Monday 19 October 2020

An Introduction to Agile Project Management for Publishing - Virtual classroom 19 - 22 October - FULLY BOOKED

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This course is now fully booked. Please email if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

This training will be delivered in a virtual classroom

The course will be delivered over 4 sessions sessions from Monday 19 - Thursday 22 October at the following times: 9:00-11:00 EDT (New York), 14:00-16:00 BST (UK), 15:00-17:00 CEST (Central Europe)


The focus of the course is to present the core philosophies behind successful Agile project management, brought to life by anecdotes, war stories, publishing case studies and robust discussion on the various techniques. The role of product owner will be briefly examined, with respect to stakeholder management and user story development. Delegates will work in small groups to practice the relevant concepts and learn how to avoid the common pitfalls. The course will allow team members embarking on a project to use a range of Agile techniques through practical exercises. There will also be some pre-course work.


Day 0 - Tech Check - c15 mins

  • Going through the checklist
  • Checking the boxes

In advance of attending Day 1, all participants need to review and complete a Tech Check document. Once you receive a copy of the Tech Check document from the facilitator, make sure you have everything in place so that you can tick all the boxes confirming you have everything you need to start the program.

Day 1 - Creating our product backlog - 120 mins

  • Introductions and warm-up
  • Populating our product backlog
  • Release planning.

A chance for everyone on the program to introduce themselves and share what "Agile" means to them. We will work together to decide what specific aspects of Agile people want to learn about and agree on a prioritized "product backlog" of all the things to be covered during the program. We'll then do some "release planning " to decide which things to cover in each of the three Sprints that will take place over the following modules, and load up our Kanban Board!

Day 2 - Sprint 1 - 120 mins

  • Sprint 1 planning
  • Sprint 1
  • Sprint 1 review and retrospective

A brief review of the items that we agreed to cover in Sprint 1 to make any last-minute adjustments, before jumping straight into the "Sprint", a 90-minute session in which the facilitator will cover the key learning items using a combination of PPT slides, live web tool demonstrations, inviting participation via group discussion polls, interactive whiteboards and conversations in smaller groups using virtual breakout rooms. After the 90 minutes are up, the group will do a review and retrospective on how the session went to assess progress and identify ways to improve the next Sprint.

Day 3 - Sprint 2 - 120 mins

  • Sprint 2 planning
  • Sprint 2
  • Sprint 2 review and retrospective

Following the exact same format as Sprint 1, only this time covering the larning items that were assigned to Sprint 2.

Day 4 - Sprint 3 - 120 mins

  • Sprint 3 planning
  • Sprint 3
  • Release review and retrospective

Same format again, this time covering the learning items assigned to Sprint 3, and finishing off with a "release" review and retrospective to reflect back on the program as a whole.

What will you learn?

Learn the background to Agile product delivery and how it can be used in your organization. Become more familiar with the theory and principles that lie behind the Agile ways of working and understand more about the core Scrum framework and its uses. You’ll also be introduced to techniques commonly used in Agile product delivery, and will receive links to sources of support and further learning.

Who should attend 

This course is aimed at publishers involved in delivering Agile projects including business stakeholders, product managers, delivery team members, product owners, Scrum Masters, business analysts and project managers.


Andrew Miller, Taylor & Francis

Andrew Miller picAndrew has spent the last 10 years working for both trade and academic publishers applying Agile development and project management techniques to digital publishing. Andrew has an MA in Publishing from the London College of Communication and is a certified Scrum Master with the Scrum Alliance, and works in the L&D department for Taylor & Francis Group as their Global OD Specialist.

Early bird rates for members - Book by 31 July 2020*

Not an ALPSP member?  Want to take advantage of the reduced member rates? Click here to find out how your organization can join ALPSP

Members early bird            £224.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Members full price             £275.00 (+ VAT where applicable) 
Non Members full price     £375.00 (+VAT where applicable
Academic rates are available, please contact

This training will be delivered in a virtual classroom. Helpful information for delegates attending here.
Contact: Melissa Marshall T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team.
Any discounts will be applied at checkout.

*In order to take advantage of the early bird discount for ALPSP members, you must (i) make a booking by 31 July 2020 and (ii) be an ALPSP member on the date of the event. In the event that you cancel your membership prior to the event, you agree to pay ALPSP the difference between the discounted price and the full price for the event.


Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Mon 19 Oct 2020
  • Wed 21 Oct 2020
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