February, 2015

Topic: Agile Project Management for e-Learning

Date: Monday, February 9, 2014


6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program


Agile Project Management has traditionally been used in IT project management. However, more and more companies and educational organizations are asking their project managers to learn about Agile and/or are asking their instructional design staff to take Agile project management training. Regardless of your knowledge or practice of project management, February’s meeting will be an excellent primer on the topic. Our presenter, Shelly Sentyrz, will discuss the following:

  1.  What is Agile? The Agile Manifesto values:
  2. INDIVIDUALS AND INTERACTIONS over processes and tools
  3. A PRODUCT over documentation of a product
  4. CUSTOMER COLLABORATION over negotiation
  5. RESPONDING TO CHANGE over following a plan
  1. Key benefits of Agile
  2. Respond rapidly to business needs
  3. Manage risk
  4. Maximize the value of work done
  5. Satisfy customers
  6. Satisfy workers
  1. Compare Agile to traditional project management
  2. Define work (models, user stories)
  3. Plan work (card wall)
  4. Execute work (collaboration, iterations, daily standups)
  5. Control work (retrospectives)


Shelly Sentyrz is a certified PMP (Project Manager Professional), ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner), CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional), and is a longtime IT project manager and GIS specialist for the State of Minnesota, Dept. of Natural Resources. She has done presentations on Project Management and Agile learning for a number of organizations and holds a degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Iowa. She lives in Bemidji and commutes regularly to St. Paul as an IT Project Manager for the state’s IT agency MN.IT. The DLF is pleased to welcome Shelly to our February meeting to talk about applying Agile Project Management to our e-Learning projects!