Practical Agile Project Management

Overview

Practical Agile Project Management is a straightforward and flexible Agile approach that scales easily to fit the needs of many types of projects. This approach combines the speed/agility benefits of Agile methodology with project management best practices such as comprehensive planning, critical path/chain management and risk mitigation. When executed well, Practical Agile Project Management yields an ideal balance of speed, agility, predictability and control, with potential for higher quality deliverables than commonly achieved with Waterfall methods.

Practical Agile is especially suitable for moderate to high-complexity projects involving disciplines such as mechanical, electronic, and optical engineering. The Practical Agile approach is generally better than Waterfall or conventional Agile implementations for achieving challenging timelines while handling changing requirements – a common situation many project teams face today.

The Practical Agile workshop is a hands-on one-day session where participants work in small groups, planning projects to complete them more quickly and efficiently than with conventional methodologies. Lecture in this workshop is minimal – just a quick review of project lifecycle models, a few very important project management practices are reviewed, and the Practical Agile approach is explained.

Participants work on several real-world project cases, starting with a simple project that has changing requirements but a firm deadline. More challenging project scenarios are worked on throughout the day, concluding with a complex project scenario that has many challenges to overcome using Practical Agile Project Management.

Background

The Agile approach has many advantages, but it also has shortcomings that limit its general usefulness. Agile is typically viewed as a software methodology rather than a general project philosophy, so industry is very slow to implement variations of Agile on other types of projects. Even in software-only development environments, Agile’s adoption rate has been slow. Typical Agile implementations are overly-complex and are not easily scaled, which conflicts with rapid completion objectives.

A major shortcoming of the common Scrum/Agile implementation is that it’s a development methodology, not a complete project lifecycle methodology. In some Scrum/Agile work environments project management is almost non-existent. A mainstream approach is to minimize up-front planning and iterate until a releasable product is ready. Since most project teams don’t have the luxury of iterating indefinitely, this approach doesn’t work for teams with challenging deadlines and limited budgets.

Waterfall methodology has two very significant shortcomings. First, Waterfall does not accommodate changing requirements well. Requirements should be fully defined so that plans can be finalized, then implemented. Changing requirements or any changes in circumstances that require re-planning can cause major setbacks. Also, a large amount of work is typically implemented before it is tested using Waterfall methodology. When a large amount of complex work is done, many problems are likely to be found during testing. Several iterations of rework and testing are typical, causing delays.

Practical Agile addresses most of the shortcomings of both conventional Agile and Waterfall. It’s a flexible, hybrid methodology suitable for most types of projects, and can be implemented within the framework of many existing product development processes without a need to change the process. Practical Agile involves rapid iterations of completing and verifying requirements, like Scrum/Agile, and also implements project management best practices such as comprehensive planning, critical path / critical chain analysis, risk mitigation, cost of delay, and management involvement milestones.

The cost of delay associated with technical projects averages tens of thousands of dollars per day. When executed well, the Practical Agile approach can reduce project completion times resulting in significant financial gains. This workshop teaches the fundamental skills needed to be successful with Practical Agile Project Management.

Prerequisites

Project Management for Engineers

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Familiarity with Agile methodology, and project management best practices including comprehensive project planning, critical path analysis, risk mitigation, and cost of delay estimation.

What’s Included

Participants receive a comprehensive guidebook with case exercises, a project planning template (MS Excel), 6.5 PDU/PDH credits, and email/phone follow-up with the workshop leader to assist with implementation. Lunch and refreshments are included with the registration fee.

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Pricing and Registration


Practical Agile Project Management Regular Price: $770
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Group Rate: $539 each for groups of 4 or more.
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Dates and Locations


Anaheim, CA
December 6, 2017
Courtyard Anaheim Convention Center
2045 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA, 92802

Minneapolis, MN
January 11, 2018
Ramada Plaza
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55413

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Workshop Leader



02WEBElectronics, mechanical and software engineering are all part of Gary Hinkle’s background, working in design and management of communication equipment, industrial controls, telemetry systems, consumer audio, avionics, computers, test & measurement, among other industries. Today, he’s principal consultant at Auxilium, a company he founded in 2002 to help engineering-oriented businesses increase productivity.

Throughout his career Gary has worked with thousands of managers and engineers at hundreds of companies – leading projects and teams, helping to improve processes, and helping technical leaders develop leadership and management competencies. Much of Gary’s knowledge comes from working directly with customers and learning from them. He has experienced what works and what doesn’t work within hundreds of businesses. Consulting clients and participants in his workshops benefit from this experience. (More)


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If for any reason you are not satisfied, write to us within 30 days after attending the workshop, return the materials, and we’ll arrange for you to receive a full refund – hassle-free!

Who Should Attend


  1. Design Engineers
  2. Manufacturing Engineers
  3. Test Engineers
  4. Software/IT Developers
  5. Technical Marketing Engineers
  6. Applications/Support Engineers
  7. Project Leaders/Managers
  8. Engineering
  9. Managers/Supervisors
  10. Prospective Managers


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Continuing Education Credits: 6.5 PDHs/PDUs

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Logistics and Details

Cancellations and substitutions
Payment is required in advance but is refundable, less a $50 processing fee, if your cancellation is received 5 full business days before the workshop. If you fail to attend and do not notify us in advance, the fee is not refunded. Substitutes are welcome. Simply send the substitute on the day of the workshop and notify the workshop leader of the change on arrival.

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We begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp and wrap up at about 5:15 p.m.
Check-in begins at 8:30 AM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Lunch is from approximately 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Dress is casual.

Disclaimer
Workshop content and availability are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop for any reason or change the venue. If we must cancel a workshop, liability is limited to a refund of the paid registration fee.

Questions
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