Agile Transformation for Teams

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Agile Transformation for Teams

Authors: Casey Ayers, Jon La Plante, Megan Andrew, 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:

  • Principles of Agile and the Agile mindset
  • The value of Agile transformation to organizations
  • Skills required for a successful Agile Team member
  • How to communicate effectively in agile environments
  • The importance of quality management and continuous improvement in Agile contexts
  • How to successfully collaborate with team members remotely
  • How Agile team performance is measured

Pre-requisites

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Agile Transformation

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 learn the principles of agile project management, and gain the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive as a member of an agile team.

Agile Transformation: The Big Picture

by Casey Ayers

Jun 24, 2020 / 1h 39m

1h 39m

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Description

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

Serving in Agile Teams

by Jon La Plante

Mar 23, 2021 / 1h 27m

1h 27m

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Are you new to working in Agile development teams? In this course, Serving on Agile Teams, you’ll learn to serve on Agile Teams. First, you’ll explore the foundations of Agile and Scrum. Next, you’ll discover the roles and associated responsibilities in Agile teams. Finally, you’ll learn how to leverage your backlog and sprints for rapid value delivery. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of Agile and Scrum needed to meaningfully contribute within an Agile team.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Roles and Ways of Working
  3. The Backlog: Rapid Delivery & Value Focus > Long-term Dependency Planning
  4. Sprints – the Power of Time Boxing
  5. Scrum Ceremonies (and Other Meetings)

Collaboration and Self Management in Agile Environments

by Megan Andrew

Jan 29, 2021 / 1h 19m

1h 19m

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In this course, Collaboration and Self Management in Agile Environments, you’ll learn to be a highly successful member of any Agile team. First, you’ll explore the skills required to thrive within an agile environment. Next, you’ll discover how to leverage Agile principles for success. Finally, you’ll learn how to effectively collaborate within and between Agile and non-Agile environments. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of effective collaboration and self-management needed to thrive within any Agile team.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Skills for Thriving within an Agile Team
  3. Leveraging Agile Principles for Success
  4. Leveraging Retrospectives & Reviews: Improvement & Optimization
  5. A Collaborative Approach: Navigating Agile & Non-Agile Environments

Communicating Effectively in Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Jul 29, 2020 / 2h 24m

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

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

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