Agile with Scrum Project Management – Delivering Projects Using Agile with Scrum

  • Location: Anywhere in the world as required
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Contact: simon@robertsonconsulting.co.uk

Course Overview

This intensive 2-day workshop-style classroom course is designed by Robertson Consulting Ltd for anyone needing to deliver software products against the odds, e.g.

  • getting new products early to market
  • a customer with changing requirements
  • a customer needs early demonstration of working results

Documentation and processes are kept lean whilst engaging good practice, and are highly adaptive to constant change and project ‘hot spots’.  This is the project management equivalent of flying under the radar at speed and contour synchronising!

Agile with Scrum project management is especially suited to software delivery project management registering high risk, changing requirements and needing speed of delivery.

The workshop provides participants with:

  • a proven Agile with Scrum framework, techniques, processes
  • tools to deliver challenging technical IT projects on time, to budget and within an agreed specification
  • a demonstration on how to apply Agile with Scrum techniques to avoid large schedule and cost overruns
  • assistance to recognise and overcome the various pitfalls commonly encountered when managing technical projects
  • a variety of Agile best practice which are introduced on a Scrum Framework – without overwhelming participants with formal methodology
  • a sense of how to develop an instinctive feel for the art of Agile project management within a workable framework, so that technical projects can be successfully delivered against tight budgetary and time constraints to exacting quality requirements.

If you wish to know more detail about the course please contact Simon Robertson on simon@robertsonconsulting.co.uk

Who Will Benefit?

The workshop is aimed at individuals who need to take their skillset to the next level in response to exacting delivery requirements and develop confidence in techniques for Agile projects keeping their project on track and be a key player in the team. Typically, this includes:

  • Project Managers wishing to consider either of two of the three roles called out in a typical Agile with Scrum Project – Scrum Master or Product Owner.
  • Program Managers wishing to understand the Agile with Scrum framework and their role in an Agile environment
  • To reinforce and update “Agilists’” knowledge and skills to meet new business expectations
  • Software Technical specialists, such as Application Consultants, Developers, Testers, Business Analysts and Solution Architects, moving into Agile project roles
  • Technical Team Leaders who need an understanding of the Agile team approach to developing high performance teams and develop their understanding of Agile project dynamics and coping strategies.
  • Project or Scrum team members who need to come up to speed quickly and demonstrate competence in current Agile with Scrum practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Agile with Scrum Framework and understand when to apply it over classical project management methods
  • Explain a typical Agile with Scrum project life cycle and understand the significance of each stage
  • Explain the key steps required to initiate, plan, manage, monitor, control and close down a technical Agile project
  • Understand the daily, weekly and iterative (Sprint) rhythms and disciplines of Agile project delivery
  • Specify key means for determining the progress of an Agile project against planned activities
  • Understand the benefits of good risk management for successful project outcomes and how to keep it “lean” in an Agile environment
  • Use best practices to minimise risks and negative impacts
  • Understand the critical role of the team and how to build a high-performance team for an effective project delivery in an Agile Environment

Business Benefits

If the principles and training are applied correctly, the workshop will deliver the following future business benefits:

  • Meet global professional Agile with Scrum good practice standards
  • Improved project team dynamics, efficiency and morale
  • Become a pivotal point to change  business culture and individual mind-sets to achieve improved results and better business outcomes
  • Faster delivery of demonstrable business value to customers

Detailed Workshop Programme

A very brief history of Scrum

  • Scrum origins
  • Scrum and Agile definitions

The Values and Principles of Agile and Scrum

  • The Agile Manifesto – Agile Values and Principles
  • Scrum Values and Pillars
  • Exercise

The Benefits and Challenges of an Agile with Scrum approach

  • Benefits
  • Key Drivers
  • Challenges
  • Applicability
  • Variations of Agile SWD approaches

Defining an Agile with Scrum project

  • The Classic Project Cycle
  • Comparing Scrum with Classic project management
  • Project Constraints
  • Product and Project lifecycles

The Sprint Model

  • Overview and key characteristics
  • The typical roles within an Agile with Scrum project
  • Team DevelopmentTeam Development
  • Exercise

Sprint Zero & Release Planning

  • Road Map & Release Plan
  • Exercise
  • User Roles & Personas
  • User Stories
  • Estimating

Sprint Planning Meeting

  • Sprint Planning
  • Exercise

Software Development in Scrum

  • Sprint Calendar
  • Sprint Execution
  • Principles & Practices in XP

The Daily Stand-Up

  • Its purpose
  • Do’s and Don’ts
  • Exercise

Sprint progress reporting via the Burndown chart

  • Information Radiators
  • Some Agile Tools
  • Exercise

Sprint Review

  • Its purpose
  • Exercise – The Main Case Study

Sprint Retrospective

  • Its purpose
  • Reflecting on the Case Study
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