Start and finish on target with Agile user stories and retrospectives

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Description And Objectives

This comprehensive one-day course guides participants on how to effectively initiate and complete projects by applying Agile best-practices to manage project requirements and lessons learned.

  • Agile requirements management, types, perception and challenges
  • Agile user story definitions, benefits, roles, and personas
  • Applying user story best practices to achieve smart requirements
  • Definition, benefits, and challenges involved in conducting Agile retrospectives
  • Key steps and tips involved in an Agile Retrospective framework
  • Various techniques in conducting efficient Agile Retrospectives


Training Plan

Module 1: Agile Requirements Overview

  • User Stories
  • Features
  • Enhancements
  • Defects and Errors
  • Non-Functional Requirements
  • Technical Debt
  • Exercise: Class discussion on how effective agile requirements promote project success

Module 2: User Story Best Practices

  • Definitions and Benefits
  • Roles and Personas
  • Components and Lifecycle
  • Requirements Gathering Techniques and Prioritization
  • User Story Format and Acceptance Criteria
  • INVEST Model and the Definition of Done
  • Exercise: Group workshop on applying user-story best practices

Module 3: Retrospective Introduction

  • Definitions and Perspective
  • Prime Directive
  • Benefits and Supporting Agile Principles
  • Differences to Other Project Closing Activities
  • Exercise: Learning from project mistakes

Module 4: Agile Retrospective Framework

  • Planning and Logistics
  • Setting the Stage
  • Gathering Data
  • Generating Insights

Target Audience

Individuals who will benefit from this course include executives, business sponsors, portfolio managers, program managers, product managers, project managers, project team leaders, project team members, project subject matter experts, project management office staff, and anyone interested in learning more about leveraging best practiced Agile user story and retrospectives techniques.


Bruno Bouchard

Enterprise Lean/Agile Advisor, Trainer, and Coach

Bruno Bouchard is a project management professional, methodologist, trainer, entrepreneur, and agile coach specializing in large enterprise transformation.

He has over 25 years of experience in IT consulting, training, architecture, and project management.

The last 15 years have been primarily focused on making project teams and organizations more effective through lean-agile approaches and innovation.

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Michael Delis

Executive President & Director of Training and Methods.

Michael Delis is the Executive President & Director of Training and Methods at PMC, as well as a trainer at the PMI-Montreal chapter and an active member of Agile Montreal.

As a bilingual senior project management consultant, Agile coach/catalyst/professional, and certified instructor, Michael has developed his expertise through more than two decades of global consulting, training, project management, and engineering in the fields of IT, banking, business, transportation, mobile, telecommunications, aerospace, and aviation on various international client sites in North/South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Michael is also an experienced speaker who has served as a keynote speaker at various corporate events related to project management.

With a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Michael has received several certifications in Agile and Classical project management.

Michael is a dynamic and strong leader with excellent communication skills and is a passionate consultant and trainer who is always looking for opportunities to help individuals, teams, and organizations improve and achieve their strategic goals and maturity, transformation, and evolution towards agility.

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