Whether you have just wondered about agile project management, or actually dipped a toe into the Agile waters, you would probably agree: the role of the Project Manager can seem impossible. Customers expect quality software on time and on budget.
Agile approaches help teams respond to unpredictability through incremental, iterative work cadences and empirical feedback. An Agile project manager is someone who can move quickly, adapt to change, and make smart adjustments on the fly. Learn the principles and processes involved in the Agile method of project management.
The modules in this bundle are loosely based on the domains: Agile principles and mindset, Value driven delivery, Stakeholder engagement, Boosting team performance practices, Adaptive planning, Problem detection and resolution, and Continuous improvement.
The idea of performing project management work in an agile way did not magically appear in the last couple of years. But, what is agile project management? This module examines what it is and the difference between agile and traditional project management
Since the Agile Manifesto serves as the guiding principle of the entire agile project management collective, it also holds a prominent part in the Project Management Institute-Agile Certified Practitioner exam. In this module, we will explore the first six principles of the manifesto in depth.
At the root of the modern structure of agile project management is the Agile Manifesto, and it should be used as a guide to the philosophy of the agile project management approach. This module focuses on the last six agile principles as well as the Declaration of Interdependence.
This module is about the agile methods and frameworks of Scrum and Extreme Programming. These are, arguably, the two most well known of the agile project management methodologies. We will cover the basics, principles, and practices of both methods.
In this course, we explore some of the lesser-known agile project management approaches beyond the popular ones of Scrum and extreme programming. Their lack in popularity right now does not mean they will always be lesser known. They may become the “go to” approach in the future if certain industries or subsets of the agile community adopt them more fully and evangelize their exalts.
Planning in agile projects differs from waterfall projects or other more traditional projects in the aspect of adapting to the needs and expectations of the stakeholders and the product development in a flexible manner. This encourages changes and course corrections as often as necessary and makes planning essential to a project’s success. This course examines how to best plan an agile project, the differences between the various levels of project planning, and useful tools to aid in the planning.
Estimating the work, effort, and time activities will take during a project is a very challenging exercise. However, it’s also a very important and crucial piece to any project management. How estimation works in agile projects is slightly different than in traditional projects or daily operations. The circumstances and variables are more varied in agile projects than in traditional project needs. This course aims to explore those differences, the strategies at play in agile estimation, and the various tools and techniques any agile practitioner — whether that be an agile project manager, agile coach, ScrumMaster, or agile development team member — should be aware of.
A good agile project manager should be knowledgeable about the various tools and techniques of the agile project management trade. They should also be versatile enough to know when to apply the documented tools and techniques in their literal or highly structured manners and when to bend or accommodate them to the requests of the agile team. This course is aimed for those who may be taking on the role of agile project manager, agile coach, agile practitioner, agile mentor, or ScrumMaster. We discuss the basics of each type of agile manager, their similarities, and differences, how to use the tools and techniques available, and what role agile management has in an agile project.
Adaptive Planning and Design
This course focuses on the process of managing potential threats and other forms of risks throughout the agile project’s lifecycle. We cover how to test and validate in order to gather information to improve and adapt the processes of agile project management. We continue talking about the power of adaptive planning in agile projects and discuss how to optimize value delivery by selecting and tailoring the team’s processes based on experiences and project feedback.
Soft Skills and Leadership
An agile project manager ensures the project and its components can run. He or she ensures that everything that is needed is taken care of and puts the agile project management framework and processes in place. In essence, a project manager leads by example.
Team Formation and Boosting Team Performance
There is a lot to learn and be aware of when working with agile project teams. Agile project team formation and empowerment require setting up self-organizing and self-empowered groups of skilled and supported individuals.
Project stakeholders are all those affected by the project, not just those who fund the project or those we are building the project for. The product owner is a stakeholder, but he or she is not the one using the product. A bigger set of stakeholders are the end users.
Communication in Projects
There are many challenges and potential pitfalls of communication throughout the duration of a project. Communication is absolutely critical to any team activity, and agile project management is a team activity.
Problem Detection, Metrics, and Resolutions
There are always going to be problems in agile projects. Some will be major and some will be incredibly minor. Being able to detect, forecast, and address the problems — especially any small problems before they become big — is key to successful agile project management and practice.
Quality and Earned Value Management
Agile project quality is a discipline that is built in and incorporated in all that is done — from considering, to planning, to executing, to testing, to delivering, and every minute in between. Quality is a mindset and a practice throughout the agile project lifecycle.
No agile process is perfect. No agile project is perfect. No person on an agile team is perfect. There is always room for improvement and growth.
PMI Code of Conduct
The discipline of agile project management does not have a particular governing body, standardization, or a certain entity that is the gold standard for certification in this field.
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