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Project Management Certificate Program Training

Agile Project Management Certificate Program Training

The world of project management has changed significantly over the last two decades. Until recently, much of the corporate world used traditional, sequential, “waterfall” approaches for projects.

Far too many projects were failing, for a variety of reasons, but mainly because projects were just too big and too long, communication and business engagement were poor and progress was measured in percentage complete, rather than business value delivered.

Husson’s AgilePM course offers a practical and repeatable methodology that achieves an ideal balance between  the standards, rigour and visibility required for good project management, and the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by agile.

The focus of Agile is on developing solutions incrementally enabling project teams to react effectively to changing requirements, whilst empowering project personnel and encouraging increased collaboration and ownership.

The Agile Project Management course is designed for agile project team members, product owners, project leaders and senior managers looking to understand and apply the agile approach and practices to new product development. Understanding the importance of a strong agile team and servant leadership are key concepts included in the course. You will learn a new language in this course. You will learn what is needed to be successful on Agile projects in your organization from initiation and release planning to iterative retrospectives. Application of the fundamental models of creating personas and user stories, sizing a story backlog, and creating a release plan are all topics you will experience in this course.

The flexible Agile methodology shown and applied in this course is ideal for many types of projects including new product development, software development, knowledge work projects and others. Agile concepts focus on attributes that exist in in every project. Even if you're currently using other project management methodologies, you will discover how Agile methods can make your projects more successful. The focus of Agile project management is on developing solutions incrementally enabling project teams to react effectively to changing requirements, whilst empowering project personnel and encouraging increased collaboration and ownership. This Agile Project Management Training course is a stimulating combination of class interaction, active learning exercises, case studies and group collaboration. Each activity is designed to allow you to learn through practice so you can readily apply what you have learned in your own workplace.. The take aways from the course are:

  • Embrace a model of continuous planning over simply following a plan
  • Transform your project management style from "command and control" to "empower and inspire"
  • Create a cadence for the team and eliminate process distractions for a dramatic boost in efficiency
  • Establish credible and achievable estimates using agile estimating techniques
  • Communicate more transparently and reduce interruptions to your team
  • Rapidly build trust with your customers through frequent and effective collaboration

This training program not only teaches you how to understand and apply the Agile methodology, but also prepares you for taking PMI’s ACP Exam. The PMI-ACP® Exam Prep portion of the course covers everything you need to know to earn the employer coveted PMI Agile Certified Practitioner credential with the least amount of study time. As a student in this part of the course you will learn exclusive test-taking strategies and tips, and have access to real-world agile tools and techniques, interactive exercises, nine lessons worth of study content and over 600 sample exam questions. If you are looking to earn the PMI-ACP® credential AND significantly boost your knowledge of Agile PM, this class offers everything you need—and more.

Credits: A  great deal of the above text came from RMC Learning Solutions, APMG International, Agile Business Consortium, Forbes Magazine 8/12,/16 “What is Agile” Article, Harvard Business Review Article “Embracing Agile”, “The Best Kept Management Secret on the Planet: Agile” , Global Agility Hackathron.,and The Learning Consortium Reports on Agile.

PMI requires that you have 2000 hours of PM experience with 800 hours being on Agile projects to sit for the exam. You also must have 21 PDUs/hours of  Agile training. This course provides you with 28 PDUs. The fees for the exam are: $435 for PMI Members, $495 for Non PMI Members.The cost of the Husson AgilePM training program is $1,600. It includes the 420 page textbook described below, a work book containing 320 power point slides, practice exam questions and a light lunch.

Classes are from 5:30 to 9:00 every Thursday for 8 weeks or every Saturday from 8:30 to 4:00 for 5 weeks . They will be held at Husson University’s South Campus in Westbrook at 360 County Rd, ME 04092. See the course Web page at www.husson.edu/projectmanagement/Agile to register, or for more detailed information. If you have questions call or email Russell Strout at 874 – 5804 and/or stroutr@Husson.edu.

