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PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Boot Camp

Course Code: STTA AGILECERT
Length: 3 Days
Tuition: $1,995.00

Schedule for this Course

 DateLengthLocation
Register 12/12/2017 to 12/14/2017 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Mary Ann Crow
3.00 Days Des Moines
Register 04/30/2018 to 05/02/2018 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Mary Ann Crow
3.00 Days Des Moines

Course Description:

PMI: 21 PDUs
NASBA: 18.5 CPEs
IIBA: 21 CDUs

Take this PMI–ACP training course to prepare for your Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI–ACP)® certification while learning to lead Agile software projects that adapt to change, drive innovation and deliver on–time business value.

Agile has made its way into the mainstream – it's no longer a grassroots movement to change software development. Today, more organizations and companies are adopting this approach over a more traditional waterfall methodology, and more are working every day to make the transition

To stay relevant in the competitive, professional world, it's increasingly important that professionals can demonstrate true leadership ability on today's software projects. The Project Management Institute's Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification clearly illustrates to colleagues, organizations or even potential employers that you're ready and able to lead in this new age of product development, management and delivery.

This PMI-ACP training course not only prepares you to lead your next Agile project effort, but ensures that you're prepared to pass the PMI-ACP certification exam. Acquiring this certification now will make you one of the first software professionals to achieve this valuable industry designation from PMI.

Immediate Benefits of Participating in this PMI-ACP Training Course:

  1. Learn precisely what you will need to know in order to pass the new Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI–ACP) Exam
  2. Understand Agile principles and practices that will transform team performance and improve customer satisfaction
  3. Acquire valuable insights into how you can "empower and inspire" your team
  4. Gain insight on how to establish transparency in communication inside the team as well as with customers
  5. Learn how to develop teams into high–performance teams; they will deliver amazing results for customers
  6. Discover techniques to more actively manage a project's scope to help better ensure the delivery of the best product possible, not just the product that was planned
  7. Experience the freedom of embracing change and redefining how change affects projects, for the better
  8. Evaluate how new approaches to manage project scope, schedule, budget and quality are easily improved through the use of effective Agile controls
  9. Uncover the mystery of teams that are more accurate by being less precise
  10. Combine best methods from multiple Agile methodologies to apply to your team
  11. Learn to better know and collaborate with customers for better results
  12. Build trust with your team and your customer through consistent cadence of "common sense" best practices
  13. Learn the most powerful metrics to employ to ensure that teams continuously improve their development and delivery
  14. Avoid the pitfalls many teams fall into when adopting Agile practices
  15. Gain powerful insights, techniques and skills to successfully coach a new or existing agile team
  16. Successfully make the transition from a 'Command and Control' leadership style to the more powerful 'Servant Leadership' method of management
  17. React and respond to change quickly and effectively to seize competitive advantage for your customer
  18. Arm yourself with the latest industry knowledge on how to manage dynamic projects in the most unforgiving environments
  19. Learn why studies have shown Agile teams are significantly happier with their work, and ensure this benefit for your own team


Why Agile Project Management?

There are many compelling reasons teams are moving toward Agile, including:

  • The ability to manage rapidly changing priorities
  • Increased productivity of the team
  • Enhanced quality of the product
  • Accelerated time–to–market
  • Reduced risk to project efforts
  • Reduced overall cost of projects
  • Improved alignment between the business and IT
  • Early return on investment
  • Improved project visibility
  • Satisfied customers and stakeholders

Join the many teams that have realized these and many other benefits through adopting Agile project management methods.

Who Should Attend PMI-ACP Training?

This Agile PM training course is designed for anyone who is considering the use of an Agile Project Management methodology for software development, including:

  • Project Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Analysts
  • Developers
  • Testers
  • IT Managers/Directors
  • Software Engineers
  • Software Architects
  • Software Managers
  • Testing Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Customers

Prerequisites

n/a

Course Outline:

1. Getting Started: During this kick-off section of the class the group not only covers introductions and course objectives, but they are also taken through some useful techniques Agile teams use to set the stage for working together. This section specifically covers:

  • Introductions
  • Objectives
  • Working Agreements
  • Pre-Class Assessment
  • Preparing for the PMI-ACP® Test

2. Project Management Basics: During this section of the class the group level-sets on the role of project management, common traits and characteristics of traditional project managers as well as traditional project management methodologies. This section specifically covers:

  • Review Traditional Project Management
  • Discuss the Traits and Skills of Traditional Project Managers
  • Discuss the Triple Constraints
  • Make the Case for Change

3. Lean Beginnings: During this section of the class the group explores the mindset and fundamentals of Lean thinking and the techniques and principles that served as the foundation for much of what 'Agile' is today. This section specifically covers:

  • Recognize how Lean is the pathway to Agile
  • Understand the role Value Stream Mapping plays in lean
  • Recognize the different flavors of Lean
  • Understand the significance of Complicated vs. Complex
  • Understand why doing complex things requires an empirical process

4. Agile Project Management: During this section of the class the group aligns on their understanding of the core Agile philosophy and values as well as explores the different frameworks that enable organizations to embrace working in an Agile way. This section specifically covers:

  • Discuss what Agile really is and is not and why to use it
  • Review Agile Manifesto and Principles
  • Discuss some Agile Methodologies
  • Discuss the potential benefits of utilizing an Agile approach
  • Understand the paradigm change
  • Examine the various levels of ceremony

