Adaptive (Agile) Project Management

Equip yourself with a modern Project Management skillset

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5 Days

Introduction to the course

Many projects executed by both private and public sector organisations fail to realise their expected outcomes. The reasons for this can be subtle. The best-laid plans can be subject to minor delays that are unsuitable for control using a traditional change management system. In a volatile environment (which is increasingly the case in the modern business world), project plans need to be flexible and embrace change as being the norm rather than the exception.

A traditional view of successful projects is that they are highly dependent on well-defined and well-understood requirements acquired from all stakeholders. However, not all work environments are stable enough to predict all project requirements effectively. In volatile situations where conditions change rapidly, and stakeholder needs emerge during project execution, stakeholder value (and satisfaction) is best supplied through an adaptive management approach rather than traditional predictive techniques. The Project Management Institute (PMI)® acknowledges the emergence of this paradigm through their increased focus on adaptive concepts in the ANSI standard “Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, sixth edition, (PMBOK® Guide)”.

This KC Academy training course features:

  • An overview of the traditional or predictive project management approach
  • An explanation of subtle wastes that can lead to failure using predictive approaches
  • A presentation of the values that underpin adaptive or agile thinking
  • An investigation of the principles that guide teams to perform practices that adhere to agile values
  • A step-by-step walkthrough of the core practices of adaptive project management (SCRUM)
  • In-depth reinforcement exercises that serve to provoke reflection on the power of adaptive thinking 

Course details

This 5-day KC Academy Adaptive (Agile) Project Management training course exposes delegates to the most current generally accepted project management practices. Both predictive and adaptive project management approaches are explained and contrasted so that delegates can make informed decisions on when and how to apply each strategy. Essential tools and techniques used to establish and control dynamic project plans are explained and reinforced through practical application in a workshop style approach.

This enables learners to:

  • Appreciate how characteristics of effective teams influence effective adaptive project management
  • Apply predictive project management techniques to integrate scope, time, resources and cost management into a dynamic, manageable plan
  • Learn the rules and approaches to the implementation of the most widely applied adaptive project management framework - SCRUM
  • Identify general considerations critical to setting up and applying the Scrum framework.
  • Critique the value of core practices performed to plan a Scrum sprint
  • Apply the core practices performed in the execution of a Scrum sprint
  • Evaluate core post-Sprint practices used for review and improvement purposes

The facilitator will introduce each of the core topics using a lecture format. Reinforcement exercises support presentations to emphasise applying theory in real-world project settings. This KC Academy Adaptive (Agile) Project Management training course commences with an overview of the nature of projects and the fundamentals of project management. This enables delegates to reflect on how a project management framework supports effective control processes. The early sections of the training course explain how to use the predictive approach to establish the work and use this information to develop a comprehensive plan that guides different aspects of this work. Delegates apply techniques to control the planning and execution of scope, schedule, cost and risk.

Adaptive project management is then introduced, and reinforcement exercises are applied to provide delegates with insights into the power of effective team empowerment to foster flexibility, responsiveness and innovation. A practical explanation of the SCRUM framework is supported by team exercises that promote a greater understanding of how this approach controls the delivery of value to stakeholders and help continuous improvement within the project team.

This KC Academy training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Associate Project Managers
  • Project Managers
  • IT Project Managers
  • Project Coordinators
  • Project Analysts
  • Project Leaders
  • Senior Project Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Product Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Project Sponsors
  • Project Team Members
  • Project Management Professionals
  • Customers who will engage with project teams that apply the agile approach

Daily Agenda

DAY 1:
Understanding Projects and Project Management
  • Characteristics of Projects
  • Fundamental Concepts of Project Management
  • Setting-up for Success - The Charter
  • Setting-up for Success - The Project Team
  • Understanding Stakeholders
DAY 2:
Predictive Project Management - Planning
  • Product Scope Planning - requirements collection
  • Project Scope Planning - establish work breakdown structure
  • Schedule Planning - constructing the project timeline
  • Schedule Planning - optimizing the project timeline
  • Cost Planning - cost planning and estimation
  • Cost Planning - establishing the project budget
DAY 3:
Predictive & Adaptive Project Management - Control
  • Risk Management - Risk Identification and Analysis
  • Risk Management - Establishing Risk Response Approaches
  • Managing Project Change
  • Controlling Adversity through Effective Contingency Planning
  • Controlling Progress through Earned Value Management
  • Agile (Adaptive) Values and Principles
DAY 4:
Adaptive Project Management
  • SCRUM Foundations - Characteristic of Highly Effective Teams
  • The SCRUM Framework
  • Key Roles of Scrum - The Product Owner
  • Key Roles of Scrum - The Scrum-master
  • Key Roles of Scrum - The Self-organized Team
  • Key Artifacts of Scrum
DAY 5:
Practical Considerations in the Application of SCRUM
  • Sprint Planning Techniques
  • Executing Iterations - The Scrum “Sprint”
  • Continuous Learning Techniques through Project Retrospective
  • Course and Techniques Review
  • Contrasting Control Mechanisms of these Different Approaches

Professional certificate & Accreditation

This Adaptive (Agile) Project Management course equips you with an understanding of how to apply Agile philosophy and techniques to deliver projects faster whilst still meeting the quality expected.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no prerequisites. Our courses are open to students of all backgrounds who are 18 years of age and older. All courses are conducted in English. Video lectures include English subtitles and the option to slow-down, pause, or replay lectures for better retention. Discussion boards are a critical component of each of our courses; therefore, we suggest students have a conversational knowledge of English when pursuing a Certificate of Completion. For any of the art writing courses, students need to be 100% proficient in written English.

You should have an up-to-date web browser such as: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. For more detailed information, please see the guides for supported browsers and basic computer specifications. Our Online Courses can be accessed on a mobile or tablet device, although we strongly encourage you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet connection for certain course components. Former students have told us it is easiest to read discussion threads and complete written assignments on a laptop or desktop computer.

Registration is available on our website. Just follow these simple steps: Click the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of your screen. Select “Online Courses.” Choose your course(s). You will be asked for basic contact information and your credit card payment. We require full payment at the time of registration and all tuition is billed in US dollars. Be sure to check with your bank or credit card company, as your financial institution may charge a foreign transaction fee.

Our classes are kept small, at no more than 30 students, to better facilitate and encourage personalized interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Your classmates come from all over the globe and contribute their global perspectives and experience. Some are currently working within the arts while others are just beginning. All classmates share in their passion for the art world.

It is recommended that you begin your course promptly. If you do need to start the course a few days late, contact your instructor as soon as possible after the course has opened to discuss your options. Registration closes on the Friday after the course begins.

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10-14 Jul 2023
Fee: $5,950
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Fee: $5,950
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