When does class start/end?
Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.
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.
This Agile PM training course is designed for anyone who is considering the use of an Agile Project Management methodology for software development, including:
There are many compelling reasons teams are moving toward Agile, including:
This PMI-ACP training course is a stimulating combination of class interaction, active learning exercises and group collaboration. Each is designed to allow you to learn through practice so that you will be able to apply what you have learned in your work immediately.
More than simply a methodology or approach to software development, Agile Project Management embraces a set of principles that drive effective software development. Agile Project Management methods focus on the customer, embrace the ever-changing nature of business environments and encourage human interaction in delivering outstanding software. In this introduction, we'll discuss the following:
Agile Teams embrace cross-functional collaboration and understand that the individual succeeds only when the team succeeds. In this section we discuss how to form the Agile Team, covering the following topics:
Agile Project Managers use a combination of skills and techniques to manage and coach their Agile teams to success. The Agile PM is most interested in discovering what actual problems need to be solved and then do whatever it takes to allow the team to move forward. In this section we cover:
The Agile framework embraces a methodical process of planning that goes into 5 levels of detail. Rather than prematurely fixating on details of ever-changing requirements, Agile planning helps us focus on the right level of detail for the right priorities at the appropriate time. In this section we'll cover the following:
It is critical that the customer be the focus of a product throughout the development lifecycle. Every requirement should bring some value to the customer. Therefore, prior to defining requirements, it is important to define the customer. This will include the following topics:
The Product Backlog is the complete list of requirements for the product. It consists of User Stories (requirements based on the customer's point of view), Foundational Stories and other work items the team must complete. Stories don't capture all of the detailed requirements, but do require enough information to estimate and plan. In this section we will explore:
Prioritization is often done at a level that excludes the development team and fails to account for the technical expertise the team provides in determining dependencies, impact, risk and the sequencing of work items. In this section we explore methods of prioritization and how Project Managers can help the business and development groups collaborate together to determine the right priorities.
Among the greatest challenges in developing software and delivering against stakeholder expectations is estimating accurately and subsequently planning how those expectations can be met. Agile cannot make that challenge disappear, but offers some very helpful tools that enable teams to set and meet the appropriate expectations.
The release plan identifies a goal for the stories that will be included in a release of the software. Through the prior processes, the team will have prioritized the stories and estimated the team velocity. These key elements will come together to give the team a level of confidence that they can deliver the necessary requirements for a product release in what is normally a fixed timeframe. We'll examine the following topics:
Before teams can get together to plan the details around how they are going to deliver features within an iteration, they must first get together with the Product Owner to flesh out deeper details around what the feature should be and how it works. In this section we cover:
An iteration is a fixed amount of time in which stories/requirements will be developed, tested and ready for release. Agile Project Managers need to understand how to engage the team to effectively break out the tasks, hours and assignments for the Iteration. We'll also discuss how Agile Project Managers can guide the team to effectively execute the Iteration and facilitate the necessary communication and review sessions.
An important aspect of Agile Project Management is measuring progress and communicating that progress to the Agile team, customers, management and stakeholders. We will discuss:
Retrospective are one of the key Agile practices and is the inspect and adapt mechanism for the team. Agile Project Managers help the team identify what is working, what is not working and what specific areas need to be improved.
In this section, we look at some of the advanced Agile concepts used in various project types. The topics in this section include:
This section is where we bring everything together and discuss specific implementation strategies, including how to overcome resistance. We will also discuss several additional tips to effectively manage projects in an Agile environment:
Building on all of the material covered in the class, this final portion of the class will specifically address what each of the participants will need to do and need to know in order to pass their exam and receive their PMI-ACP certification. You will spend this time in class dedicated to application tips, tricks and test preparation.
Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.
Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.
If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.
Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.
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Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.
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