Introduction to Agile Project Management (Course #4 of 7)
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Learn How to Apply Project Management Practices in an Agile Environment
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Created by Chuck Cobb
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 37 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop an objective understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of both an Agile and traditional plan-driven approach to project management and how they can be combined in the right proportions to fit any given situation in an integrated approach to Agile Project Management
  • Learn what's fundamentally different about Agile Project Management and the shifts in thinking that project managers might need to make to operate successfully in an Agile environment
  • Better understand the impact of Agile on the project management profession, the new challenges that Agile creates for project managers, and the potential roles that an Agile Project Manager can play
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Requirements
  • Students should have some general familiarity with both traditional plan-driven project management and Agile methodologies.
  • Students should have taken the previous three courses in this series of seven courses prior to taking this course
Description
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Course Summary:

Learn how to apply project management practices in an Agile environment!

The concept of Agile Project Management is very rapidly evolving and will have a significant impact on the project management profession; however, we are in the early stages of that transformation and there is a lot of confusion about what impact it has on project managers. This course will help you unravel a lot of the confusion that exists; develop a totally new perspective to see both Agile and traditional project management principles and practices in a new light as complementary to each other rather than competitive; and learn to develop an adaptive approach to project management to blend those principles and practices together in the right proportions to fit any situation.

Special Note:

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:

  1. Learn the Truth About Agile versus Waterfall
  2. PMI-ACP Certification Going Beyond the Exam
  3. Agile Principles: Understanding Agile at a Deeper Level
  4. Introduction to Agile Project Management
  5. Mastering Agile Project Management
  6. Advanced Agile Project Management
  7. Enterprise-level Agile Project Management



Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in developing a well-integrated Agile Project Management strategy for their organization to align an Agile development approach with the company's business
  • Project Managers who want to learn how Agile impacts the project management profession and want to develop a more adaptive approach to project management to enhance their project management skills and develop new opportunities for career growth
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
04:34:34
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Course Introduction
1 Lecture 04:56

In this lecture, I want to introduce myself to you and provide a summary of the goals and objectives to be achieved in the course

Preview 04:56
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Background Material
2 Lectures 20:33

In this lecture, we will do a brief recap of some key points from the "Learn the Truth About Agile versus Waterfall" course that are essential to making further progress in this course and cover some of the key benefits of adopting a more Agile or adaptive project management approach.

Preview 06:08

Brief review of topics related to the lecture on "Agile versus Waterfall Recap"

Agile versus Waterfall Recap Quiz
7 questions

Agile has huge potential benefits but it is not a solution to every problem. Learning to choose the right approach to fit a project can be a difficult decision and it is often not a simple, binary either-or decision between Agile and Waterfall. Many times it requires a blend of those two approaches to fit a given situation.

In this lecture, we'll discuss a couple of examples of why an Agile (or adaptive) approach makes the most sense in some situations and a Waterfall (or plan-driven) approach makes more sense in other situations. Many times it is not a binary choice between two extremes and requires blending an approach to fit the situation.

The key point is that rather than force-fitting a project to some kind of canned, “textbook” methodology, a better solution is to go in the other direction and fit the methodology (or combination of methodologies) to the project. It takes more skill to do that – it requires knowledge of a broader range of methodologies and a deeper understanding of the principles behind the methodologies to know how to blend them together to fit a given situation.

Preview 14:25

This quiz is based on choosing the best approach for some selected project scenarios

Choosing the Right Approach Quiz
5 questions
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Important Shifts in Thinking
3 Lectures 31:09

In order to develop a new way of thinking about Agile Project Management, it is important to understand some of the popular stereotypes that exist about traditional project management and Agile (some of those stereotypes are either real or imagined). In this lecture, we will discuss what some of those stereotypes are so that we can make a conscious effort to overcome them in developing new ways of thinking.

