Agile Project Management & Engineering Leadership Workshop Schedule

agile project management training

Overview

These public online workshops are scheduled on a limited basis for small groups with Auxilium’s founder, Gary Hinkle as the workshop leader. Gary has extensive real-world agile project management, product development leadership and training experience working with many companies from start-ups to large enterprises. He has led teams using agile methods on many project types including electronic instruments, medical devices, modular building construction, energy products, industrial equipment, remote sensing, and a variety of embedded systems. His training approach is unique and practical, based on experience not theory.

Gary’s experience with both waterfall and agile methods led to his strong conviction that an agile way-of-working is almost always the best fit, but typically needs a hybrid agile project management approach that includes sequential planning aspects. Because there wasn’t a documented Agile for Hardware process that was useful, he co-developed the Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) framework and leverages MAHD elements in current practice.

With leadership proficiency being critical for project managers, engineering project leaders and engineers, a workshop focused on developing engineering leadership ability compliments the agile project management bootcamp. Since 2002, thousands of engineers have benefitted from Gary’s Leadership for Engineers program.

Workshop participants are enabled to quickly build competencies with hands-on learning via practice exercises, case studies, discussion topics and a facilitated implementation action plan.

Agile Project Management Bootcamp

13.5 Hours – Three 4.5-hour sessions

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of agile elements needed for planning to a budget and schedule
  • Tools for consistent, adequate cross-disciplined agile project planning and alignment
  • How to facilitate strong team commitment for consistently achieving iteration goals
  • Agile project planning and estimating refinement
  • Keeping agile projects on track for success
  • Methods for progress visibility
  • Effective use of agile project management tools
  • Leveraging agile management tools for excellent stakeholder communication
  • Thorough identification and agile mitigation of project risks
  • Leveraging agile methods for completing projects faster and with better outcomes
  • Facilitating team self-management and team ownership of ongoing improvements

Course Outline

Agile Project Management Overview

  • Agile principles and frameworks
  • Agile goals and challenges
  • Differences between software and physical product agile development
  • Key elements needed for complex cross-disciplined projects
  • Agile organizational structures
  • Case Study: Agile Use Cases, Overcoming Challenges and Benefits Achieved

Agile Roles, Teams and Responsibilities

  • Key agile roles
  • Agile team structures
  • Software roles vs. physical product development roles
  • Misconceptions about roles and agile activities
  • Autonomous teams & what that means for management and team members
  • Mapping traditional roles & responsibilities to agile teams
  • Role mapping exercise

Product Owner and Agile Project Manager Roles

  • Product Owner and Agile Project Manager collaboration
  • Product Owner responsibilities & challenges
  • Levels of product ownership
  • Agile Project Manager key responsibilities & challenges
  • Agile mindset and product vs. project mindset
  • Cone of Uncertainty concept
  • User story approaches, prioritization and progress tracking
  • Agile requirements management
  • Key role structure exercise

Agile Project Management Fundamentals

  • Key agile project management concepts
  • Cross-disciplined agile planning & execution
  • Up-front agile planning elements
  • Iteration planning approaches
  • Agile leadership of sub-team details
  • Project lifecycle models
  • Lifecycle model exercise
  • Best practices and why they matter
  • Building your agile project management toolbox

Agile Project Planning

  • Agile project planning elements
  • Iteration planning tools & templates
  • Key Value Streams
  • Adapting agile methods for different project situations
  • Initial risk identification & agile mitigation
  • Project communication planning
  • Facilitating team & stakeholder alignment
  • Agile work and requirements breakdown refinement
  • Project plan sizing exercise
  • Quick-start Agile Project Planning Guide

Project Estimation Methods

  • Overview of traditional and agile methods
  • Top-down and bottom-up estimation
  • Data-driven methods
  • Opinion-based methods
  • Collaborative estimation
  • Best and worst case analysis
  • Leveraging multiple methods for better estimates
  • Estimation exercise

Agile Scheduling and Risk Management

  • Agile scheduling methods & tools
  • Agile critical path analysis
  • Managing major and minor dependencies
  • Agile risk management methods & tools
  • Iterative risk mitigation
  • Master risk register
  • Case Study: Agile Risk Mitigation

Agile Iteration Execution

  • Types of valuable iteration goals
  • Commitment to iteration objectives
  • Demonstrating visible progress
  • Necessary and desirable stakeholder engagement
  • Stakeholder exercise
  • Leveraging agile project management for rapid, optimal tradeoff decisions
  • Retrospectives and iteration closure

Building a Culture for Agile Success

  • What is agile success?
  • Typical challenges to overcome
  • Identifying issues & prioritizing effort
  • Leadership roles & responsibilities for supporting success
  • Agile leadership of an agile culture
  • Case Study: Rapid Agile Transformation in a Large Enterprise
  • Tracking continuous improvement

Registration

Workshop Fee: $1695 USD (10% discount for groups of 3 or more)

Early registration: $1355 USD (see below for deadlines)

Click desired session dates to register.

