Agile Project Management (Online)

Overview

Agile Project Management (Online) is for anyone with an interest in completing projects quickly and efficiently.

It will provide you with a clear understanding of the leading Agile method (Scrum) and the key ideas, techniques, tools, behaviours and ways of thinking that can make it work for you.

Our Tutor Dr Rob Collins in a Screen Shot from a recent presentation of Agile Project Management Online.

Each session in this interactive course includes opportunities to practice the practical tools of Agile, using our recommended team collaboration environments.
You will also learn how to leverage those same tools to support your own projects with geographically dispersed teams.

The course features an extended, interactive case-study which will help you practice with typical Agile scenarios in a practical and useful way.

About Agile

Agile is effective because it focusses on continual learning and adaptation - it is an evolutionary approach to getting things done.

Traditional projects depend on a definition of requirements – a clear statement of each aspect of the work that needs to be done.
However, Agile’s approach accepts that you can't know all of those requirements until you start work, and start to learn about the problem.

Where traditional project management puts a significant emphasis on management of risk, Agile avoids such risks by reacting quickly, efficiently and in a controlled manner to deal with problems and issues as they arise.

Agile is not just 'free-form' or 'random', it has a well-developed discipline of tools, techniques, behaviours and thinking that drive progress towards a successful project conclusion

Course Delivery

This course will be delivered live from our broadcast studio in Oxford, with opportunities to ask questions during the sessions, as well as via the online collaboration environments throughout the course.

There will be five 90-minute tutorials, delivered on Wednesdays and Fridays at midday (UK time).

Course dates: 30 September, 2, 7, 9, 14 October 2020

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Programme details

  • An introductory case study of a failing project that was transformed by applying Agile
  • Tutorial on our recommended online environments for Agile projects with geographically dispersed teams
  • 12 Principles of the Agile Manifesto, and what they mean for your projects
  • An introduction to Scrum – the most widely adopted Agile Method
  • Definition of ‘Done’
  • Team Values and culture
  • Team roles in Agile – Scrum Master, Product Owner, Team
  • Team communication and team size
  • Structure of Agile projects
  • Building understanding through User Stories
  • Estimating tasks and effort
  • Tracking your project to a successful conclusion
  • Servant Leadership: Key skills of the expert Scrum Master
  • Key skills of expert Product Owners

Extended Interactive Case Study

The last session of the course will be a focussed case-study, taking you through a typical Agile project, providing you with an opportunity to think about the practical application of the tools learnt on the course

The case will be run using our online collaboration environment, enabling you to share your ideas, and read and discuss those of the other students.

Intended Audience

Agile Project Management is used by small and large businesses, in both the private and public sectors.

This course is relevant for both new and experienced project managers who want to build their knowledge and understanding of this important and powerful new approach to Project Management.

Providing a non-technical approach to agile project management, this course is relevant to both IT and non-IT practitioners alike, and assumes no prior knowledge of the subject area. 

Certification

Participants who attend the full course will receive an electronic confirmation of attendance. 

This confirmation will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.

Fees

Description Costs
Standard course fee £495.00

Payment

All courses are VAT exempt.

Register immediately online 

Click the “book now” button on this webpage. Payment by credit or debit card is required.

Tutor

Dr Rob Collins

Speaker

Dr Rob Collins

Visiting Fellow

Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Dr Rob Collins is a visiting fellow of Kellogg College Oxford and regularly teaches courses at the University – both through Continuing Professional Development and through the Computing Laboratory.

As well as his academic teaching work Dr Collins regularly provides consultancy to industry in the area of Business Process Excellence and Systems Engineering.  He gained his Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma from Lockheed Martin – the world's largest Systems Engineering company and a world-leader in advanced technology.

As well as his undergraduate degree in Physics and Computing, Dr Collins holds a PhD completed within a Psychology Department. Dr Collins’ PhD focussed on training, psychology and processes for introducing complex technology into learning environments. Dr Collins’ completed an MBA in 2012 at Henley Business School. He thus has a strategic business view as well as deep understanding and practical experience of hands-on process improvement in technology and service.

Application

If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please click Contact Us at the top of this page.

IT requirements

This course is delivered online using MS Teams.

To participate you must be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
It is advised to use headphones with working speakers and microphone.