In-class Advanced Agile Project Management



Applying Agile Within A Virtual Team Environment

7 PDUs / Contact Hours: 6 Technical | 0 Leadership | 1 Strategy

Working in a virtual project team environment is challenging at the best of times. If the project is managed using agile techniques, the challenge of using a virtual team can be even greater. That’s because the agile method is both adaptive and iterative. To be successful, team members must be in synch as the project evolves — and that requires excellent leadership and communication throughout the project. For this reason, agile teams tend to work best when kept small and team members are able to work in close proximity. In a world where people often work from home, organizations have multiple offices, and subject matter expertise is often subcontracted out, working in close physical proximity is not always possible – and before we know it, we are managing agile projects using a virtual project team.

This 1-day course will address some of the key challenges of working in a virtual agile team environment. Topics will address both the challenges of managing the team (e.g. achieving effective communication, dealing with conflict, and the application of servant leadership in a virtual environment in which multiple time zones may also be a factor) as well as the challenges in applying fundamental agile techniques within a virtual team (e.g. task prioritising, estimating, sprint planning, daily scrums, backlog refinement, reporting, etc.).

Who Should Attend?

  • Project Managers
  • Agile Leads (e.g. Scrum Masters)
  • Product owners
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Management Methodologists

Course Materials

  • Course notes containing copies of presentation slides and exercises
  • Sample agile PM tools/templates

Learning Outcomes

Through demonstration and facilitated discussion, participants will learn:

  • How to overcome key challenges and effectively lead, and participate in, a virtual agile project team
  • Learn how to apply software tools to facilitate core agile techniques such as: task prioritising, estimating, sprint planning, daily scrums, backlog refinement, reporting, within a virtual team setting
  • The pros and cons of some of the more popular agile tools

Prerequisites

This is an advanced agile course. You should have hands on experience as a team member or as an agile lead on more than one agile project plus formal training in both traditional and agile project management fundamentals such as:

NOTE:This course conforms to the internationally recognized standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). You will receive 7 Professional Development Units (PDUs) upon completion and a course binder that parallels the course content and serves as an excellent project management resource tool.

May be applied toward the Advanced Agile Project Management Certificate.

Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Starts on Monday December 9 2019 Early Bird Discount

1-day In-class course: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor(s): Kiron Bondale
Location: 195 Columbia St W., Waterloo
Fee: $590.00 + HST
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Applying Agile to Non-Technology Projects

7 PDUs / Contact Hours: 5 Technical | 1 Leadership | 1 Strategy

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development may have been written for software development but the core principles on which it was based – servant-leadership and lean manufacturing – can be applied to any type of project.

The release of the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK Guide and the new Agile Practice Guide reinforces the importance for all project managers to add some agile tools to their project management toolbelt.

This course will change the way you look at agile project management and teach agile behaviours, practices, and techniques which can be used regardless of industry or project delivery approach.

Who Should Attend?

  • Product Owners
  • Project Managers
  • Project Management Methodologists

Learning Outcomes

Through the exploration of project scenarios, group exercises, and facilitated discussion, participants will learn how to:

  • Develop a checklist to help their organizations profile projects for agile delivery suitability
  • Discover more about Servant Leadership and its criticality to agile success for key delivery roles
  • Learn how to tailor or adapt traditional project management practices across the ten PMBOK knowledge areas when managing an agile project
  • Understand which agile practices and techniques can be used without adaptation and which need to be modified to fit non-technology scope

Prerequisites

Formal training and experience in both traditional and agile project management fundamentals such as:

NOTE:This course conforms to the internationally recognized standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). You will receive 7 Professional Development Units (PDUs) upon completion and a course binder that parallels the course content and serves as an excellent project management resource tool.

May be applied toward the Advanced Agile Project Management Certificate.

Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Starts on Monday October 21 2019 Early Bird Discount

1-day In-class course: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor(s): Kiron Bondale
Location: 195 Columbia St W., Waterloo
Fee: $590.00 + HST
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Disciplined Agile - A Framework for Scaling Agile Delivery

7 PDUs / Contact Hours: 6 Technical | 1 Leadership | 0 Strategy

The Disciplined Agile (DA) framework builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP) to include other aspects necessary for scaling agile to work in enterprise settings.

Unlike other scaling frameworks which take a prescriptive approach to delivery practices, Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) provides teams with options to work within organizational or project constraints. As such, it is one of the more practical and real-world frameworks available for scaling agile. During this course you will learn about the DA framework and how it can be used to scale agile to the enterprise level within their organization.

Who Should Attend?

  • Project Managers
  • Agile Leads (e.g. Scrum Masters)
  • Project Management Methodologists

Learning Outcomes

Through the exploration of project scenarios, group exercises, and facilitated discussion, participants will learn how to:

  • Discover the benefits of a full delivery lifecycle approach vs. the construction focus of most agile methodologies
  • Learn the key roles for Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and understand how traditional roles can transition to DAD roles
  • Understand the DAD framework of goals, decision points and options and learn how to tailor practices to fit the context of a given project
  • Understand the different DAD lifecycles and how to choose the right one to fit the needs of your project

Prerequisites

This is an advanced agile course. You should have hands on experience as a team member or as an agile lead on more than one agile project plus formal training in both traditional and agile project management fundamentals such as:

NOTE:This course conforms to the internationally recognized standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). You will receive 7 Professional Development Units (PDUs) upon completion and a course binder that parallels the course content and serves as an excellent project management resource tool.

May be applied toward the Advanced Agile Project Management Certificate.

Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Starts on Friday November 22 2019 Early Bird Discount

1-day In-class course: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor(s): Kiron Bondale
Location: 195 Columbia St W., Waterloo
Fee: $590.00 + HST
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Product Vision to Story Mapping for Agile Projects

14 PDUs / Contact Hours: 12 Technical | 1 Leadership | 1 Strategy

You understand sprints, stories, scrums, and demos…but what is the recipe for leading your team from your customer’s vision to a release plan?

Story mapping is a powerful collaborative planning technique to help you gain alignment on what is most important for your customer while empowering your team to create a plan which they own. Story maps combine the best of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and a Release Plan.

This course focuses on a single business opportunity. You will refine the product vision, define the themes important to the customer, learn to prioritize those themes, and then decompose them into epics and stories. These will be used to build a story map which will support subsequent delivery efforts.

Who Should Attend?

  • Product Owners
  • Project Managers
  • Agile Leads (e.g. Scrum Masters)
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Management Methodologists

Learning Outcomes

Through the exploration of project scenarios, group exercises, and facilitated discussion, participants will learn how to:

  • Develop a disciplined approach to structuring agile product or project releases
  • Apply and refine persona, story writing, and prioritization skills
  • Increase awareness of what is required to be an effective Product Owner
  • Reduce the likelihood of an agile project becoming a random walk to nowhere
  • Learn the true meaning of a Minimum Viable Product and how to define one
  • Discover different approaches for structuring and capturing story maps

Prerequisites

Formal training and experience in both traditional and agile project management fundamentals such as:

NOTE:This course conforms to the internationally recognized standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). You will receive 14 Professional Development Units (PDUs) upon completion and a course binder that parallels the course content and serves as an excellent project management resource tool.

May be applied toward the Advanced Agile Project Management Certificate.

Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Starts on Wednesday October 30 2019 Early Bird Discount

2 Day In-Class Course Wednesday October 30 2019,
Thursday October 31 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor(s): Kiron Bondale
Location: 195 Columbia St W., Waterloo
Fee: $1,090.00 + HST
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Scaling Agile for Large Projects and Portfolios

7 PDUs / Contact Hours: 6 Technical | 1 Leadership | 0 Strategy

Agile principles and practices were originally aimed at small teams working on small projects or products but most of us work in large companies or on large projects. Does that mean we can’t deliver using an agile approach?

This course provides you with an understanding of how agile can be scaled to support enterprises and large projects, including overviews and comparisons of the most popular scaling frameworks.

Who Should Attend?

  • Project Sponsors
  • Project Managers
  • Product Owners
  • Agile Leads (e.g. Scrum Masters)
  • Agile Transformation Leads
  • Project Management Methodologists

Learning Outcomes

Through the exploration of project scenarios, group exercises, and facilitated discussion, participants will learn how to:

  • Discover project and portfolio criteria which will drive the need for a scaled approach to agile delivery
  • Learn the prerequisites for successful scaled agile
  • Collaboratively develop a scaling approach based on the challenges identified when applying "traditional" agile to large projects and portfolios
  • Gain a foundational understanding of different agile scaling frameworks and their pros and cons

Prerequisites

This is an advanced agile course. You should have hands on experience as a team member or as an agile lead on more than one agile project plus formal training in both traditional and agile project management fundamentals such as:

NOTE:This course conforms to the internationally recognized standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). You will receive 7 Professional Development Units (PDUs) upon completion and a course binder that parallels the course content and serves as an excellent project management resource tool.

May be applied toward the Advanced Agile Project Management Certificate.

Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Starts on Thursday November 21 2019 Early Bird Discount

1-day In-class course: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor(s): Kiron Bondale
Location: 195 Columbia St W., Waterloo
Fee: $590.00 + HST
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Scrumban: The Best of Scrum and Kanban

7 PDUs / Contact Hours: 5 Technical | 1 Leadership | 1 Strategy

You are familiar with Scrum and you might have heard of Kanban but have you heard of Scrumban?

Scrumban combines the team-orientation and sprint focus of Scrum with the flow and queuing principles of Kanban to provide teams with a lean-agile approach to deliver value early and regularly. It can help you refresh stale agile practices and better manage the expectations of your product owners and customers.

This course will provide you with sufficient awareness of Scrumban to help you determine whether it will be the right delivery approach for your next project.

Who Should Attend?

  • Project Managers
  • Agile Leads (e.g. Scrum Masters)

Learning Outcomes

Through the exploration of project scenarios, group exercises, and facilitated discussion, participants will learn how to:

  • Learn how to quickly gain shared understanding in and between delivery teams
  • Get some practical tools on better managing customer and Product Owner expectations
  • Learn how to evolve existing Scrum or basic agile practices
  • Replace existing agile "vanity" metrics with true value-add KPIs
  • Learn how Scrumban can address many of the disadvantages of a pure Scrum or pure Kanban approach

Prerequisites

This is an advanced agile course. You should have hands on experience as a team member or as an agile lead on more than one agile project plus formal training in both traditional and agile project management fundamentals such as:

NOTE:This course conforms to the internationally recognized standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). You will receive 7 Professional Development Units (PDUs) upon completion and a course binder that parallels the course content and serves as an excellent project management resource tool.

May be applied toward the Advanced Agile Project Management Certificate.

Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Starts on Friday November 1 2019 Early Bird Discount

1-day In-class course: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor(s): Kiron Bondale
Location: 195 Columbia St W., Waterloo
Fee: $590.00 + HST
Register Now