Agile Project Management for the Federal Environment

Management Concepts

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  • 3 days
  • online, in person

Management Concepts


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This course is intended for entry and intermediate level Program and Project managers and team members.

About the course

The tenets of Agile have been steadily transforming Federal project management (PM). As a project manager, you must stay current with best practices—which includes Agile. You will learn Agile PM methodologies that apply to the Federal environment, including acquisitions and non-IT projects. You will focus on value, not cost, with the overarching idea that project managers are team leaders who work with the customer rather than against them.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the differences between Agile project management and typical project management
  • Describe the philosophy and framework of Agile development
  • Examine the principles and practices using Scrum as a primary Agile project management process
  • Review the unique characteristics of implementing Agile within the federal environment
  • Discover what is needed to initiate an Agile project
  • Demonstrate what is involved in planning an Agile project
  • Examine what is involved when executing an Agile project
  • Practice approaches for monitoring and controlling an Agile project
  • Explain the steps involved in closing out an Agile project
  • Discuss how to implement Agile project management in the federal environment

Course Topics

Why Agile?

  • Exercise: Desert Island
  • Agile Popularity
  • Proof of Agile Project Management Success
  • Typical Project Risks and Early Warning Signs
  • Notable Agile Project Failures
  • Why Agile?
  • Development Approaches
  • Development Life Cycle Selection
  • Notable Agile Project Successes

Agile Development

  • History of Agile/Scrum
  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Development Methodologies
  • State of Agile Development
  • Agile Practices
  • Acquisition Using Agile
  • Agile Success Story

Applying Scrum

  • Scrum Life Cycle
  • Product Life Cycle in Scrum
  • Core Principles of Scrum
  • Key Elements of Scrum
  • Productivity vs. Team Size
  • Attributes of a High-Performing Team
  • Benefits of a Self-Organizing Team
  • Self-Organizing Team Challenges
  • Common Agile Myths

Initiating in Agile

  • Initiation Goals
  • Initiating Projects
  • Initiating in Agile
  • Stakeholder Dynamics
  • Agile Life Cycle Artifacts
  • Look Familiar?

Planning in Agile

  • Planning Goals
  • Typical Acquisition
  • Planning in Agile Acquisition
  • Planning in Agile
  • Typical vs. Agile Planning
  • Planning Activities
  • Requirements Definition in Agile
  • User Stories Defined
  • Product Backlog: Writing User Stories
  • Prioritization
  • Product Life Cycle in Scrum
  • Sprint Planning Part 1: Requirements Workshop
  • Estimating Techniques
  • Assigning Story Points
  • Velocity
  • Definition of Done
  • Sprint Planning Part 2: Design Workshop
  • Common Agile Myths

Executing an Agile Project

  • Executing with Scrum
  • Scrum Framework
  • Team Size
  • Team Building: Model for Team Engagement
  • Benefits of Collocated Teams
  • Considerations with Virtual Teams
  • Common Agile Myths

Monitoring and Controlling an Agile Project

  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Typical Acquisition
  • Monitoring and Controlling in Agile Acquisition
  • Agile Monitoring and Controlling Tools
  • Life Cycle Tracking
  • Typical Monitoring and Controlling Processes Used in Agile
  • Agile Quality Differences
  • Change Management in Agile
  • Agile in the Federal Environment
  • Other Agile Myths

Closing an Agile Project

  • Closing in Agile
  • Typical Acquisition
  • Closing in Agile Acquisition
  • Sprint Review Meeting
  • Sprint Retrospective Meetings
  • Closing Activities

Implementing Agile in the Federal Environment

  • Organizational Change to Agile
  • Why Do Organizations Change?
  • Levels of Change
  • Forces of Change
  • Force Field Analysis
  • Change
  • Successful Change
  • People Need Answers
  • Make Your Ideas “Sticky”
  • Implementation Strategy Considerations
  • Do You Recognize These?

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