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Introduction to Agile Project Management

Explore the components of an agile project management framework and how you can implement Agile tools to improve your processes.

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Introduction to Agile Project Management

Build your Agile tools to master project management

Successful businesses need to be responsive in today’s technology-driven world. This has created a need for responsive project management, product development, and delivery. Enter Agile methodologies, which address each of these needs perfectly by facilitating flexibility, transparency, and cohesion throughout the product life cycle.

During this four-week introductory Agile course, you’ll learn the basics of Agile project management, from Scrum and Kanban to strategies and product roadmaps.

Discover the key components of the Agile framework and Agile Scrum

The core principles of Agile methodology allow organisations to benefit by becoming more productive in fast-changing environments and by continually improving.

You’ll start this course by understanding the history of Agile, learning what it is and why it’s valuable across industries. You’ll also delve into the Scrum framework to help you solve complex problems and sprints to help you break down projects into manageable chunks.

Learn the skills for Agile project management

There are many tools and techniques within Agile methodology. From backlogs and standups to retros and Kanban, you need to know how to effectively prepare and use these tools to execute an Agile project.

This course will teach you how to use Agile techniques to empower teams and simplify processes, resulting in increased efficiency and improved results.

You’ll then step back and look at the Agile project management process as a whole.

Develop product roadmaps using an Agile framework

The final week of this course will take you through the creation of product roadmaps and why they’re important. With a visual product roadmap, you can visualise the project as a whole and how the short-term efforts correlate with the long-term project and goals.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Agile, Scrum and sprints

    • Welcome to the course

      Explore the course objectives and rich history of Agile. Although Agile principles were implemented in the 1930s, it is still relevant today.

    • Agile principles, methodologies, and frameworks

      Agile is an umbrella that covers not only many frameworks but can also be applied to a variety of industries. Understand how to stay competitive in an increasingly competitive market.

    • Scrum teams, artefacts, and ceremonies

      Not all teams are perfect! The Scrum framework helps a team to learn from experiences, how to self-organise, and to celebrate wins and losses for continuous improvement. Explore how to implement the Scrum framework effectively.

    • Planning effective sprints and celebrating accomplishments

      Working on a problem? Discover why a sprint is the heart of the Scrum framework and how it can assist to solve problems faster and more effectively. Learn more about failing fast and the positive impact of failing.

  • Week 2

    Backlogs, standups, retros and Kanban

    • What's up for week 2?

      Practice how components of Agile project management such as backlogs, standups, retros and Kanban come together in a work environment.

    • Managing a backlog in an Agile environment

      Discover how backlog can assist to prioritise a list of deliverables. This decision-making artefact can assist with continuous improvement and successful delivery.

    • Fostering team communication with daily stand-ups

      Want to have a brief discussion with your team? In Agile, a stand-up is the answer. Practice preparing and running a stand-up meeting and to secure project success.

    • Running a successful retrospective

      Want to gather learning from a sprint? Conduct a successful retro! Understand the implications and applications of retros with practical examples in this activity.

    • Implementing Kanban to optimise project flow

      Visualising your project workflow is always encouraged in Agile. Discover how Kanban and visualisation can improve communication and collaboration within your Agile team.

  • Week 3

    Agile project management

    • What's up for week 3?

      Explore the stepping stones of Agile project management, application thereof, and the importance of user stories. Agile success depends on the accuracy and understanding of user stories.

    • Team roles and tools for managing Agile projects

      Experience difficulty managing a project? Discover the life cycle and structure of an Agile project and the significant shift from traditional approaches. Explore the characteristics and roles of team members for success.

    • Capturing value with user stories

      Do you know your customers? Discover how to write effective user stories based on the acceptance criteria. Understand the link between effective user stories and the success of an Agile project.

  • Week 4

    Product roadmaps

    • What's up for week 4?

      Discover how a plan of action, the roadmap, can evolve over time and secure Agile success. Identify blockers that might impact on Agile success and how to grab the future of Agile.

    • Strategic planning and alignment with a product roadmap

      How can you implement an effective roadmap and still stay Agile? Learn to limit distractions and blockers to arrive at your Agile destination with success.

    • Measuring the success of an Agile transformation

      Unsure if an Agile transformation can work? Understand how significant changes in an organisation can guarantee success. Further your understanding with a practical case study.

    • Future-proofing an Agile organisation

      In a fast-changing world, is there still a place for Agile? Explore the characteristics of successful Agile companies and the necessary steps to secure Agile success.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify and prepare components for an Agile project using several Agile approaches such as Scrum and Kanban.
  • Explore common tools for Agile project management such as backlog, stand-up and retrospective (retro).
  • Develop components and strategies of an Agile methodology such as epics and user stories.
  • Create a product roadmap using an appropriate Agile management approach towards stakeholders.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in improving their project management skills using Agile methodologies.

Whether you already work in product development or you’re new to project management, this course will help build your skills to enhance your project delivery.

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