Traditional and Agile Project Management

Training Summary
This course provides participants with a solid foundation of PMI’s project management methodology and agile project management best practices. The traditional component of this class uses the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge Sixth Edition as the source material to create and track a realistic plan. Participants will choose a real-world project taken directly from their industry, and apply the PMI processes involved in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing a project. Participants will engage in numerous discussion groups focusing on best practices, as well as complete numerous templates for their real-world projects. Participants take all electronic templates and completed exercises with them after the class. Agile project management has become an increasingly powerful and popular manner to develop new or improved products, services, or results in a variety of fields such as software development, engineering, product development, pharmaceuticals, and process improvement. In environments with moderate uncertainty (for example, changing customer needs or unknown root cause), agile project management has been found to product higher customer satisfaction in less time compared to more traditional, plan-driven project management methodologies. This two-day course provides both the practice and the theory of planning and managing agile projects using methodologies such as scrum, XP (eXtreme Programming), and lean project management methodologies. It provides both the agile knowledge and skills necessary for scrum masters (coaches), product owners (customers), and team members to succeed.
A general familiarity with project management concepts helpful for this course.
5 Days/Lecture & Lab
This course is designed for project managers, project team leaders, and team members transitioning into project manager or project team leader roles. Key customers (a.k.a. product owners) who provide substantial input into projects through the clarification of requirements should also attend this course, as they have a very substantial and daily role on agile projects and a significant input on traditional projects.
Course Topics
  • Project Management Introduction
  • The Environment in Which Projects Operate
  • The Role of the Project Manager
  • Initiating Processes
  • Planning Processes
  • Executing Processes
  • Monitoring and Controlling Processes
  • Closing Processes
  • Core Agile Concepts
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Scrum Methodology Elements and Terminology
  • Project Initiation
  • Scrum Teams and Team Space
  • Scrum Planning
  • Sprints
  • Other Agile Principles and Best Practices

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