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Introduction to Agile Project Management


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Course Description

This course introduces attendees to the essentials of agile project management. Topics covered include when, how, and where to employ agile, with particular emphasis on agile planning, agile estimating techniques, and agile execution. Subject areas addressed include various agile frameworks (including Scrum), user stories, the history of agile, sprints, retrospectives, requirements, common agile misconceptions, and agile as it pertains to the organization. Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

For more information, visit the MCC Project Management Academy website.


$345 plus $10 book fee


At the end of the course, students will:

  • Understand characteristics of projects and how those drive different approaches and frameworks
  • Know the definition of Agile Project Management
  • Recognize the environments most appropriate for an Agile approach
  • Be able to apply an understanding of project environments in the development of a correct methodology
  • Understand the significant differences between predictive/waterfall, hybrid, and agile project management approaches
  • Know the basic elements of Scrum
  • Know the 4 categories of requirements
  • Understand the difference between a requirement and a customer need
  • Know at least 3 techniques for eliciting requirements
  • Be able to describe the difference between epics and user stories
  • Know the template for creating a user story
  • Understand the importance of facilitating a conversation with the user
  • Understand the typical process used to manage an Agile Project
  • Know the primary difference between agile and predictive project life cycle
  • Recognize the 5 levels of Scrum planning
  • Be able to describe the purpose of grooming
  • Be able to define a sprint, sprint review, and sprint retrospective
  • Understand the benefit of a burndown chart
  • Understand traditional project estimating techniques
  • Know how agile estimating is fundamentally different from traditional approaches
  • Know how to facilitate “planning poker” for a scrum team
  • Define velocity in a scrum environment
  • Know how agile estimating is fundamentally different from traditional approaches


This course is for individuals who desire to use or better understand the use of agile methods, frameworks, or techniques in projects. It is especially suited for project team members, project managers, and key stakeholders.

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Course Instructors

Jim O'Donnell

placeholder imageJim’s unique combination of technical knowledge, business experience and interpersonal skills has helped him become one of the highest rated project management instructors at companies such as Boeing, DISA, Dell Computers, Monsanto, BJC, HCA, LA Unified School District, Pacific Life and many other Fortune 500 and State and Local governments. Jim earned a BS in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology and Doctorate in Business from Argosy University in Seattle (Dissertation topic: “A Study of the Relationships among Project Managers’ Leadership Practices, Project Complexity, and Project Success). With over 30 years’ experience as an engineer, manager and entrepreneur in the Information Technology, Oil and Gas, Software Development, and Corporate Training industries, Jim brings a unique blend of real-world experience (over $1 Billion in global projects in 20 years), successful start-ups and academic research to a dynamic classroom environment. Jim has taught a wide range of management material in both the corporate and academic environments. He has authored courses in PMP Prep, Foundations of Project Mgt., Managing & Leading Successful Projects, Managing Complex Projects and Assessing & Recovering Troubled Projects.

Cost $355
13-Hour Course