Agile Transformation for Leaders and Managers

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Agile Transformation for Leaders and Managers

Authors: Casey Ayers, Sandesh Belthangady

Organizations of all kinds and sizes are turning to project initiatives to generate new value, and agile methods to empower those project teams to succeed. In this path, you’ll... Read more

What You Will Learn:

  • The value of Agile transformation to organizations
  • Principles of Agile and Agile mindset
  • How to adapt Agile principles to unique environments and create an agile transformation plan
  • How to effectively lead agile teams and initiatives
  • How to adopt Agile principles at both the team and enterprise level
  • How to assemble and lead effective Agile project teams
  • How to select the most effective and appropriate project methodology
  • How to coordinate efforts between project managers and business analysts
  • The role of planning in Agile environments
  • How to create an effective communication strategy to drive desirable project outcomes
  • How to create an effective risk management strategy
  • Importance of quality management and continuous improvement
  • Importance of effective procurement management
  • How to successfully work with virtual team members
  • How to gauge project team performance

Pre-requisites

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Agile Transformation for Leaders and Managers

In this path, you’ll learn the principles of agile project management, and gain the tools and skills necessary to lead your team and organization through agile transformation. By the end of this path, you’ll have a firm appreciation of the benefits an agile approach offers, be ready to share that knowledge with others in your organization, and have a solid foundation in the project leadership skills that will empower you to lead your team to success

Agile Transformation: The Big Picture

by Casey Ayers

Jun 24, 2020 / 1h 39m

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Projects create new value, allow organizations to extend their reach, and empower teams to make customer dreams a reality, but the way we structure our project teams and think about the work we do together can’t remain stuck in the past if we want to create the future. In this course, Agile Transformation: The Big Picture, you'll learn how adopting an Agile mindset can allow your team and organization to radically improve your ability to foment positive change. First, you'll discover the secret to successful projects and how we can leverage change to our advantage using Agile methods. Next, you'll explore how to deliver value incrementally to customers, and how to create a sustainable cadence and ideal environment in which Agile teams can flourish. Finally, you'll learn what characteristics high performance teams and leaders in Agile environments exhibit. When you're finished with this course, you’ll understand why Agile matters, what Agile means, and how you can adapt Agile methods to your organization.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Evolving Your Project Methodology
  3. Creating Value in Project Environments
  4. Building and Serving in High Performance Teams
  5. Assessing Readiness and Implementing Agile Practices
  6. Transforming Your Organizational Culture

Getting Started with Agile Transformation in Your Organization

by Casey Ayers

Jun 24, 2020 / 1h 26m

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Agile principles have proven effective in organizations of all kinds and sizes. In this course, Getting Started with Agile Transformation in Your Organization, you'll learn how to develop an approach to Agile transformation that acknowledges the unique needs and characteristics of your organization and ensures you can maximally benefit from what the Agile mindset has to offer. First, you’ll learn how to assess your organization’s readiness for change. Next, you'll discover how to navigate the impacts of organizational structure and governance on Agile transformation. Finally, you'll explore how to how to develop a coordinated plan for change that can be deployed across divisions and departments, When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of Agile principles needed to allow your whole organization to benefit from more Agile thinking.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Assessing Readiness and Implementing Agile Practices
  3. Navigating Organizational Governance During Agile Transformation
  4. Transforming Your Organizational Culture

Serving as a Project Leader

by Casey Ayers

Jan 4, 2021 / 2h 9m

2h 9m

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What does it mean to be a project leader today? Projects are increasingly critical to organizations, but emergent methodologies are simultaneously changing how project teams perform. The role of project leader is paradoxically more important but also less defined than ever before. In this course, Serving as a Project Leader, you'll explore how an adaptive mindset and understanding of servant leadership can help project leaders succeed in any environment. First, you’ll learn how project teams deliver value to organizations, and how leadership efforts should be focused on facilitating this journey. Next, you’ll explore how assessment skills and an understanding of project team member skills and attributes can be combined with an understanding of project objectives to form a tailored leadership approach. Finally, you’ll discover how leaders may adapt their skills to agile initiatives that are typically more self-governing in nature than traditional projects may be. By the end of this course, you’ll understand the role of leaders within project initiatives, and how you can shape your approach to best fit your team, your mission, and your environment to facilitate success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Role of Project Leaders
  3. Facilitating Success through Tailored Leadership
  4. Serving as a Leader in Agile Environments

Communicating Effectively in Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Jul 29, 2020 / 2h 24m

