Agile PM 301 – Mastering Agile Project Management
This course is part of an integrated, university-level curriculum of seven courses (See details below). This course is the fifth course in that series and should be taken in sequence. Please take the prerequisite courses before taking this course.
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Earn PDU’s: Students who complete this course are eligible to receive 7.0 PDU’s in PMI continuing education credits. Instructions for claiming PDU’s are provided with the last lesson in the course.
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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Learn how to blend Agile and traditional plan-driven project management principles and practices in the right proportions to fit any situation!
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.
This course is part of a sequence of courses that are designed to cover most of the knowledge required for PMI-ACP® certification but the courses present that knowledge in a very practical, real-world context to provide a much deeper understanding of the principles behind it. The course also includes a number of case studies to show how to apply this knowledge in a typical real-world situation.
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
This lecture provides an introduction to the course and goes over the course objectives
Agile Estimation and Time-boxing
This lecture discusses project estimation best practices and how they're different between an Agile environment and a traditional, plan-driven environment
This lecture explains why time-boxing makes sense in an Agile environment and explains the advantages of a time-boxing approach
This quiz is a brief review of topics related to the Agile Time-boxing lecture
This lecture discusses the essential differences of a general Agile estimation approach
This lecture explains how story points and velocity are used in Agile as part of an estimation process
This lecture explains the concept of the "Definition of Done" and the "Definition of Ready" and why they are important in an Agile estimation process
This lecture discusses the Wideband Delphi method and Planning Poker which is a very popular Agile estimation method
This lecture discusses the Estimation by Analogy method and the Relative Sizing estimation method
This lecture discusses a complete example of a small-scale Agile estimation exercise
This quiz is a brief review of topics related to the Agile Estimation lecture
Agile Risk Management
This lecture provides an overview of project risk management and how it is different in an Agile environment.
This lecture is the first of two parts on Agile Risk Identification. Risk Identification is the first phase of the overall Risk Management lifecycle.
This lecture is part 2 of two parts on Agile Risk Identification. Risk Identification is the first phase of the overall Risk Management lifecycle.
This lecture is focused on Project Risk Analysis which is the second phased of the overall Risk Management lifecycle.
This lecture is focused on Project Risk Response which is the third phase of the overall Risk Management lifecycle.
This lecture is focused on monitoring and controlling risks which is the fourth and last phase of the overall Risk Management lifecycle.
This lecture provides an overall summary of Agile Risk Management.
This quiz provides a brief review of some important topics related to Agile Risk Management
This lecture discusses how metrics are different in an Agile environment
This lecture is focused on project progress metrics
This lecture is focused on metrics related to project baseline and project scope management
This lecture is focused on metrics related to risk management
This lecture is focused on metrics related to Project Profitability
This lecture is part 1 of two parts on Earned Value Metrics
This lecture is part two of two parts on Earned Value Metrics
This lecture is focused on metrics related to Team Productivity
This lecture is focused on metrics related to quality and customer satisfaction
This lecture provides a summary of the topics in this section as well as a discussion of best practices related to Agile metrics
This quiz provides a brief review of topics related to Agile Metrics
Agile Communications Practices
This lecture provides an overview of Agile Communications Practices and how they are different
This lecture provides a summary of traits and skills that are essential for effective communications
This lecture provides a summary of Information Radiators and how they are used in an Agile Communications strategy
This lecture provides an overview of Agile Team space and how it is used in a typical Agile project environment
This lecture is on Face-to-Face communications and the role it plays in an Agile project
This lecture is on collocated and distributed teams and how it impacts an Agile Communications strategy as well as Daily Standups
Agile Communications and Collaboration Tools
This quiz is a quick review of some selected practices related to Agile Communications and Collaboration Tools
Agile Project Management Tools
This quiz is a brief review of topics related to the Agile Project Management Tools lecture
Agile Development Practices
Agile Quality and Testing Practices
Agile and PMBOK
This lecture is part 1 of 2 parts that provide a high-level comparison of PMBOK knowledge areas to Agile
This lecture is part 2 of 2 parts that provide a high-level comparison of PMBOK knowledge areas to Agile
This quiz is a brief review of topics related to the Agile and PMBOK lecture
Overall Summary and Resources to Help
This lecture contains an optional homework assignment to do a case study on a project from your own experience.
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
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