IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT | A live online course with Agile Transformation Lead at Accenture | ELVTR
with Agile
Transformation Lead
at Accenture
18 AUG 2021 - 29 SEP 2021

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.


Professional Fast-Track

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.

Live and Personal

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.

Master PM methodologies

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.

Lead a project simulation
to success

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.

Move beyond
the basics

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.

LinkedIn Profile
  • Agile Transformation Lead and Dojo Project Manager at Accenture
  • Helps teams embrace rapid prototyping for complex business solutions as Project Manager for Accenture's Innovation Dojo
  • Leads teams every day implementing technologies like blockchain, NLP, machine learning, real-time trust scoring, facial recognition, and virtual/augmented reality
  • Boasts a portfolio of multimillion dollar integrated projects for finance, consumer, healthcare, corporate and nonprofit clients
  • Produces and co-hosts a podcast tackling the PM questions that don't get asked around the watercooler
Brandon Gartley
WED (8/18), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
What Is Project 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.

  • Why project management?
  • The role and responsibilities of IT Project Managers
  • Practical skills for success in the role

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:

  • Where does Project Management fit in software delivery?
  • What responsibilities and skills are key for success?
  • What Project Management competencies do you currently possess?
  • Where do you hope to grow in this course?
MON (8/23), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Project Flow: The Software Delivery Lifecycle

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.

  • Lessons from Waterfall and the roots of Project Management
  • The project lifecycle vision vs. reality
  • Where are the typical pitfall points?
  • Case studies: How SDLCs have been implemented successfully — and where they have gone horribly, horribly wrong

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:

  • What phases of work do you imagine your project will go through, based on class discussions?
  • What problem areas do you think you and your team could run into?
WED (8/25), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Main PM Methodologies Used Today

"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.

  • Empowering teams: The data behind push vs. pull communication
  • Agile vs. Waterfall: Similarities, differences, and why it all matters
  • Time vs. value: Delivering projects under constraints

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?

MON (8/30), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Agile Values and Principles

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.

  • Behavior as a symptom of mindset
  • Why plug-and-play doesn't work
  • Harnessing the strength of Agile for your team

PM Simulator Take-Home #04: Roadmapping
Create a roadmap for your project. Next, answer the following questions:

  • Which blocks of work are key for your product to succeed?
  • What are the general start and completion dates?
  • How much detail do you want to provide for work that is further out in the product development lifecycle?
  • Why is it better to use a roadmap over a Gannt chart? What benefits will it bring?
WED (9/1), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Agile Themes and Project Management

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.

  • Why Agile planning is winning the popularity contest
  • How Agile has reinvented the PM "iron triangle"
  • The changing Project Management role in an Agile world

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:

  • What are the highest priority pieces of work?
  • How are they connected to your roadmap?
  • What changes could you imagine in these pieces, and how would you reflect that in the backlog?
WED (9/8), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
The New Stuff Framework: Scrum

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.

  • Why choose Scrum and how to plan
  • Product backlog, sprint backlog, product increment
  • Burndown, velocity, and other key metrics

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.

MON (9/13), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
The Repeatable Stuff Framework: Kanban

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.

  • Core practices and differences from Scrum
  • Mapping WIP limits and Prioritizing tasks
  • Setting Kanban metrics

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.

WED (9/15), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Agile at Scale

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.

  • Workflow through an organization from top to bottom
  • Getting value from user stories and epics
  • Features as the backbone of delivery
  • Why OKRs and themes matter to all levels of an organization

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:

  • How does the work you're mapping on the board align with the work that you have on your roadmap?
  • Are there any potential roadblocks you see in completing your work?
  • What does your board look like at the end of Sprint 1 and Sprint 2?
MON (9/20), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Knowing True Value: Lean Portfolio Management

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.

  • Common methods for prioritization
  • Measuring improvement of workflow
  • Moving from educated guesses to financially sound decisions
  • Case study: How much does it cost to make a sausage?

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:

  • Questions you want to ask to ensure that you're focusing on the right work
  • Examples of types of data you can provide your product manager to help make better decisions for your team
  • A "Why" statement and Cost of Delay table and graph
WED (9/22), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Quality and Speed Working Together: DevOps

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.

  • What is the foundation of DevOps and why does it matter to a PM?
  • Iterative testing versus testing plans
  • CI, CD, and that other CD
  • Speeding delivery with pipelines

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:

  • What are the positives and negatives of the solutions you selected? ​
  • What sort of skills does your team need to add in order to successfully implement DevOps as part of your everyday process?
MON (9/27), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Taking the Next Step: Elevating Your Communication Skills

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.

  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Effective remote communication and motivation
  • Pitching ideas and projects to stakeholders
  • Paying attention to context and other communication-busters

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.

WED (9/29), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Defining Your Future as a PM

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.

  • Course review and wrap-up
  • What are the pathways to project management from other positions?
  • Getting hired: Resumé and interview tips

PM Simulator Take-Home #12: Final Learning Check
Complete the take-home test.

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