key concerns

M04 – Addressing Project Management concerns on Agile projects

  • What technical practices are required and why?
  • How do the key project dimensions of time, scope, cost, benefits, risk, and quality get managed?
  • How does reporting and change management differ?
  • What changes in behaviour are required?
  • How do you “read” and trouble-shoot a task board?

 M05 – Succeeding with Agile

  • Spotting stress on Agile projects
  • Supporting the Product Owner – roles and responsibilities
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