PROJECT Course

PROJECT Course content

1. Toolset Unit

Module 1: Agile

  • Agile: Emergence and implications for software development.
  • Agile vs. Waterfall: What are the contradictions? Do they actually exist?
  • Agile principles and values: Their interrelations and applications
  • An agile mindset: another buzzword or a paradigm shift?

Module 2: Scrum

  • The Scrum Framework: Why is it all the rage these days?
  • Scrum components:

    – Foundations
    – Values
    – Roles
    – Artifacts
    – Ceremonies

  • Scrum applications

Module 3: The Kanban Method

  • Online workflow simulation game

    – Push vs. Pull
    – Managing the workflow with WIP (Work in Progress) limits.

  • Why the Kanban Method is not Toyota's Kanban

    – Principles
    – Roles
    – Core metrics

  • Core metrics: lead and cycle time and team velocity
  • Why the Kanban Method is not agile
  • The essence of evolutionary change

Module 4: Scrumban

  • Approach overview
  • Applications
  • Principles and practices
  • Specifics and major differences from Scrum and the Kanban Method

Module 5: Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas

  • A product-oriented take on project work
  • How to figure out what a product is expected to do and identify the necessary features
  • Factors contributing to a product's success
  • Shaping product vision through Business Model and Lean Canvas

Module 6: User Stories

  • User stories as a tool of communication between the customer and the team
  • How to prepare stories efficiently
  • Application patterns and anti-patterns
  • Delivery planning with user story mapping

Module 7: Definition of Ready (DoR) and Definition of Done (DoD)

  • The concept of product quality
  • The core aspects of quality and the evolution of its interpretation
  • Creating DoR and DoD for deliveries and products

1. Toolset Unit

Module 1: Agile

  • Agile: Emergence and implications for software development.
  • Agile vs. Waterfall: What are the contradictions? Do they actually exist?
  • Agile principles and values: Their interrelations and applications
  • An agile mindset: another buzzword or a paradigm shift?

Module 2: Scrum

  • The Scrum Framework: Why is it all the rage these days?
  • Scrum components:

    – Foundations
    – Values
    – Roles
    – Artifacts
    – Ceremonies

  • Scrum applications

Module 3: The Kanban Method

  • Online workflow simulation game

    – Push vs. Pull
    – Managing the workflow with WIP (Work in Progress) limits.

  • Why the Kanban Method is not Toyota's Kanban

    – Principles
    – Roles
    – Core metrics

  • Core metrics: lead and cycle time and team velocity
  • Why the Kanban Method is not agile
  • The essence of evolutionary change

Module 4: Scrumban

  • Approach overview
  • Applications
  • Principles and practices
  • Specifics and major differences from Scrum and the Kanban Method

Module 5: Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas

  • A product-oriented take on project work
  • How to figure out what a product is expected to do and identify the necessary features
  • Factors contributing to a product's success
  • Shaping product vision through Business Model and Lean Canvas

Module 6: User Stories

  • User stories as a tool of communication between the customer and the team
  • How to prepare stories efficiently
  • Application patterns and anti-patterns
  • Delivery planning with user story mapping

Module 7: Definition of Ready (DoR) and Definition of Done (DoD)

  • The concept of product quality
  • The core aspects of quality and the evolution of its interpretation
  • Creating DoR and DoD for deliveries and products

2. Approaches to change management

Continuous improvement (kaizen)

  • The concept of kaizen
  • Continuity of improvements in software development
  • Designing continuous improvements in project management and product development
  • The retrospective as a reflection tool and component of continuous improvement:

    – Goal
    – Structure
    – Tools


The Z-Model of Change: Implementing change

  • The essence of project change
  • How does our mind perceive change? What are the mechanisms of resistance to change?
  • The evolutionary approach to change
  • Mechanisms that determine the outcome of process change
  • The Z (zigzag) Model as a practical model for implementing change

Leadership

  • The leader's role in change management
  • How can a leader determine if their group or team is ready for change and influence it?
  • Leader maturity levels

2. Approaches to change management

Continuous improvement (kaizen)

  • The concept of kaizen
  • Continuity of improvements in software development
  • Designing continuous improvements in project management and product development
  • The retrospective as a reflection tool and component of continuous improvement:

    – Goal
    – Structure
    – Tools


The Z-Model of Change: Implementing change

  • The essence of project change
  • How does our mind perceive change? What are the mechanisms of resistance to change?
  • The evolutionary approach to change
  • Mechanisms that determine the outcome of process change
  • The Z (zigzag) Model as a practical model for implementing change

Leadership

  • The leader's role in change management
  • How can a leader determine if their group or team is ready for change and influence it?
  • Leader maturity levels

3. Overviews

Cynefin

  • A framework for decision-making in conditions of uncertainty

Fit-4-Purpose

  • A universal product development tool suited for all industries and applications

Scaled Agile Framework

  • One of the most popular frameworks among organizations seeking to combine conventional tools with an agile approach

3. Overviews

Cynefin

  • A framework for decision-making in conditions of uncertainty

Fit-4-Purpose

  • A universal product development tool suited for all industries and applications

Scaled Agile Framework

  • One of the most popular frameworks among organizations seeking to combine conventional tools with an agile approach

START OF THE PROGRAM:

September 10, 2021

Project Course training session

Theory

Individual work

Group practice

Solution review with coach

  • 1. Training

    The program includes seven modules covered at online study sessions five hours each (from 10 AM to 3 PM with coffee breaks).

  • 2. The first two days

    Days one and two consist of a two-hour seminar and 2–2.5 hours of mixed practice (individual case analysis and facilitated group discussion in small groups). Each study session balances theory and practice. Day three is dedicated to 60–90 minute workshops by guest speakers (top managers and relevant experts).

  • 3. Activities

    Students earn points for participating in every activity during the study sessions. These points are necessary for obtaining a course completion certificate. Furthermore, to get a credit for a study module, a student is required to submit an essay that follows a prescribed structure and describes their learning experience within three weeks after the session.

    Students who want to obtain a course completion certificate must attend five study sessions and submit essays on all of the five modules in a timely fashion.

  • 4. Additional practice

    If a student does not have any questions after a three-day study session or if a particular module is not among their priorities, they can get a credit for the module by submitting a short essay and resume their studies a month later at the next session.

    Students who want more hands-on experience with a particular module can inform their curator about their intention to participate in additional group practice. We assist groups with weekly supplementary training sessions in between the core study sessions. Each group is provided with additional cases to analyze and an assigned School facilitator at every session.

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