Training Courses

My passion is helping to close the gap between Agile and traditional plan-driven project management. To support that objective, I’ve developed some online training courses to help people see Agile and traditional plan-driven project management practices in a new light as complementary to each other rather than competitive and helping people how to learn to blend the two approaches together as necessary to fit a given situation. The following is a summary of the courses I’ve developed to date:

Agile Project Management for Project Managers

Intended 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

Course Summary: 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:

  • There are many stereotypes and misconceptions that exist about both Agile and traditional plan-driven project management,
  • Agile and traditional project management principles and practices are treated as separate and independent domains of knowledge with little or no integration between the two and sometimes seen as in conflict with each other
  • Agile and “Waterfall” are thought of as two binary, mutually-exclusive choices and companies sometimes try to force-fit their business and projects to one of those extremes when the right solution is to fit the approach to the project

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • 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

Agile Project Management for Executives

Intended Audience:
  • Business Managers or Executives who are interested in developing an Agile Project Management approach that is very well-aligned with their business
  • Project Managers who are interested in developing an Agile Project Management Approach to fit their company’s business

Course Summary: In many areas, “Agile” is becoming a hot new buzz word and everyone wants to jump on the “Agile bandwagon” without necessarily fully understanding why they’re getting into it and exactly what they expect to get out of it. While Agile has huge potential benefits for a business, it’s important to not get carried away with some of the hype that exists about Agile and develop an objective understanding of its benefits and limitations to know how and when to apply it successfully. The right approach is to not necessarily to just implement Agile for the sake of becoming Agile; but figure out how it’s going to help your business and what problems it will solve.

A decision to migrate to Agile should not be taken lightly because it can have significant impact on a business that have existing management practices based on traditional, plan-driven practices. Although Agile will cause us to rethink many things we’ve taken for granted about a traditional, plan-driven project management approach; there is still a need for traditional plan-driven project management in many situations and the two approaches can be blended together as necessary when required. The best solution is generally to design an approach that is appropriate for your business rather than force-fitting your business to some kind of canned, “textbook” approach (whatever it might be – Agile or not).

That is the essence of two books I’ve already published on Agile Project Management and a third book that I’m publishing at this time. The typical questions and challenges this poses for business managers and executives are:

  • How do I reconcile an Agile development approach with my existing business management and project management processes?
  • Do I need to unravel all of my existing management processes in order to adopt an Agile development approach?

This course will help you answer those questions and includes assessment tools and planning tools to help you develop a very effective Agile Project Management approach that is very well-aligned with your business.

Learning Objectives:
  • Overcome Stereotypes and Misconceptions about “Agile Versus Waterfall” to see those approaches in a new perspective as complementary rather than competitive and develop an objective understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of both
  • Learn What’s Really Different About Agile Project Management and What it Means to Your Business
  • Evaluate and Fine-tune your Current Business Strategy and Use an Agile Project Management Approach to Maximize Your Focus on Customer Value and Business Results
  • Define and Prioritize the Specific Benefits of an Agile Project Management Approach That Are Most Important to Your Business
  • Develop an Agile Project Management Implementation Plan that is Well-Aligned and Well-integrated with Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Business

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