Indicated below is the Table of Contents of The ACP PMI RMC Exam Prep  text book we will be using:

Course/Book/Slides Outline

Welcome and course Introduction

  • How to Use This Course
  • How the Lessons Are Organized
  • How to Get the Most out of This Course

The Exam

  • About the Exam
  • Qualifying to Take the Exam
  • The Seven Domains
  • How is the Exam Weighted?
  • Exam Assumptions

The Agile Framework

  • The Agile Mindset
  • The Agile Manifest
  • Scrum
  • XP
  • Lean
  • Kanban
  • Crystal
  • FDD
  • DSDM
  • Agile Servant Leadership

Value-Driven Delivery

  • Early Delivery of Value
  • Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Net Present Value (NPV)
  • Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPls)
  • Prioritization Schemes
  • Incremental Delivery
  • Minimal Viable Product (MVP)
  • Task and Kanban Boards
  • WIP Limits
  • Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFDs)
  • Agile Contracting
  • Frequent Verification and Validation
  • Testing
  • Continuous Integration

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Stakeholder Management
  • Incorporating Stakeholder Values
  • Agile Project Charters
  • Agile Tem Charters
  • Personas
  • Agile Modeling
  • Requirements Hierarchy
  • Requirements Decomposition
  • The Definition of “Done”
  • Stakeholder Communication
  • Information Radiators
  • Workshops
  • Collaboration and Games
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Facilitation Methods
  • Participatory Decision Models

Team Performance

  • Agile Team Roles
  • Self Organizing and Self Directing
  • Create a Safe Place for Experiments
  • Stages of Team Formation and Development
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Empowered Teams
  • Team Motivation
  • The Agile Coach
  • Co-located and Distributed Teams
  • Osmotic Communication
  • Team Space
  • Globilization, Culture,and Team Diversity
  • Burndown and Burnup Charts
  • Velocity

Adaptive Planning

  • Agile Discovery
  • Progressive Elaboration
  • Rolling Wave Planning
  • Value-Based Analysis
  • Value-Based Decomposition
  • Time boxing
  • Estimate Ranges
  • Ideal Time
  • Agile versus Traditional Estimating
  • Agile Requirements Hierarchy
  • ”Just in Time” Requirements Decomposition
  • User Stories
  • The 3 Cs
  • Story Writing Workshops
  • Refining/Grooming the Backlog
  • Relative Sizing
  • Affinity Estimating
  • Wideband Delphi
  • Releases and Iterations
  • Spikes
  • Fast Failure
  • Release Planning Meeting
  • Slicing the Stories
  • Iteration Planning
  • Acceptance Criteria and Acceptance Tests
  • Estimating the Tasks
  • Daily Stand-Ups

Problem Detection and Resolution

  • Understanding Problems
  • The Cost of Change Curve
  • Technical Debt
  • Failure Modes
  • Success Modes
  • Lead Time and Cycle Time
  • Variance Analysis
  • Trend analysis Leading vs. Lagging Metrics
  • Control Limits
  • Engaging the Team in Solving Problems
  • Risk-Adjusted Backlog
  • Risk Severity
  • Burndown Graphs

Continuous Improvement

  • Kaizen
  • Process Improvement in the Agile Lifecycle
  • Process Tailoring
  • Hybrid Models
  • Systems Thinking
  • Process Analysis
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Project Pre-Mortems
  • Iterative and Incremental Product Improvement
  • Reviews
  • Product Feedback Loops
  • Learning Cycles
  • Retrospective Process

Preparing for the Exam

  • Review the Course and Fill Your Gaps
  • Practice Your Teat-Taking Strategies
  • Be Prepared for Tough Questions
  • Assumptions Behind the Exam Questions
  • Take the Practice Exam
  • Review Your Results
  • Study and Pass the Exam
  • Congratulations!