Agile for Managers and Executives

As agile methods become more universal, executives and managers must learn how to steer and support agile adoption. This two-day workshop will prepare leaders within your organization to drive agile programs and guide their enterprises in rapidly changing business environments.

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Description

As agile methods become more universal, executives and managers must learn how to steer and support agile adoption. This two-day workshop will prepare leaders within your organization to drive agile programs and guide their enterprises in rapidly changing business environments. They will learn how to transform teams and organizations, making them more efficient, innovative, and nimble.

Many agile transformations improve team dynamics and collaboration but fall short of their goals to impact the larger organization. A full transformation depends not only on buy-in from teams, but strong leadership from executives and middle management.  This leadership requires a unique set of skills and knowledge.

Enterprise agile adoption requires a multi-tier approach:  agile can be scaled to larger teams and complex projects by linking project teams and coordinating their activities.

Program and portfolio management are important for large-scale agile initiatives to communicate a strategic product vision, deliver value across organizational silos, and manage dependencies between departments and teams.
Underpinning all of this is a shift in mindset for individuals and teams. The agile mindset must be supported by an organizational culture that values transparency, collaboration, flexibility, ownership, and self-organization.

Who Should Attend
Senior management, program and portfolio managers, product and line managers, project managers, technical managers, organization change agents; and anyone interested in learning how to deploy and scale agile methods with a proven approach that minimizes risk and maximizes business value.

Course Outline

Session 1: Laying the Foundation
Customizing agile to the environment
Role definition and changes of role
Hiring for agile
Agile tools
- Agile management tools
- Agile engineering tools
- Tool selection and implementation patterns

Session 2: Driving Organizational Change
Incremental rollout strategy
Strategic program planning
- Initial pilot program
- Expanded pilot program
- Enterprise rollout
Agile champions
Communities of practice
Coaching patterns
Internal training and certification programs

Session 3: Scaling Wide to the Enterprise
Agile project portfolio management
- Project ideation
- Project selection
- Portfolio tracking and monitoring
- Lean-agile PMOs

Session 3: Scaling Wide to the Enterprise (continued)
- Agile metrics and reporting
- Agile balanced scorecard
Agile resource management
- Building effective agile teams
- Capacity planning
Agile performance management systems
- Agile maturity models
- Employee reviews
- Compensation models

Session 4: Scaling Deep Within Teams
Agile product management
- Project and product discovery
- Requirements Kanban
- Product road mapping
Agile engineering
- Augmenting Scrum with XP
- Core engineering practices
   - Automated build and test
   - Simple design and refactoring
   - Multi-level testing
   -Pair programming
Avoiding technical debt
Enabling software craftsmanship

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Dates
Mode
Location
Event
Venue
Call to Schedule
Anytime
Virtual Classroom
Your Location
Anywhere
Course Duration: 2 Days
Description

As agile methods become more universal, executives and managers must learn how to steer and support agile adoption. This two-day workshop will prepare leaders within your organization to drive agile programs and guide their enterprises in rapidly changing business environments. They will learn how to transform teams and organizations, making them more efficient, innovative, and nimble.

Many agile transformations improve team dynamics and collaboration but fall short of their goals to impact the larger organization. A full transformation depends not only on buy-in from teams, but strong leadership from executives and middle management.  This leadership requires a unique set of skills and knowledge.

Enterprise agile adoption requires a multi-tier approach:  agile can be scaled to larger teams and complex projects by linking project teams and coordinating their activities.

Program and portfolio management are important for large-scale agile initiatives to communicate a strategic product vision, deliver value across organizational silos, and manage dependencies between departments and teams.
Underpinning all of this is a shift in mindset for individuals and teams. The agile mindset must be supported by an organizational culture that values transparency, collaboration, flexibility, ownership, and self-organization.

Who Should Attend
Senior management, program and portfolio managers, product and line managers, project managers, technical managers, organization change agents; and anyone interested in learning how to deploy and scale agile methods with a proven approach that minimizes risk and maximizes business value.

Course Outline

Session 1: Laying the Foundation
Customizing agile to the environment
Role definition and changes of role
Hiring for agile
Agile tools
- Agile management tools
- Agile engineering tools
- Tool selection and implementation patterns

Session 2: Driving Organizational Change
Incremental rollout strategy
Strategic program planning
- Initial pilot program
- Expanded pilot program
- Enterprise rollout
Agile champions
Communities of practice
Coaching patterns
Internal training and certification programs

Session 3: Scaling Wide to the Enterprise
Agile project portfolio management
- Project ideation
- Project selection
- Portfolio tracking and monitoring
- Lean-agile PMOs

Session 3: Scaling Wide to the Enterprise (continued)
- Agile metrics and reporting
- Agile balanced scorecard
Agile resource management
- Building effective agile teams
- Capacity planning
Agile performance management systems
- Agile maturity models
- Employee reviews
- Compensation models

Session 4: Scaling Deep Within Teams
Agile product management
- Project and product discovery
- Requirements Kanban
- Product road mapping
Agile engineering
- Augmenting Scrum with XP
- Core engineering practices
   - Automated build and test
   - Simple design and refactoring
   - Multi-level testing
   -Pair programming
Avoiding technical debt
Enabling software craftsmanship

Class Schedule
Morning Session 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Times represent the typical daily schedule. Please confirm your schedule at registration.
Class Fee Includes
• Tuition
• Course notebook
• Letter of completion
Instructors
Sanjiv Augustine
LitheSpeed
Arlen Bankston
LitheSpeed
Bob Payne
LitheSpeed

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