The Senior Manager’s Guide to Implementing Practical Agile

Schulich Executive Learning Centre

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  • 3 days
  • in person

Schulich Executive Learning Centre

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Who should attend

This program is designed for project sponsors, product owners, senior managers, project managers and those who lead or oversee Agile projects. It is also intended to those who would like to embark on adopting Agile methods.

About the course

The ability to execute Agile is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’

Overseeing and managing projects using an Agile methodology when appropriate is becoming increasingly mainstream, with more and more organizations benefiting from a “bi-modal” approach. However, applying Agile principles incorrectly risks introducing challenges and tensions which may derail the process and dilute the benefit.

Through a comprehensive exploration of the full Agile process cycle, this program aims to equip leaders and managers with the skills and knowledge required to run Agile projects successfully. It also includes insight into such aspects as the rationale for determining when Agile is appropriate, what to expect from Agile teams, what is required from project owners and sponsors, and how to effectively deal with the organizational change which is triggered as a result. Participants will leave with the ability to lead projects with an Agile “flavour” completely tailored to their unique organizational needs.

Top Take-Aways

  • Recognize where Agile project management fits into the spectrum of management methodologies and how to apply it
  • Identify the types of projects that are suited to Agile project management
  • Define roles and responsibilities in Agile projects, along with expectations of involvement by senior management, Product Owner and Sponsor
  • Explain key components and principles of Agile and Lean project management
  • Review Agile methodologies, along with the advantages and challenges they introduce, and learn to deal with hurdles and “antipatterns”
  • Review how each “Agile day” looks like through an iteration (sprint) and understand the level of involvement of each role in the daily activities
  • Apply techniques to build an effective product vision and go through the prioritization cycles of needs and requirements
  • Explore the Agile planning and estimating processes and the checks and balances they offer
  • Adapt the Agile process to reinforce continuous improvement, improve organizational agility and enhance the ability to deal with the changes it triggers
  • Apply concepts by going through the planning and backlog maintenance and “grooming” process

Content

Introduction to Agile Project Management

  • History, rational and comparison of Agile vs. Traditional PM

Agile Principles, Values and the Manifesto

  • Explore the value proposition of the agile approach as an umbrella, along with analysis what the principles mean to an organization

Adopting Agile

  • Agile drivers, considerations and concepts to make it practical and reduce the chance of failure. Review agile methods and their advantages / challenges

Agile Roles

  • Investigate the roles in and around agile projects and set expectations for involvement and capacity needs. Focus beyond the “typical” agile role, including effective sponsorship and business analysis

Agile Techniques

  • Going through the agile project – including planning, monitoring and adapting, discussing all planning levels and applying concept to perform release planning. Reinforcing the planning cycles and reviewing value and risk considerations in agile planning, along with focus on best practices and roles and responsibilities regarding iteration zero

The End of the Iteration

  • Articulating and going through the process of backlog maintenance, exploring demos, iteration reviews, retrospectives, story acceptance and the prioritization and backlog grooming / maintenance

Communications, Reporting and Documentation Concepts

  • Explore and examine techniques to improve efficiencies throughout the agile project, and to maintain effectiveness along the communication and reporting processes

A day in a life of the agile team

  • Go through the three “Types” of days in the life of the agile team, including typical timelines, roles and responsibilities and escalations

A manager’s review of agile

  • Discover managers’ and leaders’ considerations in relation to quality, risk, resource management, communication, escalations and organizational change to improve organizational agility and the chance of delivering success through agile projects

Experts

Ori Schibi

Ori is the high-energy owner of pmKonnectors.com, a consulting, training and placement practice. With 23 years’ experience in driving organizational change, operational improvements, software implementations, Agile adaptations, project recoveries and PMO’s, his scope of expertise includes value c...

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