PMIWDC Agile Training Course

PMIWDC Agile Training Course


Yvette Francino, CSM, CTA

CSM, CTA, Author, Trainer, Project Manager, Developer, QA Expert, Agile Manager

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Course

This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Iteration Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, User Story Development and Iteration Execution.

The classroom course will be broken up into Agile teams and your expert instructor will drive each team through the Agile process from vision down to daily planning and execution. Through hands-on exercises you will put the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques taught to work in the classroom. This course is a stimulating combination of class interaction, active learning exercises, and group collaboration. Each is designed to allow you to learn through practice so you can readily apply what you have learned in your own workplace right away. This course has been approved and earns all students the Certified IC Agile Professional designation upon completion of the course. Additionally, a total of 14 PDUs will be available upon completion of the course.

This Agile training course instruction will be provided by ASPE the nation’s largest Agile training provider. ASPE has trained more than 20,000 professionals in all aspects of Agile.

Event Location

Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA, 22203

Agenda and Cost:

8:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - Course Begins
4:30 PM - Course Ends

(Fee includes seminar, materials, breakfast, and lunch)
$1,175 - Member Registration
$1,210 - Nonmember Registration

PDUs Available: 
14.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Yvette Francino, CSM, CTA

CSM, CTA, Author, Trainer, Project Manager, Developer, QA Expert, Agile Manager

ASPE’s Yvette Francino, is an experienced Agile Leader, Author and Trainer specializing in Distributed Agile, and an expert in various methodologies including Scrum, Kanban, and custom methodologies using Agile practices. With over 25 years in the software development industry as a senior leader, Yvette has worked with a variety of teams, coaching them for success and continuous improvement.

Yvette began her career as a software developer in the 80’s working for IBM for 11 years and later as a Development and QA Manager with Sun Microsystems for another 11 years. Even before the Agile Manifesto was crafted, Yvette rolled out methodologies and coached teams on iterative development, business collaboration, and continuous improvement. When those practices became solidified in Agile methodologies, she easily earned her CSM, continuing to help teams reach their full potential with Scrum and Agile practices.

Though Agile promotes face-to-face communication, Yvette has been working with global teams throughout her career, harnessing the power of diverse and distributed teams, helping them to gain the trust necessary for strong teamwork, and to overcome challenges associated with working in different geographies. Thanks to the advancements in technology and ALM tools, teams can now enjoy the flexibility that comes with working from anywhere and the collaboration, trust and connection that comes from face-to-face communication.

As an Agile Expert and Leader:

Yvette began her career as a software developer at IBM, experiencing first-hand the challenges and joys of creating code with large teams. As she moved to leadership roles, she promoted, taught, and coached teams on Agile practices, such as iterative development, business collaboration, and continuous improvement as early as the 90’s and then embraced methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, and SAFe as they evolved. Though certifications on methodologies help new practitioners develop a system, Yvette believes in the adaptability of Agile, and helps teams customize methodologies to fit their needs and optimize performance. In particular, Yvette specializes in helping distributed teams optimize collaboration and teamwork. As the Site Editor for, Yvette has covered many Agile conferences and interviewed dozens of authors, speakers, and leaders in the industry. Yvette has had the privilege and opportunity to learn from and form personal relationships with many of these leaders, including authors of Agile Testing, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, author of Agile Coaching, Lyssa Adkins, one of the authors of Scrum and Agile Alliance founder, Mike Cohn, Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) author, Scott Ambler, and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) author, Dean Leffingwell.

Though each Agile practice and methodology has advantages, Yvette has learned that Agile is not a “one-size-fits-all” checklist, but rather a philosophy that can be applied beyond software development practices and used in all disciplines to transform an organization.

Notable Achievements:

  • Author of hundreds of articles, blog posts, white papers, author Q&As, and classes on Agile topics
  • Speaker at Software Quality and Agile conferences, specializing in Distributed Collaboration
  • Trainer of Scrum, Kanban, Agile Management, and Agile Testing
  • Project Management Expert, answering and authoring questions about Project Management on
  • Agile Manager, Coach, and Scrum Master for multiple Scrum Teams in a variety of organizations
  • Software Developer and Development Manager at IBM, Diner’s Club, Sun Microsystems, and McKesson
  • Publication of Regis University Masters Thesis: Improving software quality within enterprise services information technology using action research
  • System and Performance Test Manager for Sun’s multi-million dollar Oracle 11i ERP implementation
  • Established “Beyond Certification” network to help facilitate obtaining Agile experience for unemployed technologists.
  • Active member of Denver-area Agile and Software Quality User Groups
  • Top fund-raiser and team-leader for a variety of charitable causes including 2014 Walk for ALS, and Team in Training events.


  • Distributed Collaboration
  • Agile Software Quality Assurance
  • Agile Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Agile Coaching
  • Project Management

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