Agile PM 201 – Understanding Agile at a Deeper Level
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.
In addition, there are two optional courses that are designed to supplement the above curriculum:
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 Project Management for Executives is designed to help business managers understand how to implement an Agile Project Management approach that is well-aligned with their business
Introduction and Course Overview
In this lecture, I want to provide an overview of the material to be covered in the course and why it is essential to help project managers develop a highly adaptive approach to project management
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.
This quiz is a brief review of topics related to the history of Agile and Agile values.
This lecture is designed to provide an in-depth discussion of the Agile Manifesto Principles and how they're applied in a typical real world project
This quiz is a brief review of topics related to the Agile Manifesto principles
This lecture is designed to provide an overview of Scrum as well as an understanding of the responsibilities of the roles in a Scrum project to provide a foundation for understanding the methodology in more detail in the next lecture.
This quiz is a brief review of topics from the "Scrum Overview and Scrum Roles" lecture
This lecture is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the Scrum methodology and practices to enable an Agile Project Manager to effectively design and manage highly effective projects based on Scrum.
This quiz is a brief review of topics from the "Scrum Methodology" lecture
One of the most important factors in enabling high-performance teams is that everyone on the team commits to a set of values that guide the way they work. This lecture is focused on understanding the values behind Scrum that are essential to enable high-performance teams
This quiz is a brief review of the topics related to the lecture on "Scrum Values"
General Comparison of Agile and Plan-Driven Methodologies
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.
This quiz is a brief recap of topics related to "Empirical and Defined Processes and Management of Uncertainty"
Learning to See the "Big Picture"
This lecture is designed to provide an understanding of “Systems Thinking” which is essential to see beyond the “mechanics” of an Agile Project Management process and see how the process fits together and fits with the business environment it is part of
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.
The Roots of Agile - TQM and Lean Manufacturing
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
This quiz is a brief review of topics associated with the lecture on "The Influence of Total Quality Management"
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
This quiz is a brief review of topics associated with the lecture on "The Influence of Lean Manufacturing"
Managing Flow in Agile Projects
Lean Software Development and Value Stream Analysis
Advanced Agile/Scrum Principles
This lecture is the first in a series of three lectures based on Advanced Agile/Scrum principles as identified by Ken Rubin. This particular lecture will discuss principles related to the areas of “Variability and Uncertainty” and “Prediction and Adaptation”
This lecture is the second in a series of three lectures based on Advanced Agile/Scrum principles as identified by Ken Rubin. This particular lecture will discuss principles related to the areas of “Variability and Uncertainty” and “Prediction and Adaptation”
This lecture is the third in a series of three lectures based on Advanced Agile/Scrum principles as identified by Ken Rubin. This particular lecture will discuss principles related to the areas of “Variability and Uncertainty” and “Prediction and Adaptation”
This quiz is a brief recall of some of the major topics addressed in the three lectures on Advanced Agile/Scrum Principles
Example Scrum Project
This is part 1 of a two part lesson on an example Scrum project
Other Agile Methodologies
This lecture contains an overview of Extreme Programming (XP)
This lecture contains an overview of Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)
This lecture contains an overview of several older Agile methodologies that are no longer in widespread use including Crystal, Feature-driven Development, and the Agile Unified Process (AUP).
This quiz is a brief recap of some of the topics related to the section on "Other Agile Methodologies"
Overall Course Summary and Wrap-Up
This lecture provides an overall summary of the course and resources for further help.
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