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Agile Project Management for the Federal Environment

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May 13—15
3 days
San Francisco, California, United States
USD 1169
USD 389 per day
May 29—31
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1169
USD 389 per day
Jul 15—17
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1169
USD 389 per day
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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?

Who should attend

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

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