Course Description

Agile Immersion

Agile technology has shown very high potential and is becoming more common place, but questions continue to be unanswered. Agile development requires more than changes to programming techniques, the entire project team needs to change their approaches and methodologies to attain success in Agile development.  In this interactive workshop, students participate in a series of simulations, learning to adopt an agile mindset and employ Agile methodologies throughout the life of a development project. Students will also discuss Agile concepts, leading Agile methodologies, forming teams, and best-practices and techniques.  This course is designed to engage all team members (Business and Technical Analysts, Project and Product Managers, Developers, Testers and Quality Assurance) in the Agile processes and define the roles involved in Agile development. Interactive team exercises follow discussions throughout this class allowing students to practice the techniques they learn.

Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Review/Test Prep

The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. It demonstrates that you are ready to lead in the age of product development, management and delivery.  It is recognized as the fastest growing certificate from PMI® and statistics show that agile organizations are able to complete more projects successfully.

This course is designed to prepare for your PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam while learning to lead Agile software projects. The PMI-ACP includes many approaches to agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.)  So students will find this helpful in preparing for the PMI-ACP® certification examination or in the solidification of their knowledge and understanding of the Agile processes. Topics include the application and testing process for PMI-ACP® as well as key test topics, such as the Agile Principles and Mindset, Value-Driven Delivery, Stakeholder Engagement, Team Performance, Adaptive Planning, Problem Detection and Resolution and Continuous Improvement.

Course Outline

Agile Immersion

  • Agile Overview
    • Why Agile
    • Agile Terminology
    • Agile Myths
    • Agile Benefits
    • Agile Basics
  • Forming Agile Teams
    • Team Roles
    • Self-Organizing Teams
    • Communication – In and Out of the Team
    • Process Expectations
    • Team Accountability
  • Agile Activities and Artifacts
  • The Agile Mindset
    • Agile Mental Models
    • Agile Manifesto
    • Agile Principles
    • Agile Practices and Concepts
  • Exploring Agile Methods and Frameworks
    • Scrum
    • Lean and Kanban Software Development
    • Extreme Programming
    • Crystal
    • Agile Unified Process (Agile UP)
    • Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM
    • Feature Driven Development (FDD)
    • Scaled Agile Frameworks (SAFe)
    • Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)
    • Discipline Agile Development (Dad)
  • Forming an Agile Team
  • Product Vision
    • Levels of Planning in Agile
    • Creating and Communicating Product Vision
  • Customers
    • User Roles and Customer Personas
    • Customer Participation
  • Requirements and User Stories
    • Progressive Refinement
    • Acceptance Testing
  • Product Backlog
    • Backlog Items
    • Backlog Characteristics
    • Grooming
    • Flow Management
  • Product Road Map
    • Product Themes
    • Creating and Maintaining the Road Map
  • Prioritization
    • Prioritization Methods
    • Prioritizing Stories
  • Estimation and Velocity
    • When and where we estimate
    • Estimation concepts
    • Actual Estimating/Relative Estimating
    • Estimation Units
    • Planning Poker
    • Velocity
  • Release Planning
    • Release Constraints
    • The Product Backlog
    • Grooming the Product Backlog
    • Release Features
    • Continuous Integration
    • Communicating Progress
  • Story Review
    • Details and Cadence
  • Iteration Planning
    • Overview
    • Approaches to Iteration Planning
    • Determining Capacity
    • Selecting Product Backlog Items
    • Acquiring Confidence
    • Refine the Goal
  • Iteration Execution
    • Overview
    • Execution Planning
    • Flow Management
    • Visual Management
    • Collaboration and Cadence
    • Agile Metrics
    • Communicating
  • Iteration Review
    • Overview
    • Approach
    • Measuring and Communicating Progress
    • Effort: Actual and Remaining
    • Burndown Charts
    • Tools and Reporting
    • Metrics
    • Review Issues
  • Retrospectives
    • Overview
    • Approach
    • What went well/not well
    • Improvements

Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Review/Test Prep

  • Agile Foundation
    • Agile Foundation Introduction
    • Agile Development Overview
    • When is Agile Appropriate
    • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Fundamentals
    • Project Charter
    • Product Roadmap
    • Product Backlog
    • Minimally Marketable Feature (MMF)
    • Value-Based Prioritization
    • Product Backlog Grooming
    • User Stories
    • Personas
    • Story Maps
    • Epics
    • Themes
  • Agile Methodologies
    • Methodologies Introduction
    • Scrum Introduction
    • Sprint Planning Meeting
    • Sprint Goal
    • Modeling
    • Sprint Backlog
    • Daily Scrum Meeting
    • Sprint Review Meeting
    • Retrospective
    • Scrum of Scrums
    • The Scrum Team
    • Extreme Programming (XP)
    • Lean Software Development
  • Agile Domains
    • Agile Principles and Mindset
    • Value-Driven Delivery
    • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Team Performance
    • Adaptive Planning
    • Problem Detection and Resolution
    • Continuous Improvement
  • Agile Communications
    • Communications Management
    • Colocation/Distributed Teams
    • Team Space
    • Osmotic Communications
    • Agile Tooling
    • Information Radiators
    • Task/Kanban Board
    • Work in Progress (WIP) Limits
    • Cumulative Flow Diagram
    • Sprint Burndown Chart
    • Release Burnup Chart
  • Agile Estimating
    • Relative Sizing
    • Story Points
    • Wideband Delphi Technique
    • Planning Poker
    • Consensus Building
    • Velocity
    • Cycle Time
  • Agile Metrics
    • Agile Earned Value Management (Agile EVM)
    • Test Driven Development (TDD)
    • Unit Testing
    • Acceptance Testing
    • Frequent Verification and Validation
    • Escaped Defects
    • Risk-Adjusted Backlog
    • Risk Burn-Down Chart
  • Agile Leadership
    • Leadership Theories
    • Knowledge Sharing
    • Active Listening
    • Brainstorming
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Negotiation
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Agile Contracts and Accounting Principles
    • Agile Contracts and Accounting Principles
    • Value Based Analysis
    • Burn Rate
    • Compliance


42 Hours | 7 Days or 14 Nights

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5:30PM to 8:30PM
Oct 27, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020
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5:30PM to 8:30PM
Dec 01, 2020 to Dec 17, 2020
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Class Dates

AGC650 October 27, 29, November 3, 5, 10, 12

AGC700 November 17, 19, December 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17