Agile Project Management Tutorial, AgileIndy Conf, March 7, 2013

Are you interested in how to manage agile projects? Thinking of transitioning to agile? Available on March 7, 2013?

I am leading an experiential one-day tutorial in conjunction with AgileIndy to introduce the ideas of agile project management to people who are interested in agile project management in Indianapolis on March 7, 2013. The tutorial is Agile Project Management: Do You have What it Takes?

Here's the description:

If you’ve been managing projects for a while, you may be perplexed by an agile project or your role in it. If you’re accustomed to predicting the schedule, assigning the work, and tracking a Gantt chart, you may be puzzled by how to use empirical data to understand the project’s progress, having people self-assign work, and by your new role as coach and facilitator. Without a Gantt chart, you may be puzzled and not know how to answer your management’s question, “When will you be done?” You may not even realize that’s the wrong question and what the right question is.

Agile projects provide the project manager (and any other manager) more useful information than a serial-lifecycle project. Yet, it’s difficult for many project managers to make the transition to Agile, because they don’t know what they can or should do.

In this experiential tutorial, we’ll use a small project to practice working on an agile project and how to collect the data—both quantitative and qualitative—that tells you how the project and the team are progressing. You will learn how to assess the project’s true state and be able to tell your management when you will be done and what the right question really is.

Here's the value: In one day, you will learn enough about agile to know what questions to ask your team:

  • Can we work in timeboxes or flow?
  • How do we start if we don't have all the requirements?
  • How do we start delivering features, not architecture or frameworks?
  • What are our impediments to thinking about transitioning to agile?
  • What do our customers really want first: release date, feature set, low defects, and how can we tell? (This is from Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management)
  • How do we work with product management/product owners?
  • How do we move from silos to cross-functional teams?
  • And much more

Bring your questions and concerns about agile. I'll work to answer them that day.

If you have training dollars you want to use this year, sign up now. You get the early bird registration fee. If you want to bring your product managers, dev managers, QA Managers, that's great. In fact, if you're transitioning to agile, and you want to bring a cross-functional team because you want to try agile before you buy, this is a low risk, high return investment.

Remember, space is limited because this is an experiential workshop. Please join me. I'd love to have you.

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