Professional Development & Continuing Education Programs

Agile Lean Center (ALC)


Agile Lean Product Development 101

Agile Lean Product Development 101 will provide hands-on learning around the methodology and processes that will decrease time-to-market, reduce waste, streamline product development processes, enhance product quality, and fully integrate new product designs into a Lean production environment. Rooted in the iconic Toyota Production system, this 1-day course will provide attendees with the fundamentals of lean product development.


Agile Scrum 101 for the Real World

This course is for anyone that is curious about Scrum and especially those from a waterfall or hybrid background including PMPs. The instructor is a PMP with both waterfall and Scrum experience to help guide you from waterfall to Scrum. Anyone can read a book on Scrum. This one day session will allow you to participate in its ceremonies to understand what they are and how to use them in your project.


PMP-CAPM Exam Prep Course (Online)

This online course exposes students and practicing project managers to the Project Management Body of Knowledge processes and standards and prepares students to take the PMP or CAPM certification exam.


Project Management Fundamentals (In-Class)

This course emphasizes the project processes and knowledge areas, terms, tools, and formulas as well as to extend the knowledge base into soft skills such as communication, conflict management, team development, and leadership.  Agile framework and methodologies such as Scrum will also be covered during sessions.


Professional Scrum Master (PSM-1) Training

This 2-day course covers the principles and (empirical) process theory underpinning the mechanics, rules and roles of the Scrum framework. In this course, students work on real-life cases with other classmates together as a team. This course is made up of discussions and hands-on exercises based upon real-life cases.  


Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) Training

This 2-day course covers how to maximize the value of software product and systems.  Product Ownership in Scrum today requires more than knowledge of how to write requirements or manage a Product Backlog.  Professional Scrum Product Owners need to have a concrete understanding of everything that drives value from their products.  Like all courses, students develop and solidify this understanding through instruction and team-based exercises.

ALC's Partner Sponsors

"All aspects of the course were presented with real-life examples. As a result I expect to add a significant level of professionalism to my existing position in regard to project management."
PMP-CAPM Student
"Well-constructed class and great job on fitting a huge amount of information into a one-week period."
PMP-CAPM Student



Agile Lean Summit 2018

The Agile Lean Center at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is pleased to invite you to attend our Agile Lean Summit 2018 on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. The summit will have three tracks with multiple sessions in each track.


Agile Project and Portfolio Summit 2016

This summit brought together industry leaders from around North America to close the gap between Agile and traditional project management. This summit - the first of its kind at Harrisburg University - included three tracks that were held in addition to keynotes and a panel discussion addressing agile teams, projects, organizational transformations, and portfolio and enterprise agile.


Agile Lean Summit 2017

After the success of the 2016 Agile Project and Portfolio Summit, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology held a second Agile summit, comprised of four tracks with multiple sessions in each track.

Our Faculty


Tom Sheives

Founding Director, Agile Lean Center

Dr. Tom Sheives has nearly 10 years of experience teaching project management at the graduate level and has over 30 years of experience in project management. Dr. Sheives received his PhD from The University of New Mexico and BS and MS from Texas A&M University in Electrical Engineering. In addition, he received a 2nd Bachelor degree in Engineering from Baylor University. 

Dr. Sheives has developed and taught core graduate level project management courses including the key core Project Management Body of Knowledge topics. He has also developed and taught graduate level courses in agile project management, requirements development, team development and leadership. His interests are particularly in Agile Scrum Methodology and Project Management Offices. He has also been an international speaker at project management conferences on topics in project management and on his book published in 2009 Opportunity Unstuck.

In the corporate world Dr. Sheives has managed information technology projects using waterfall and Scrum. He has recently been working in the DC area in the IT industry providing to clients Microsoft implementations of CRM and SharePoint 2013. Previous to that while relocating to the DC area, he worked at the Department of Veterans affairs in DC in a project management contractor. He has helped establish PMOs at Texas Instruments and USAA and has helped other organizations improve their project management and business requirements processes.

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