Popular Project Management and Agile Stereotypes
10:44

Brief review of topics related to "Popular Project Management and Agile Stereotypes"

Popular Project Mgt and Agile Stereotypes Quiz
5 questions

In this lecture, we will discuss some of the fundamental differences in an Agile Project Management role

What's Really Different About Agile Project Management?
07:11

This quiz provides a brief review of some of the topics related to the "What's Really Different about Agile Project Management" lecture

What's Really Different about Agile Project Management Quiz
5 questions

This lecture consists of a self-evaluation tool for a project manager to use to evaluate to what extent some project management stereotypes apply to themselves and to what extent that behavior is expected of them by their organization.

Agile Project Management Self Evaluation
13:14
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Managing Flow in Agile Projects
4 Lectures 34:09

In this lesson, we’re going to talk about “Kanban” which is another widely used Agile process in addition to Scrum. Where Scrum is used heavily for project and product development efforts that require some level of planning, Kanban as a process is generally more suited for continuous flow kinds of operations. However, the principles associated with flow and Kanban are essential to Scrum.

Kanban
09:45

Kanban Quiz
11 questions

Where traditional, plan-driven projects focus heavily on structure with Work Breakdown Structures, Pert Charts, etc., Agile projects focus much more heavily on "flow". This lecture discusses the Principles of Product Development Flow and the Theory of Constraints for optimizing the flow of an Agile project.

Flow and The Theory of Constraints
12:46

This quiz is a brief review of topics related to the lecture on Product Development Flow and The Theory of Constraints

Flow and Theory of Constraints Quiz
9 questions

Kanban boards are a widely used Agile tool for visualizing the flow of work in an Agile process.

Kanban Boards
03:10

Cumulative Flow Diagrams provide an important visual tool for analyzing process flow and improving the efficiency of flow in an Agile process.

Cumulative Flow Diagrams
08:28
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Lean Software Development and Value Stream Analysis
2 Lectures 19:28

Lean Software Development is based on applying the principles originally developed in Lean Manufacturing to software development. The primary emphasis in Lean Manufacturing is on reducing waste in a manufacturing process to ultimately improve the efficiency of the process and reduce production costs.

The concept of Lean Software Development originated from a popular book by Tom and Mary Poppendieck in which they have showed how to apply the original Lean Manufacturing principles that we have previously discussed to software development.

Lean Software Development is not widely used as a standalone methodology; however, the principles behind it are a foundation for all Agile methodologies including Scrum.

Lean Software Development
13:01

The value stream is the entire collection of activities necessary to produce and deliver a product or service. Value stream analysis separates those activities that contribute to value creation from activities that create waste, and identifies opportunities for improvement.

This topic is very much related to the area of Lean Software Development because you would use a value-stream analysis to go through an entire process and identify the portions that provide value and the portions that do not produce value and could be trimmed or eliminated.

The idea of a value stream analysis originated in a manufacturing environment with Lean Manufacturing and the general concept can also be applied to a software development environment.

Value Stream Analysis
06:27

This quiz is a brief recap of some of the more important topics related to Lean Software Development and Value Stream Analysis

Lean and Value Stream Analysis Quiz
10 questions
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Value-driven Delivery
7 Lectures 42:35

This lecture provides an overview of what "value-driven delivery" is and why it is important.

Value-driven Delivery Overview
06:27

This lecture provides an overview of the key principles behind value-driven delivery.

Priinciples of Value-driven Delivery
08:16

This lecture is part 1 of 4 parts on Customer-value Prioritization. This lecture is focused on providing an overview of what customer-value prioritization is, why it is so difficult, and some of the factors to consider in customer-value prioritization.

Customer-value Prioritization Part 1
06:05

This lecture is part 2 of 4 parts on Customer-value Prioritization. This lecture is focused on Pareto Rule, Pareto Analysis, Minimum Viable Product, Minimum Marketable Feature, and MoSCoW prioritization

Customer-value Prioritization Part 2
07:13

This lecture is part 3 of 4 parts on Customer-value Prioritization. This lecture is focused on the Kano Model

Customer-value Prioritization Part 3
06:02

This lecture is part 4 of 4 parts on Customer-value Prioritization. This lecture is focused on the Relative Weighing Model

Customer-value Prioritization Part 4
03:14

This lecture provides an overview of Agile Business Case Development and how it is different from a traditional plan-driven environment.

