PMI-ACP Certification: Adopting an Agile Approach

Agile Certified Practitioner Certification Program (PMI-ACP) - Course 2 of 8 - Adopting an Agile Approach
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  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Course Description

This course provides guidance on how to take steps towards adopting an agile project management approach for those who currently use a traditional, plan-driven methodology.

It discusses some common myths and misconceptions about agile development approaches, identifies factors to consider when deciding whether to adopt agile practices, and explains the general agile practices that a company may want to adopt.

The Adopting an Agile Approach to Project Management Course provides project leaders with general guidelines on how to develop an agile way of thinking, one of the first steps in transitioning a team. The course also looks at some guidelines for obtaining buy-in from organizational stakeholders so they also embrace agile practices.

Adopting an Agile Approach to Project Management is intended for project managers, program managers, or anyone who wants to efficiently participate in projects that experience frequent change in the project requirements.

After completing this topic, you will be able to:

  • understand and correct common misconceptions about agile project management;
  • determine whether your organization should adopt agile practices;
  • identify factors to consider when deciding whether to adopt agile practices; and
  • recognize and apply the key principles of agile practices.

You will be also able to:

  • develop and champion an agile mindset; and
  • facilitate the buy-in of stakeholders in implementing agile practices.

The course duration is not more than 3 hours and you will have video lectures, written materials, quizzes, examples and exercises, to lear and practice, but also a small optional course project if you are interested in getting the most out of this course.

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What are the requirements?

  • project management basic knowledge is desirable, but not absolutely necessary

What am I going to get from this course?

  • understand agile project management
  • determine whether your organization should adopt agile practices
  • identify factors to consider when deciding whether to adopt agile practices
  • apply key principles of agile practices
  • develop an agile mindset
  • obtain buy-in from stakeholders to implement agile practices

What is the target audience?

  • Managers and members of project teams who currently use or plan to adopt agile techniques
  • All interested in learning about project management and agile project management practices
  • aligned with the Agile Certified Practitioner exam objectives developed by the Project Management Institute® and Certified ScrumMaster learning objectives
  • will entitle you to claim 5 PDU’s for the PMI certification exams and to maintain your PMI certification

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
03:06

Wise project leaders are able to examine their own situations and determine which agile practices to adopt given the nature of their projects, organizations, and teams.

03:23

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1 question

Learning, objectives, course content, course structure and course delivery.

Section 2: Understanding Agile Project Management
02:37

Organizations across the world are using agile project management to get superior results. But this doesn't mean that the move from traditional to agile project management will be easy. One of the main challenges is overcoming the various myths and misconceptions about what an agile approach involves.

05:10

The approach you adopt doesn't have to be purely agile or purely traditional. Instead of viewing different project management methodologies as black and white, you should view them as points along a continuum, with many shades of gray.

04:37

Agile development requires just enough documentation. Creating unnecessary documentation is considered a waste of valuable development time.

03:31

Although agile methodologies were first geared towards software development projects, they're not just development methodologies. Instead they're project management methodologies.

04:31

Planning in Agile looks very different. In agile development, there's no work breakdown structure or time-phased and resource-assigned task list. Instead Agile uses just-in-time planning.

01:50

Various misconceptions about agile methodologies may prevent or hinder their adoption. Learn agile project management to apply it effectively.

4 questions

Learn agile project management and correct common misconceptions.

Section 3: When to Adopt Agile Practices
01:28

Using an agile methodology may have a tremendous impact on a project. It can shorten development cycles, improve quality and efficiency, lower costs, and result in better customer satisfaction.

06:37

Some project types are more suitable for agile development than others. An agile approach is especially suitable when a project is characterized by a high level of internal uncertainty, a scope that isn't well- defined at the start of a project, and a product that benefits from ongoing customer feedback.

07:21

The structure of an organization is one of the key factors that determines how easily it will be able to transition into using an agile methodology.

05:26

The nature of the existing project management processes in an organization will help determine how easily a team can adapt to using an agile methodology. Generally, the more flexible and informal these processes are, the easier a team will find the transition.

05:59

The nature of your organization's industry is an external factor that may affect the suitability of an agile approach. Industries that are relatively stable tend to focus on updating or improving products that have already been tried and tested. They have a steady customer base and know their product and competition.

04:27

Which characteristics indicate that agile practices may be appropriate for this company and project?

4 questions

Determine whether your organization should adopt agile practices and identify factors to consider when deciding whether to adopt agile practices.

Section 4: Agile Practices for Initial Adoption
01:55

It's not always appropriate to adopt a fully agile approach to project management. Organizations might not be ready to commit to the level of change and training that this requires.

06:02

Different agile methodologies use different techniques for defining requirements, and project teams may customize these to suit their needs.

05:28

Another general agile practice you can adopt is iterative development with incremental delivery. Instead of completing all project work and then delivering the result to the customer for review, you focus on completing regular, short bursts of work and delivering the results to the customer at the end of each cycle.

05:24

A final agile practice that can benefit most organizations and projects is frequent, open communication among project team members, and between the team and the project customer.

3 questions

Recognize the key principles of agile practices.

Section 5: Developing an Agile Mindset
08:02

Agile methodologies don't generally prescribe exactly how you should manage a project. Instead they define principles that you can interpret and implement in your own way. By introducing these principles gradually into your workplace, you can transform the way your project teams operate.

09:33

Although lean principles can form the basis of an agile mindset and are generally easy to implement, they're not the only core principles used in an agile approach. Once you've introduced these principles and your team is familiar with them, you can begin introducing other agile principles.

1 question

Understand the principles behind an agile mindset.

Section 6: Getting Stakeholders to Adopt Agile
03:05

An important step in the process of adopting agile practices is to obtain buy-in from stakeholders in your organization. Switching from a traditional approach to project management to an agile one involves making significant changes – and change can be difficult for people to accept.

05:36

When communicating the need for change to stakeholders, you should focus on explaining the weaknesses of the traditional – or waterfall – model your organization currently uses.

06:05

The next step in convincing others of the need to move from a traditional approach to a more agile one is to explain the potential benefits for the organization. When doing this, you can focus on three main benefits – reduced risk, improved control, and improved communications.

Article

Statistics that prove the effectiveness of Agile practices to review some statistics you can use when explaining the benefits of adopting an agile approach.

04:51

When you tell stakeholders about agile project management, you should be open about the risks or pitfalls involved. This gives the message that you're not trying to convince them to use agile practices, but that the organization's interests are a priority and that you want them to make an informed decision.

3 questions

Obtain buy-in from stakeholders to implement agile practices.

Section 7: Next Steps
Article

A project covering the main steps in adopting agile project management.

00:54

Course wrap-up, learning objectives review and next steps.

1 question

Course project and conclusions.

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Instructor Biography

Sorin Dumitrascu, Management trainer

Before Udemy, Sorin developed and delivered more than 20 courses on management, project management, computer literacy, human resources, career development, soft skills for employees and even corrections incidents management.

Currently working as a prison service consultant, he is a certified trainer and project manager, holding a master degree in International Relations and Policy Making and a bachelor degree in Law and Public Administration.

Sorin coordinated during the last 10 years projects in the areas of rule of law, regional development and human resources.

He has more than 10 years of middle/senior managerial experience within the civil service (justice, corrections, internal affairs, training), private sector (project management, consultancy, training) and NGO (industrial relations, rural development).

Sorin is also a certified International Computer Driving License (ICDL) tester and trainer for the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, certified Human Resource Professional and a Public Manager (professional degree).

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