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Agile Project Management Certification Workshop (PMI-ACP)
Seminar No: 76001-XNBB
Credits: 21 PDU /18.5 CPE
Length: 3 days

Become one of the first to earn this valuable industry certification!

Agile has made its way into the mainstream - it’s no longer a grassroots movement. Today, more companies are adopting this approach over a traditional waterfall methodology, and more are about to make the transition.

To stay relevant in the competitive, changing world of project management, it’s important that project management professionals demonstrate true leadership ability on today’s software projects.

The Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification clearly illustrates to colleagues, organizations and potential employers that you’re a leader. This class not only prepares you to lead your next Agile project effort, but ensures that you’re prepared to pass the PMI-ACP certification exam.

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn Agile principles and practices that transform team performance
  • Coach high-performance teams who deliver results
  • Discover techniques to more actively manage project scope and better ensure delivery of the best products possible
  • Evaluate how new approaches to manage project scope, schedule, budget and quality are easily improved through effective Agile controls
  • Combine best methods from multiple Agile methodologies
  • Build trust with your team and customers through consistent cadence of “common sense” best practices
  • Learn the most powerful metrics to ensure continuous improvement
  • Avoid the pitfalls many teams fall into when adopting Agile practices
  • Transition from a ‘Command and Control’ leadership style to the more powerful ‘Servant Leadership’ method of management
  • React and respond to change quickly to seize competitive advantage
  • Learn why studies have shown Agile teams are significantly happier with their work, and ensure this benefit for your own team
What You Will Cover
  • Practice developing and participating in self-organized teams
  • Create and communicate a Product Vision to ensure the delivery of true product value
  • Learn to understand your customer and develop user roles and personas
  • Initiate the requirements process by developing user stories and your product backlog
  • Put together product themes from your user stories and establish a desired product roadmap
  • Conduct story point estimating to determine effort needed for user stories to ultimately determine iteration(s) length
  • Take into consideration assumed team velocity with story point estimates and user story priorities to come up with you release plan
  • Engage the planning and execution of your iteration(s)
  • Conduct retrospectives after each iteration
  • Run a course retrospective to enable an individual plan of execution on how to conduct Agile in your environment
Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone who is considering the use of an Agile methodology for software development, including project managers, analysts, developers, programmers, testers, IT managers/directors, software engineers, software architects, software managers, testing managers, team leaders and customers. Extended Seminar Outline

Understanding Agile project management

Project Schedule 

  • Managing change while delivering the product
  • Determining the project schedule and release plan
  • Identifying a team’s “velocity,” their measure of productivity
  • The five Levels of Agile planning and how they work together
  • Using tools such as burn-down charts and task boards to monitor team progress
Project Scope 
  • How to conquer the battle over ‘scope creep’
  • Consistently delivering what the customer truly needs and wants
  • Understanding complex environments
  • Allowing the customer to be in charge of the project scope
Project Budget 
  • Ensure your product maximizes ROI after delivery
  • Communicating to customer the metric of work delivered vs. budget expended
  • Ensure the value of what is developed exceeds the investment required
Product Quality 
  • Employing product demonstrations to ensure you meet expectations
  • Applying Agile testing techniques to create high-quality, re-factored code
  • Write effective acceptance criteria for identified requirements
  • Code reviews, paired programming and test-driven development
Project Team 
  • Collaboration essentials
  • Managing the individual personalities of the team
  • Understanding your coaching style
  • The Agile project team roles
  • Managing distributed teams
Project Metrics 
  • Review of common Agile metrics
  • Taskboards as tactical metrics for the team
  • Communicate current status and projected delivery date
Continuous Improvement 
  • A crucial part of every Agile approach
  • How team commitment empowers continuous improvement
  • How to effectively use retrospectives
  • Improving the team’s approach over time
Project Leadership 
  • Project leadership over simple project management
  • Command and control versus servant leadership
  • Insulating the team from disruption and distraction
  • Matching requirements to opportunities
Transitioning to Agile Project Management 
  • Correlating current challenges to solutions
  • How corporate culture affects team ability
  • Overcoming initial resistance to Agile
  • Navigating around popular Agile myths
Preparing for the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Certification Exam (full day) 
  • Completing your PMI-ACP application
  • Complete your reservation to take the certification exam
  • What to expect on your exam
  • In-depth review of each section of the exam
  • What you will need to know
  • How to prepare to pass the exam on your first try
  • Review of sample test questions

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