Agile Business Case Development
05:18

This quiz is a brief review of topics related to "Value-driven Delivery"

Value-driven Delivery Quiz
25 questions
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Adaptive Planning
7 Lectures 53:46

This lecture provides an overview of "Rolling Wave Planning"

Rolling Wave Planning
09:13

This lecture is part 1 of 5 parts on "Agile Planning Practices and Tools".  This particular lecture is focused on developing a Product/Project Vision.

Agile Planning Practices and Tools Part 1 (Product/Project Vision)
10:48

This lecture is part 2 of 5 parts on "Agile Planning Practices and Tools".  This particcular lecture is focused on developing a Product/Project Vision.

Agile Planning Practices and Tools Part 2 (Product Road Map)
08:31

This lecture is part 3 of 5 parts on "Agile Planning Practices and Tools".  This particcular lecture is focused on doing an "Exploratory 360 Assessment".

Agile Planning Practices and Tools Part 3 (Exploratory 360 Assessment)
04:04

This lecture is part 4 of 5 parts on "Agile Planning Practices and Tools".  This particular lecture is focused on "Functional Decomposition".

Agile Planning Practices and Tools Part 4 (Functional Decomposition)
08:47

This lecture is part 5 of 5 parts on "Agile Planning Practices and Tools".  This particular lecture is focused on developing a Project Charter for an Agile project.

Agile Planning Practices and Tools Part 5 (Agile Project Charter)
03:25

This lecture provides an overview of how "Progressive Elaboration" and "Multi-level Planning" are implemented in an Agile environment.


Progressive Elaboration and Multi-level Planning
08:58

This quiz is a brief review of topics from the section on "Adaptive Planning"

Adaptive Planning Quiz
20 questions
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Agile Requirements Definition Practices
7 Lectures 59:51

This lecture discusses best practices for Agile Requirements

Agile Requirements Best Practices
11:48

This lecture discusses the normal Business Analysis functions in a typical plan-driven project and the potential roles that aa Business Analyst might play in an Agile environment.

The Role of a Business Analyst in an Agile Project
08:16

This lecture discusses the concept of "User Personas" in Agile.

User Personas
05:02

This lecture discusses user stories, the characteristics of well-written user stories, and provides some examples of typical Agile user stories.

User Stories and User Story Examples
08:00

This lecture is focused on how to develop a very well-organized and hierarchical structure of requirements using epics and themes.

Requirements Hierarchy, Epics, and Themes
06:11

This lecture discusses how a Product Backlog is used to capture requirements in an Agile project and how a Product Backlog Grooming process works to continuously refine and further define the Product Backlog in a typical Agile project as the project is in progress.

Product Backlog and Product Backlog Grooming
12:09

This lecture discusses "Story Mapping" and how it can be used to plan and organize project requirements for an Agile project.

Story Mapping
08:25

This quiz is a brief review of topics related to the Agile Requirements Definition Practices Lecture

Agile Requirements Definition Practices Quiz
23 questions
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Overall Summary and Resources to Help
5 Lectures 14:26

This lecture provides an example of a real-world case study that illustrates the value of an Agile Project Management approach.

Example Case Study
06:17

In this lecture we will provide a wrap-up of the major points that have been covered in this course. We will also discuss some of the resources that are available for further developing and implementing the ideas in this course

Overall Summary and Resources to Help
07:58

Course Evaluation
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How to Claim PDU's
00:05

Bonus Material: Course Discounts
00:06
About the Instructor
Chuck Cobb
4.3 Average rating
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37,579 Students
8 Courses
Author of The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile

Chuck Cobb is the author of the recent, best-selling book "The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile" as well as four other books on Agile Project Management and Business Excellence and he is one of the most popular instructors on Udemy with over 30,000 students and over 1,500 5-star reviews and he has been a featured speaker at a number of PMI Chapter events, agile groups, universities, and PMO workshops throughout the US.

He has a very pragmatic, "real world" approach to Agile that is based on over 20 years of hands-on program/project management experience in a broad range of industries and application areas and he is passionate about helping project managers understand the convergence of Agile and traditional project management principles and practices.