Lean Methods for Agile Projects

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$1490 per person


This 2-day course, taught as an educational workshop, will provide systems engineers, software engineers, and project/program managers with specific tools and techniques they can immediately apply in current and modern Agile (Scrum) Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Application Development Lifecycle Management (ADLM) projects. Emphasis will be placed on, “Getting It Right, Right From the Start”. Participants will learn and practice Lean Method process steps for collaboratively developing the initial Product Backlog Item (PBI) set (i.e., initial Work Items) for Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM projects.

What you will learn:

  • Review of Agile (Scrum) methodologies.
  • Basic information about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Application Development Lifecycle Management (ADLM) projects.
  • Current news about Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM contracts.
  • How to assess project resources for ‘T-Shaped People’ needed for Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM projects.
  • Fundamentals of Lean Methods.
  • How to apply Lean Methods to develop the initial Product Backlog Item (PBI) set for Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM projects.

Course Outline:

Review of Agile (Scrum)

  • A review of Agile (Scrum) methodologies.

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Application Development Lifecycle Management (ADLM) Projects.

  • General information about the make-up of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Application Development Lifecycle Management (ADLM) projects.

Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM contracts.

  • Current news about planned and in-process large-scale contracts meant to be accomplished by Agile (Scrum) or Hybrid Agile ALM/ADLM projects.

Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM project ‘T-Shaped People’.

  • Tools and techniques to assess whether or not an organization has the kind of ‘T-Shaped People’ needed to successfully carry out Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM projects.

Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM Project Planning.

  • Actionable information on using Lean Methods, Design Thinking, and Affinity Diagramming to collaboratively develop an initial set of Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM project work items.
  • “Problem Validation” via hands-on collaborative development of a sharable and reusable Product Vision Board Extended (PVBE).
  • “User Validation” via collaborative development of Persona Templates.
  • “Solution Validation” through collaborative development of a dynamic Product Canvas.
  • “Solution Building Blocks” via an interactive User Story Workshop and Story Mapping.
  • “Solution-Ready Product Backlog Item (PBI) Set” through the collaborative final development and prioritization of an initial solution-ready set of Agile (Scrum) ALM/ADLM work items.


If this course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses and you are interested in attending this or another course as an open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or ati@aticourses.com. Please indicate the course name, number of students who wish to participate. and a preferred time frame. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a 3-5 month lead time. For on-site pricing, you can use the request an on-site quote form, call us at (410)956-8805, or email us at ati@aticourses.com.


  • Mike Pafford has more than 40 years of experience in analyzing, designing, architecting, developing, testing, operating, and managing complex tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, analysis, dissemination, and reporting systems for the intelligence community. He is President-Elect of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Chesapeake Chapter, as well as Co-Chairman of the INCOSE Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Method (OOSEM) Working Group. He is an Instructor of Software Systems Engineering in the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Engineering for Professionals (EP) Masters in Systems Engineering curriculum.

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