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Working with Agility

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Agile Project Management for non-technical teams

Agile isn’t just for technology companies. This iterative approach to project management will help any organization, regardless of sector, get things done.

Taking small steps promotes velocity and adaptability. Launch your organization forward by learning the fundamentals of agile project management and how to apply an agile lens to you and your team. This course will teach you how consistent reflections and check-ins drive productivity, empowering people to deliver value to your organization.

What's Included:

  • 6 hrs of live online teaching from expert design coaches
  • Practical exercises to practice skills
  • An introduction to Miro, a digital whiteboard & design tool
  • Downloadable resource guide to help you set up agile for your team

Two Modules

1. Principles of agility

Learn the principles of agile project management and how to build accountability within your team. This session will provide tools and techniques to tackle projects using tight feedback loops while promoting diverse ideas. 

2. Employing an agile framework

This hands-on session will give you experience using agile practices to lead a team in a safe space. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and see how being agile improves project management.

One Assignment

Create a personal kanban and organize your current workload using the methods taught in the course.

Join a Peer Learning Group

Joining a peer-led learning group will provide an opportunity to share your assignment and get feedback from others in the group.

Course Outcomes

This course will teach you how to help your team increase their effectiveness by planning and working together differently. You’ll learn how to collaborate in ways that feel more human and gain a deep appreciation for your team’s diverse skill set. 

You will learn:

  • Flexibility: how to quickly adapt and pivot when necessary
  • Agile project management: an iterative process that promotes feedback, adaptability, and producing results
  • Planning, managing, and reflecting: a new approach that thrives in the face of complexity and unpredictability by building in intentional reflection
  • Virtual and hybrid workspaces: Learn how to take advantage of technology to drive engagement during virtual and hybrid planning meetings
  • Teamwork: Combining diverse skill sets to achieve organizational goals
  • Collaboration: Making the most of many minds and lived experiences to tackle projects

How you'll learn

Live Online Instruction
The course is delivered virtually via Zoom with other learners from all over the world and led by Overlap instructors.

Throughout the modules there are opportunities to practice skills and apply concepts.

You’ll be able to join peers to share and discuss what you’re learning to gain greater understanding and deepen the impact.

Learning design is more than technical skills—it’s about the way your worldview is changing and your approach to problem solving. Multiple moments of reflection are designed into the course.

What happens when you buy a course?

After your purchase, you will be enrolled into the course and receive an email confirming your course date, time, and zoom link.

You will also be sent information to login to our learning site and community. Access to any downloads and course content will be found there.

I'd like to book for my team

If you'd like to book this course for you team select 'Team Booking', confirm the number of seats during the checkout process and we'll connect with you to book a date that works for your team!

Rather speak to someone first? You can reach out to hello@overlap.school with your request and we'll get you sorted!

For teams smaller than 5 people, we'd recommend joining one of our open courses. Your team will join others learning the same material and will get the added benefit of connecting with individuals in other organizations.

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