Course Description

Agile Projects: Keys to Getting Started

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Delivery Method PDU Total Technical PMP/PgMp Leadership Strategy PMI RMP PMI SP PMI ACP PfMP PMI PBA
Instructor-Led Training 22.5 19.5 2 1 2 2 19.5 0 2
Delivery Method Instructor-Led Training
PDU Total 22.5
Technical PMP/PgMp 19.5
Leadership 2
Strategy 1
PMI ACP 19.5
PfMP 0
  • CEUs: 2.25
  • Field of Study: Management Advisory Services

Today, global businesses want and need to be able to deliver products to the market faster. As new projects are selected, it is important to determine whether a traditional or Agile project management approach is appropriate. For a project to succeed, organisations need to support the process, customers need to be involved daily, teams need to be creative and self-disciplined and project managers need to be able to facilitate and lead the team. Working in an Agile environment means being able to quickly deliver the customers’ features on time and be able to respond to their needs by balancing flexibility and stability in this ever-changing world.

This Agile For Beginners course gives participants the opportunity to select a project for Agile development, determine the readiness of the organisation, team, customer and project manager and work through the lifecycle of an Agile project by doing the following:

  • Decide if your organisation is ready to accept estimates and status reports that are different from those of previous projects
  • Determine whether your customer will be an active participant on a daily basis
  • Identify any shortcomings your global team may have
  • Determine if the project manager has the skills and characteristics needed to lead an Agile project

Note: This may apply toward PMI's Agile Certification hours.

  • Identify traditional project management
  • Describe the Agile movement
  • Describe the characteristics of an Agile project
  • Recognise the variant Agile methodologies
  • Categorise the phases of project management
  • Describe the basic skills needed for project management
  • Select which projects are suitable for an Agile environment
  • Determine the readiness of an organisation, team, customer and project manager
  • Define user stories and how to elaborate and define test cases to assure the customer’s requirement
  • Plan releases, estimate iterations by providing story point estimates for each feature and determine the team’s velocity
  • Plan for risks
  • Provide status reports to management through burn down charts, iteration tables, agile earned value management and so on
  • Adapt changes based on the customer’s request and effectively enhance the process to manage those changes
  • Determine when a project should be terminated

This course uses digital materials.

  • Introduction to Agile Project Management

    History of agile movement

    Agile manifesto

    Principles behind the Agile manifesto

    Common myths about Agile project management

    Characteristics of an Agile project

    When not to use Agile development

    Strengths and challenges of Agile development

    Variants of Agile methods

  • Traditional Approach Versus Agile Approach

    Traditional project management

    Agile project management

    Traditional vs. Agile methods

    Phases of an Agile project

    Agile project skills

    PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas

    PMBOK® Guide process groups

  • Developing the Agile Environment

    Agile culture

    Management challenges to Agile adoption

    Transition process for management

    Team challenges to Agile adoption

    Distributed team challenges

    Stakeholder/customer challenges to Agile adoption

    Agile approach to hybrid environments

    The Agile project manager

    Characteristics of an Agile project manager

    Skills required to lead an Agile project

  • Envisioning the Agile Project

    Agile approach to the requirement process

    The envisioning process

    User story development

    Release planning

    Prioritising feature for a release

    Iterations in releases

  • Building an Iteration

    Iteration planning

    Allocating work

    How far in advance do you plan?

  • Estimating for an Iteration

    Rough order of magnitude


    Story points

    Time box

    Delivery schedule

    Planning poker

  • Managing Risks

    Tracking iteration progress

    Daily standup meeting

    Iteration delta tables

    Burndown charts

    Reading a Burndown chart

    Release Burndown chart

    Iteration Burndown chart

    Progress reports

    Running test procedures

    Agile EVM

  • Managing Iteration Changes

    Introducing change to an iterative process

    Integrating change into the product

    Balancing change

    Closing out an Agile project

    Early termination of an Agile project

    Project closeout retrospective

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