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Agile Project Management vs. Waterfall Project Management - Exploring How the Two Different Approaches Might be Used Together

Agile Project Management vs. Waterfall Project Management - Exploring How the Two Different Approaches Might be Used Together



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Agile Project Management vs. Waterfall Project Management - Exploring How the Two Different Approaches Might be Used Together 12:00On-Demand LearningUSD $850.00
 
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Prerequisites

Basic familiarity with project-oriented terms and techniques

Course Level

Basic/Intermediate

Description

The concept of Agile project management refers to the use of a number of tools and techniques that are based on enabling project teams to deliver products to a predetermined and agreed timeline. The concept of Waterfall project management refers to the use of a number of tools and techniques that are based on enabling project teams to deliver products to a pre-determined and agreed specification. The selection of the most appropriate project management method has, historically, been a choice of ‘either/or’ when it comes to these two approaches. It is now becoming clear that for many projects, the selection of a single project management method does not satisfy the professionalism of the project team nor does it optimise the return on investment for the sponsoring organization. A radically different approach is needed.

This course presents an approach to project management which capitalizes on the most appropriate elements of each method tailored to the specific project being undertaken. In this course, the Waterfall approach will be based on the PRINCE2 model. Each method will be presented to highlight its particular strategy and strengths. The course will then propose project scenarios which will require the project team to use a hybrid method which brings together aspects of both methods. The overall goal of the course is threefold:

  • To introduce the Waterfall approach to product development. 
  • To introduce the Agile approach to product development. 
  • To explore how a combination of both approaches can bring added value to the sponsoring organization and their customers.
Who Should Attend
  • Project management team members interested in learning Agile and Waterfall principles and practices and how to treat them as a tool box, from which the most appropriate set can be selected for specific projects 
  • Senior managers who want to know why project teams are customizing ‘tried and trusted’ methods 
  • Those who have been exclusively used to using either Agile or Waterfall and need to understand their respective strengths and how and why, therefore, they may be used to complement each other within a single project 
  • Project managers who are in a situation where some team members are using Waterfall and others are using Agile approaches.
Performance Focus
  • Becoming familiar with the Waterfall approach, principles and practices 
  • Understading the Agile approach, principles and practices 
  • Exploring a Hybrid approach
What You Will Learn

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the strengths that the Waterfall approach brings to project work 
  • Identify the strengths that the Agile approach brings to project work 
  • Exploit the strengths of each method by combining their practices and protocols to maximize the potential for return on investment
Course Overview

Getting Started 

  • Introductions 
  • Course structure 
  • Course goals and objectives 

Foundation Concepts 

  • The purpose and importance of project work 
  • The drivers for change 
  • The roles associated with projects 
  • The parameters of project work 
  • The significance of project parameters 
  • The problem of meeting all parameters 
  • The rationale for ranking the parameters for optimal business return on investment 

The Waterfall Approach to Parameter Optimization

  • What do we mean by ‘Waterfall’? 
  • Setting, aligning and managing the parameter priorities 
  • The PRINCE2® process model 
  • The strengths of Waterfall / PRNCE2®  

The Agile Approach to Parameter Optimization 

  • What do we mean by Agile? 
  • Setting, aligning and managing the parameter priorities 
  • The Agile PM process model 
  • The strengths of Agile / Agile PM  

Options for Implementing PRINCE2® with Agile PM 

  • The available tool set(s) 
  • Six options for combining both methods 
  • The value each option brings to the project 
  • The value each option bring to the sponsoring organization 
  • Guidelines for experimenting with these and other creative combinations  

The Challenges for the “Combination” Project Management Team

  • The sponsoring organization 
  • The decision making body within the project 
  • The project manager 
  • The delivery team 

Summary

  • What did we learn, and how can we implement this in our work environments? 



Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs)

Technical Leadership Strategic Total
Project Management Professional (PMP)® 2.50 1.50 8.00 12.00
PMI Program Management Professional (PgMP)® 2.50 1.50 8.00 12.00
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® 2.50 1.50 8.00 12.00
PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® 0 1.50 8.00 9.50
PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® 0 1.50 8.00 9.50
PMI Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)® 2.50 1.50 8.00 12.00
PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® 1.50 1.50 8.00 11.00

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