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The use of agile as an approach to managing projects has been increasing dramatically over the last several years. Gartner had predicted that by the end of 2012, agile development methods would be used on 80% of all software development projects.

PMI’s research has shown that the use of agile has tripled from December 2008 to May 2012. Therefore, PMI has developed a new certificate called the Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP). The PMI-ACP is positioned to recognize and validate knowledge of this important approach.

Many companies face the dilemma of introducing, managing and executing Agile methodologies as a potential alternative to Waterfall projects. A traditional project management approach can become ineffective. Executives may not be satisfied with the cost of completing projects, the time it takes to complete them or their ability to meet dynamic expectations. At the same time, a company cannot just ‘convert’ to Agile. The management culture needs to be supportive. Special circumstances – like virtual teams and regulatory controls – may not seem consistent with Agile principles.

In order to do more than survive in this changing world, today’s IT department and business owners need to join together to bring about agility and innovation. Standard practices for prioritizing features, estimating levels of effort, managing work, and maintaining quality control need to be revised. The Business Owner, Project Manager, Business Analyst and Software Developer in particular must recast themselves in new relationships using unfamiliar tools and techniques. Many Agile methods may need to be tested, then adapted to the company’s environment. 

Below is a sample illustration of all of the moving parts that typically take place on an Agile project team during a 2-4 week Agile Scrum Sprint:

Click here to download Scrum Cheat Sheet PDF

 

RGF Agile Courses:

  • Agile-BA07 Implementing an Agile Project- 2 days
    Learn to plan, manage and close requirements for software development projects in reduced time using Agile practices. Learn the agile methodology in this hands-on, skills-building course. Agile differs significantly from traditional plan-based approaches, affecting how requirements for projects are planned and managed. In this course a case study will be used to learn and apply the Agile approach and practices. Your role as the Business Analyst in an agile project will look much different as you form and coach a self-directed team, facilitate continuous collaboration with your client, manage and communicate changing requirements, and deliver business value to your client early and regularly throughout the project.
  • RGF-BA08 Agile for Business Analysis - 2 days  
    In this advanced business analysis course you will explore and apply proven techniques to help you to understand and apply business analysis techniques within the context of an Agile software development project, AND to apply Agile techniques within the context of business analysis.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Explain how Agile projects can benefit from a business analysis approach.
    • Conduct the business analysis activities that occur before an Agile project is launched.
    • Apply UML modeling techniques to define the solution scope of an Agile project.
    • Apply Agile and business analysis best practices to elicit, analyze and communicate requirements.
    • Lead an Agile requirements workshop.
    • Participate in Agile best practices like a daily scrum, sprint planning and leading a retrospective.
    • Manage a product backlog and guide the users through iterative product evaluations.
  • Agile-BA15 Planning and Managing Agile Projects - 3 days
    This 3-day course aims at introducing its attendees to the core values, principles, and practices of Agile. This course is a more elaborate version of the Certified Scrum Master training as it discusses how to plan and manage Agile practices, not only those in Scrum.  The course also goes into greater depth about all the roles and responsibilities on the team and not just the ScrumMaster and Product Owner roles. The course outline is aligned with the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification that we anticipate will become a worldwide accepted standard for best practices for Agile PM like the PMBOK Guide and PMP recognition is for PM.
  • Agile-BA16 Managing SW Projects using Scrum - 2 days
    This 2-day course will prepare you to manage, lead, or participate on Scrum projects. You will learn how to apply the practices of Scrum to achieve software success.  The course will help you:
    • Understand the philosophies and principles upon which the Agile Methods are founded
    • Examine the Scrum project management practices
    • Use Case-Study-based exercises to become familiar with each practice
    • Discuss the role of the Scrum Master
  • Agile - BA25 Managing the Agile Product Development Life Cycle - 4 Days
    This 4-day course explores how adapting Agile values and principles will improve product development within an enterprise. It contrasts traditional SDLC methods with the most popular Agile methods to set the stage for benchmarking performance. Then it introduces a comprehensive set of Agile techniques and practices, and gives attendees the opportunity to simulate an end-to-end project while using them. Attendees discuss significant issues such as how to transition traditional IT roles (development, business analysis, testing and project management), and how to work with new roles (ScrumMaster and Product Owner). The strength of this course comes from more than two dozen exercises and discussions that give attendees hands-on experience with practical situations. The complete product life cycle is covered from inception to release planning and deployment, from managing a backlog to demonstrating results, and from prioritizing requirements to changing them.
    Learning Objectives Using Agile Practices and Principles:
    • Ensure your project delivers required functionality with less waste, and adds value to the business
    • Plan, manage and close requirements at every development stage
    • Minimize project uncertainty and risk with improved estimating and planning
    • Create an environment of self-management for your team so that they will be able to continuously align the delivered product with desired business needs, easily adapting to changing requirements throughout the process
    • Measure, evaluate and communicate status based on working, tested software, while creating higher visibility and accountability into the process.

 To Find out more about the RG Freeman Group Business Analysis training programs call us at 781-784-5721 or email info@rgfgroup.com.