Agile Project Management: Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing is a series of applied processes and tools that eliminate waste from production. Improved efficiency, effectiveness, and even profitability are all byproducts of lean manufacturing. 5 Key Lean Manufacturing Principles 1. Specify Value What do your customers value? Value goes hand-in-hand with what customers are willing to pay for a product. When thinking lean, identify what drives value for your specific customers. Questions to assess value include: What problems does my product offering solve? What specific product features are my customers looking to pay for? Always be sure to determine value from the customer perspective (not yours!) and by product family. Lean Manufacturing Tools states that a product or service is only valued for just 5 percent of time. In Lean Manufacturing Tools’ article on lean thinking, the author continues: “The rest of the time we spend in wasteful pursuits; we are waiting, reworking, transporting, moving and a host of other wasteful things that the customer does not consider to be something that they should pay for.” 2. Identify the Value Stream Any processes and materials necessary to deliver a product to customers make up value streams. Lean thinkers map value streams to analyze delays, inefficiencies, and production limitations as well as value-creating steps. Any steps that don’t create value should be eliminated. Flagged process steps that create no value due to technology or manufacturing limitations become opportunities for improvement. 3. Establish Flow Once value-creating steps have been identified, they should occur in sequence. Flow ensures smooth progression from production’s start to the finished product delivered to the customer. This lean manufacturing principle ensures the product will flow smoothly to your customers. The goal in creating value stream flow is having continuous, synchronized production. 4. Pull Value Lean manufacturing principles are core to eliminating excess waste. Establishing pull is no different. Once flow is introduced, customers will begin to pull value from the next upstream activity. Pull creates a just-in-time or on-demand model. Ideally, production does not begin until customer orders are received. Pull eliminates work-in-progress inventory and waste from incorrect production forecasts. 5. Strive for Perfection The final lean manufacturing principle is seeking perfection. Lean thinkers look for opportunities of improvement in each part of the value stream. Identify and remove root causes of issues from your production processes to target perfection. This principle is a group effort and requires everyone to drive it – from the production to top levels of the company. The Agile Management Professional program provides students a deeper understanding of the Agile charter, project management methodologies, estimating and planning, project execution, release and sprint planning. Topics include Risk Management, Value-driven delivery, task and Kanban boards, time boxing, user stories and agile personas, project management versatility, tools and techniques. Subjects include Agile Project Communications, Agile Estimation, Overview of Soft Skills Negotiation and Agile Knowledge and Skills. And how is applied in manufacturing.

Certificate Of Completion

American Heritage College awards The Certificate in Agile Management with emphasis in Lean Manufacturing to students who successfully complete the

Program Prerequisites

This program require a bachelor degree or associate degree and 3 year related work experience.
International students should pass an English as a Second Language proficiency exam prior to be accepted by American Heritage College.

Course Description

AP 101: Agile Project Communications

Discussion on Agile Information radiator, Agile Team space, Agile tooling, Osmotic communications for collocated teams, Osmotic communications for distributed teams, Agile Daily stand-ups Agile Planning, Monitoring and Adopting, Agile Retrospectives, Agile task and Kanban boards,, Agile Time boxing, Agile Iteration and release planning, Agile WIP limits, Agile Burn down/up charts, Agile cumulative flow diagrams, Agile process tailoring, Test (Self evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor).

AP 102: Agile Estimation    

Discussions on Agile relative sizing/story points, Agile wide band Delphi, Agile planning poker, Agile affinity estimating, Agile ideal time, Agile process tailoring, Agile analysis and design, Agile product roadmap, Agile user stories and backlog, Agile story maps, Agile progressive elaboration, Agile wireframes, Agile chartering, Agile personas, Agile modeling, Product Quality, Agile frequent verification and validation, Agenda for the session, Agile test first development, Agile acceptance test-driven development, Agile definition of done, Agile continuous integration.

AP 103: Overview Soft skills negotiation

Discussions on Agile emotional intelligence, Agile collaboration, Agile adaptive leadership, Agile negotiation, Agile conflict resolution, Agile servant leadership, Test (Self evaluation by participants and Anal sis by Instructor), Value-based prioritization, Agile return on investment (ROI).

AP104 Agile Knowledge and Skills

value (NPV), Agile internal rate of return (IRR), Agile compliance, Agile customer-valued prioritization, Agile minimally marketable feature (MMF), Agile relative prioritization or ranking, Test (Self evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor), Risk Management, Agile risk-adjusted backlog, Agile risk burn down graphs, Agile risk-based spike, Agile Metrics, Agile velocity, Agile velocity, Agile cycle time, Agile earned value management (EVM) for agile projects, Agile escaped defects, Agile Value Stream Analysis, Agile value stream mapping, Agile Flow charts, Agile Spaghetti Diagrams. AP 104: Agile Knowledge and Skills Discussions on Active listening, Agile Manifesto values and principles, Assessing and incorporating community and stakeholder values, Agile Brainstorming techniques, Building empowered teams, Coaching and mentoring within teams, Agile Communications management, Feedback techniques for product (e.g., prototyping, simulation, demonstrations, evaluations), Incremental delivery, Agile Knowledge sharing, Agile Leadership tools and techniques, Prioritization, Agile Problem-solving strategies, tools, and techniques, Project and quality standards for Agile projects, Stakeholder management, Agile Team motivation, Time, budget, and cost estimation, Building high-performance teams, Agile Business case development, Collocation (geographic proximity)/distributed teams, Agile Continuous improvement processes, Elements of a project charter for an Agile project, Agile Participatory decision models (e.g., input-based, shared collaboration, command), PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, Process analysis techniques, Self assessment, Value-based analysis, Agile contracting methods, Agile project accounting principles, Applying new Agile practices, Compliance (organization), Control limits for Agile projects, Agile Failure modes and alternatives, Globalization, culture, and team diversity, Agile Innovation games, Principles of systems thinking (e.g., complex adaptive, chaos), Regulatory compliance, Variance and trend analysis, Variations in Agile methods and approaches, Domains in Agile project management, Value-Driven Delivery, Agile Stakeholder Engagement, Boosting Team Performance Practices, Adaptive Planning.


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