PMI-ACP Certification: Leading an Agile Team
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Agile Certified Practitioner Certification Program - Course 6 of 8 - Leading an Agile Team
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Created by Sorin Dumitrascu
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 26 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how the role of project manager differs between traditional and agile project management
  • Recognize practices that reflect the mindset of an agile project leader and the characteristics of an Agile team
  • Identify causes of problems on agile teams and understand strategies for overcoming agile team challenges
  • Recognize strategies for boosting team performance and understand agile coaching activities
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Requirements
  • Useful but not compulsory to study before - Course 1: Agile Project Management Essentials, Course 2 - Adopting an Agile Approach, Course 3 - The Scrum Development Process, Course 4 - Initiation and Requirements Gathering and Course 5 - Planning and Monitoring Iterations
  • Courses under development - Course 7: Managing Stakeholder Engagement on an Agile Project; Course 8: Ensuring Delivery of Value and Quality in Agile Projects
  • This is course 6 of 8 from the Agile Project Management - The PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner) Certification Program
Description

This is the six course out of eight of the Agile PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner) Certification Program. This part is on Leading an Agile Team.

1. The Agile Project Leader

Traditional and agile project management roles differ in their approaches to decision making, project planning, and management generally, but both need excellent people management and leadership skills, as well as technical knowledge. An agile project leader should view the customer as a collaborator and focus on continuous improvement throughout a project. The project leader should also serve as both a servant-leader and facilitator, and view a project as a CAS.

2. The agile team

Agile teams are typically cross-functional in their makeup and self-organizing, with members who are empowered to make their own decisions during the development process. Problems in agile teams result from management miscues, including confusion over a project's mission and scope, and team dysfunctions that occur when teams don't follow agile principles.

3. Managing Distributed Agile Teams

Managing a distributed agile team poses particular challenges. To help overcome these, you can focus on creating cross-functional teams, building solid working relationships, using interactive modes of communication, ensuring knowledge sharing between team members, organizing regular meetings at appropriate times, promoting collaboration, and using online collaboration and meeting tools.

4. Coaching an Agile Team

Agile coaches are responsible for developing team and individual performance, and for helping team members apply agile practices in their daily work. Agile coaching occurs at the team and individual levels. At the start and end of each iteration, agile coaching occurs largely at the team level. While an iteration is in progress, individual coaching is most appropriate.

5. Improving Team Performance

You can improve the performance of an agile team by expecting high performance and technical excellence. As project leader, you should also remove obstacles that could hinder high performance, such as an inadequate product backlog, poor engineering practices, and multitasking. 

To ensure that a team can identify and fix problems quickly, you should remove obstacles that could hinder performance, such as individuals working in isolation, a culture of tolerating defects, and a project leader that tries to solve problems for the team. A final strategy you can use to improve performance is to ensure that team members stay energized by eating healthily and taking regular breaks.

This course has two sections: The Basics of Agile Teams and Managing Agile Team Performance.

After completing the section called The Basics of Agile Teams, you will be able to:

  • indicate how the role of project manager differs between traditional and agile project management,
  • recognize practices that reflect the mindset of an agile project leader,
  • recognize the characteristics of an Agile team,
  • identify causes of problems on agile teams, and
  • recommend strategies for overcoming challenges faced by dispersed agile teams.

After completing the section called Managing Agile Team Performance you will be able to:

  • match iteration phases with corresponding coaching activities
  • recognize strategies for boosting team performance

Who is your instructor?

My name is Sorin, and I will be your instructor. I am a trainer and project manager with more than 10 years of experience. Before Udemy, I trained hundreds of people in a classroom environment – civil servants, managers, project workers, aid workers and many more. And I managed projects in the fields of justice, corrections, regional development and human resources development.

How will you benefit?

This course is intended for project managers, program managers, or anyone who wants to efficiently participate in agile projects. It is aligned with the Agile Certified Practitioner exam objectives developed by the Project Management Institute® and Certified ScrumMaster learning objectives.

Training videos, examples, exercices and quizzes will help you learn all about the Leading an Agile Team. And, if you take your time to go through all the learning materials this will entitle you to claim 5 PDU’s for the PMI certification exams and to maintain your PMI certification.

So, thank you for considering this course! Now, go ahead, and hit that "Take This Course" button. And, see you on the inside.

Who is the target audience?
  • Intended for project managers, program managers, or anyone who wants to efficiently participate in agile projects.
  • 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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Course Introduction
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Welcome! This is the six course out of eight of the Agile PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner) Certification Program. This part is on Leading an Agile Team.

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Welcome! This is the six course out of eight of the Agile PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner) Certification Program. This part is on Leading an Agile Team.

Course Introduction
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The Basics of Agile Teams
5 Lectures 01:09:32

Teams that use an agile approach adopt a much more flexible and interactive approach to development than those using a purely traditional approach, with all players taking an active role in the process. Accordingly, the project manager fills a different role and has a different focus.

The role of project leader
06:13

Agile project leaders need a particular mindset. They need to view the customer as a collaborator and embrace the idea of continuous improvement. They need to think of themselves as having two roles - servant-leader and facilitator. And they need to view any project as a complex adaptive system, or CAS.

The mindset of an agile project leader
19:56

Although the success of any project depends on an effective project team, the team plays an especially critical role in an agile project. In a traditionally managed project, team members follow through on what has already been planned - but in an agile project, the team drives and shapes the project as work proceeds.

Characteristics of an agile team
19:23

In some cases, agile teams may fail to function effectively. The causes for these failures can be categorized as either management weaknesses or team dysfunctions

Causes of problems in agile teams
09:38

In agile development, it is ideal to have small teams with colocated members, but this may not always be possible. The reality of the work world today is that many companies use multinational teams, with members who are widely distributed geographically. This poses special challenges in terms of managing the agile development process.

Strategies for overcoming challenges
14:22

Understand the role of project manager in an agile project and the characteristics of agile teams

The Basics of Agile Teams
5 questions
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Managing Agile Team Performance
4 Lectures 28:16

Although an agile team may be self-organized and even self-managed, it still requires leadership, support, and encouragement. So coaching plays an important role. This applies especially when a team is new or working on a complex project.

An agile coach focuses on maximizing both team and individual performance, and mentors team members in applying agile practices in their daily work. The coach also models agile values and shares agile experiences with the team.

Agile coaching
12:10

One of the key responsibilities of an agile project leader is to recognize when a team isn't performing at its best and then help it to boost its performance. As a project leader, you can use several strategies to do this. Among these are to make it clear you expect high performance and technical excellence from the team, quickly identify and fix problems, and ensure that team members are energized.

Expect high performance
04:45

For an agile team to be highly productive, its members have to be able to identify and fix problems quickly. Various obstacles can prevent this. They include:

  • having team members working in isolation,
  • a culture of tolerating defects,
  • a project leader who tries to solve problems instead of allowing team members to do this themselves.
Identify and fix problems
06:19

Another strategy for improving a team's performance is to ensure that its team members are energized. Energized team members are excited, focused, and actively seek opportunities to improve. To remain energized, team members need to maintain a balance, both physically and emotionally

Energize team members
05:02

Recognize strategies for boosting team performance and get ready for coaching your team

Managing Agile Team Performance
4 questions
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Leading an Agile Team
3 Lectures 07:54

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Course project (optional)
00:49

Course wrap-up and conclusions.

Leading an Agile Team
04:17

Course wrap-up and optional project

Leading an Agile Team
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About the Instructor
Sorin Dumitrascu
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Management trainer

Before Udemy, Sorin developed and delivered 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).