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The Agile Project Manager - Adapting practice to context

Learn the knowledge and skills to transition from traditional project experience into roles leading and supporting Agile and Lean delivery teams.

Description

Agile Project Management is a 1-day course providing a pragmatic approach to kick start your transition to Agile work practices.

The course focuses on a mix of concepts and frameworks and includes practical group exercises. Core topics include:

  • Projects, success rates, and complexity
  • How Scrum works
  • How the planning and control of a project changes with Agile
  • Impacts on roles and responsibilities
  • How to estimate, plan at multiple levels, and report progress
  • Lean and Lean Start-up concepts such as MVP, Validated Learning, Work in progress, and the impact of batch sizes on throughput and predictability

This is an interactive course designed and delivered by practising Project Management and Agile 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

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

  • Describe how and why Agile methods such as Scrum and Kanban work
  • Implement appropriate planning and reporting mechanisms in your context (Agile, or Hybrid Agile/PRINCE2)
  • Facilitate common Agile events (refinement, sprint planning, standups, reviews, and retros)
  • Work with your team to improve their performance over time
  • Help your organisation focus on throughput and flow
  • Apply this knowledge to run Agile or Hybrid projects

Outline

Participants will be given the chance to shape content on the day. Key topics included below

Why

Project success rates

Complexity

Different control frameworks

What

Scrum framework

Scrum Master and Project Manager overlaps and gaps

Scrum Events and Artefacts

How

Agile estimation and planning

Agile progress metrics and reporting

Agile governance

 

Additional content (may be prioritised by attendees)

Principles and Practices of Kanban

Batch sizes, Flow, Work in Progress, Throughput, Bottlenecks, and Queues

Calculating Cycle Time

Portfolio Kanban

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.

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