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PM Core and Intermediate Courses
Agile for Non-IT Practitioners
How Agile Project Management is Different and
How It Can be Used for Non-IT Projects
Traditional Classroom
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1 Day
7 PDUs / 0.7 CEUs
Virtual Classroom
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Two 3-hour sessions
6 PDUs / 0.6 CEUs
On Demand
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4 hours
Credits: 4 PDUs / 0.4 CEUs
Prerequisites: None
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About the Program
In today’s world of fast-paced technology, continually changing requirements and project scope, the need for Agile Project Management has greatly increased. Responding to this demand, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) launched the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification. A result of this certification is the creation of a new space where Project Management and Agile Practices for Software Development meet.

The foundation of Agile is the Agile Manifesto for Software Development. Agile has been used for software development for a number of years, even prior to the creation of the Agile Manifesto in 2001. The success of Agile for software development projects has bread interest in successfully employing Agile in many other fields. How can Agile practices be used for projects which are not software or IT in nature?

This course will provide guidance on how Agile can be used beyond software development projects, including how it differs from traditional project management. The course also will provide an overview of the Agile Scrum framework, which is one of the most popular Agile methodologies used. This course provides practical skills, concepts, and principles you can take back to the job and use to implement Agile practices in projects, as applicable. The goal of this course is to acquaint participants with the concepts of agile development methods and the specifics of the Scrum management framework.

At the end of this course, participants will understand:

  • Agile Practices – what makes Agile projects “agile”
  • Scrum and how Scrum applies to the Agile Practices
  • Specific Agile practices which you can use to improve the execution of your projects
  • Practices which can be used in conjunction with Scrum for Non-IT projects

Who Should Attend
This course is for people responsible for managing, leading, coordinating, and working on projects who have limited experience or knowledge of practical, formal Agile project management methods. Among those who can benefit from this course are:

  • Project Managers (particularly the non-software project PM)
  • Business planning coordinators
  • Technical service and support staff
  • Administrators and managers responsible for coordinating, facilitating or managing Agile projects
  • General managers responsible for projects

What You Will Learn
You’ll learn how to:

  • Describe the Agile project management process and its benefits
  • Use project management vocabulary and terminology
  • Identify the characteristics of a successful project
  • Create an initial project plan
  • Identify and perform the major aspects of project initiation, project control, and close-out
  • Identify and describe organizational change issues in implementing project management

Course Overview

  • Course goal and objectives
  • Importance of Agile Development and Project Management
  • What Agile is and is not…
  • Faster, better, cheaper
  • Delivers better fit for purpose
  • Agile versus Waterfall & the big paradigm shift
  • Agile characteristics, behaviors, approaches
  • Agile concerns and pitfalls

Introducing Agile

  • Agile projects
  • Agile values and principles
  • Overview of Scrum
  • Scrum roles and responsibilities
  • Stakeholders and user roles

Scrum Framework

  • Scrum roles
  • Scrum meetings
  • Sprints

Requirements and Product Definition

  • User Stories
  • Product Backlog

Planning Agile

  • Estimating in Scrum
  • Sprint Planning Session
  • Release Planning

Agile Practices

  • Agile Execution
  • Analysis Practices
  • Validation Practices
  • Other Practices

Running a Sprint

  • Conducting a Sprint
  • Negotiating changes
  • Tracking progress
  • End of Sprint meetings
  • Release Planning
  • Closing the project


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