June 10-12, 2024, 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time – Workshop Leader: Gary Hinkle (bio) – Early registration deadline May 24, 2024

July 15-17, 2024, 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time – Workshop Leader: Gary Hinkle (bio) – Early registration deadline June 25, 2024

What’s included: Live instructor-led course, workshop materials, templates, Quick-start Agile Planning Guide, Traditional to Agile Role Mapping Guide, certificate of completion, facilitated action plan and one hour of follow-up coaching.

Online sessions are limited to 12 participants. Contact us to discuss private online or onsite workshops for your team.

Technology & Logistics: This course is hosted with Microsoft Teams video communications. Participants will need to use a computer and webcam.

Professional Development Units: 14.0 PDUs

For PMI credit, report as courses from other third-party providers.

Leadership for Engineers Workshop

8 hours – Two 4-hour sessions

Learning Objectives

  • Become more influential
  • Improve ability to lead projects and teams
  • Identify leadership development goals specific to your needs
  • Gain support for ideas that will benefit your company
  • Build rapport with managers and peers
  • Improve team and stakeholder communication

Course Outline

Engineering Leadership Fundamentals

  • What is leadership?
  • What is Agile Engineering Leadership?
  • Key leadership characteristics
  • Influence without authority
  • Overcoming leadership challenges unique to engineering environments
  • Differences between leadership & management
  • Leadership Assessment #1

Engineering Leadership Core Values

  • Core values that always matter
  • Engineering-specific values
  • Determining the values you want to instill on your team
  • Leading by example to reinforce organizational values
  • Developing leaders aligned with core values

Leadership Communication

  • Forms of communication
  • Becoming a better listener
  • Listening exercise
  • Engaging your audience
  • Inspiring action
  • Fulfilling diverse stakeholder needs
  • Communication strategies
  • Leadership Assessment #2

Building Rapport, Trust, Respect and Influence

  • Opportunities for building rapport
  • The art of influence
  • Building rapport with senior leaders
  • Getting support for new ideas
  • Helping others to see your view
  • Dealing with conflict
  • 20 elements of trust & respect
  • Leadership Assessment #3
  • Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership

Driving a Culture of Technical Excellence

  • Foundational engineering principles
  • Engineering best practices
  • Setting quality of work standards
  • Efficient knowledge transfer
  • Developing problem-solving skills
  • Supporting a balance of innovation and execution

Leadership Assessment and Development Plan

  • Balancing leadership and management development
  • Core leadership assessment
  • Dedication to leadership development
  • Leadership competency goals
  • Prioritized leadership objectives

Registration

Workshop Fee: $995 (10% discount for groups of 3 or more)

Early registration: $795 USD (see below for deadlines)

Click desired session date to register.

June 18-19, 2024, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time – Workshop Leader: Gary Hinkle (bio) – Early registration deadline May 31, 2024

July 23-24, 2024, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time – Workshop Leader: Gary Hinkle (bio) – Early registration deadline July 2, 2024

What’s included: Live instructor-led course, workshop materials, self-assessments, facilitated leadership development plan, certificate of completion, and 30 minutes of follow-up coaching.

Online sessions are limited to 12 participants. Contact us to discuss private online or onsite workshops for your team.

Technology & Logistics: This course is hosted with Microsoft Teams video communications. Participants will need to use a computer and webcam.

Professional Development Units: 8.5 PDUs

For PMI credit, report as courses from other third-party providers.

What Clients Say

“Auxilium’s agile approach helped our teams make faster progress with better collaboration. We didn’t expect results to come so quickly!”

Bo-Goran Johansson, Vice President, Epiroc

Gary has very effective programs and is an excellent facilitator. I would not hesitate to engage him or his company’s services again in the future.

Dennis Bonciolini, CTO/VP of Engineering, CyberOptics Semiconductor

Gary has a way of organizing and presenting complex ideas about project leadership that is easy to understand and inspirational. His teaching is based on experience and best practices. He distills concepts down to a practical core of recommendations that can be readily applied after the class.

Charlie Hyman, Engineering Manager, Sure Power Industries

I know Gary from his work as an engineering consultant at Niles Audio. During his tenure at Niles, Gary exhibited a very strong and deep knowledge of the engineering function and particularly the product development process.

Marcos Alonso, CFO, Niles Audio

Gary is one of those rare people that combines engineering expertise with exceptional administrative, people, and management skills. He adapted to unpredictable management decisions while leading diverse and often difficult personalities to achieve positive results.

Mike Anderson, President, SafeZone Technologies
A “10” in terms of content and presentation. I learned much in a short time.
Sushil Nema, Project Leader, Qorvo

I highly recommend Gary. He is a very skilled and professional trainer.

Suliman Abalkhail, Owner at Al-Arabia Conferences and Training

Let’s Make Things Happen

Contact us today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your group’s agile project management or engineering leadership development objectives.