NEW RECORDING – Running an Agile Release Planning Meeting, with Dean Leffingwell and Jennifer Fawcett
Release planning is the “pacemaker” of enterprise agility and the Agile Release Train (ART) which aligns the Agile program to a common mission. Based on nearly a decade of experience, Dean Leffingwell and Scaled Agile have developed a process which has worked with small trains of 40 people to larger trains of 180.
This webinar explains what it takes to run a successful Agile release planning meeting from a scaled point of view (100′s of teams). Hear real stories and feel what it’s like to be a Release Train Engineer!
What you’ll learn:
- Overview of Agile Release Planning
- How to prepare, content preparation, executive, product, and architectural briefings
- Release Planning Days 1 & 2, ceremonies and timelines
- Beyond the basics, logistics, and evolution
First witness a disfunctional way of doing Standups – then see how it should be done.
It really is an excellent example to watch and learn.
August 7, 2013 (8am PT / 11am ET)
The ability to successfully resolve conflict is a key skill for business success and professional development. This webinar is designed for professionals at all levels and in all functional areas who would like to acquire the necessary concepts, skills, and techniques to prepare for and resolve conflicts of all types. Learning objectives of this webinar include:
- Define what we mean by conflict
- Examine the positives and negatives of conflict
- Consider two different approaches to conflict resolution
- Review a 4-part model for resolving conflict Read more
July 15, 2013 (8am PT / 11am ET)
Both individual and team success depend upon clear and effective interpersonal communication. Whether face to face or virtual, every interaction with another person influences how you are perceived and provides an opportunity to develop trust and build a positive relationship. Whether presenting one-on-one or in front of an audience of 1,000, conveying information to a project team or delivering a difficult message, communicating effectively is one of the most powerful skills for achieving your objectives.
This webinar will teach you how to focus on your outcome, tune in to your audience, and develop your messages for clarity and impact. Your ability to create an environment for open discussion and ongoing dialogue is crucial for communication success. The communications skills covered can increase your ability to exercise choice and control for every type of conversation, influence without authority, and improve the quality of relationships and productivity.
Learning objectives include:
- A blueprint for designing any important communication
- Six principles to guide your interactions
- Emotional intelligence to manage challenging conversations
- Alignment of the four key components of communication to achieve your outcome Read more
July 11, 2013 (8am PT / 11am ET)
Complex projects carry significant risk of failure. Recently, iterative (and agile) project execution methodologies have been developed to mitigate project risks and increase the chances that the final solution meets the stakeholder’s expectations and the overall business needs.
In this webinar, you will learn how iterative methods differ from tradition waterfall methods and how specific iterative practices are used to reduce the chances for project failure. Upon completion of this webinar, you will understand how to break a project into iterations, how to pick an iteration length, how to manage iteration and project scope, and how to introduce risk mitigation practices.
- Understand the difference between sequential (waterfall) and iterative methods
- Learn how to define iterations, milestones, and releases
- Increase the chances for project success and reduce risk factors
- Contrast iterative and agile methods
- Understand best practices for iterative (and agile) project execution
June 26, 2013 (8am PT / 11am ET)
Micromanaging a project team is akin to managing each task or deliverable with extreme control. This suffocating management style is likely to put a damper on creativity and inhibit individual growth. There are many reasons why this happens, but in general, it is not a healthy situation for the project manager, employee or team. As a program manager, you want to help project managers improve their performance without stepping on their toes or stepping into their projects. As a project manager, you are keen on making the project a success while balancing the needs of the team, the sponsors, and the organization as a whole.
So, what should you be focused on while others are tackling the work of the project?
In this webinar, you will learn how to take the basic concepts for how not to micro manage and apply it to a project manager’s world. Learning objectives include:
- Identify at least 3 behaviors that look like micro managing
- Review 7 specific tips that a project manager can use to reduce the need for excessive control
- Share some ideas to help combat a micro manager Read more
Many organizations are tempted to begin their agile transformation with a series of low risk, stand-alone pilots. While these pilots may prove that teams can adopt a new process, they don’t prove that enterprise teams can work together to drive out dependencies, gain alignment across stakeholders, provide program-wide transparency, and deliver end-to-end value.
Why is it that companies who go “all in” at the program level have a higher chance of success?
In this webinar, Dean Leffingwell himself will answer questions like the following:
- What are the business benefits companies have seen by launching agile programs (also known as Agile Release Trains)?
- How do you identify the value streams in an enterprise – the long-lived series of system definition, development and deployment process steps used to build and deploy systems?
- How do you identify your Agile Release Trains – the virtual organizations formed around these value streams?
- How do you prepare an organization for the first Agile Release Train launch?
- How do you execute using the one week Quickstart adoption model?
There is no doubt that knowing how to effectively manage the nine Knowledge Areas identified by PMI®’s PMBOK® Guide will make you a great project manager; however project managers must also have sound leadership skills in order to set the project vision and inspire project teams to overcome project challenges and road blocks. In this webinar, you’ll learn the competencies needed to apply effective project leadership techniques to your projects, so you can create a positive, thriving, and successful project environment. What you will learn:
- Theories and applications of project leadership styles
- Methods of successful motivation techniques of project human resources
- How to lead effective project teams and negotiate with project stakeholders
- Project leadership ethics
- Project vision and commitment
- Project management strategies that help build and sustain a high-performance project
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a “Different Kind of Smart”. As previously stated by PMI® Network Magazine: “Project leaders with high emotional intelligence inspire their team, connect with their peers and get the job done.” During this webinar we’ll discuss:
- What is emotional intelligence and why should technical and business analysts care about EI?
- Ways emotional intelligence contributes to improved project performance.
- What is emotional hi-jacking and how it can interfere with stated goals and expectations?
Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT
Join a one hour webinar in which Dean Leffingwell and contributors to the Scaled Agile Framework will take you through the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) — the proven, publicly-facing framework for applying Lean and Agile practices at enterprise scale.
In this webinar, you’ll learn the following:
- The Framework’s roots in agile, lean, and product development flow
- The team, program, and portfolio levels
- The business benefits achieved by four enterprises
- Next steps you can take to learn more