Agile PM 201 - Understanding Agile at a Deeper Level
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- Develop a deeper understanding of the principles and values behind Agile and Scrum to create high performance Agile teams and to apply Agile more effectively to a much broader range of projects and business environments
- Develop the knowledge and skills to lead, mentor, and coach Agile project teams based on an in-depth understanding of understanding of Agile and Scrum values, principles, and practices
- All students should take my Udemy course "Learn the Truth About 'Agile versus Waterfall'" before taking this course
This course is part of an integrated, university-level curriculum of seven courses (See details below). This course is the third course in that series and should be taken in sequence. Please take the prerequisite courses before taking this course.
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Qualify for PMI-ACP Certification: Completion of all seven courses in this series will meet the requirement for 21 hours of training to qualify for PMI-ACP certification.
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Course Summary: Develop a very high-impact and adaptive approach to implementing Agile and Scrum projects based on a deeper understanding of Agile/Scrum principles and values that can be adapted to any project and business environment!
Agile training is often limited to the "mechanics" of how to implement Agile and Scrum and that can often lead to weak and ineffective implementation. An adaptive approach that is based on fitting the approach to the nature of the project and to the business environment requires a deeper understanding of the principles behind Agile and Scrum.
This course is designed to provide Project Managers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Agile Teams with a deeper understanding of principles and values behind Agile and Scrum and how they can be applied in real-world project situations to develop a high performance Agile approach that is adaptive to any project and business environment.
This course is part of an overall curriculum that is designed around helping students develop the skills required for a high-impact Agile Project Management role. Most students will want to take the complete curriculum rather than individual courses. The complete curriculum should be taken in the following order:
Agile PM 101 - Learn the Truth About Agile versus Waterfall
Agile PM 102 - What's the Future of Agile Project Management?
Agile PM 201 - Understanding Agile at a Deeper Level
Agile PM 202 - Introduction to Agile Project Management
Agile PM 301 - Mastering Agile Project Management
Agile PM 401 - Advanced Agile Project Management
Agile PM 402 - Enterprise-level Agile Project Management
Students who complete the entire curriculum of all seven courses shown above will receive a signed certificate of completion from the Agile Project Management Academy. The complete set of seven courses will also meet the 21 hours of training required for PMI-ACP certification.
PMI-ACP Certification Course
In addition, there are one optional courses that is designed to supplement the above curriculum for students who are interested in PMI-ACP certification:
How to Prepare for PMI-ACP Certification is intended for students who are interested in using this curriculum to prepare for PMI-ACP certification
Agile Business Management Curriculum
There is also a condensed version of this curriculum that is designed for any business people who are involved in Agile projects including Product Owners, Business Sponsors, and Business Analysts
Introduction to Agile Business Management
Mastering Agile Business Management
Enterprise-level Agile Business Management
Note: These courses for Agile Business Management are an abridged version of the Agile Project Management courses and there is no need to take both
- Project Managers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Agile Teams who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of the principles and values behind Agile and Scrum to enable them to optimize the execution of an Agile/Scrum process in a given project
This lecture is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of how the history of Agile evolved and some of the forces and factors that contributed to that history and led to the evolution of the Agile Manifesto Values in 2001.
One of the most fundamental differences between an Agile approach and a plan-driven approach is the difference between a plan-driven approach is the difference between a defined process control model and an empirical process control model. An understanding of this difference provides a new perspective to objectively understand "Agile versus Waterfall". The difference between a defined process control model and an empirical process control model is very much related to the management of uncertainty and this lesson also includes some material on that topic as well.
The "Iron Triangle" has been a core concept of traditional plan-driven project management practice for as long as I can remember. It is based on managing the scope of a project and the fundamental relationships between cost, schedule, and scope. Those fundamental relationships are still useful to understand but Agile has turned that triangle upside down to put a much higher level of focus on customer value. An understanding o this difference is critical to understand the fundamental differences between an Agile and plan-driven approach.
I have to admit that I didn't know much about "Complex Adaptive Systems" until several years ago when I saw a question on the PMI-ACP exam; but once I learned about it, it was an "aha" moment for me. When I understood Complex Adaptive Systems, my reaction was that "these systems have been right in front us since the beginning of time yet we are only beginning to learn how to mimic the simple, yet highly-effective behavior they embody. Complex Adaptive Systems are all around us in the real world in things as simple and commonplace as an anthill and we can learn a lot from the way they operate that is directly applicable to an Agile Project Management approach.
Many of the Agile principles related to quality have their roots in the philosophy of Total Quality Management (TQM). The TQM philosophy originated from the ideas of W. Edwards Deming and others. Dr. Deming was an American statistician who was credited with the rise of Japan as a manufacturing nation. His principles transformed the Japanese automotive industry into developing very high quality products that gained significant market share against American automotive manufacturers in the 1970's and 1980's
Where TQM provides a foundation of how to integrate quality into the design of products, lean manufacturing principles complement and go beyond that by developing a stronger focus on maximizing customer value and providing guidance on how to improve and streamline processes to eliminate wasteful inefficiencies