Course recommendation: agile programs with external stakeholders

Last post 12:38 am July 30, 2020
by Mark Adams
1 reply
09:52 pm July 29, 2020

I have a friend who works on social change programs in a co-ordination role, and asked me to recommend a course on agile working. I believe in her context there are generally multiple (external) stakeholders, and priorities can (and do) shift very quickly. She doesn't have a lot of experience working in agile organizations, and she obtained a PRINCE2 qualification in the past.

It sounds like within her current organization, there is a desire to work in an agile way, but maintain structure and be able to report to management. Unfortunately I don't have more specific details than that. As I understand it, she's looking for a way to grow professionally that would also benefit her employer.

I wondered whether the PAL-E course would be a good starting point; but I think that course is generally aimed at management and executives, so I'd be interested to hear the thoughts of others; particularly those who have experience of agility in non-profit organizations, or have taken the PAL-E course.

12:38 am July 30, 2020

I know somebody who's in a coordination role that skirts the boundaries between product and program and between waterfall and agile. That person already had a three level-one Scrum Master certs from three of the major Agile certification bodies so the next one that person took was the CAPM from PMI. It's 100% online and does not have the barriers (audits!) of the other PMI certs. Plus, PMI is still considered a prestigious organization so it's not bad to add that to your resume.