What if someone told you that you could reduce your time to market by up to 30%, reduce costs by up to 30% and reduce product defects up to 65%? Bigger still… what if your competitors do it and you don't?
While not a silver bullet, utilising Agile project management methods can lead to those realities! This is the reason why 69% of companies are adopting an Agile approach in some form. To assist managers and practitioners in their quest to incorporate Agile into their projects— and reap the benefits—TwentyEighty Strategy Execution has released a new curriculum focused on building practical Agile skills and competencies.
TwentyEighty Strategy Execution’s curriculum of six comprehensive courses form the foundation for the Associate’s and Master’s certificates from The George Washington University and TwentyEighty Strategy Execution International. The curriculum is incredibly comprehensive covering the entire life cycle, from Agile portfolio management to delivering projects with Scrum.
Getting to the Heart of Agile Training
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Agile Project Management – What's it all about?
Traditional project management is task-driven and predictive; in other words, it assumes that circumstances affecting the project are predictable. Agile projects, on the other hand, operate well in a more fluid and adaptive environment.
Agile theory assumes that changes, improvements and additional features will be incorporated throughout the product development life cycle, and that change, rather than perceived as a failing of the process, is seen as an opportunity to improve the product and make it more fit for its use and business purpose.
In today’s world of changing requirements, increasing demands, tight budgets and fast turnaround expectations, organisations who have successfully implemented Agile can see tangible business improvements, quickly.
Maximising benefits from Agile training - what does it take?
Insights from Wardwired.com
In Projects@Work Agile Maturity Report, 58% of the respondents reported that “insufficient training/education in Agile practices” was the most significant challenge to adopting Agile in their organisation. But does this mean that more training sessions will solve the problem? Only in some cases.
Referring back to the report, we see that closely following “lack of training” as an obstacle to adoption are that the “organisation has a rigid culture,” “there’s a lack of management support,” and “Agile team members are not assigned full time.” We can see that their difficulty in benefiting from Agile training is that they haven’t really adopted everything they need to make it work. While training is certainly important there are multiple other success factors involved as well.
Success in Agile demands not just that people are trained in its use, it also requires that the organisation be ready for the approach, that everyone is aware what it takes to make work, and that there’s plenty of support up and down the chain of command to support a new and different way of getting work done.
Is your organisation ready for Agile?
Having witnessed how Agile project management has the potential to reduce lead time, costs and improve decision making effectiveness, over two thirds of companies are adopting an Agile approach in some form.
If you would like to learn more about Agile training and understand if Agile is suitable for your organisation, consider speaking with our us at infoAU@esi-intl.com or simply scroll down to view our comprehensive suite of Agile training courses that covers the fundamentals of Agile for beginners and advanced skills refinement for seasoned practitioners.
Intrigued by Agile? Here are some specially selected pieces on practical Agile implementation for your further reading:
Agile Projects: Keys to Getting Started
Learn to assess key factors in organisational, team and customer readiness in defining projects ready for an agile environment.
Delivering Agile Projects with Scrum
Learn to implement Agile and Scrum into your projects. The course covers each step of the Agile project life cycle and offers examples, best practices, tips and tricks taken from successful implementations of Agile and Scrum in Fortune 500 companies.
Developing Agile Requirements
Focuses on the process of requirements gathering in an Agile environment. Provides tools and techniques to record, collect and organise information.
Estimating and Planning Agile Projects
Provides a complete and in-depth understanding of Agile planning and estimating, including understanding what constitutes just enough, sizing and designing, and planning.
Agile Practices for Product Owners
Addresses who the product owner is, how to be effective, what the role entails and the expectations that are associated with the role. Participants will learn what user stories are and how to write them.
Project Portfolio Management Using Agile
Learn how to apply Agile, Lean and Kanban to portfolio planning and management. This course includes methods for planning, prioritising, sizing and managing a portfolio.