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Communication is central to the success of any project initiative, and an important skill for any project leader to develop. In this course, Communicating Effectively in Project Environments, you’ll learn how to manage communications effectively. First, you’ll explore the science of communication, and how you can distinguish between your team’s internal and external communication needs. Next, you’ll discover how to select the best types and methods of communication to fit various project needs. After that, you’ll see how to develop a communications management plan for Waterfall teams and how to manage communications in Agile environments. Finally, you’ll get a feel for what unique skills and traits related to communication effective leaders exhibit and work continuously to improve. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a firm understanding of the critical role communications play in project success, and know how to manage your project’s communication needs thoughtfully and skillfully.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding Project Communication
  3. Communication Methods and Considerations
  4. Managing Project Communications
  5. Communication Skills for Project Leaders

Assembling and Empowering Project Teams

by Casey Ayers

Jan 8, 2021 / 1h 57m

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Project leaders achieve success by facilitating the work of their teams effectively. In this course, Assembling and Empowering Project Teams, you’ll learn how project leaders can orchestrate the efforts of many others in order to achieve a shared vision. First, you’ll explore how teams are formed and how leaders can assess various characteristics of team members to assemble effective groups. Next, you’ll discover how leaders can assess the skills and knowledge of team members and develop plans for their continued development. Finally, you’ll learn how to create constructive environments where teams can work together to surmount obstacles and create new value. By the end of this course, you’ll understand how to effectively assemble and empower project teams.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Assembling Project Teams
  3. Developing Project Teams
  4. Empowering Project Teams

Selecting a Project Methodology to Fit Your Organization’s Needs

by Casey Ayers

Jan 26, 2021 / 1h 39m

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Project teams work together to generate new value for organizations. But how project teams work together may vary greatly from one situation to the next. In this course, Selecting a Project Methodology to Fit Your Organization’s Needs, you’ll learn how to devise an approach to project work that empowers your team to best meet its objectives. First, you’ll learn how various project, stakeholder, and organizational factors can influence a project team’s approach. Next, you’ll discover how existing frameworks, methodologies, and team archetypes can serve as a foundation for your efforts to create a winning plan. Finally, you’ll explore how factors ranging from regulatory oversight to contracting with partners can impact the methods we choose and tailor to complete project work. By the end of this course, you’ll gain an understanding of the spectrum of project methodologies and feel more confident in selecting and tailoring an approach that best fits your organization’s needs.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Crafting Effective Project Methodologies
  3. Project Methodologies and Frameworks
  4. Considerations for Tailoring Project Approach

Integrating Business Analysis Skills with Project Management

by Casey Ayers

Dec 8, 2020 / 2h 31m

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Project managers marshal resources to accomplish important objectives, but those objectives are set through the critical process of business analysis. In this course, Integrating Business Analysis Skills with Project Management, you’ll learn how business analysis and project management relate to each other, and how successfully integrating the two can improve the value and efficiency of any project team. First, you’ll discover how project management and business analysis relate to each other, and what unique value is offered by both practices. Then, you’ll explore how the business analysis life cycle integrates with the project life cycle, providing value from before work begins until the initiative is complete. Finally, you’ll see how project managers and business analysts can coordinate their efforts to maximum effect. By the end of this course, you’ll understand the impact effective analysis can have in advancing project work, and how project leaders can better integrate their approach with business analysts to set and achieve goals.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. How Business Analysis and Project Management Interrelate
  3. The Business Analysis Life Cycle
  4. Business Analysts and Project Managers: Joining Forces

Planning in Agile Environments

by Casey Ayers

Mar 1, 2021 / 2h 15m

2h 15m

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Agile teams embrace uncertainty and the ability to quickly adjust to changing environments, but that doesn’t mean planning has no role to play in their success. Rather, the most effective Agile teams are the ones that can harness thoughtful preparation to facilitate their ability to adapt to change. In this course, Planning in Agile Environments, you’ll first learn how Agile teams organize their work to achieve objectives. Next, you’ll discover the role of release planning and backlog management in ensuring team efforts are best allocated at any given moment. Finally, you’ll explore how to measure your success in coordinating team action and how to continuously improve on your approach to planning in an Agile setting. By the end of this course, you’ll develop an appreciation for the role of planning in Agile projects, and better understand how to set your Agile team up for success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Accomplishing Objectives with Agile Methods
  3. Managing Progress in Agile Environments
  4. Ensuring Sustainable Success for Agile Teams

Managing Risks in Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Feb 12, 2021 / 2h 31m

