Evolution of Project Management

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Become a champion of excellence in the rapidly changing world of project management

In this age of disruption, the landscape of project management and project delivery is rapidly changing. As every organization is trying to meet this need differently, varying project delivery approaches are being implemented. This change results in teams having to work differently - more customer-focused and agile.

Through various activities and expert interactions, you will have the opportunity to learn about how project delivery has evolved and determine the best approach to provide value. Also, you will learn about the challenges that you could encounter as companies are becoming agile and product-focused and how best you could navigate those situations. 

Who should take this course?

Champions of excellence in project delivery. Those wanting to understand how project delivery is evolving and are looking to explore new ways of increasing value. For those who understand that organizations are flattening, moving from project to product and creating customer value is critical.

  • L&D leaders and HR who want to understand how to support business agility
  • New project managers who want to understand their path
  • Traditional project managers who need to know how/when to communicate agile to others
  • Employees/organization that is moving to a product-based model.
  • Individual contributors who are part of an organization making a shift to agility

Ongoing support between the virtual sessions is available to provide guidance and direction as you utilize the tools and frameworks in your organization.

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Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.

-Cornelius Fitchner

How we'll help you and your business thrive

This course is a connected learning experience. This means you’ll learn from the experiences of your peers, apply your context, hear from leading industry experts and guest speakers. Together we'll expore:

•      Connection and peer-to-peer learning with others on the same journey.

•      Guest speakers and stories from people who have ‘been there, done that.’

•      Guidance on where new project methods may be applied to your team/job/situation.

•      Opportunities to explore with agilists how to integrate agile into everyday work/life.

Why it’s time to talk about and understand, digital transformation

Digital transformation. Exciting or kind of scary? The term evokes a range of responses and means different things to different people. What is certain is this: the world of work is being continually reshaped by evolving digital technologies.

Course Outline

This course will provide you with a perspective of how project management has evolved and help you determine how to navigate these changes in the context of your organization and career.

Together we'll explore

 The Agile Imperative

  • How disruption is currently changing organizations.
  • Industry problems that are currently posing unique business challenges.
  • How agile could address current industry problems.
  • Situations when agile methodologies should be used and when traditional approaches could work best.

 What Agile is and Isn’t

  • Myths about agile.
  • The difference between being agile versus doing agile. 

 Role of Projects and Corporate Strategy

  • The difference between being agile versus doing agile. 
  • Understanding the roles typically used in Agile deliveries.
  • Exploring what becomes of traditional project management roles in Agile models.
  • How leadership begins to evolve in Agile ways of working.
  • Different approaches to building highly effective teams.

Design Thinking

  • The impact of prototyping when carrying out projects.
  • The importance of accurate market and customer research.
  • Empathy models and personas in projects.
  • Using prototypes and testing to explore ideas and feasibility.

Traditional and Agile Roles

  • Servant leadership and its benefits over traditional project management roles.
  • The importance of EQ when in an agile role.
  • The value of cross-functional teams in an agile environment.
  • Ways to implement psychological safety.
  • Methods to check on team health.
  • What conflicts can arise when shifting from traditional project management roles to agile roles and possible strategies to address them.

 Backlog Management

  • Common terms associated with backlog management.
  • Story mapping and story writing.

Scrum Frameworks

  • Terms associated with scrum frameworks.
  • Roles used in scrums.
  • The principles and practices related to the scrum framework.
  • The steps conducted in a scrum event.


  • Terms associated with Kanban.
  • The roles associated with Kanban teams.
  • Principles and practices related to Kanban.
  • Steps in a Kanban event.

Evolving Role of Governance

  • Metrics principles associated with governance in the modern era.
  • The importance of evidence-based management and its impact in project delivery.
  • Potential friction that can occur with governance when traditional methodologies move to agile.

Time guidelines

This is a 24-hour course delivered over six weeks:

  • Delivered over six weeks via weekly virtual sessions of approximately 3 hours each week.
  • Project work times may vary, week to week, and attendee to attendee.
  • Instructor-led group discussions will be held via Zoom every week. Sessions are Tuesdays between May 25 to July 13 from 1 to 4 pm.
  • Total time commitment of 24 hours.

Learning materials

Your course facilitator will direct you to any materials needed to support your work through this course.

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