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  • Project Management Using Agile Methodology

    Dan Davis Product Manager

  • Common PM Practices • Waterfall Project Management

    • Waterfall is a structured software development methodology, and often times rigid 

  • Common PM Practices

    • Tools

    • Inbox Task List - “Squeaky wheel gets the grease”

    • Notebooks, Spreadsheets, MS Project

  • Common PM Practices

    • The project team has limited knowledge of the product end state

    • The project team cannot predict the future

    • Lack of control over changes (scope creep)

  • What is Agile Project Management?

    Agile project management focuses on continuous improvement, scope flexibility, team input, and delivering essential quality products. 

    Agile project management approaches include scrum as a framework, extreme programming (XP) for building in quality upfront, and lean thinking to eliminate waste.

  • What is Scrum?

    • Scrum is an iterative incremental process of project management/ software development commonly used with agile project management.

    • Older methods (“waterfalls”) focus on staying on track. Scrum is aimed at delivering business value all the time.

  • What is Scrum?

    • Scrum is a set of practices and predefined roles

    • Scrum Master - maintains the process and works similar to project manager (collaboration, communication, cadence)

    • Product Owner - who represents the stakeholders

    • Scrum Team - includes developers/analysts

  • What is Scrum?

  • Sprint Planning

    • Development team effort w/ Scrum Master oversight

    • Review development days for each resource

    • Create stories and assign points for effort

    • Recommend 2 week intervals

  • User Stories Format • I ndependent

    • N egotiable

    • V aluable

    • E stimable

    • S mall

    • T estable

  • User Stories Format

    • Example:
 As an , I want 
 so that 

    • Story Points - relative effort to complete each story

  • Daily Standup

  • Daily Standup • Strict 15 minute standup meeting

    • What did I do?

    • What will I do today?

    • Do I see any blockers/impediments?

    • Scrum Master may review Burn Down Reports and report to Product Owners and team

  • Backlog Grooming

    • Stories are added/removing to future Sprints

    • May be done at any time in the process 

  • Sprint Review

    • Capture individuals feedback on their sprints

    • Capture velocity points for future planning

    • Move unfinished stories to the next sprint

  • Retrospective Review

    • The team’s perspective:

    • What went well?

    • What needs improved?

  • So, how do I get started?

    • Start with daily 15 minute meetings

    • Don’t let the tools get in the way of your productivity

    • Collaboration has a priority over processes: don’t let the tool enforce a strict process. (It’s enough that they can review all activities if they wish)

  • So, how do I get started?

    • Constant communication - report project statuses more frequently to product owners

    • Proper project management has to have estimates and team velocity. It really doesn't matter what time/effort unit you will choose (user story points, hours, days, etc). Just don't fool yourself.

  • What are some tools?

    • Sticky Notes / Index Cards 

  • What are some tools?

    • Trello

  • What are some tools? • JIRA

  • Bonus Topic: Change Management

    • Is there a process? If so, who manages the process?

    • Who decides what needs changed and when?

    • Does anyone know when changes are taking place?

  • CM Suggestions • Create a Change Management Committee

    • Hold weekly review meetings

    • Include IT, operations, business lines, etc.

    • Schedule changes during a set day of the week (i.e. Wednesday nights/Thursday mornings) 

  • CM Suggestions • Submit formal change management requests 

  • Questions or Comments?

    Thank You

    Dan Davis