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Project Management and Agile Workshop Courses

New Hampshire MEP is now providing manufacturers with two new exciting offerings – a 2-day Intro to Project Management course and a 3-day Introduction to Agile workshop. These courses are conveniently booked by appointment to work with your team’s busy schedule.

Introduction to Project Management

    Workshop Overview

    This program is designed for participants who are new to project management and those requiring a refresher. The two-day program is organized in 5 modules. Each module can be extended or reduced depending on the specific learning needs of the participants. This course is presented in a highly interactive style with plenty of practical exercises, break-out group work and discussion. Participants work in teams on actual projects that they bring to the course.

    Learning Objective

    • Define and use project management principles
    • Apply appropriate tools and techniques to meet project management challenges

     

    COURSE OUTLINE – DAY 1

    MODULE 1 // Introduction to Projects

    Attendees identify characteristics of projects.

    • Course Overview
    • Definition of a project
    • Aspects of project success
    • Waterfall and Agile compared

    MODULE 2 // Project Initiation

    Working in teams, attendees develop Project Charters for their projects.

    • Business strategy
    • Stakeholders
    • Project scope and priorities
    • The Vision

      EVENT DETAILS

      LOCATION: In-person class OR each module can be presented as a 3-hour webinar

      COURSE LENGTH: 2 Days

      TIME: 09:00 AM – 4:00 PM

      DATE: Courses are reserved by appointment. Contact us to schedule a date.

      COURSE OUTLINE – DAY 2

      MODULE 3 // Project Planning

      Attendees learn to write a practical project plan.

      • Work Breakdown Structure
      • Communication Plan
      • Staffing Plan
      • Risk Management
      • Quality
      • Estimation and Scheduling

      MODULE 4 // Executing, Monitoring and Controlling the Project

      Attendees learn tools and techniques for effectiveness during project execution.

      • Information Management
      • Effective Meetings
      • Procurement Management

      MODULE 5 // Closing the Project

      Attendees learn methods for capturing lessons learned for application on future projects.

      • Retrospectives
      • Acceptance of Deliverables
      • Course Summary

      For more information or to schedule a course, please call Jill Duddy at (603) 226-3200 or jilliand@nhmep.org.

      Introduction to Agile Workshop

        Workshop Overview

        This program is designed for participants who are new to Agile project management and those requiring a refresher. 

        The three-day program is organized in 6 modules. Each module can be extended or reduced depending on the specific learning needs of the participant.

        This course is presented in a highly interactive style with plenty of practical exercises, break-out group work and discussion. Participants work in teams on actual projects that they bring to the course.

        Learning Objective

        • Define and use Agile project management principles
        • Apply appropriate tools and techniques to meet project management challenges

         

        COURSE OUTLINE – DAY 1

        MODULE 1 // Understanding projects and the Scrum framework

        Attendees identify characteristics of projects and learn the processes of the Scrum methodology as an example of Agile project management.

        • Definition of a project
        • Aspects of project success
        • Waterfall and Agile compared
        • The Agile Manifesto
        • Agile Teams
        • Scrum Overview

        MODULE 2 // Aligning projects with the needs of the business

        Projects exist to deliver business value: from financial results to specific organizational needs. In this module, attendees develop Agile Charters.

        • Business strategy
        • Stakeholders
        • Project scope and priorities
        • The Vision

          EVENT DETAILS

          LOCATION: In-person class OR each module can be presented as a 3-hour webinar

          COURSE LENGTH: 2 Days

          TIME: 09:00 AM – 4:00 PM

          DATE: Courses are reserved by appointment. Contact us to schedule a date.

          COURSE OUTLINE – DAY 2

          MODULE 3 // Managing the Product Backlog

          Attendees learn how to write good User Stories in order to understand customer requirements.

          • User Roles
          • The User Story Template
          • Just-In-Time Requirements
          • Splitting User Stories
          • Acceptance Criteria
          • Sprint Planning

          MODULE 4 // Sprint Execution

          The bulk of each sprint is spent in execution – getting things done. Attendees learn techniques for completing work and tracking progress.

          • Agile Estimation
          • Risk Identification
          • Definition of Done
          • Daily Scrum
          • Task Boards

          COURSE OUTLINE – DAY 3

          MODULE 5 // Inspect and Adapt

          The end of each Sprint is dedicated to collecting feedback and insight into how best to approach the next Sprint.

          • Working with customers
          • Sprint Demo
          • Sprint Retrospective
          • Agile over Time

          MODULE 6 // Special Topics

          Attendees prioritize topics based on needs and interest. Options include:

          • Agile Contracts and Procurement
          • Kanban
          • Information Radiators

          For more information or to schedule a course, please call Jill Duddy at (603) 226-3200 or jilliand@nhmep.org.

          15 April
          Thursday

          Value Stream Mapping Information Session

          Webinar

          This webinar provides an introduction to Value Stream Mapping (VSM). A VSM provides a way to visually see the entire enterprise in order to quickly identify wastes and performance bottlenecks. The methodology systematically takes your company from its current state of operations to a dramatically improved future state.
          19 April
          Concord
          Monday

          Root Cause Analysis & Corrective Action Training

          Grappone Conference Center, Concord

          Root cause analysis (RCA) is a systematic process for identifying “root causes” of problems and an approach for responding to them. It is based on the idea that effective management requires more than “putting out fires” for problems that develop, but finding a way to prevent them. It helps pinpoint contributing factors to a problem.
          20 April
          Tuesday

          Using AI Technology to Crosstrain & Upskill Employees

          Webinar

          Stanley X, in partnership with DeepHow, will share their AI-powered solution to capture, train and transfer knowledge among skilled workers. This introductory workshop is part of the NERDIC Industry 4.0 Readiness Ecosystem program for small manufacturing enterprises in the defense supply chain.

          About NH MEP

          New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership
          172 Pembroke Road
          Concord, NH  03301

          Phone: 603-226-3200

          The New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, age, political affiliation or belief. This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all educational and training programs and activities. It also encompasses the employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services.

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