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Agile Project Management Workshops

Agile Project Management: Innovation in Action

If companies are to survive in this turbulent economy, they must re-examine both their processes and their perspectives with regard to change. We are no longer talking about 15%-20% scope creep on projects. Everything - scope, features, technology, architecture - may change within the span of six months. Unfortunately, most commonly used project management practices don't provide the tools necessary to manage this continuous change.

This workshop, presented by Jim Highsmith - author of the acclaimed book Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products - provides you and your team with tools and strategies for employing agile project management practices (APM) for increased project success.

This workshop will help you determine when to apply APM over traditional project management. You'll learn why a well-thought-out approach to APM can help you increase innovation, keep costs down, and shorten your product development cycle - while you still adhere to internal and external project constraints.

This workshop will help your organization:
  • Increase your ability to deliver innovative new products
  • Incorporate speed and mobility into your projects
  • Bridge the gap between teams using agile software development methods (e.g. Extreme Programming) and your project management office staff
  • Lessen the impact of compliance work on development schedules
  • Develop a "customer voice" to identify and prioritize features
  • Use a tradeoff matrix to remind stakeholders that changes have consequences
  • Successfully manage a product features list
  • Plan and manage frequent, feature-driven delivery iterations
  • Employ "milestones" to review progress and make adjustments
  • Get project managers to act as facilitators and coordinators, rather than the "ultimate authority"
  • Incorporate collaborative decisionmaking skills within your team
  • "Celebrate" the close of a project
Plus, you'll discover how to apply key APM practices, such as a product vision box, a project data sheet, and feature cards, for increased project success. You'll identify questions your executives should ask to ensure agile projects are being controlled, practices to help you through the envision phase of an APM project, rules for daily integration meetings, steps for making sustainable decisions, and practical objectives for customer focus groups.
Workshop Goals:
This workshop will help you understand advanced techniques for iteration planning, collaboration, and project management targeted at situations in which projects have high-exploration factors, customer responsiveness is paramount, and operate within organizations with innovative cultures. Through the application of a unique APM lifecycle framework, this workshop will help you encourage dramatic improvements in your project success rate and your project team's ability to cope with change.
Intended Audience:
Teams in which there are extreme pressures (high speed, high change, and uncertainty) on the delivery process.
For a detailed outline of this workshop, click here.


Envisioning and Planning Large Agile Projects

While many companies have used agile development methods for small projects (<25 people), fewer have applied these methods to larger projects. Scaling to larger projects of 25, 50, or 100 or more people requires wrapping small-group development techniques with a series of technical and project management practices that fall into 5 general categories-architecture, organization, delivery management, release planning, and workload management.

This is not a generic workshop but one highly tailored to your specific project. It is not an agile project management fundamentals workshop, but one that will extend your knowledge. The workshop combines brief lecture periods on the framework and practices for larger projects with extensive working sessions whose results will form the basis of a plan of action for a specific project of yours. Get your next large project started off on the right path.

This workshop will help your organization:
  • Increase your ability to deliver innovative new products
  • Incorporate speed and mobility into your projects
  • Balance the need for early architectural planning (anticipation) with solid iterative development practices (adaptation)
  • Create a hub organizational structure that balances feature-team autonomy with project-level structure
  • Design project and product team structures that focus on collaboration
  • Develop release, milestone, and iteration plans that incorporate thousands of features into an integrated set of components, each of which may progress with different detail iteration lengths
  • Employ "milestones" to review progress and make adjustments
  • Get project managers to act as facilitators and coordinators, rather than the "ultimate authority"
  • Incorporate collaborative decisionmaking skills within your team
  • Drive the detail workload management down to individual teams while maintaining overall workload coordination
Workshop Goals:
This workshop will help you understand advanced techniques for iteration planning, collaboration, and project management targeted at large projects that span multiple feature teams and potentially multiple engineering disciplines (hardware, software, scientific domains). Through the application of a unique APM lifecycle framework, this workshop will help you encourage dramatic improvements in your project success rate and your project team's ability to cope with change.
Intended Audience:
Large teams in which there are extreme pressures (high speed, high change, and uncertainty) on the delivery process.
For a detailed outline of this workshop, click here.


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