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Iterative for Project Managers

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Managing projects is inherently challenging. Trying to manage projects with a one-size-fits-all approach only complicates that challenge. Iterative Project Management was developed to help project managers overcome these issues by giving them another methodology with which to approach project success. Specifically, Iterative processes provide a way to segment large project objectives while at the same time proving the project manager with the ability to minimize project risks early in the project life cycle. By effectively identifying and engaging project risks as soon as possible, the project significantly increases its chances of delivering releases on-time and on-budget.

Understand the major phases of an Iterative project and how each relates to risk reduction
Know how to institute a qualitative risk analysis plan for tracking Iterative risks
Recognize the signs when an iterative project is not performing up to expectations
Learn how to apply the iterative philosophy to real-world situations
Gain an understanding of how to construct and update an iterative phase plan
Know the elements of the iteration plan and importance of each
Understand the similarities and differences between Waterfall and Iterative terms and concepts
Learn how to use both risk and business value to determine iteration scope
Understand the connection between Iterative development and Use Cases
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Course Outline

1. Introduction

  • Why use a different methodology?
  • What does an iterative project look like?
  • How are iterative projects implemented?
  • What makes an iterative project successful?
  • Management Perspective
  • Iterative Project Management Characteristics
  • What Can Go Wrong?

2. Why Use a Different Methodology?

  • Reasons for Project Failure
  • Challenge of Software Development
  • Definition of Project Failure
  • Projects That Should not be Performed
  • Attempts to Date
  • Project Success (methodology options)
  • Iterative Methodology
  • Iterative Methodology Source

3. Iterative Principles

  • Iterative Principles in Practice
  • Planning Issues
  • Benefits
  • When Would We Use It?

4. What Does an Iterative Project Look Like?

  • Characteristics of Iterative Project?
  • Iterative Structure
  • Phase Structure
  • Inception Phase
  • Elaboration Phase
  • Construction Phase
  • Transition Phase
  • Release Types

5. How Are Iterative Projects Implemented?

  • Elements of Control
  • Iterative Control
  • Time-Boxing
  • Summary Characteristics of Iteration

6. What Makes an Iterative Project Successful?

  • Indications of a Successful Iterative Project
  • Things That Derail Iterations
  • Conclusion

7. Management Perspective

  • Phase Definition
  • Interpretation of Phases
  • Vis-à-vis Project Management Life Cycle
  • The Inception Phase
  • The Elaboration Phase
  • The Construction Phase
  • The Transition Phase
  • Milestones Associated With Phases
  • Interpretation of Milestones
  • Typical Questions concerning Iterative

8. Iterative Project Management Characteristics

  • Characteristics of an Iterative Project
  • Dealing with Scope Changes
  • Improve Quality
  • Identify high-risk functionality
  • Characteristics of well-run Iterative Project

9. What Can Go Wrong?

  • Incorrect Expectations

10. Conclusions

  • What can the Manager do?
Who should attend
  • Project Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Program Managers
  • QA Testers
  • Developers
  • Product Owners
  • System Architects
  • Technical Leads
  • Product Analysts