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Traditional to Agile Methodologies

Through real-world application, learn tools and techniques of software development and project management methodologies. Explore the benefits and downfalls of Waterfall, Interactive/Incremental, Phase/Gate, Lean, Kanban, Agile, Scrum, SAFe and Flex.

Understand how scope, product complexity, budget, resources, time and quality all contribute to determining if a methodology is right for your project.



Sally Anlin, PMP, CSM

Sally Anlin, PMP, CSM

Sally has over 20 years of experience leading teams to deliver high quality technical solutions that meet business needs. Her areas of expertise include: Building, developing and coaching high performing technology teams to meet business goals and objectives. Creating performance ... read more

Who Should Attend

  • Project Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • PMO Managers
  • Business Managers
  • IT Directors
  • Software Developers

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the pros and cons of various software development and project management methodologies, including Agile, Waterfall, Lean, Iterative, SAFe, Scrum, Kanban and Leanban
  • Evaluate your environment to determine the best methodology for your company, team and project
  • Improve your personal agility to flex and adapt existing methodologies to mitigate project risk and maximize project success
  • Apply what you learn through practical application of a project simulation which utilizes and compares and contrasts tools and techniques from both traditional and Agile methodologies.

Course Outline/Topics

  • Concept Introductions and Environment Context
    • Types of Work: Portfolio, Program, Project
    • Projects and Deliverables (Product, Service, Result)
  • Methodology Overview
    • Waterfall
    • Iterative/Incremental
    • Phase/Gate
    • Phase (Stage) Gate
    • Lean
    • Kanban
    • Agile – what it is, and what it isn’t
    • Scrum
    • SAFe
  • Project Execution Factors
  • Scope – Project and Product Scope and how it impacts execution methodology
  • Vision, Goals, Outcomes and Deliverables
  • Defining Your Project
  • Traditional and Agile Visualization of WBS
  • Prioritization
  • Traditional and Agile Estimation
  • Stakeholder Analysis and Communication
  • Scoping Secret Weapons
  • Assumptions and Constraints



"I most appreciated that there was time dedicated to the theory/definitions/methodology and the more practical/real-world discussion. The instructor was very knowledgeable and encouraged class participation."  —  Jahnavi Acharya, Rockwell Automation, 2018 participant

"Good explanation of most widely used methodologies."  —  Christa McCarthy, Assurant Health

Dates and locations to be announced.