Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle


Mark Tolbert, PMP, PMI-ACP

Senior Instructor
Best Practices Training, LLC

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This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Adaptive Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, and Agile Metrics for measuring and reporting on project progress.

The Introduction to Agile class will introduce the student to the key reasons why an Agile approach is so essential for many projects today. We will review the principle Agile methodologies in use today, define the different stakeholder roles on Agile projects, the stages of the Agile project lifecycle, and how Lean and Value-driven delivery is applied throughout the stages of the Agile lifecycle. As we discuss these concepts, we will review key Agile estimating methods, prioritization schemes for rating value, voting methods and decision-making techniques, and also key techniques for improving communications and team performance. The class will go through different case examples to discuss how the key Agile approaches and tools-techniques are used.

The classroom course will be broken up into Agile teams and your expert instructor will drive each team through the Agile process from vision down to daily planning and execution. Through hands-on exercises, you will be able to bring your real-life scenarios, knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques in the classroom. This course is a stimulating combination of class interaction, active learning exercises, and group collaboration. Each course session is designed to allow you to learn through practice so you can readily apply what you have learned in your own workplace right away. This course has been approved and earns all students a total of 14 PDUs and a certificate upon completion of the course.

Event Location

Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA, 22203

Agenda and Cost:

$975.00 - Member Registration
$995.00 - Nonmember Registration


Outline of Class

Day One – Morning

I. Agile Principles and Mindset

Why Agile?
Brief History of Agile Methodologies
Agile Manifesto, Agile 12 Principles, Agile Community Values
Is Agile the best approach for all projects? Why not?
Where is traditional (waterfall) a good approach?
Where is Agile most appropriate?
Are most projects really hybrid?
Quiz, discussion and group breakout session
Groups present their conclusions

II. Stakeholders on Agile Projects

Quiz, discussion and group breakout session
Groups present their conclusions


Afternoon session

III. The Agile Project Lifecycle

Adaptive Planning Stages
Envisioning or Feasibility
Release Planning
Iteration Planning
Daily Planning
Estimating methods used in each stage: Tee shirt sizing, planning poker and relative estimating, other
Quiz, discussion and group breakout session
Groups present their conclusions

IV. Lean – Value Driven Delivery – Eliminating Waste – Continuous Improvement

The Agile PDCA loop is being used continuously for product planning, program planning, for releases, for iterations, and each day!
Five Steps of Lean
Types of Waste
Managing WIP
Deliver value incrementally and iteratively
Continuous improvement
Prioritization methods and rating value: MoSCoW, Kano analysis, Monopoly money, Dot voting, Simple Schemes
Group decision making – voting methods
Quiz, discussion and group breakout session
Groups present their conclusions

Day Two


V. Communications and Team Performance

Frequent communications and feedback loops
Information Radiators – “Low Tech and High Touch”
Empowering teams
Creating the “Agile ethos” and enlightened “Theory-Y” environment
Quiz, discussion and group breakout session
Groups present their conclusions

Morning and Afternoon – Day Two

VI. Case Studies & Discussion groups – Applying Agile – We will use examples from Ken Schwaber’s book on Scrum and other popular books from key writers to review:

Case examples of using Agile prioritization techniques
Case examples of Agile estimating techniques
Case examples of Agile decision making techniques

VII. Final review and discussion

Special Instructions

Cancellations will only result in a refund if made 48 hours or more to the start of the event.

PDUs Available: 
14.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Negotiation / Conflict

Tools and techniques for negotiations and conflict management / effects of personality traits, etc.


Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

Hard Skills


Navigating constraints introduced by a sponsor organization's structure, maturity, fiduciary landscape, etc.

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints


Specific tips and techniques in the use of PM tools (SW, other)

Industry / Sector

Construction / Infrastructure

Construction, Utilities or other public works, Transportation, or related industries


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speakers

Mark Tolbert, PMP, PMI-ACP

Best Practices Training, LLC
Senior Instructor

Mark Tolbert is a certified PMP, and also a PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner). Mark brings more than 25 years of practical project and program management expertise to the classroom and is methodical about transferring his knowledge and best practices for studying for the PMP Certification Exam each and every time he teaches a class. Mark is very passionate about project management and believes adopting the best project management practices and skills is crucial to the success of enterprises today.

Since November 2003, Mark has taught courses in PMP Certification Prep, project management, and Agile project management to clients around the globe including the Project Management Institute Washington, DC Chapter (PMIWDC), the U.S Bureau of the Census, BRMI, Henkel Corporation, Vista Technologies, Human Solutions Corporation, Providge Consulting and open enrollment programs across the United States. The majority of his PMP Prep students have a first-time success rate for PMP students in his classes has consistently exceeded 95%.

Prior to teaching, Mark spent 27 years at Hewlett-Packard where he successfully managed support programs and project teams including a large E-Selling program, a multi-vendor support program for a large telecommunications company, data center relocation projects, and Mobile Device Management programs.

Mark has been an active PMIWDC Chapter member and volunteer for the past 21 years serving on a number of board positions including most recently (from 2009 through 2012) serving on the board as the Trustee for the chapter. He has also taught PMP Prep classes for the chapter membership for the past fifteen years.

Mark is a long-time resident of Northern Virginia and currently lives in Annandale with his wife Linda. They have three boys who are all working in information technology careers today.

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