2h 31m

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Managing risks and opportunities stands at the heart of every successful project initiative. Those that are unsuccessful in identifying risks and developing wise strategies for addressing them all too often find their promising project capsized, losing precious time and value that could’ve been preserved with a more watchful eye. In this course, Managing Risks in Project Environments, you’ll learn how to manage project risks effectively. First, you’ll explore the importance of risk management in projects, how to identify risk factors, and the kind of methods you have to choose from in managing those risks. Next, you’ll learn how to assess risks from a qualitative and quantitative perspective, and develop strategies to address them. Finally, you’ll discover how you can implement effective responses to risks and leverage potential opportunities. When you're done with this course, you’ll have the knowledge of why it’s essential to continuously monitor risk factors as project work progresses, in order to ensure risk responses are as effective as anticipated.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Fundamentals of Project Risk Management
  3. Assessing Risks and Developing Responses
  4. Implementing Risk Responses
  5. Monitoring Project Risks

Quality Management and Continuous Improvement in Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Aug 18, 2020 / 2h 11m

2h 11m

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Unless we are able to define and uphold quality standards, our hard work on project initiatives is unlikely to yield the value we seek to create. In this course, Quality Management and Continuous Improvement in Project Environments, you'll learn what makes quality management so essential to effective project management. First, you’ll gain exposure to the principles of quality management, and the core terminology and concepts used to think about quality-related issues in project initiatives. Next, you’ll learn how to tailor a quality management strategy to your organization and project’s specific needs. Finally, you’ll discover how to apply your new knowledge and a suite of relevant techniques to assess quality-related challenges, and find new ways to continuously improve your team’s approach. By the end of this course, you’ll understand what makes quality management so central to effective project initiatives, and how you can develop and deploy a strategy of your own to ensure your project’s success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Principles of Quality Management
  3. Developing a Quality Management Strategy
  4. Continuous Improvement and Assessing Quality Challenges

Procurement Management in Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Feb 2, 2021 / 2h 29s

2h 29s

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In accomplishing project objectives, teams often encounter challenges outside their area of expertise and situations that may cloud their focus. In such cases, working with procurement sources can be an effective and efficient way for teams to achieve their goals. In this course, Procurement Management in Project Environments, you’ll learn how to effectively manage procurement efforts in project environments. First, you’ll learn about make-or-buy decision making and the kind of procurement contracts that might make the most sense for any given situation. Next, you’ll discover how to evaluate potential procurement relationships. Finally, you’ll explore how to manage procurement relationships effectively in any project environment. By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills of procurement management needed to work with external partners and bring your project goals to fruition.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Role of Procurement in Project Environments
  3. Evaluating Procurement Proposals
  4. Managing Procurement Relationships

Coordinating with Virtual Teams

by Sandesh Belthangady

Feb 8, 2021 / 1h 47m

1h 47m

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The new norm, remote work, does not provide the luxury of face-to-face communication to virtual teams. This mode of working offers several benefits and drawbacks to team members, team leaders, and organizations that impact overall productivity and employee morale. In this course, Coordinating with Virtual Teams, you'll learn to effectively coordinate your team virtually which boosts overall productivity and employee morale. First, you'll explore the skills and characteristics that are uniquely important for virtual teams and leaders. Next, you'll discover the right processes and plans needed to smoothly coordinate a virtual team. Finally, you'll explore the tools and solutions that help facilitate an efficient virtual framework. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of coordinating with virtual teams needed to effectively coordinate your team virtually, which boosts overall productivity.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Working Virtually
  3. Following the Ideal Work Process
  4. Utilizing the Ideal Technology

Gauging Project Team Performance

by Casey Ayers

Sep 1, 2020 / 2h 4m

2h 4m

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Without a compass and a set of guiding principles, project teams are too often left adrift, unable to achieve their objectives or defend their place within organizations. In this course, Gauging Project Team Performance, you'll gain the skills to ensure that what you’re measuring and what you’re doing are aligned to generate results. First, you’ll learn how to define project objectives and requirements in a way that guides your team’s efforts effectively, and allows you to measure your achievement in meeting underlying needs. Next, you’ll learn how project progress may be measured across a variety of domains, and the role of change management in ensuring successful results. Finally, you’ll learn how project objectives can be leveraged in gauging the performance of team members, and how team performance may be nurtured by team leaders and members alike. By the end of this course, you’ll have the knowledge of what separates focused, mission-driven project teams from those that never quite reach a finish line that was never fully defined.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Setting Project Goals
  3. Measuring Project Performance
  4. Assessing Team Performance