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Agile Project Management at QUT Agile Inception Deck

During the second semester in 2014 we, a group of seven Agile practitioners, delivered the new Agile Project Management unit to 150+ undergraduate students at QUT in Brisbane, Australia.

The goal was clear, to have students learn, feel and eventually see what Agile Project Management is. The content covered the elegant simplicity of Scrum, the needed project rigor from AgilePM (project management perspective on DSDM) and the combination of these frameworks to get the best of both worlds. The unit was delivered as one hour lectures followed by two hours of highly-interactive workshops.

Part of the unit was an assignment where small, self-organising teams of students developed an Agile Inception Deck using a product of their own liking. Over a period of several week students applied what they had learned during the unit and go through the "10 questions and exercises you'd crazy not to ask before starting your project". In the true spirit of Agile, special marks were awarded for creativity, collaboration and continuous improvement. The latter was assessed by tracking the way how teams were seeking feedback from the tutor as their Product Owner.

The delivery format of this unit was an exploration into a complex world using our Agile values, principles and practices to survive. We basically started with a set of high-level themes on our Product Backlog, were instructed to deliver within 13 weeks and let the detailed content unfold while ensuring we delivered best value to our students. Using Empirical Process Control we remained on track and had an amazing journey with our students.

The lesson learned, only teams can make this happen so thank you to my fellow travelers: Andrew, Mark, Maxime, Melody, Robert and Todd.

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