5. Forming the Agile Team: During this section of the class the group digs into details around one of the most critical concepts within an Agile operating model, the idea of a team. Lecture and activities will explore the way to form Agile teams as well as key characteristics and traits of the different roles within the team. This section specifically covers:

  • Discuss the Team Roles
  • Review each role's responsibilities
  • Examine some tricks to working with distributed teams
  • Define some best practices for teams
  • Understand the ScrumMaster role

6. Agile Planning: During this section of the class the group reviews the 5 Levels of Agile Planning that allows teams to progressive elaborate project details that are always accurate, but at varying levels of precision. This section specifically covers:

  • Explore the 5 Levels of Planning
  • Learn some techniques for creating a Product Vision
  • Explain what a "theme" is, why it is useful, and how it plays a role in prioritization
  • Discover why it is important to re-plan

7. Focus on the Customer: During this section of the class the group hones in on the importance of understanding the needs of the customer and techniques for exploring different types of end-users. This section specifically covers:

  • Discuss user roles and their significance
  • Understand what role personas play

8. Creating & Maintaining the Product Backlog: During this section of the class the group gets to work on how requirements fit into an Agile operating model. This section specifically covers:

  • Review what makes up the Product Backlog
  • Explore who creates the Product Backlog and why it is important
  • Discuss User Stories and their importance
  • Examine what a User Story should 'look like'
  • Discuss what to watch out for in the Product Backlog

9. Prioritizing the Product Backlog: During this section of the class the group reviews different methods for and important mental models for prioritizing Product Backlogs. This section specifically covers:

  • Discuss how to prioritize the Product Backlog
  • Understand all the different scenarios that can play into prioritizing the Product Backlog
  • Explore when, and how often, to prioritize
  • Examine how to prioritize between different Product Owners
  • Review how prioritization relates to maintaining the Product Backlog

10. Estimating: During this section of the class the group gets hands-on experience with relative estimation techniques that are popular in Agile operating models. This section specifically covers:

  • Examine the different types of estimation
  • Discuss why one type of estimating may be better than another
  • Understand Planning Poker and its role in estimation
  • Explain what an Epic is and its importance
  • Review of Story Points including what they are, what they mean, why they are important

11. Release Planning: During this section of the class the group will review what many believe is one of the most critical aspects of Agile planning, Release Planning. It is the vehicle that Agile teams use to manage expectations for what can be delivered when. This section specifically covers:

  • Define Velocity and its importance
  • Examine, in detail, the Release Planning process
  • Discuss the different approaches to Release Planning
  • Understand how to arrive at Velocity
  • Explore how an Agile PM is involved in Release Planning
  • Discuss Monte Carlo Simulations

12. Backlog Refinement: During this section of the class the group will ensure an understanding of the fact a Product Backlog is a living and breathing artifact that is continually refined. It is critical that Agile teams are collaborating around details and specifications just in advance of the sprint in order to be best prepared for Sprint Planning activities. This section specifically covers:

  • Purpose of Backlog Refinement
  • Lifecycle of a Backlog Item
  • Techniques for expanding the understanding of backlog items
  • Options for the level of formality a team needs
  • Typical cadence for keeping enough runway
  • Ensure collaboration and shared understanding, not shared documentation

13. Sprint Planning and Execution: During this section of the class the group will clarify the 4th level of Agile Planning as well as discuss the mechanics of executing a Sprint. This section will specifically cover:

  • Review what is involved in Sprint Planning
  • Understand Capacity Planning
  • Examine the Definition of Done and its importance
  • Clarify what exactly the Daily Scrum's purpose is
  • Define the Sprint Review and Demo and their differences

14. Measuring and Communicating Progress: During this section of the class the group will elaborate on techniques used for ensuring transparency in the progress of work within an Agile operating model, key metrics that teams use, and opportunities to align and coordinate the work of multiple teams. This section will specifically cover:

  • Understand where communication should be shown
  • Define some ways of communicating
  • Explore the Scrum of Scrums
  • Understand the main types of metrics and their purposes
  • Discuss Agile Earned Value Management

15. Retrospectives: During this section of the class the group will reflect on the topic of continuous improvement and the discipline of tuning and adjusting behavior the 12th Agile principle asks teams to perform. Specifically this section will cover:

  • Explore the real meaning of Retrospectives
  • Understand the Agile PM's role in Retrospectives
  • Review the main questions asked during a Retrospective
  • Discover the meaning of 'Empirical Process Control
  • Ideas for keeping your Retrospective fresh

16. Adopting Agile Project Management: During this section of the class the group will explore some of the practical considerations associated with Agile Transformations. Specifically this section will cover:

  • Discover how to get started with Agile
  • Discuss how to overcome resistance
  • Explore some reasons why Agile projects fail
  • Understand why cadence is important
  • Review ways to tailor Agile processes

17. Testing Details: During this section of the class the group will cover the nuts-andbolts of testing details related to the PMI-ACP® examination. This section will specifically cover:

  • Discuss the timeline for the exam
  • Review the eligibility requirements
  • Examine the costs to take the exam
  • Understand the audit process
  • Understand the details and results of the exam
  • Discuss what happens if you don't pass

18. Wrap-Up: During this concluding section of the class the group will explore next steps on what they need to do in order to prepare to receive the PMI-ACP® designation, what they could improve as an Agile practitioner, and how the course went. Specifically this section will cover:

  • "Next Steps" Retrospective
  • Course Retrospective
  • Course Evaluation Process
  • PMI PDU Credits
  • IC Agile Certified Professional opportunities
  • Ways to keep learning

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