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Agile Project Manager/ScrumMaster

This course aims to help new and seasoned project managers who are transitioning to a ScrumMaster, Agile Coach, or Agile Program Manager / Release Manager role learn how to successfully apply Agile methods to their projects and programs. Participants will learn the full Agile Development Lifecycle, how to lead teams through Agile planning sessions, and understand techniques and practices to successfully execute on project and program deliverables. We will discuss the role of the Agile Project Manager and Program Manager through the various stages as well as the key Servant Leadership, Facilitation, and Soft Skills necessary to make this role a success. Participants will work through a sample real-world project and experience how to build the program master backlog, gather requirements at the right level at the right time, decide on team structures and roles, estimate the project, and build a program roadmap and release plan. Our experienced hands-on coaches will share many real-world techniques used to mitigate risks during planning. We will review a sample Agile Roadmap and Release Plan, Value and Cost burn-up charts, taskboards, key Agile metrics, and a sample Agile project workbook. Attendees will gain insight on how to bridge the gap between traditional and Agile Project Management. This is a must-have course for any project manager transitioning to Agile!

What You’ll Learn

  • What is Agile and Why?
  • The Agile values and principles
  • Comparing Agile roles to traditional roles
  • Project Manager vs. ScrumMaster
  • What are Self-Organizing Teams?
  • Agile Program Big Picture
  • Agile Project Initiation Activities
  • Building the Master Backlog
  • Building the Team Structures and Roles
  • Creating a Collaborative Environment
  • The Agile Lifecycle – Big Picture
  • Planning Your Release
  • Building the Team’s Backlogs
  • Identifying and Writing Good Stories
  • Methods for Prioritizing and Sizing Stories
  • Sprint 0 – The Foundation Iteration
  • Iteration Planning
  • Backlog Grooming and Pre-Planning
  • Daily Standup
  • Mid-Iteration Activities
  • Listening for Impediments
  • Tracking and Reporting
  • Iteration Review and Retrospective Tips

 

Why This Course?

  • This course is designed with 60% interactive group workshops!
  • You will practice all the core Scrum practices end-to-end.
  • You will learn real-world creative techniques for estimating, story identification, and prioritization that our real world practitioners use on their projects!
  • We use an end-to-end example project scenario for maximum learning retention!
  • For private courses, we can use YOUR company project as our sample.
  • You walk away with valuable course material, handouts, resources, and cheat sheets that will support you on your projects.

14 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Learning Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Agile vs. Traditional Roles
  • Workshop 3 – Project Manager vs. ScrumMaster
  • Workshop 4 – Agile Project Initiation
  • Workshop 5 – Building the Program Master Backlog
  • Workshop 6 – Prioritizing and Building the Roadmap
  • Workshop 7 – Breaking Down EPICs
  • Workshop 8 – Sizing Complexity Using Points
  • Workshop 9 – Estimating Team Velocity
  • Workshop 10 – Building a Release Plan
  • Workshop 11 – The ScrumMaster Role within the Iteration
  • Workshop 12 – The Daily Scrum Dysfunctions
  • Workshop 13 – Your Course Action Items
  • Workshop 14 – Final Retrospective

Agile for Product Owners

This course provides product owners with a deep understanding of their role and how to be successful, with proven methods and strategies for establishing a product vision, defining features, measuring value, planning and prioritizing the work, engaging stakeholders and delivering value for customers. Covering a wide range of topics, this course includes many hands-on workshops and real world best practices that will leaving you feeling confident in your knowledge and ready to take your practice to the next level!

What You’ll Learn

  • Why Agile?
  • Agile Values and Principles
  • The Challenge with Requirements – Myths vs Reality
  • Deep Dive into the Product Owner Role
  • Time Management for the Busy Product Owner!
  • Responsibility for Artifacts
  • Skills and Behaviors for Success
  • How to Ask the Right Questions
  • Thinking and Communication Styles
  • Leading through Influence
  • Failing Fast and Managing Risk
  • Identify and Engage with Stakeholders and Users
  • Levels of Agile Planning
  • Problem Statements and Testing Hypotheses
  • Methods for Creating a Product Vision
  • Definition of Done for Projects and Initiatives
  • How to Build a Product Roadmap
  • Creating User Personas
  • Lean Portfolio Management
  • Prioritization Factors and Adjusting for Risk
  • Using Business Value Buckets to Prioritize Features
  • The WSJF Method for Sequencing Features
  • How do Agile Teams Deal with Scope Creep?
  • Six Steps for Measuring Value
  • Moving from Projects to Deliverables to Maximize Value
  • Techniques for Breaking Down Epics and Slicing Stories
  • Visual Modeling Practices to Capture Requirements
  • Story-Mapping to Visualize and Prioritize the Backlog

Why This Course?

  • This course is designed with 60% workshops!
  • You will learn real world best practices and case studies for how others played this role successfully on their projects!
  • Prepares your business users and SMEs for their role and expectations.
  • Learn from a real world practicing Agile Coach who will share stories and lessons learned!
  • You walk away with our ‘Product Owner Cheat Sheet’ and other valuable course material, handouts and resources that will support you on your projects.

11 Group Workshops Included!

  • Workshop 1 – Learning Objectives
  • Workshop 2 – Requirements Exercise
  • Workshop 3 – Product Owner Traits and Activities
  • Workshop 4 – Thinking Styles
  • Workshop 5 – Identifying Users and Stakeholders
  • Workshop 6 – Problem Statement and Hypothesis
  • Workshop 7 – Product Vision and Features
  • Workshop 8 – Create User Personas
  • Workshop 9 – Prioritize Using Business Value
  • Workshop 10 – Breaking Down Epics
  • Workshop 11 – Story Mapping