Managing Agile Plone Projects

For individuals who will be managing a Plone website development project

All the pieces have fallen into place for that big website project. You've chosen Plone, you've lined up the budget, you've gathered a team of developers, you've selected a design firm. You've worked with all the stakeholders and come up with a long list of features. Plone and its add-ons will provide many of them, but some will need custom development. How are you going to manage the project?

You know written requirements "thrown over the wall" can lead to trouble. You've heard about agile development and you like the idea of iterations and adapting to change. But how can you use agile techniques with a part time team and a project that is part design, part development, and all within a feature-rich CMS environment?

This one day course will show you how. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, and group exercises, you will learn an agile approach to managing a Plone development project. 

The class will cover:

  • Roles
  • Discovery
  • Scheduling
  • Release planning
  • Writing user stories
  • Estimation
  • Iteration planning
  • Defining custom content types
  • Integrating designers into the process
  • Project management tools

The value of the techniques you will learn are very clear to stakeholders. They get full ownership of the project, choosing exactly what it will deliver at every step along the way, and getting the system they envisioned at the end.

This class assumes that students have a basic understanding of content management systems.  Knowledge of Plone will be helpful but is not required.

This is a hands-on class and students should bring a laptop computer.