Agile Portfolio and Program Management (ICP-PPM)

Live Classroom
Duration: 3 days
Live Virtual Classroom
Duration: 3 days
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The Agile Program and Portfolio Management training program covers how to get work to flow from ideas to working software quicker. Agile helps businesses and professionals respond to change quickly, however, the delivery processes at the higher level in organizations are more often than not, not aligned to the Agile approach. This courses pushes participants to rethink their program management and portfolio management approaches to maximize the value derived from Agile efforts. The course also discusses scaling, and reviews some of the probable approaches to scale Agile within the organization. The course meets the requirements of the ICP-PPM designation (ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Portfolio and Program Management)

What You'll Learn

  • Understand Agile portfolio and program management principles and practices that will transform an organization’s ability to get ideas to the development engine just-in-time to maximize value and efficiency
  • Gain insights into the reasons for a lean process of continuous adaptive planning that responds quickly to the changing market forces
  • Survey the several different approaches to scaling and explore the considerations that change the Agile approach at scale
  • Learn the impact that higher level management can have on the Team Level Agile process and the importance of changing leadership style to maximize the benefits of Agile
  • Using a scaling approach to examine specific details of what can be done to scale, to facilitate Agile planning and execution at Scale
  • Discuss steps to cultivate an Agile culture within an organization and making decisions related to leadership style and scaling approaches within the context of the organization
  • Disruption, Agile innovation, Hoshin planning, Value alignment, LEAN, Adaptive planning, systems thinking, distributed teams, choosing the right Agile process, Agile metrics, ideation, ethnographic exploration, making investment decisions


  • Customer defined value
    • Ideas/concepts/realities that drive the world
      • Speed of change
      • Innovation
      • Disruption
      • Lean startup
    • Adaptive planning
      • Five levels of planning
      • Geodesic planning – the shortest path to results
    • Map the value stream
      • A process that delivers value to the customer
    • Continuous flow
    • Pull not Push
    • Strive for perfection
      • Eliminate waste
      • A system designed to produce the right results
        • The right paradigms and mental models
        • Transition into building a system

  • Manifesto
  • Principles

  • Systems thinking – seeing the whole
  • Creating a system that produces desired results

The Agile game

  • Vision
  • Time
  • Culture

  • The ideation process
  • Getting ideas that will produce value for the customer
    • Ethnographic research
    • Effective communication
    • The user: roles and personals
    • Brainstorming
    • The A3 process of problem solving
    • Making investment decisions

  • Scaling Agile above the team to the enterprise
    • Waves of Agile
    • Scaling methodologies
      • Similar organizational structures
    • SAFe – Digging deeper into scaling to provide program management
      • The idea funnel
      • Review process
      • Analysis queue
      • Implementation
        • Release planning (Pl planning)
        • The iteration calendar
        • Coordination –
          • Scrum of Scrums
          • PO Sync
          • Release management
          • Retrospectives
        • Done
          • The definition of Done
            • Levels

  • Transforming your organization
    • John Kotter path to change
    • Getting to a re-wiring – culture is anchored
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Who should attend

The Agile Portfolio and Program Management course is highly recommended for –
  • Project managers
  • Analysts
  • Developers
  • IT managers/directors
  • Software engineers
  • Software architects
  • Business customers


There are no prerequisites for this course. Completing the Agile Project Management course would be beneficial.

Interested in this Course?


    This course enables participants to get the ICAgile Certified Professional in Program and Portfolio Management designation. The certification focusses on applying Agile management principles beyond projects to programs, portfolios and broader organizational contexts. There is no official ICAgile exam for this certification.

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