Agile Process, Project, and Program Controls

Course 5 of 5: Professional Certificate in Agile Project Management 4 weeks total 2 – 3 hours each week
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About this course

Agile provides greater opportunities for control and risk management and offers unique benefits that traditional methods miss, such as:

  • Transparency with daily standup meetings discussing work status, risk, and pace.
  • How a clear definition of done drives acceptance by all key stakeholders.
  • Measuring performance and benefits of working solutions during project delivery.
  • Iteratively testing to gain authentic feedback on solution requirements and stability.
  • Regular retrospectives that drive continuous improvement into the team.

In this course, you will learn how these levers of control far exceed traditional management methods of earned value management (EVM), which relies on estimates and no changes in scope. We’ll discuss how the key to unlocking the control potential is to learn what to manage, and how to measure it. This answer varies across levels of management, separating the concerns between the organization and the team. For the organization, the focus is on what capabilities are delivered and how to measure return on investment (ROI) capabilities provide. For teams, it’s a focus on team velocity and how to ensure its measurement is useful for diagnosing internal and external productivity constraints.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can earn 10 Professional Development Unit (PDU) credits, which are recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PDU credits are essential to those looking to maintain certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

 

What you’ll learn

  • Agile systems engineering to ensure valuable, integrated solutions
  • Controlling projects through actual measurements vs. estimates (e.g. EVM)
  • Essential methods for managing People, Process, and Product on empowered teams
  • How to always be closing (ABC) with every project increment using a definition of done
  • How real-world constraints and agile simplify portfolio management and decision science methods: go beyond LP, IP, and Genetics-based Search
  • Enterprise alignment: how and why strategic plans, portfolio optimization, and project management can align with simple metrics, with facilitative leadership

Meet Your Instructors

John Johnson

John Johnson

Adjunct Professor, Clarke School of Engineering, College Park; Chief Technology Officer, Softek Enterprises LLC at
Mr. Johnson, serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Softek Enterprises LLC, a minority-owned small business providing technology solutions to government clients since 2007. Softek specializes in evolving business systems using Agile, DevOps, and Cloud technologies to deliver working solutions faster for the government’s most critical IT challenges. He has 10 years of project management, systems engineering, and advanced analytics experience. Prior to joining Softek, Mr. Johnson co-founded Second Nature Software LLC, a data science products company focused on Life Science Research. He helped design and promote their product “Rocketfish,” a data management tool that simplifies preparing data for analysis while automating data tracking and organization. Rocketfish is currently in an organization-wide trial at NCI and NIAID, as well as major universities in the DC Metro Area. Previously, Mr. Johnson was a Senior Agile Project Manager with IBM, where he led multiple development teams building applications for the National Archives Records Administration (NARA). These applications were built on Amazon’s Gov Cloud (AWS) with cutting-edge cloud technologies to process, store, and search the hundreds of petabytes of government records expected at NARA by 2020. This project won “Project of the Year” across all of IBM globally for its success in project management innovation. He also worked as a Management Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led projects for the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy from optimizing site investments and posture for Reserve forces, to developing award-winning project analysis and portfolio management software to optimize billions in shore energy investments. Mr. Johnson holds a Masters in Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.
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Experience Level

Advanced

Learning Partner

University of Maryland System

Program Type

Professional Certificate

Subject

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