Project Managers are part commander, part acrobat, and occasional superheroes. Yet at the core of the job, there are repeatable, teachable frameworks and practices that the highest-performing IT Project Managers understand.
Learn how to apply them and take on mission-critical software development projects with Accenture's Agile Transformation Lead.
Brandon condenses his 15 years of experience at Accenture and beyond into 12 impactful, empowering lessons and assignments. You'll finish this course equipped to confidently step into a new role or step up your current one.
Learn in a dynamic environment centered around real-world scenarios, with guidance from an elite Project Manager in weekly office hours and direct feedback. You'll be challenged in discussions with Brandon and your peers to find new approaches and open your thinking.
Build your competence in 5 key frameworks and methods. You'll learn how to correctly choose between and apply Waterfall, Agile methods of Scrum, Kanban, and Lean, and DevOps for any given software delivery project.
Simulate the experience of managing a project at a top-tier tech company. Practice what you learn as you build your roadmap and backlog, set metrics, and pivot to handle unexpected curveballs.
Fast-forward your career development with advanced PM skills for IT projects. Jump ahead of the learning curve with hands-on training in strategic frameworks like lean portfolio management, remote communication, and management.
Project Management is a key — and rapidly changing — role in the software development industry. Brandon will introduce you to the unique role of Project Managers in today's technology space: the key concepts around the role, where it fits into the larger technology matrix, and the skill set you'll need to possess as a successful Project Management professional.
PM Simulator Take-Home #01: Setting your compass
Review Dr. Winston Royce's article that started the Project Management “Waterfall” revolution in the 1970’s. Then, answer the following questions:
The foundation of Project Management is built around a simple concept: the Software Delivery Lifecycle (SDLC). In this class, you will learn about the influence of the Waterfall delivery model and the key components of a product-centered project and team.
PM Simulator Take-Home #02: Kick-off
Choose 1 of 3 real-life products, or create one of your own. You have been brought onto a team as a Project Manager that is working on a new feature for a successful product company. Create a brief analysis of how to get your team set up for success, answering the following questions:
"Agile, good; Waterfall, bad." Right? Brandon will pick apart a trending project management truism and help you understand the types of projects that benefit from each model, how to choose the right one for a project, and why the industry is moving more towards Agile.
PM Simulator Take-Home #03: Jira
Part 1: Watch the video Brandon will post about cultivating mental flexibility and note down 3 points that stuck out to you.
Part 2: Using Jira, set up an instance to build out your selected project. How is the hierarchy set up? What, if any, differences do you see in your role as a PM using this tool versus another tool?
Why is willingness to change your mindset an essential skill of project management? In this class, you'll learn about the Agile mindset and how to cultivate it in your team.
PM Simulator Take-Home #04: Roadmapping
Create a roadmap for your project. Next, answer the following questions:
What are the core pieces of Agile in every single project? Brandon will teach you a process for prioritizing needs and making every element of a project Agile.
PM Simulator Take-Home #05: Backlogs
Create the backlog for your project using Jira. Based on your roadmap and what you’ve learned so far, answer the following questions:
Scrum is all about getting new ideas out to the customer. In this class, you'll learn how to apply the Agile Scrum framework and get equipped with the metrics and terms used in Scrum projects.
PM Simulator Take-Home #06: Scheduling
Part 1: Watch the video shared on resource allocation and prepare a few points to discuss in class.
Part 2: Outline your Scrum product team schedule. Project agendas for each Scrum meeting and identify any issues you anticipate in your team's adjustment from a traditional Waterfall approach.
A lot of organizations try to convert to Kanban as a natural transition from Waterfall, only to find that this framework is more complex below the surface. In this class, you'll learn an adaptable process for applying Kanban to project workflows.
PM Simulator Take-Home #07: Boards
In Jira, set up your board columns based on your team and the product you are developing. Can you use some of the theories behind Kanban and for a Scrum team? Analyze how you see your team benefiting from using Scrum over Kanban, or vice versa.
It's not enough that you as the Project Manager understand how Agile frameworks are applied — you need to make sure that everyone on your team does too. In this class, Brandon will help you understand how to communicate the workflow from the strategic level through delivery and share his own best practices for keeping everyone aligned.
PM Simulator Take-Home #08: Sprints
In Jira, begin importing work into your board based on your backlog. As you do, answer the following questions:
Prioritization is the lifeblood of project management. This class takes you into more advanced concepts that help successful Project Managers adeptly assign resources and priorities to lean portfolios at scale.
PM Simulator Take-Home #09: Pivoting
Your product manager has come to your team with a higher priority feature to be completed as part of your product. For this scenario, please prepare:
Organizations today ensure quality control by bringing together DevOps and project management. This class takes you into how to understand and communicate with DevOps peers as Project Manager.
PM Simulator Take-Home #10: DevOps
Based on the DevOps discussion and a pipeline template you'll receive, build out a DevOps toolset recommendation that would work with your intended product. Then, answer these questions:
Ultimately, it's communication that holds all the moving pieces of Agile project management together. Brandon will coach you on how to be effective in each of the communication roles you'll fill as a Project Manager.
PM Simulator Take-Home #11: Visualizing the Journey
Create a visualization of your product progress given the changes you made during the course. Explain how you and your "team" adjusted, including improvements you made.
How do you get hired to work on top tech projects? After a review of the key skills and frameworks, Brandon will tackle this question, sharing his insights from both sides of the hiring process.
PM Simulator Take-Home #12: Final Learning Check
Complete the take-home test.