Whether you are new to project management, new to Agile methods or have experience but lack formal training on Agile methods and techniques, you will benefit by taking this 24-hour course which will prepare you to lead Agile projects and teams.  The course will cover many approaches to agile including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and hybrid approaches. 

Course content includes introduction and hands-on training on Agile tools and techniques including but not limited to Agile communications, planning, monitoring and adapting, Kanban boards, agile estimating techniques, agile analysis and design, product quality, soft skills, value based prioritization, risk management, metrics, value stream mapping and analysis plus more. The course will also address the required knowledge for the seven domains as defined by the Project Management Institute ®: Agile Principles and Mindset, Value-Driven Delivery, Stakeholder Engagement, Team Performance, Adaptive Planning, Problem Detection and Resolution, and Continuous Improvement.

Course Details

Module 1 – Agile Concepts

  • Background
  • Overview of Domains, Toolkits, Knowledge and Skills
  • Agile Principles and Mindset
  • Agile Manifesto and Principles
  • The Agile Approach
  • Agile Process Overview

Module 2 – Agile Methods

  • Summary of Agile methods
  • Scrum overview
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Kanban
  • Scrumban
  • Lean
  • Hybrid approaches

Module 3 – Value-Driven Development

  • Defining positive value
  • Initiating an Agile project
  • Chartering
  • Product roadmap
  • Story backlog
  • Personas
  • Avoiding potential downsides
  • Prioritization
  • Minimal viable product and minimal marketable features
  • Incremental development

Module 4 – Stakeholder Engagement

  • Stakeholder identification
  • Understanding stakeholder needs
  • Developing user stories
  • Ensuring stakeholder involvement
  • Managing stakeholder expectations

Module 5 – Team Performance Practices

  • Team formation
  • Team development model
  • Building agile teams
  • Developmental mastery models
  • Empower team to self-organize
  • Daily standups
  • Team collaboration and commitment
  • Measuring and adjusting velocity

Module 6 – Adaptive Planning

  • Levels of planning
  • Inspect and adapt
  • Agile sizing and estimating
  • Relative sizing/story points
  • Wide-band Delphi
  • Planning poker
  • Affinity estimating
  • Ideal time

Module 7 – Problem Detection and Resolution

  • Cycle time
  • Escaped defects
  • Continuous integration
  • Frequent verification and validation
  • Failure modes and alternatives
  • Problem solving techniques
  • EVM for Agile projects

Module 8 – Continuous Improvement and Agile Simulation

  • Retrospectives
  • Seeking feedback
  • Process tailoring
  • Kaizen
  • Value stream modeling
  • Agile project simulation
  • Course wrap-up

This course is designed for business professionals, managers and leaders in for-profit or nonprofit environments who are seeking to embrace Agile Project Management to lead projects and organizations to high-quality, more efficient results with a focus on the delivery of value.

Project managers with traditional project management experience but only light or no experience in Agile methods benefit from this program by leveraging their work experience to embrace and champion Agile techniques when appropriate.

Learners pursuing PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) certification benefit from this course as it provides the foundational knowledge required to take the certification exam, and it meets PMI’s educational requirement for the credential.

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) for Agile Project Management is up to $1675.

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 working days before class starts. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline are subject to a 10% processing fee and must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu. If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping fees will be deducted. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

The tuition includes the license fee and workbook.

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Section Title
Agile Project Management
M, W
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Sep 28, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,675.00
Section Notes

Please refer to the course home page for your potential discount code (GSCS15) to use at check out. Discount codes cannot be applied retroactively after purchase has been made.